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The NSLS (National Synchrotron Light Source) of the Brookhaven National Laboratory recently published an article describing a very interesting research by Thomas Epps and others on the ability of block-copolymers to create well-defined nano-structures, an effect, that could be useful for materials used in fuel-cells, etc.

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02. August 2010

Smithers names CFO

David J. Kantor has joined The Smithers Group (TSG) as Chief Financial Officer (CFO), responsible for leading the group’s finance organisation and providing an additional level of support for all TSG member companies worldwide.

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New applications utilising Sarlink TPVs have been commercialised: Curver food savers. Curver is famous for its long-standing image of high-end houseware and kitchen products with a long product quality guarantee. The company has chosen Sarlink as its raw material supplier in parts of their new product lines ‘Pet Life’ and ‘Chef@Home’. More specifically, Sarlink TPVs are used in the food container lid seals and soft-touch parts. This collaboration demonstrates that the material offers an excellent solution for seals and soft grips in repeated use food applications.

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Since 1999, Kraiburg TPE has used its U.S. headquarter office in Duluth, Georgia, as the base for developing new opportunities into the Latin American markets. In order to achieve the optimal position in those countries and to systematically expand market share within the region, the company is now expanding its direct sales and marketing activities into Central and South America.

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Kuraray recently announced the development of the Septon J Series. These hydrogenated styrenic thermoplastic elastomers are said to boast significant flexibility and a soft feel.

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The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers, Inc. (IISRP) and the China National Chemical Information Center (CNCIC) have jointly published the fourth report of their Elastomer Bulletin series of publications, titled Chinese BR Technology Development Report.

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Steve Braig, former CEO of Engel North America, has been appointed President and CEO of Trexel, Inc. He replaces David Bernstein, who has led Trexel since its inception. Bernstein will continue to serve on the Trexel Board of Directors.

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Bayer MaterialScience has introduced Baymedix CL 100, a lubricious surface treatment for medical devices which gives a durable coating with an especially low coefficient of wet friction. BMS says that the exceptional lubricity of this product complements the company's existing portfolio of hemocompatible polyurethane-based hydrophilic coatings.

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Velox, Hamburg, Germany, said in an announcement issued 2 July, that it will offer the full Thermedics medical TPU portfolio from Lubrizol, Cleveland, OH, USA, across Europe.

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Water and dirt can have a permanent effect on vehicle components. The new propshaft boot with integrated splash protection from ContiTech Vibration Control protects the bearings of the propshaft. The small system can be delivered preassembled, in individual parts and also with clamps. It is secured over the greased propshaft joint on both sides with clamps.

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