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Polymax Thermoplastic Elastomers LLC has announced plans to increase the size of its production operation in Waukegan, IL, USA, adding about 8 million lb (~ 3,600 t) of annual capacity. The company has added a new compounding line to expand manufacturing of its line of thermoplastic elastomers, including SEBS, SBS, TPO, and alloy products.

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Face Mask Assembly (Source: Teknor Apex)

Teknor Apex has announced to introduce two new families of medical-grade TPEs for injection moulded face masks at MD&M West, which will held from 6 - 8 February 2018 in Anaheim, CA, USA. The new compounds include a deformation-resistant series for flexible masks and a series of gels that provide a gas-tight cushion for rigid ones moulded from polypropylene.

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Actega DS GmbH was awarded third place in the sustainability award of VCI NRW – the German Association of the Chemical Industry, sector North Rhine-Westphalia – for its sustainable use of resources.

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LyondellBasell received an European Innovation Award from PlasticsEurope and the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) in the category “Material Innovation” for the development of Koattro KT MR05, a plastomer with “self-healing” properties.

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SPE Central Europe has issued a call for nomination for the 18th Automotive Award parts & components for outstanding developments of plastic parts in vehicle construction.

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The SPE Thermoplastic Elastomers Special Interest Group (SIG) invites the submission of abstracts for presentation at the 13th TPE Topical Conference 2018.

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01. December 2017

TPC for CVJ boots

The company Clickplastics AG, based in Bensheim, Germany, which specialises in the distribution of high-performance thermoplastics from Asian suppliers, presented a new TPE application at Fakuma 2017.

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OSD from Aptar Pharma with components made of Thermolast M

The ophthalmic squeeze dispenser (OSD) from Aptar Pharma is in widespread use as dispenser for eye drops that contain no preservatives.

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Elastron has developed  foamable TPEs for extrusion.

Extruded foamed TPE materials are often used for sealing applications especially in construction and automotive markets.

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FRX Polymers Inc., a specialist in polymeric halogen-free flame retardant solutions, has announced the availability of its Nofia non-halogenated polyphosphonates as a replacement for antimony (ATO) in brominated flame retardant systems. Nofia flame retardants (FRs) serve as a synergist in brominated flame retardant products, delivering lighter weight and reduced cost, according to the company.

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Zhongxing Telecommunication Equipment Corporation (ZTE), a specialist in the field of telecommunication and information technology, has launched ZTE Quartz, a smart watch that is using Arnitel TPE from DSM for its soft strap. The TPE material provides comfort, flexibility, safety and freedom of design. It feels cool and smooth on the skin, with balanced physical and chemical properties.

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