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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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Covestro and orthopedic service provider GeBioM mbH, based in Münster, Germany, are expanding their cooperation in the field of orthopedic footwear. In addition to producing lasts and trial shoes, they now support orthopedic shoemakers in the production of custom insoles using 3D printing. A new Addigy FPU 79A thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) from Covestro is used in the form of filaments. Together with Danish printer partner Create it Real, the companies offer a new and sustainable solution for the digital production of shoe insoles.

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Conair has launched the new Eco air-cooled chillers, which are designed for outdoor installation and providing chilled water to plastics processing equipment indoors. According to the company, the packaged chillers are rugged enough to function efficiently under almost any ambient conditions, while providing a process-temperature set-point range that is among the widest in the industry.

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Hospital beds have special features both for the comfort and well-being of the patient and for the convenience of health care workers. People may focus on features that include adjustable height for the entire bed, the head, and the feet, adjustable side rails, and electronic buttons to operate both the bed and other nearby electronic devices. However, there is an unremarkable part that could cause inconvenience or discomfort to the patient if it is malfunctioned - a caster.

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Trinseo and BASF have launched a new cooperation project, the production of styrene based on circular feedstock. Trinseo has recently been procuring first supplies of the synthetical chemical styrene based on circular feedstock from BASF for use in its Solution-Styrene Butadiene Rubber (S-SBR) and polystyrene products. Trinseo supplies S-SBR to major tires manufacturers while its PS products are used in applications such as food packaging and appliances. The first few customers have already processed the material.

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