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Rubber Replacement

The aim of using plastics as rubber replacement is to achieve a maximum weight saving in individual components or parts by means of the design, the material selection or the method of production. By focusing on key concepts such as TPE, TPO, TPV elastomer, SBS, SEBS... this Channel aims to provide engineers and designers with technical solutions to replace rubber with plastics. 

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Oct 22, 2012 | Industry News

PolyOne, DENSO Jointly Develop Specialized OnFlex™ TPE for DENSO's Automotive HVAC System

PolyOne Corporation, a premier global provider of specialized polymer materials, services and solutions, recently announced that DENSO Corporation, a leading supplier of automotive systems for all...

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Oct 12, 2012 | Product News

BASF at Fakuma: To Exhibit GF-reinforced PA, PU & PBT for Auto, Aero & Packaging Sectors

Engineering plastics, polyurethanes and masterbatch preparations are once again the major topics of this year's BASF exhibit at the Fakuma, the international exhibition for plastics processing in...

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Oct 4, 2012 | Industry News

ExxonMobil's Santoprene™ TPVs & Exxtral™ Performance Polyolefins Find Application in VW Cars

Santoprene™ TPVs chosen for glass run channel weatherseal of Volkswagen up! Exxtral™ performance polyolefins for interiors of Volkswagen up! as well as for the front and rear bumper fascia of the...

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Oct 3, 2012 | Industry News

Merquinsa & Others Contribute to Growing Demand of Bio-based TPUs in Multiple Applications

The demand for renewable-based polyurethanes (PUs) continues to rise as manufacturers throughout the value chain within the automotive, footwear, carpet and even furniture sectors seek to...

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Sep 24, 2012 | Product News

Elastocon Introduces Advanced Rubber Replacing TPE Grades CLR65 & CLR75 for Medical Use

Several new grades of clear, SEBS-based thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) from Elastocon TPE Technologies now offer medical products designers and manufacturers an even broader selection from which to...

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Oct 17, 2012 | Product News

APS to Launch its Own Viprene® TPVs & Styflex® SEBS-based Compounds

Alliance Polymers and Services LLC (APS), a fast-growing distributor and technical resource for thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), announces that by the end of the 4th quarter of 2012, it will begin...

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Oct 8, 2012 | Industry News

DSM's Rubber Substitute Arnitel® Eco - Bio-based TPC Gets MEDIUM Award for Material of the Year

Arnitel® Eco, an innovative, partly bio-based thermoplastic copolyester elastomer (TPC) has won an honorable mention in the 2012 Material ConneXion Material of the Year Award. The revolutionary...

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Oct 4, 2012 | Product News

Ford Motor & Others at TPE 2012: To Highlight Role of TPEs & TPOs in Multiple Applications

Smithers Rapra has unveiled four new speakers for their forthcoming thermoplastic elastomers conference in Berlin on 13-14 November. Dr Valentina Cerato, Senior Materials Engineer, Ford Motor...

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Sep 25, 2012 | Industry News

STAR Thermoplastic Offers Advanced Customized TPE Grommets for Car Door Lock Assemblies

The ongoing popularity of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) has seen many TPE producers make moves that are, at least in part, detrimental to manufacturers or marketers whose products need more than...

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Sep 24, 2012 | Article

Polymers for Use in Nosocomial Infection Prevention

By Mark DeMeuse

During the last decade, attention has been drawn to hospital-acquired infections, also referred to as nosocomial. As part of that attention, there is a growing demand for higher standards in...

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