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Sarlink TPV has announced that it has developed a new series of low durometer TPVs based on dynamically vulcanised rubber in a PP matrix. Sarlink says that these new grades replace thermoset EPDM foam materials, used in many extrusion applications in the automotive industry as well in the building and construction industry. Very low compression deflection forces in combination with excellent elastic recovery are typical characteristics for EPDM foamed products.

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The International Institute of Synthetic Rubber Producers, Inc. (IISRP) has elected DSM Elastomers, Geleen, Netherlands, as their newest member.

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At Chinaplas 2010 in Pudong, Shanghai, from 19 – 22 April 2010, Merquinsa and its Chinese distributors Ngai Hing Engineering Plastic (Hong Kong) Ltd. and Paceco Industrial Supplies Pte Ltd. will present the new bio-polyester and polyether-based TPU Pearlthane ECO resins along with the TPU specialities Pearlcoat, and the Pearlthane portfolio, including special extrusion polyether TPU grades & non-yellowing aliphatic TPU resins.

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Epurex Films GmbH & Co. KG, a subsidiary of Bayer MaterialScience, will be marketing film products formerly sold as Walopur, Platilon and Walotex under the common trade name Platilon.

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From 7-8 April Plexium in association with Chatsworth Hall plc organised a TPE conference in Mumbai. The programme included 17 high quality technical papers from Indian and multinational companies like Arkema, BASF, Bayer, Dow, DuPont, Eastman, Husky, KK Technovinyl, Kraton, Lubrizol, LyondellBasell, Merquinsa, Multibase, PolyOne/GLS, RTP, and Zylog.

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Yantai Wanhua Polyurethanes Co., Ltd. will introduce its Wanthane TPU series at Chinaplas 2010 in Shanghai, China, from 19 – 22 April 2010. The new product family is a range of halogen-free, flame retardant, polyester-, polyether-, polycaprolactone-, and polycarbonate-based TPU grades as well as aliphatic TPUs with hardnesses from Shore 80 A – 95 A, tensile strength of up to 20 MPa and elongation at break of up to 500 %.

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For more than 35 years, Krelus AG has specialised in the supply of tailor-made infrared heater systems for applications such as:

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DSM Engineering Plastics has signed contracts with Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) to acquire MCC’s Novamid PA business in exchange for its Xantar PC business.

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Packages may not be able to speak yet. But if they were, they would tell the consumer when their contents have reached their sell-by date, where and at what temperature the packaged product has to be stored and the applications it is intended for. All the same, modern packages already come with all this information. Intelligent packages that satisfy many criteria in addition to supplying the necessary consumer information are on the advance – and not only where foods are concerned. The plastic film industry has therefore been hit much less hard by the 2009 economic crisis than other branches of the plastics industry.

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The triennial international trade fair for plastics and rubber, K 2010, will open its doors from 27 October – 3 November 2010 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Despite the difficult economic times for the industry, some 3,000 exhibitors have registered and all 19 of the available halls will be occupied.

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