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Lubrizol contributes to Nike’s efforts to make full-face shields for front line medical workers

  4/21/2020 - Cleveland, OH – Lubrizol together with Nike, Inc. is helping protect front line medical workers fighting against COVID-19. To support Nike’s efforts to develop and donate full-face shields and powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) lenses to hospitals across several U.S. cities, Lubrizol donated Estane thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) polymers, an important element in both pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE). Nike's version of the full-face shield transforms elements of the brand's footwear and apparel, including TPU. Lubrizol’s innovation team quickly evaluated materials, provided insights to optimize performance and re-orchestrated its production and supply chain to produce and donate the necessary material to Nike as part of this effort. In addition to the full-face shields, the Estane TPU donation will be used in lenses for powered, air-purifying respirator (PAPR) helmets, used in situations where medical professionals face the greatest airborne pathogen exposure as they provide critical care to infected patients. With Lubrizol’s support, Nike has shipped full-face shields and PAPR lenses to health systems in Oregon, where Nike is headquartered, and several other U.S. cities, including Cleveland, where Lubrizol’s world headquarters sit. “We are grateful for the generosity of companies around the country as we build up our supply levels in anticipation of a surge in COVID-19 patients,” said Lara Kalafatis, chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Philanthropy Institute. This collaboration between Lubrizol and Nike demonstrates ingenuity applied alongside compassion and a sincere interest to help thousands of our caregivers.” “These face shields will allow us to treat patients while keeping our front-line medical providers safe,” said MetroHealth President and CEO Akram Boutros, MD, FACHE. “We appreciate this generous donation. It’s another example of the community coming together to care for each other.” Lubrizol’s TPU is said to be an incredibly versatile polymer that bridges the gap between flexible rubber and rigid plastics, which allows partners to apply TPU across a wide range of applications. In addition to full-face shields, Lubrizol’s TPU is being used in medical gowns, medical equipment, hospital mattresses, tubing, hoses and medical devices for many other critical applications. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Nike to improve lives and support those in need during COVID-19,” says Rick Tolin, president, Lubrizol Advanced Materials. “Every day our employees enable products used across the world, and our team is fully committed to enabling our science and applications expertise to deliver even greater impact during this global crisis.” Earlier this month, Lubrizol announced a $2 million donation commitment to support COVID-19 needs globally. The company has contributed critical supplies to hospitals across the world, donated to food banks where Lubrizol has major operations and supported local restaurants by purchasing meals for hospital workers, among other efforts. The company has also challenged its employees to contribute 2,020 virtual or at-home volunteer hours to assist organizations providing support in this environment.

Friday, January 22, 2021

Guill Tool & Engineering rolls out new website - click to expand

NovationSi and Zeon develop novel electrically conductive silicone compounds - click to expand

Hankook Tire selected as original equipment for Audi RS Q8 - click to expand

North America tire market forecast at $90 billion by 2025 - click to expand

Book of the day: Thermoplastic Elastomers - click to expand

Dunlop Motorcycle Tires announces price increase for U.S. and Canada - click to expand

Thursday, January 21, 2021

Bostik invests in joint venture with Cartell Chemical for development of engineering adhesives - click to expand

Bridgestone and NRGene announce sequence and assembly of guayule genome - click to expand

Freudenberg Medical expands U.S. molding operations - click to expand

Global silicone surfactants market forecast at $3.3 billion by 2026 - click to expand

Safic-Alcan further extends partnership with Arkema molecular sieves - click to expand

Cabot Corporation receives platinum rating for its sustainability efforts from EcoVadis - click to expand

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

GRI initiates phase 2 for the largest specialty tire plant in Sri Lanka - click to expand

Call for abstracts issued for 2021 International Elastomer Conference - click to expand

ExxonMobil introduces new Santoprene integrated thermoplastic vulcanizate - click to expand

Henkel expands collaboration with InterPRO for 3D application development - click to expand

Greenergy invests in advanced biofuels project - click to expand

German and International Rubber Conference 2021 postponed due to COVID-19 - click to expand

Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Wallace Instruments partners with ACE Products & Consulting LLC - click to expand

Lux Research names top five technologies disrupting the chemicals and materials industry - click to expand

Endurica named winner of the 2020 Tibbetts Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration - click to expand

Polyurethanes Technical Conference set to resume in Denver, CO, October 4 - click to expand

BKT renews its sponsorship for all competitions organized by Curling Canada - click to expand

Greenergy opts for Haldor Topsoe’s HydroFlex technology - click to expand

Monday, January 18, 2021

General Silicones announces solution for using hot-melt adhesives with silicone rubber - click to expand

Biesterfeld receives distribution rights for Denka acrylate rubbers - click to expand

Rubber Division, ACS, promotes rubber groups and technical organizations - click to expand

Apollo inaugurates specialized service center for tires in India - click to expand

TechnoBiz announces research webinar on Future Applications of Natural Rubber - click to expand

Harwick Standard announces retirement of Daniel Davis - click to expand

Market Reports

Rubber-internal mixer market will register a 0.3% CAGR through 2025 - click to expand

North America tire market forecast at $90 billion by 2025 - click to expand

Global silicone surfactants market forecast at $3.3 billion by 2026 - click to expand

Global Off the Road (OTR) Tire Market is expected to be around 4 percent through 2025 - click to expand

Global Automotive Tires Market to reach $575 billion by 2025 - click to expand

Global carbon black market is projected to expand at a CAGR of 4.4 percent through 2026 - click to expand

Global rubber gloves market size is expected to reach $22.1 billion by 2027 - click to expand

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