PT ZONE: Thermoplastic Elastomers

Newly Named Wellman Advanced Materials Expands into Auto TPOs
Under its new parenthood, Wellman get new name and makes entry into automotive TPO market. More (+)
MATERIALS: High-Flow Styrenic TPEs for Auto Interiors
Teknor's new styrenic TPEs are said to be ideal for auto interior components where TPVs may be "over engineered". More (+)

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Impact of New Forces on the Global Plastics Industry: A focus of GPS2015

Both new threats and opportunities for end markets such as packaging and automotive to be addressed at SPI/IHS Global Plastics Summit.

Chinese TPE Compounder Reshores to Chicago Area

New TPE compounder in the Midwest launched by a Chinese-born, U.S. citizen who already had a successful compounding operation in his homeland.

MATERIALS: Hybrid Glass/Carbon Fiber Composites in PP, TPU

PlastiComp has added to its hybrid long-glass+carbon fiber thermoplastic composites offerings.

Tough, Ultra-Low Weight TPU Used for Inner Tube of New Mountain Bikes

BASF's new TPU enables a 65% wall thickness reduction.

Unusual TPE Used in Swim Fin for Amputees

S&E's TPE compound is well-suited to the new Amp Fin swim fin.

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Thermoplastic Elastomers


A category of materials that combine the functionality and properties of thermoset rubbers with the processability of thermoplastics. These materials are typically processed into products that require "soft-touch" features.

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