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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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Dec 17, 2012 | Article

TPE 2012 Conference Review: Improved Products for Demanding Applications

By Thibaud Deleger

Once again the Smithers RAPRA organization set-up the annual conference on Thermoplastics Elastomers (TPE 2012), which took place this year in Berlin, Germany, on November 13 & 14th, 2012. Once...

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Nov 26, 2012 | Industry News

Global TPU Market to Grow at CAGR of 5.5% from 2013 to 2018: Transparency Market Research

According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research "Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) Market — Global Industry Analysis, Market Size, Share, Trends, Analysis, Growth and...

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Nov 16, 2012 | Industry News

BASF Strengthens its Market Position with Construction of Novel Production Complex for TPUs

Fifty years after its founding sees BASF Polyurethanes GmbH in Lemförde continuing its success story. With the construction of a new production complex for thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) the...

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Nov 14, 2012 | Product News

Trexel's MuCell® Process-based Soft-touch TPE Panels Named Finalist for SPE's Innovation Awards

Highly aesthetic soft-touch instrument panels for Daimler's Actros truck, which make innovative use of Trexel's MuCell® process, have been named a finalist in the body interior category of the...

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Nov 2, 2012 | Product News

Merquinsa at TPE 2012 Conference: To Feature Advance TPU Solutions for Industrial Market

Merquinsa, a Lubrizol company, recently announced that it will participate in the TPE 2012 conference, which will take place in Berlin on November 13-14, 2012. Organized by Smithers Rapra, the...

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Dec 11, 2012 | Product News

Lubrizol Corp Introduces Estane® Soft Plasticizer-free TPUs for Athletic Footwear Applications

The Lubrizol Corporation offers Estane® soft plasticizer-free thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) for athletic footwear applications. An alternative to conventional plasticized TPUs, Lubrizol's...

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Nov 19, 2012 | Industry News

Discraft Uses STAR's TPEs to Produce Specialized Flying Discs Sportdiscs™ for Disc Golf Players

It is no wonder that disc golf is fast becoming one of the most popular sports in North America. Why? For starters, it contributes to good physical and mental conditioning, and is fun for everyone...

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Nov 16, 2012 | Industry News

STAR Replaces TPV & Rubber with its Newly Formulated Hard & Flexible StarFlex® H TPE Grade

A very special hard grade of TPE (60 Shore D) has been developed by Star Thermoplastic Alloys & Rubbers, Inc. (STAR) for designers and product marketers needing an elastomer that is both hard and...

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Nov 8, 2012 | Product News

APS Offers Anti-static TPE Grades - Maxelast® P Series for Sports, Electronics and more

Product designers and molders as well as marketers of consumer goods, sports equipment and electronic products who are seeking to add permanent anti-static/ESD effect properties on and in their...

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Oct 29, 2012 | Industry News

Nike Uses Merquinsa's Bio-based Pearlthane® ECO TPUs in its GS Football Boot's Sole

Merquinsa, a Lubrizol company, announces that its Pearlthane® ECO TPUs are incorporated into Nike's recently released GS football boot. TPUs (thermoplastic polyurethanes) are known for outstanding...

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