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The Hamburg-based German company Albis Plastic GmbH will present its product portfolio of high-performance plastics, compound solutions and masterbatches with a focus on automotive, healthcare and lighting applications at Chinaplas 2019 from 21 – 24 May 2019 in Guangzhou, China.

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Lubrizol announces the addition of a new, toluene-free Pearlbond TPU grade for adhesive powders, films and webs. Pearlbond 1170L complements the Pearlbond 1160 and 1160 L series. These resins are already widely used in demanding end-uses such as fire hoses, thermobonding films for use in footwear, furniture, apparel, sealing tapes and automotive interior trim. This series offers benefits such as short cycle time, good wetting properties and waterproof performance. In addition, it is the ideal resin for film and sheet conversion applications thanks to its gel-free properties and high melt strength.

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Audia Elastomers develops customised elastomer solutions for the growing pet toy market (Source: Audia)

Audia Elastomers is offering an extensive range of material solutions for the production of durable pet toys (e.g., dog chew toys and treats), including elastomers that deliver durability, tear strength, high clarity, and adhesion. The company provides customised material solutions such as styrenic block copolymers (SBC), thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU), copolyesters, and thermoplastic vulcanisates (TPV) that allow brand owners to position their products at various retail price points from high-end, boutique products to mass market, big box store materials.

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At the MECSPE trade fair (28-30 March 2019, Parma, Italy) Arburg will focus on automation, additive manufacturing and digitalisation. A complex turnkey system built around a hydraulic Allrounder 370 S and a Freeformer 200-3X for industrial additive manufacturing will be on display at the Arburg stand. Both machines are networked "live" with the company’s ALS host computer system.

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Huntsman’s footwear team announced the launch of two new Avalon TPU grades and three new water-blown polyurethane technologies at Simac 2019.

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Pharmaceutical packaging is obliged to comply with many functions. And it has a huge influence on the quality, effectiveness and applicability of pharmaceuticals. This particularly applies for primary packaging, i.e. packaging which comes or can potentially come into direct contact with the dosage form, such as ampoules, ready-to-fill syringes, blister packs, pharmaceutical stoppers or other types of pharmaceutical seals. Therefore, the requirement profile – protection, safety, compatibility and function – needs to be complied with as early as the packaging development phase. Furthermore, test certificates in accordance with USP 381 are required for pharmaceutical stoppers (and other pharmaceutical seals) as primary packaging. What is behind all this? As a general rule, the USP 381 regulates the properties of pharmaceutical seals (elastomeric closures for injections). Specifically, it includes both the certificate of bio-compatibility and physical-chemical tests and functional tests.

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The US TPE compounder Star Thermoplastic Alloys & Rubbers has introduced new StarSoft cushioning gel materials. They are well suited for uses in sports equipment, gel bike seats and shoe inserts. The company also recommends them for use with medical models and adult novelties that require lifelike anatomical simulation. The materials in Shore hardnesses of 00 or 000 are supplied in pelletised form, slabs or slurry.

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The Italian company API has introduced the new recyclable Apilon 52 A/C TPU series at Simac Tanning Tech 2019 (hall 14, stand B45), which is being held from 20 – 22 February 2019 in Milan, Italy.

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Materialise, through a partnership with RSPrint, has entered into an agreement with HP to scale an end-to-end 3D solution to design and manufacture fully customised 3D-printed insoles. FitStation powered by HP will integrate the Materialise software for 3D design automation, print preparation and production management.

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Colorite, a Tekni-Plex business, has expanded its portfolio by adding twelve grades to its previously available 28 Cellene TPE formulations for healthcare and a wide variety of other applications. Cellene TPE compounds are available in four series:

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BASF announced that it will present new material developments together with Ultrasim computer simulation, targeted specifically at manufacturing optimised shanks for shoes, at Simac 2019. The international machinery and technology exhibition for shoes will take place from 20 – 22 February 2019 in Milan, Italy.

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