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With the Bike Bottle Organic, the outdoor equipment manufacturer Vaude, based in Tettnang, Germany, has produced its first bicycle bottle developed entirely from biobased plastics. The TPE compounder Hexpol TPE supplies to Vaude a customised biobased TPE from its Dryflex Green series which is used on the bicycle bottle mouthpiece. The bottle is part of Vaude’s Green Shape portfolio of functional, eco-friendly products made from sustainable materials.

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According to the Belgium-based company Materialise, 3D printing technology may lend a hand in preventing the spread of the coronavirus. The 3D printing specialist has designed a 3D printed door opener that makes it possible to open and close doors with your arm, removing the need for direct contact with door handles. The company is offering the printable design for free and calling upon the global 3D printing community to 3D print the door opener and make it available all around the world.

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Davis-Standard once again exhibited at MD&M West in Anaheim in February. The company showcased a running TPE tubing line at its stand. The line is capable of processing a variety of flexible tubing materials at speeds up to 300 feet / min (91 mpm).

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In March 2020 Amyris, global science and technology company for pure, sustainable ingredients for the health and wellness, cleaning, beauty and flavors and ragrances markets, announced the launch of a new, safe and clean Pipette Baby branded hand sanitizer – that can be used by everyone – to help combat COVID-19. Initial production of its hand sanitizer has started with Allure Labs as its contract manufacturing and packaging partner.

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To make sure that Zahoransky’s Z.Shark tufting machine can use its full output capacity in an even wider range of applications, it now has the option of being fitted with a double turret instead of a single turret. Typical applications include the tufting of children's toothbrushes as well as hybrid toothbrushes and toothbrushes with different hole diameters that are partially tufted by two machines. In these cases, the double turret compensates for the lower bundle requirement per toothbrush so that the Z.Shark can produce at its maximum speed of 1,000 tufts/minute.

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Laoganma, also known as Old Godmother, manufactures chili sauces in China. The highly popular products are also exported to the USA, Australia and more than 30 other countries around the world. The company produces and seals 1.3 million bottles per day and currently employs more than 4,000 people. And now the world's largest producer of chili sauces has opted to change its entire range over to Provalin TPE sealing compounds supplied by Actega DS.

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At Formnext 2019 in Frankfurt, a leading sector show for additive-based manufacturing, BASF 3D Printing Solutions (B3DPS) introduced its new Forward AM corporate brand. The company said that it continues to pursue its goal of driving industrial scalability as the next phase of additive-based manufacturing. “Forward” stands for future-oriented, leading-edge materials and technology, while “AM” stands for “additive manufacturing”. Under the Forward AM brand the company offers end-to-end materials and service solutions along the entire value chain – from an initial product idea right through to its serial manufacture.

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Audia Elastomers has announced the introduction of the OP line of TPEs based on marine waste plastics. The company based in Washington, PA, USA; said that the challenge of pollution in our oceans is multifaceted and requires more than one solution. The most important step in stopping and preventing ocean waste is intercepting waste before it ever enters the oceans or a waterway. Therefore, a key component of Audia’s initiative is to create a market for recycled plastic from regions with poor existing waste infrastructure before it enters the ocean.

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TactoTek and fischer automotive have collaborated on a smart surface technology demonstrator to show examples of design innovation that fulfil market demands for integrating styling, electronic functions and manufacturability of smart surfaces at commercial scale.

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TactoTek and Marquardt announced that the companies are developing an injection moulded structural electronics (IMSE) solution for a leading automotive OEM in their first collaboration project. The pre-development project is for a specific vehicle family and includes full automotive validation of the IMSE parts.

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The collaborative project for circularity in plastics, Circularise Plastics, founded by Domo, Covestro and the supply chain transparency start-up Circularise, has reached the first milestone. With the support from the founding members Circularise successfully developed the first version of the platform tailored to the plastics industry. The group is piloting the system this year and has demonstrated it on the market in a production environment in early 2020.

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