Kraiburg, Eastman collaborates to develop medical grade TPE


Kraiburg TPE collaborated with Eastman to develop a range of innovative high-purity TPEs. They have developed a range of THERMOLAST® M thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) with the capability to adhere directly to specialized polymers used in medical applications, including Eastman’s Tritan™ copolyester, PP, ABS, ABS/PC, and PET. “We are in the process of expanding our portfolio for the medical and pharmaceutical markets and for this purpose we are focusing on developing new materials for innovative products,” said Oliver Kluge, business unit manager medical applications, Kraiburg TPE. Read More
BASF inaugurated a new, world-scale antioxidants manufacturing plant at its Caojing site in Shanghai, China. With an annual capacity of 42,000 tons, the plant will produce antioxidants and associated forms and blends for the plastic additives market. The units for powder blending, liquid antioxidants and formgiving are now operational as part of the plant’s first phase. “With this investment, we strengthen our position as the leading global supplier of antioxidants. We expect the market will show attractive growth rates in the medium to long term,” said Markus Kamieth, Member of the Board of Directors, BASF SE. Read More

Lanxess is expanding its range of membrane elements for reverse osmosis (RO). The new Lewabrane HP (high performance) series comprises elements that consist of an enhanced brackish water membrane to serve applications in which high rejection and energy efficiency are important. Using the new types in combination with monodisperse Lewatit ion exchange resins provides high quality produced water at lower operational cost.  With an average salt rejection of 99.7 percent and high permeability, the new product types are a further development of the high cross-linked polyamide membrane which Lanxess launched in 2012. Read More

Archroma announced the introduction of a new optical brightening agent (OBA) specially designed for food packaging and paper, Leucophor® AFCN liq. The newly launched OBA has been approved for food contact by the US food and drug administration. A growing part of food containers are made from renewable sources, such as paper and board. It is necessary to ensure that these paper containers are free from substances that would be harmful for the consumer. Leucophor® AFCN liq was designed with these guiding principles: 1. Leucophor® AFCN liquid has approval for use in food-contact paper and paperboard under FDA Food Contact Notification. Read More

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