surgical gloves

Kraton Develops Unvulcanized TPE With High Levels of Softness, Strength

Kraton Corp. recently developed a new type of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) latex under the name Cariflex IR2GL1. Taking the form of a new styrene block copolymer TPE latex, the product is aimed toward use in the likes of surgical gloves. Cariflex IR2GL1 foregoes the conventional need for vulcanization while exhibiting strength, softness and flexibility. In addition, it is free from...

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Japanese Glove Sales Remain Strong as Focus on Work Safety Grows

Japan’s domestic sales volumes of glove products remained firm in 2016, up slightly from the year before, according to a report by the Japan Glove Manufacturers Association. Domestic sales of household gloves totaled 91.84 million pairs during 2016, up 0.2 percent from the previous year, while sales for surgical gloves increased 1.5 percent to 79.02 million pairs. Ultra-thin disposable gloves...

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Sanko Chemical Industry Sees Strong Sales With World’s First TPE Medical Gloves

Medical glove manufacturer Sanko Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. is seeing robust sales. The strong performance is led by the company’s flagship surgical gloves, which were launched on Sept. 1 of last year and are the world’s first gloves made of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE). The use of TPE helps to prevent reactions caused by latex proteins such as Type I hypersensitivity,...

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