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Dow gears up for 3Q launch of Infuse OBC.

Dow Chemical, Midland, Mich., is gearing up for full-scale manufacturing of its new Infuse OBCs (thermoplastic olefin block copolymers) at Freeport, Texas, in the third quarter. The company recently completed its first large-scale developmental trial run of these novel TPEs, first unveiled last June at NPE 2006. The new production facility can also produce Affinity olefin plastomers and Engage olefin elastomers.

Lauded as a breakthrough in olefinic elastomers due to their unique block structure, Infuse OBCs consist of linear MDPE hard blocks and Engage-type ethylene-octene soft segments. They are said to deliver novel combinations of properties and processability at a use cost competitive with TPVs. TPUs, and styrenic block copolymers. Infuse OBCs are also said to offer performance advantages over EVA and flexible PVC. Tel: (800) 441-4369 * www.dow.corn/infuse
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Publication:Plastics Technology
Date:Apr 1, 2007
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