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Kraton Corporation, a leading global producer of specialty polymers and high-value biobased products derived from pine wood pulping co-products, announces the first commercial application of IMSS technology in an automotive application.

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The Pioneers!Talks by KraussMaffei have made a successful start. More than 400 participants registered for the digital customer event in the middle of February. Experts from KraussMaffei and partners presented current trends and solutions for LSR processing and medical technology. Live chats and surveys followed by Q+As gave the participants the opportunity to actively engage in the event.

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DSM Engineering Materials business announced that it will launch mass-balanced bio-based Arnitel together with Sympatex Technologies. In this way, DSM Engineering Materials is taking the next step on its sustainability journey and enabling its customers to transition to a more circular and bio-based economy, the company said.

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ExxonMobil has introduced two new Santoprene TPV grades which are said to have the potential to extend the frontiers of performance and recyclability while optimizing costs for glass run channel (GRC) weatherseals. The two TPV grades which, when used together, are designed to replace EPDM rubber.

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The company LastObject has developed reusable cotton swabs for basic and beauty applications. The tip is made of Thermolast M from Kraiburg TPE.

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United Soft Plastics, a leading manufacturer and custom compounder of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), reports a surge of interest in the use of thermoplastic elastomers for the production of many COVID-19 related medical applications. The company says several companies, both domestic and international, have approached the company requesting materials to convert their non-medical manufacturing facilities to produce items to meet the healthcare demand from the global pandemic.

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CoHaMa Co., Ltd. has introduced hand straps made with BASF’s Elastollan thermoplastic polyurethane. Compared with PVC, Elastollan 1185A 10 HFFR meets industry standards for flame retardancy as per UL94V0 requirements as well as low smoke density and low toxicity, in accordance with EN standard EN45545-2. Additionally, owing to its flexibility and resistance to long term stress, the material solution can be widely used for other rail transportation and aerospace applications.

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Covestro has strengthened its portfolio of alternative raw materials with a product line of partially bio-based TPUs. (Source: Covestro)

Covestro’s family of partially bio-based thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) is now marketed under the name Desmopan EC.

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The use of plastics in railway vehicles has represented the state of the art for a number of years now. In component production for this field, too, 3D printing is becoming increasingly important, with 3D printed plastics being put to use on both the outside and inside of railway vehicles. Apart from its use in new vehicles, additive manufacturing is also displaying its strengths in the production of spare parts. The required components can be produced cost-effectively in small and medium-size quantities and, in some cases, the reacquisition of parts only becomes possible at all through 3D printing.

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PolymaxTPE announced that the company has developed a new TPE product that is said to outperform commonly used TPUs and compounds such as TPSiV in electronic components. The material is described as being abrasion resistant, odour-free and with excellent chemical adhesion to PC and ABS, as well as blends and alloys of these thermoplastics. The material is well suited in any application where an item is handled frequently in an abusive environment such as protective cases and on wearable technology.

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Audia Elastomers announces the launch of its AudiaFlex family of sustainable thermoplastic elastomers. The company said that these products are one of the industry’s first TPE portfolios which meet the sustainability needs of brand owners and consumers. The AudiaFlex family is comprised of customizable grades which are produced from post-consumer, post-industrial, bio-based, and marine-based sources.

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