2020

17.04.2020 – ALSO Holding AG

Additive manufacturing: ALSO distributes Lubrizol's ESTANE(R) 3D TPU M95A

ALSO Holding AG / Key word(s): Alliance
Additive manufacturing: ALSO distributes Lubrizol's ESTANE(R) 3D TPU M95A

17.04.2020 / 11:30

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     Media release
Additive manufacturing: ALSO distributes Lubrizol's ESTANE(R) 3D TPU M95A


ALSO is expanding its portfolio of thermoplastics for 3D printing to
include, with immediate effect, global manufacturer Lubrizol's certified
ESTANE(R) 3D TPU M95A. The material was specially developed for the HP Jet
Fusion 4200 range, a 3D printer family ALSO included in its product
portfolio back in 2017.

"Additive manufacturing facilitates the trend toward no longer needing to
move products and components half way round the world but to be able to
produce them flexibly and sustainably on-site", says Gustavo Möller-Hergt,
CEO of ALSO Holding AG (SIX: ALSN). "That applies to the customised
manufacturing of prostheses by 3D printer just as it does to wearables or to
components for industrial production. And that is why part of our strategy
is to offer not only 3D devices but also high-quality materials that permit
production processes that are as sustainable as possible.".

David Pascual, Lubrizol's Global Commercial 3D Printing Lead, announced that
"After first developing a new innovative powder TPU for use with the market
leading HP 4200 3D printing platform, we are proud to join efforts with
ALSO." Pascual adds "This collaboration will allow Lubrizol to reach the
strong customers portfolio of ALSO across Europe and generate meaningful
application development."

ESTANE(R) 3D TPU M95A has been developed in close collaboration with HP. The
powder TPU recently passed tests for skin sensitization and cytotoxicity in
accordance with ISO 10993-05 and 10993-10. This enables ESTANE(R) 3D TPU
M95A to be a valuable material solution for product designers exploring 3DP
for end-use applications that require skin contact. This achievement builds
on Lubrizol's long legacy of developing innovative materials safe for use in
skin contact applications - from consumer products to medical devices - and
reflects Lubrizol's ongoing mission to improve lives.

Applications for the new material include footwear and prostheses, oil
resistant seals, consumer goods and automotive. ESTANE(R) 3D TPU M95 is a
flexible thermoplastic material with excellent processing and cold unpacking
properties while delivering excellent elongation and tensile strength. The
new material also has high impact absorption, a low abrasion rate and good
compression.

By distributing ESTANE(R) 3D TPU M95A, ALSO is rounding off its range of
high-quality TPUs for the HP Jet Fusion range and thereby offering another
key building block for the implementation of ambitious 3D printing projects.
The technology provider's product range currently comprises 3D printers of
different sizes and for different uses - from entry-level models to
up-market industrial and dental printers - along with consumables and
accessories such as industrial vacuum cleaners and lifting devices.
Resellers and users also benefit from the expertise that is bundled at the
ALSO Centre of Competence for Additive Manufacturing, which offers complete
single-source solutions.


Direct link to media release: https://www2.also.com/press/20200417en.pdf


Contact person ALSO Holding AG:
Manuela Rost-Hein
Head of Communications ALSO Group
Phone: +49 151 14040215
E-Mail: manuela.rost-hein@also.com


ALSO Holding AG (ALSN.SW) (Emmen/Switzerland) brings providers and buyers of
the ICT industry together. ALSO offer more than 660 vendors of hardware,
software and IT-services access to over 110 000 buyers, who can call a broad
spectrum of other customized services in the logistics, finance, and IT
services sectors, as well as traditional distribution services. From the
development of complex IT landscapes, the provision and maintenance of
hardware and software, right through to the return, reconditioning and
remarketing of IT hardware, ALSO offers all services as a one-stop shop.
ALSO is represented in 23 European countries and generates total net sales
of approximately 10.7 billion euros with around 4 000 employees in the
fiscal year 2019. The principal shareholder of ALSO Holding AG is the Droege
Group, Düsseldorf, Germany. Further information is available at
https://also.com


Lubrizol Engineered Polymers
With more than 60 years of experience and a worldwide network that includes
formulation design, manufacturing, R&D and cutting-edge technologies,
Lubrizol Engineered Polymers offers one of the broadest portfolios of
engineered polymers available today including resins that are bio-based,
recyclable, light stable, flame retardant, adhesive, chemically resistant,
optically clear and fast cycling. Our technology crosses many industries and
applications, including surface protection, power and fluid systems, sports
and recreation, wearable devices, electronics and automotive. For more
information, visit www.lubrizol.com/engineered-polymers or contact
engineeredpolymers@lubrizol.com.


Lubrizol Corporation
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a market-driven
global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the
quality, performance and value of customers' products while reducing their
environmental impact. It is a leader at combining market insights with
chemistry and application capabilities to deliver valuable solutions to
customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets.
With headquarters 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 8,700
employees worldwide. Revenues for 2018 were $6.8 billion. For more
information, visit Lubrizol.com.

Droege Group
Droege Group (founded in 1988) is an independent advisory and investment
company under full family ownership. The company acts as a specialist for
tailor-made transformation programs aiming to enhance corporate value.
Droege Group combines its corporate family-run structure and capital
strength into a family- equity business model. The group carries out direct
investments with its own equity in corporate spin-offs and medium-sized
companies in «special situations». With the guiding principle «execution -
following the rules of art», the group is a pioneer in execution-oriented
corporate development. Droege Group follows a focused investment strategy
based on current megatrends (knowledge, connectivity, prevention,
demography, specialization, future work, shopping 4.0). Enthusiasm for
quality, innovation and speed determines the company's actions. In recent
years Droege Group has successfully positioned itself in domestic and
international markets and operates in 30 countries. More information:
https://droege-group.com

Disclaimer
This press release contains forward-looking statements which are based on
current assumptions and forecasts of the ALSO management. Known and unknown
risks, uncertainties, and other factors could lead to material differences
between the forward-looking statements made here and the actual development,
in particular the results, financial situation, and performance of our
Group. The Group accepts no responsibility for updating these
forward-looking statements or adapting them to future events or
developments.


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