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New flame retardant styrene-based Solplast thermoplastic elastomers from Uteksol now complement the portfolio of Hamburg-based Albis Plastic.

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Three medical-grade thermoplastic elastomers for biopharmaceutical tubing provide performance superior to the industry standard TPE in this application, making them effective alternatives to silicone. This was announced by Teknor Apex. The company will introduce the Medalist compounds at North America’s largest medtech event, MD&M West in February 2019 in Anaheim, CA, USA. 

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A line of TPEs for medical device applications was featured by Colorite, a Tekni-Plex business unit, at Medica/Compamed 2018 in Düsseldorf.

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With Desmopan 37385A Covestro now offers the first representative of a series of TPUs containing polyether carbonate polyols based on the company’s proprietary cardyon CO2 technology. Compared to conventional materials, this new TPU leaves a lower carbon footprint and unlike many bio-based materials, do not compete with food production.

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The speciality vibration damping Versaflex VDT TPEs from PolyOne are used by major appliance manufacturers as a valuable solution to vibration issues in top load washing machines which can cause the units to ‘walk,’ which prompts a large volume of costly service calls to the manufacturer.

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The Italian company LED SpA, based in Aprilia near Rome, is specialised in the design and production of medical electronic equipment. Thermolast M from Kraiburg TPE was specified for their reusable Surgeon Pencil S. The device is said to provide a number of outstanding features that benefit from the medical conformity, design freedom and aesthetics of the TPE compounds.

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Introduced in 1984 for automotive constant velocity joint (CVJ) outboard boots, Hytrel TPC-ET is a standard material for the production of these parts. Now DuPont has developed Hytrel HTR8745 BK320, a new grade for blow moulding of CVJ inboard boots.

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TSRC has announced the introduction of Taipol 7126 and Taipol 7131 maleic anhydride-grafted SEBS. Adding these MA-SEBS as impact modifiers to the formulation of engineering plastics can help improve elasticity, toughness and compatibility with polar materials, and provide more comfortable and softer haptics.

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