WEB EXCLUSIVE Eastman Chemical Co., Kingsport, Tenn., has opened a new development center to use its portfolio of resins and additives to help compounders, component manufacturers, and OEMs develop new applications for TPEs. ArticlePublished: 7/1/2009
Last Fall’s annual SPE Automotive TPO Global Conference in Sterling Heights, Mich., heard presentations on new formulations that cut cost by eliminating the compounding step and that bridge the gap between molded-in-color and painted parts. ArticlePublished: 1/1/2009
Olefinic TPEs originally comprised only two classes of rubber-modified polypropylene, known as TPO and TPV. More recently, these have been supplemented by new types of olefinic elastomers that can be used on their own or as the rubber component in T... ArticlePublished: 6/1/2008
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.