Shawbury, UK -- The programme for the Thirteenth International Conference on Thermoplastic Elastomers, to be held 26 - 27 Oct, Cologne, includes a short session on thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs).
Organiser iSmithers has two papers in this TPU session, which starts the second day of the meeting, on Wednesday 27 Oct. First is a paper on "Inelasticity of hard phase reinforced elastomers: a study of copolyurethanes with varying hard and soft Segments," presented by Dr Cristina Prisacariu & Dr Elena Scortanu, from the Institute of Macromolecular Chemistry, "Petru Poni" lasi, Romania.
This paper is followed by one on "Thermoplastic polyurethane with excellent durability," by Yuusuke Tanaka, Kuraray, Japan & Dr Dirk Kilian, Kuraray Europe GmbH, Germany.
iSmithers notes that, despite the global recession, "TPE materials continue to show healthy growth, with global demand forecast to grow at 6 percent per year to 2013, reaching 4.2 million tonnes," (source the Freedonia Group). This is largely due to their unique combination of elastomeric properties with thermoplastic processability and recyclability, iSmithers notes.
With the world economy now growing and consumer confidence improving, the demand for higher performance TPEs is set to once again drive technical product developments, of the sort that will feature at the meeting, says the organiser.
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