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In the production of elastomer moulding products approximately 30 % of the entire energy is used for driving the machine. Even though the share of energy costs compared to the overall production costs of the products is relatively low, it is still possible to achieve considerable savings especially in the area of the drive by the use of an intelligent system.

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20. October 2009

New Zeotherm grades

Zeon has extended its TPE product line with the addition of Zeotherm 110-70B and 131-90B. Both grades have been introduced at IRC 2009.

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Kraton Polymers LLC recently commercialised the Nexar polymer product family.

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A new market study presented by Freedonia presents industry forecasts for the international TPE markets. According to the study world demand for thermoplastic elastomers is forecast to rise 5.9 % per year through 2013 to 4.75 million tonnes.

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The VTC TPE Group has recently launched Dryflex, a new family of TPO compounds based on Infuse olefin block copolymers from Dow.

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According to statistics of the Italian Plastics and Rubber Processing Machinery and Moulds Manufacturers’ Association Assocomaplast, in the first semester of 2009, the Italian exports of plastics and rubber machinery decreased by 32 % in value with respect to the same period of last year. However, German manufacturers, the main competitors of the sectoral made in Italy, recorded an even worse drop of -37 %.

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In the white goods segment sealing systems are used in a variety of equipments, such as washing machines, dishwashers, refrigerators and deep-freezers.

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Krahn Chemie GmbH with headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, has established a subsidiary in Poland.

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Dow has announced the opening of a new laboratory for its Elastomers Business.

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Effective 1 July 2009 Hamburg-based distributor Biesterfeld Plastic has extended the cooperation for Santoprene TPV as well as Vistamaxx from Exxon­Mobil Chemical to Turkey and Middle East/Africa.

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