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SQlab has chosen Supersoft TPE for optimum pressure distribution in cycling shorts

Finding the right combination takes you further ahead – as in the cycling shorts made by SQlab. Premium fabric, extremely dense foam plastic and TPE gel pads make the difference. 
(Image: © 2021 SQlab)The sports sector is booming and more people than ever are cycling on the streets in Germany. Whether or not it’s boosted with electric power, getting about on two wheels is popular, with a 2020 Fahrrad-Monitor survey showing that 85% of participants say fitness is their reason for cycling, while more than two-thirds of the participants put the emphasis on environmental protection. At the same time, there is growing demand for high-quality equipment that will have a positive effect on the cycling experience. Top of the list: Cycling shorts. The garment has to be stylish, made of functional material and, above all, it needs to be smartly padded. Whether it’s for extended tours or racing – to prevent bike tours from turning into hell rides, SQlab, a Munich company, has selected Supersoft TPE for its new shorts padding. The result is outstandingly high-quality, ergonomic, and durable trouser pads – so you can concentrate on just enjoying the cycling.

Clariant expands its contribution to sustainability with pigments certified OK compost INDUSTRIAL

Clariant’s nine selected organic pigments certified with the OK compost INDUSTRIAL label. 
(Photo: Clariant/TÜV AUSTRIA)To meet sustainability targets and fulfill commitments to the plastics circular economy, producers of plastic articles are increasingly using polymers that are compostable. Clariant’s business unit Pigments is contributing to this growth in compostable plastic articles, with a range of certified OK compost INDUSTRIAL pigments, offering customers new coloring opportunities.

There’s a system for learning to eat cleanly

Making sure learning to eat doesn’t turn into an endurance test: the Babynator. 
(Image: © 2021 Babynator)The Babynator learn-to-eat set for babies and toddlers makes eating cleaner. The non-slip system comprises a self-adhesive mat made of THERMOLAST® K from KRAIBURG TPE that firmly holds in place exchangeable accessories such as plates and bowls. The “Babynator” is available as a set or separately, in many different colors.

Clariant completes its divestment program by reaching agreement to divest its Pigments business

ClariantClariant, a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company, today announced that it has reached definitive agreements for the divestment of its Pigments business to a consortium of Heubach Group (“Heubach”) and SK Capital Partners (“SK Capital”) at an Enterprise Value (EV) of CHF 805 million to CHF 855 million on a cash and debt free basis, depending on an earn-out payment of CHF 50 million contingent on the 2021 financial performance of Clariant’s Pigments business. This represents a multiple of 10.7 to 11.4 times the stand-alone adjusted 12-month EBITDA per April 2021 (LTM).

ELIX Polymers’ E-LOOP products with recycled content are commercially available

ELIX Polymers’ E-LOOP products with recycled content are commercially available.
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ELIX Polymers, a global leader in specialised styrene-based thermoplastics, has included all of its Circular Economy activities under the new brand name, E-LOOP, which was launched successfully last February. The E-LOOP brand includes two strategic programmes of ELIX Sustainable Portfolio Solutions: Circular Plastics and Responsible Innovation.

Virtual TPE Expert Talks 2021 provide global information

Franz Hinterecker is CEO at KRAIBURG TPE. 
(Image: © 2021 KRAIBURG TPE)KRAIBURG TPE will be holding its second TPE Expert Talks from June 8 to 10. Spurred on by the positive feedback received about the kick-off event in 2020, this free digital event will be presented in an extended global format, full of highlights and industry expertise brought together for customers, partners and everybody interested in TPEs.

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