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Lubrizol Unveils Low Density Hydrophobic TPU for Healthcare Applications at MD&M

Published on 2012-02-16. Author : SpecialChem

CLEVELAND -- The Lubrizol Corporation announces a new low density hydrophobic thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) technology for medical and healthcare applications. The company launches the product at the 2012 Medical Design & Manufacturing show in Anaheim, CA.

This new hydrophobic Tecothane™ Soft technology eliminates the need for plasticizers to produce softer grades of material. In addition, these TPUs exhibit relatively low tack with use of significantly reduced amounts of lubricant.

Deb Langer, general manager - life science polymers, explains, "Our unique soft TPU polymer can be utilized in areas where silicones are traditionally required. The Tecothane Soft polymer technology may be extruded or injected molded utilizing traditional processing equipment. Techothane Soft’s unique features provide performance for the designer while maintaining comfort for the patient."

About The Lubrizol Corporation

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is an innovative specialty chemical company that produces and supplies technologies to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, other transportation-related fluids and industrial lubricants, as well as fuel additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for personal care products and pharmaceuticals; specialty materials, including plastics technology and performance coatings in the form of specialty resins and additives. Lubrizol’s industry-leading technologies in additives, ingredients and compounds enhance the quality, performance and value of customers’ products, while reducing their environmental impact.

With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, The Lubrizol Corporation owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 7,000 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2010 were $5.4 billion.

Source: Lubrizol

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