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Kuraray has announced a price increase for its hydrogenated styrenic thermoplastic elastomer, Septon compound, by JPY 25.00/kg (= ca. EUR 0.20/kg) for domestic and overseas shipments commencing 1 May 2010.

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At TPE 2010 conference at the ITC Maratha in Mumbai Zylog announced that it acts as new distributor for Merquinsa's TPUs on the Indian market.

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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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