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Source: Lubrizol
Lubrizol and Trexel Enter Partnership to Promote High Performance Foam Technology

CLEVELAND, Ohio, May 10, 2013 - (ACN Newswire) - The Lubrizol Corporation announces a new partnership between its Engineered Polymers business and Trexel, Inc., to be the preferred polymer supplier for Trexel's MuCell(R) foaming technology. Trexel provides world-class engineering support, training and other design and processing services, as well as the equipment and components integral to the MuCell process.

Combining Lubrizol's Engineered Polymers Estane(R) TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) product, with MuCell physical foaming technology, creates highly elastic microcellular parts that excel in energy absorption and cushioning applications. Beside superior compression properties and a fast molding cycle, Estane microcellular foams can provide a high-quality, thin skin layer that adds aesthetic values, as well as the typical advantages of TPU such as outstanding abrasion and cut resistance.

Working together, Lubrizol Engineered Polymers sports and recreation business and Trexel will be able to bring an encompassing value to processors from setting up a new MuCell molding line, modifying an existing line or offering suggestions on which polymer grades to utilize for quality foam parts. In addition, brands with post-consumer recycling programs* in place - or planning for them - may appreciate the fact that Estane foam contains no foreign chemical additives such as chemical blowing agents or crosslinkers.

Gert-Jan Nijhuis, sports and recreation global business director for Lubrizol Engineered Polymers, noted "Our cooperation with Trexel is a direct result of Lubrizol's strategy to be a solution provider to the sports and recreation industry. It allows us to combine our innovative polymer technologies with the latest manufacturing technologies. This enables us to bring a unique value not only to processors, but also to global OEMs and ultimately the consumer."

"We are excited about our new partnership with Lubrizol, the provider of Estane. Our joint customers will greatly benefit from our co-development efforts for MuCell-foamed Estane, providing a lighter injection molded part with improved energy absorbency for consumer sports and recreation applications," said Steve Braig, president & CEO of Trexel Inc.

Estane Engineered Polymers are highly versatile, thermoplastic elastomers that can be utilized in film and sheet, extrusion, blow molding, injection molding, over molding, calendaring and solution coating processes for applications in the industrial, sports and recreation and electronics industries. For more information about Estane Engineered Polymersand other Lubrizol Engineered Polymers, please visit www.lubrizol.com .

About The Lubrizol Corporation

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is an innovative specialty chemical company that produces and supplies technologies to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, other transportation-related fluids and industrial lubricants, as well as fuel additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for personal care products and pharmaceuticals; specialty materials, including plastics technology and performance coatings in the form of specialty resins and additives. Lubrizol's industry-leading technologies in additives, ingredients and compounds enhance the quality, performance and value of customers' products, while reducing their environmental impact.

With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, The Lubrizol Corporation owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 7,000 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2012 were $6.1 billion. For more information, visit www.lubrizol.com .

Estane(R) is a registered trademark of The Lubrizol Corporation.

* Recyclability is based on access to a readily available standard recycling program that supports such materials. This product may not be recyclable in all areas.

About Trexel and the MuCell(R) Process

The MuCell(R) Microcellular Foam technology from Trexel Inc. is a complete process and equipment technology that enables the production of high quality plastic parts with significantly enhanced dimensional stability, lower weight/material and reduced cycle time. MuCell(R) technology involves the introduction of precisely metered quantities of atmospheric gases (nitrogen or carbon dioxide) in the plasticizing unit of an injection molding machine to create a microcellular material structure in the end product. The creation of these microcellular structures brings a wide array of benefits including an increased part quality along with reduced production costs.

Trexel, Inc. has led the development of the MuCell(R) Microcellular foaming technology and has pioneered many plastic processing solutions. Process deployment, as well as equipment, is supported by teams of highly qualified engineers through Trexel subsidiaries in North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, please visit www.trexel.com.

MuCell(R) is a registered trademark of Trexel, Inc.

Media Contact
Michael Priola
Website: www.lubrizol.com

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