This first of two articles on directions in TPE development focuses on styrenic, copolyester, polyamide, and TP urethane elastomers. The following article covers olefinics—TPOs, TPVs, and POEs.
EPS molding machine builders have been busy in R&D. The driver is strong growth in EPS shape molding, especially large parts like fish boxes and insulated concrete forms (ICFs) for construction.
Custom backlighting with color-converting plastics and robotic extrusion of door seals won two categories of the 37th Innovation Awards presented in November by the SPE Automotive Div. ArticlePublished: 1/1/2008
Basell Polyolefins in the Netherlands (U.S. office in Wilmington, Del.) has agreed to buy Solvay Engineered Polymers, Inc., Auburn Hills, Mich., a leading supplier of TPOs and TPVs. ArticlePublished: 12/17/2007