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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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Join us September 21-23 for a first-of-its-kind event that brings under one roof our annual Molding and Extrusion Conferences, together with the Amerimold Expo. 

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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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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‘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.

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.  

Novel Flexible and Toughened Engineering Resin

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

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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Automated Crosshead for Elastomer Hose

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

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.

NewAge Adds Tubing Capacity in Coronavirus Fight

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

Proprietary TPE Compound for Premium Electronic Components

PolymaxTPE’s new bondable TPE boasts excellent adhesion to PC, ABS and their blends and alloys.

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. 

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 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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Reactive Extrusion: Industry Icons Impart Their Insights

Three distinguished experts in the area of reactive extrusion shed some light on this process.

Fakuma Show Goes On (Digitally) for Wittmann Battenfeld

Self-contained inline scrap integration; medical, LSR, and packaging Cells; an MES Upgrade and more to be introduced virtually.

Materials: Unusual Crosslinkable Elastomers Outperform TPVs, Silicones and Thermoset Rubbers

PolyOne’s new Barricade Elastomers offer high-temperature compression set performance, easier processing and lighter weight.

3D Laser Scanning Accelerated Production of PPE Masks for Coronavirus Pandemic

NVision’s non-contact scanning/measurement technologies have a growing role in helping to swiftly create products to minimize exposure to COVID-19.