The softest thermoplastic elastomers—those measured on the Shore 00 scale—haven't traditionally been easy to turn into finished products. Now GLS Corporation (www.glscorp.com) has come up with the Versaflex CL2003, which features hardness of just 30 Shore 00. Yet the material, which comes as free-flowing pellets, can be injection molded into finished components or overmolded onto other substrates. Samples of the material exhibit both a water-clear complexion and a non-oily feel.
The implementation of a new diesel fuel standard in the US has considerably improved the environmental performance of diesel vehicles. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that the new ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD) fuel has combined with other improved technologies to reduce diesel's particulate matter (PM) emissions by 99%.
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