WEB EXCLUSIVE: A new series of TPEs is said to be a lower-cost alternative to comparable TPEs for toothbrush handles and handles/grips for other personal-care items. The Maxelast P2844 Series of SEBS-based TPEs comes from China’s Polymax Elastomer Technology Co. and is sold exclusively in North America by Alliance Polymer and Services, LLC, Romulus, Mich. P2844 Series TPEs boast excellent overmolding onto PP for handles that provide a soft comfortable ergonomic grip, as well as other products where colorability and “soft touch” are desirable. They can also be used for standalone applications. These reportedly easy-to-process TPEs come in a 25 to 30 Shore A hardnesses and in both translucent and natural color pellets with no minimum quantity limits.
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