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TPE Adheres Well to Different Surfaces for ‘Clean Eating’

Kraiburg TPE’s Thermolast K is used for the Babynator mat  for use with babies and toddlers and can be used as part of a complete system.

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Medical-Grade TPEs Bond Effectively to Copolyester

Joint testing by Teknor Apex and Eastman showed Medalist TPEs overmolded onto Eastman Tritan copolyester yielded durable bond for grips, gaskets, and other soft/rigid items

Additives

Special-Effect Masterbatch for Natural-Looking Plastic Wine Corks

Prototype TPE corks made with Avient’s new Renol and Remafin masterbatch that create natural-looking TPE corks gets positive reviews at recent trials.  
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Antimicrobial-Containing TPEs for High-Touch Plastic Surfaces

Avient’s three proprietary TPE formulations inhibit bacterial growth by +99.9% and resist fungal and mold growth.
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Biobased Styrenic TPE Chosen by Flooring Company

Ineos Styrolution’s new Styroflex Eco selected by nora by Interface rubber flooring in its endeavors to become a carbon negative enterprise.

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PIR Content TPEs for Automotive Exteriors

Kraiburg TPE’s new series of compounds to help European OEMs use optimum materials for future automotive exterior applications.
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Recycled-Content TPEs for Overmolding Globally Expanded

Avient has expanded its reSound R recycled-content TPE range in North America and Asia that are compatible with PC, ABS, and PC/ABS and launched over 80% recycled content versions in Europe.
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Arkema’s 40th Anniversary of its Pebax TPEs Includes Some Big Steps in Sustainability

Among Arkema’s new Pebax developments is a wide portfolio of advanced bio-circular solutions.
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Electronics

‘First’ Carbon Fiber Smartphone Developed by German Startup

Lanxess Tepex dynalite 208 TPU is the matrix material for Carbon Mobile’s ultra-thin and extremely light smartphone.
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Next-Generation Supersoft TPEs

Kraiburg’s three new Thermolast TPE compounds said to represent new generation of supersoft TPEs.
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Medical

Growing Interest in TPEs for COVID-19 Related Medical Applications

United Soft Plastics reports on a surging intereste for TPEs for face masks, ventilators, and face shields due to their elasticity, resilience, and FDA compliance.  

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Novel Flexible and Toughened Engineering Resin

Toray leverages proprietary nanoalloy technology to create a unique flexible and toughened type of nylon.

Recycled Materials

One of the First Portfolios of Sustainable TPEs Commercially Launched

Audia Elastomers’ new AudiaFlex TPEs are produced from post-consumer, post-industrial, biobased, and marine waste based sources.
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Pipe, Profile & Tubing Extrusion

Automated Crosshead for Elastomer Hose

Said to be engineered to minimize operator involvement and use of hand tools, thereby improving safety.  

Injection Molding

Engel Launches Used Machinery Business

Located in Prague based on Eastern Europe’s interest in second-hand equipment, the unit will buy back, refurbish and sell injection molding machines and robots.

Medical

NewAge Adds Tubing Capacity in Coronavirus Fight

Processors add three new Davis-Standard silicone extruders to increase production of tubing line.

Engineering Resins

Proprietary TPE Compound for Premium Electronic Components

PolymaxTPE’s new bondable TPE boasts excellent adhesion to PC, ABS and their blends and alloys.
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Fast, Precise Machine Helps Tubing Processor Make the Cut

Instead of turning down a job or farming out cutting to another company because of downstream bottlenecks, Eagle Elastomer can now handle all extrusion process functions in-house. 
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Compounding

The Buck Stops … at This One-Stop Compounder

CRC Polymer Systems brings expertise in material selection, product formulation and processing, and a thorough understanding of part design and tooling under one roof with a series of customized materials and capabilities aimed at OEMs and molders.
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Materials Know How

Materials Part 6 of 7: Annealing Tips for Thermoplastic Polyurethanes

TPUs form physical, rather than chemical, crosslinks that can be broken by reheating. Formation of these crosslinks can be sped up by annealing, which improves a variety of properties.
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