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BASF announced that its polyurethane Elastopan and thermoplastic polyurethane Elastollan are key components powering the latest innovation for industrial workers in the new Timberland Pro Reaxion safety shoe. The shoe features Timberland’s Aerocore Energy System, combining the comfort and flexibility of an athletic shoe with the performance and durability of a work boot.

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In response to the new report “Biodegradable and compostable plastics – challenges and opportunities” by the European Environment Agency (EEA), European Bioplastics (EUBP) highlighted the need to acknowledge successful precedents in the deployment of these innovative materials in collaboration with a receptive community of consumers. Unfortunately, several media outlets made use of a biased interpretation of the report to draw a distorted picture of biodegradable and compostable plastics.

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The Argentine footwear brand Maincal is partnering with BASF to launch the first safety shoe in South America made with Infinergy expanded thermoplastic polyurethane (E-TPU). Voran SportSafe, the new safety shoe series by Maincal, is said to enable safety footwear users to move and work in comfort with all day compression technology. According to BASF, the E-TPU enhances the safety shoe with superior responsiveness, comfort and durability.

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Thanks to studies carried out in the R+D centre of Offanengo (CR), the Italian company Coim is successfully moving to the manufacture and distribution of the new Laripur RS TPUS which contain raw materials from bioderived, renewable sources. The grades have been developed ensuring the same performance, as seen with standard products, without having to change or modify the processing or equipment in the manufacturing environment, whilst maintaining recyclability and the same possibility of adding various types of masterbatch (colour, expanding agents, antistatic agents, 2D additives etc.).

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The 2020 Ringier Technology Innovation Award – Plastics Industry in the Raw Material & Additives category – goes this year to the Kraton IMSS Technology.

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Avient has added eight new grades to its healthcare portfolio of Versaflex TPEs. The injection-mouldable Versaflex HC 3810 series is formulated without animal derivatives to serve a variety of medical device applications.

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KB Backhaus GmbH, a German specialist in the manufacture of plastic components for automotive industry, has expanded its production within a very short time to include series production of face masks. An innovative four-cavity tool with a special mould has been developed for this purpose, which enables a production capacity of 12,500 face masks per day.

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Lehmann&Voss&Co. expands its existing portfolio of hollow microspheres with a new grade of ultrafine particle size under the brand Tri-Spheres 45XS Ultra. The silica-based multicellular hollow spheres serve as functional lightweight fillers and are characterised by high thermal and mechanical resistance as well as bright colour. They can be used in a wide range of applications to reduce density and weight and to optimise acoustic and thermal insulation.

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The current situation caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic demands safe but also sustainable material solutions for medical and healthcare equipment. Elastron has been actively collaborating with customers across the globe to utilise its broad portfolio of thermoplastic elastomer materials for reusable masks and other healthcare products.

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From Asahi Kasei Plastics North America comes SoForm, a new engineered resin series as part of the Thermylene family, the company’s portfolio of specialty chemically coupled glass fibre reinforced polypropylenes.

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A new TPE series from Teknor Apex meets stringent German standards for drinking water applications and can be used in a wide range of components for direct and indirect contact with potable water. The Monprene RG-14000 series have been tested and approved by German laboratories for compliance with drinking water hygiene standards.

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