Lubrizol Debuts Self-Healing Thermoplastic

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The human body has had one clear advantage over plastic, get a scratch and you heal, scratch your glasses and you are out of luck. Until now.

The Lubrizol Corporation’s Engineered Polymers business, showcased several new and differentiated polymer solutions at Plastimagen 2016 in Mexico City, Mexico, on March 8-11, 2016.

Among the products it debuted was Estane® VSN 9000 Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU), which has unique self-healing properties and other highly desirable functional benefits such as dimensional stability and chemical resistance.

Estane VSN 9000 improves product performance and operational outcomes for designers, brands and producers of high-end eyewear frames.

The product is being marketed for eyeglasses stems and frames material, and its self-healing properties can remove scratches made during production or shipping.

With Estane VSN 9000 scratches disappear in less than a minute when placed in water that is heated to 90 degrees Celsius.

Now, if someone can just help you find your glasses when you forget where you put them.

About Lubrizol

Based in Wickliffe, Ohio, Lubrizol owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. It sells its specialty chemical products in over 100 countries.

Berkshire Hathaway acquired Lubrizol in 2011 for $9 billion in cash. Revenues for 2015 were $7 billion.

© 2016 David Mazor

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