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The Elastomer Symposium online will be held by the German Rubber Society (DKG Deutsche Kautschuk-Gesellschaft) from 28 June – 1 July 2021. Part of this premier event for the global rubber and elastomer expert community will be a two-day session dedicated to TPE from 28 -29 June.

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The German automotive supplier Fischer Automotive has opened a new factory in Jagodina, Serbia in June 2021. The new site increases the company`s production capacity in Europe. Fischer will use the new site for the production of ventilation nozzles for clients like Mercedes and BMW.

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Covestro and the Brazilian footwear manufacturer Calçados Beira Rio are jointly developing concept shoes with more sustainable material solutions. An elegant women's shoe and a comfortable casual shoe are used as examples to illustrate the variety of possibilities – from upper to lining, from sole to heel.

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DSM is launching a new portfolio of engineering materials for medical devices. The new portfolio of medical grades was developed to address growing customer demand for advanced material solutions. It is intended to build upon and complement the company’s biomedical business.

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Wickert Maschinenbau has developed an extremely compact, setup-free multifunctional gripper for the handling of multilayer-stacked or chaotically deposited components with layer separation.

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Avient developed GLS TPEs with antimicrobial additives. (Source: Avient)

Avient has announced the addition of three proprietary, thermoplastic elastomer formulations that contain antimicrobial additives to its GLS TPE portfolio. Tested in accordance with JIS Z2801 and ASTM G21-15 standards, these additives are said to protect molded plastic parts by inhibiting bacterial growth (99.9 % or more) and resisting fungal and mold growth. In addition to potentially causing odor issues, these microrganisms can cause detrimental aesthetic and mechanical property changes to a finished plastic part. High-touch surfaces and applications are especially vulnerable. In response, Avient developed GLS TPEs with antimicrobial additives, available as Versaflex and OnFlex grades. Potential applications include consumer electronics, personal care item grips, and automotive applications such as cup holder mats and HVAC seals.

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Sanitized has introduced a new product from its BroadTect portfolio. The additive is said to protect polmyers against all relevant microorganisms (grampositive and gram-negative bacteria, mold and mildew, yeasts, and even algae. It has high temperature resistance and features durable antimicrobial protection that is effective even after weathering. In addition, good antiviral efficacy on surfaces has been demonstrated. The additive product is suitable for most thermoplastic polymers such as PE, PP, TPU, EVA, PVC, rubber (EPDM, NBR, SBR) that are used in the extrusion or injection molding processes. It is compatible with commonly used additives.

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HNP Mikrosysteme, Schwerin, Germany, has recently launched the colorDoS dosing system for injection moulding applications to ensure precise dosing of the smallest quantities of colour. The centrepiece of this system is a micro annular gear pump, various versions of which have already been used successfully for fluid delivery in mechanical and plant engineering, in the chemical and pharmaceutical sectors, and in laboratory and analysis technology. The mzr-7245 modular micro annular gear pump used in the colorDoS dispenses a shot weight of 0.02 g to 100 g of colour per shot, depending on the dosing time and viscosity.

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The anti-channeling tread pattern VersaTrax+ by FootJoy is developed to provide total traction coverage for any angle, reducing slippage. (Source: Lubrizol)

Estane TRX TPU polymers from Lubrizol are offering superior traction on wet and dry surfaces to the Premiere Series of golf shoes by FootJoy. The TPU’s design flexibility helps ensure the successful molding of FootJoy’s (FJ) patented anti-channeling tread pattern VersaTrax+, engineered to provide total traction coverage for any angle, reducing slippage.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved a public health emergency exemption under Section 18 of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act ("FIFRA") submitted by the Georgia, Utah, and Minnesota Departments of Agriculture for the deployment of Kraton’s BiaXam in specific applications.  The EPA exemption will allow Delta Air Lines to use BiaXam in specific applications in these states to protect against the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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With its 120 years of experience in manufacturing special waxes, Völpker Spezialprodukte GmbH is one of the longest-established wax producers in Europe. In recent years the company has expanded particularly in the field of additives for plastics. The wax additives of the Plastic series and the Plastic recycling series are widely used multi-functional additives. They serve for example as combination lubricants and dispersing aids, especially where the quality requirements are particularly high. Montan wax derivatives - for example Waradur E - are worldwide largely used as optimally effective no plate-out release agents for various high quality TPU applications. For standard requirements, Voelpker offers also the new release agent Cevo process J-3405.

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