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The demand for test swabs for nasal and throat swab tests continues to grow strongly due to Covid 19. Injection moulding machine manufacturer Engel Austria and Hack Formenbau are jointly providing an integrated system solution and process technology consulting for plastics processors to launch high-volume production of two-component test swabs with a short lead time.

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According to Covestro, the warmer weather and more relaxed corona restrictions are drawing people outside – and more and more of them onto their bikes. There are plenty of reasons for this: exercise and fitness, fresh air and the opportunity to get out of the house or to avoid having to wear masks on public transport. Going shopping by bike or exploring one's surroundings could be a joy if it weren't for the many stones, shards of glass, nails and other sharp objects that will turn a perfectly good tyre into a flat mess, said the company.

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Wanhua Chemical has donated 400 kg TPU materials to produce 3D-printed face-mask holders for the frontline responders, cooperating with Peak Sports.

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PolyOne has announced the launch of Barricade elastomers, the newest addition to its specialty elastomer portfolio. Based on Fortrex technology licensed from Cooper Standard, this crosslinkable elastomer offers according to PolyOne high-temperature compression set performance, easier processing, and a lighter weight solution when compared to conventional TPVs, silicones, and thermoset rubbers.

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Fröbel together with its partner company Ako has developed a face mask. The parts for the mask are produced at the Fröbel facility using injection moulding technology from Wittmann Battenfeld and a TPE supplied by TPE compounder Allod.

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Actega DS recommends the Provamed 3150, 3160 and 3170 TL TPE compounds for the manufacture of valves and the surrounding sealing lips of FFP masks. The translucent TPE compounds are distinguished by their particular compatibility with skin, good sealing properties, and flexibility accompanied by their media resistance. In the manufacture of masks, often in a dual-component process, a particular adhesion is required on the part of the hard component – often made of PP – with the resilient component made of TPE. The highly-adhesive TPE produced by Actega DS can guarantee such bonding.

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Technology company Continental is equipping the wind turbines made by Chinese manufacturer Xinjiang Goldwind Science and Technology with drive belts.

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Kraton has launched G1646 polymer that is said to enable improved flow for higher manufacturing efficiency. The polymer is a hydrogenated styrenic block copolymer (HSBC) and is part of the company’s Enhanced Rubber Segment (ERS) series portfolio, which is softer and shows higher melt flow properties than conventional Kraton G polymers. The product has very good compatibility with polypropylene, and is produced as a dense pellet in the company’s HSBC manufacturing site in Mailiao, Taiwan.

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Today (Tuesday, 9 June 2020) marks an important milestone in the construction of Borealis’ world-scale propane dehydrogenation (PDH) plant in Kallo, Belgium: the propylene splitter, one of the largest appliances ever delivered to the port of Antwerp in one piece by ship, was successfully transported from the quay to the Borealis site in Kallo. The propylene splitter is a distillation column, needed to split propane from propylene, as produced by the new PDH plant.

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Wanhua Chemical has donated 400 kg TPU materials to produce 3D-printed face-mask holders for the frontline responders, cooperating with Peak Sports. The 3D-printed mask holder made of TPU is a recyclable plastic band which helps to fasten a face mask to the head without leaving red marks and causing inflammation. Wanhua says that this eco-friendly product aims at providing better working condition for the frontline responders and medical staff while reducing waste.

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