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At NPE in Chicago, Engel, the Austrian manufacturer of injection moulding machinery part-handling automation systems, presented among other exhibits a 60 tonne tiebarless all-electric e-motion combi machine as part of an integrated system that produced a multi-component cell phone holder. The part was moulded with PP and TPE.

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A new series of clear, non-blooming TPE from Elastocon TPE Technologies, Inc. is claimed to eliminate oil bloom onto wood and other surfaces or materials by being completely oil-free.

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Kraton Polymers LLC announced its commercialisation of Kraton G1645, a polymer that creates new opportunities to replace PVC in medical applications.

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A unique approach to integrating a sealing and baffle function in GM’s 6T40 and 6T45 transversely mounted six-speed automatic transmissions helps condense packaging space and enable better clutch and transmission durability.

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In mid-April PolyOne Corporation, Cleveland, OH, USA, announced the global launch of OnForce LFT long-fibre thermoplastic compounds.

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From Teknor Apex, Pawtucket, RI, USA, comes another new series of TPE compounds that is fully RoHS-compliant.

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RTP Company, Winona, MN, USA, has developed a line of decaBDE-free, flame retardant TPE compounds that are RoHS compliant.

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Spanish TPU specialist Merquinsa has launched a new TPU range at Chinaplas 2009: Pearlthane Maxi.

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ExxonMobil Chemical has introduced a new Santoprene grade that is said to provide a unique “comfort touch” and very good surface qualities for automotive interiors while offering significant cost reduction opportunities.

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Kraton Polymers LLC has announced the opening of its new Innovation Center in Houston, TX, USA.

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