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“Between plastomer and high performance TPE”- that is the motto of this year’s meeting of the VDI Educational Forum TPE 2010 taking place on 4 - 5 May 2010 in Baden-Baden, Germany. The two days event is an important platform to get informed about the current status of developments of raw materials and processing technology and as a communication pivot between suppliers and users.

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Sarlink TPV has announced that a new application is available utilising their TPVs; law enforcement handcuffs. These ‘Cobra Cuffs’ are produced by Milspec Inc., among others specialised in applications for US military & law enforcement agencies. The company, based in Asheville NC, has recently chosen Sarlink TPV as their product supplier for the base material of the handcuffs they produce.

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Danish Melitek A/S has welcomed Klaas Sipkens as Technical Sales Manager in its team.

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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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