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Sensitisation testing is recommended for all medical device categories according to the ISO 10993-1 guideline, since exposure or contact to even minute amounts of potential leachables can result in allergic or sensitisation reactions. The Mediprene TPE compounds of Elasto have now been classified as non-sensitisers. In addition, the company has introduced a long-term supply guarantee for a number of their medical compounds.

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Tessenderlo Group has signed, through its French subsidiary CTS, an agreement with the Chinese authorities to start up a new production plant for TPE and PVC slush compounds for customers in the automotive industry.

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Styroflex as modifier for light weight pallets A new generation of transport pallets is being launched onto the market by Austrian Hirsch Group, Glanegg. The pallets are easy to clean and very sturdy, but first and foremost, they weigh less than the well-known EuroPallets made of wood. Hirsch uses BASF’s styrene butadiene copolymer Styroflex 2G66 as a toughness modifier for the HIPS film that protects the lightweight core of the pallets.

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Who doesn’t seek materials and processes that provide technological leadership as well as production with cost and process optimisation? Optimisation of existing systems is a limited option. But in order to remain constantly at the peak, new paths have to be followed and existing processes combined with new methods and materials to form an entirely new entity.

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BMS is committed to help meet the global challenges of energy shortages and climate change through innovative and sustainable technologies and processes. This is the company’s central message at K 2010. Under the motto “From Megatrends to Business”, the company will showcase polymer materials solutions and developments in the areas of climate, technology, mobility, living and health.

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In 2009, the Wacker Group generated sales of some EUR 3.72 billion (2008: EUR 4.30 billion), of which Germany accounted for 21 %, Europe (excluding Germany) 25 %, North and South America just under 17 %, Asia-Pacific 34 % and the rest of the world 3 %. Wacker had roughly 15,600 employees on 31 December 2009.

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The industry portal plasticker.com will present itself for the second time at K, on the joint stand of the German ministry for trade, medium and small sized enterprises and energy of the state of North Rhine Westphalia. The focus of the online portal is the B2B marketplace for raw materials and the machine trading exchange, as well as the industry job market and an exchange for trade representatives. Furthermore, Plasticker provides daily news on the exchange about the market, companies and products, professional articles, raw material prices, and market data. A calendar of events rounds off the range of information.

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At K show, the Zwick Roell Group will display two new products, the Aflow and roboTest H for pendulum impact tests, alongside its established range of plastics testing equipment, tools, systems, and software solutions.

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Brabender develops, produces and supplies equipment for the determination of material quality and physical properties in all ranges of research, development and industrial production in the chemical industry. For the testing of elastomers it supplies, among others, the TSSR Meter.

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01dB-Metravib will inform at K about its new fatigue testing machine DMA+300, specifically designed for fatigue tests on elastomers and crack growth tests. The principle of these tests consists in initiating a crack on one side of the elastomer film specimen and following up the growth of the crack using an optical system during a dynamic mechanical fatigue test.

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