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Plastics & Elastomers
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Plastics & Elastomers
Rubber Replacement

The aim of using plastics as rubber replacement is to achieve a maximum weight saving in individual components or parts by means of the design, the material selection or the method of production. By focusing on key concepts such as TPE, TPO, TPV elastomer, SBS, SEBS... this Channel aims to provide engineers and designers with technical solutions to replace rubber with plastics. 

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Jan 21, 2019 | Article

Taking TPEs to the Next Level – New Developments Round-up

By Payal Ahuja

The global market for thermoplastic elastomers is estimated to have grown at a compound average rate (CAGR) of 5.45% in 2012-17, even though it is an increasingly mature market. It is also...

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Jan 9, 2019 | Product News

Teknor Apex Launches Heat- and Chemical-resistant TPEs for Food-contact Applications

Teknor Apex Company has launched a new series of styrenic thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) low compression set, high heat resistance, and have look and feel of silicone suitable for food-contact...

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Jan 2, 2019 | Product News

Colorite Launches More Grades in Cellene® TPE Product Line for Various Applications

Colorite has launched new grades in Cellene® thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds for healthcare and a wide variety of other applications. These compounds are viable alternatives to PVC...

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Dec 18, 2018 | Product News

DSM’s New Thermoplastic Copolyester Allows 3D Printing of End-use Parts for Automotive

DSM’s new Arnitel® ID2060 HT Thermoplastic Copolyester allows 3D printing of end-use parts for demanding automotive applications. It also allows replacing of aluminum and rubber for light weighting...

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Nov 30, 2018 | Product News

DSM’s New Breakthrough Materials Accelerate Adoption of 3D Printing into Mainstream

DSM has announced two major product launches that will help accelerate adoption of 3D printing into mainstream production. New materials allow manufacturers to replace aluminum & rubber for light...

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Sep 17, 2018 | Industry News

Momentive to be Acquired by Investor Group (SJL, KCC & Wonik) for USD 3.1 Bn

MPM Holdings Inc. and SJL Partners LLC, KCC Corporation and Wonik QnC Corporation (collectively, the “Investor Group”), have announced that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement...

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Aug 27, 2018 | Product News

Kraton’s Advanced TPE Latex Reduces Risk of Allergies in Surgical Gloves

At 2018 International Rubber Glove Conference and Exhibition, Kraton will feature Cariflex™ IR2GL1 - a clean and pure thermoplastic elastomer latex for surgical gloves which intends to decrease the...

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Jul 17, 2018 | Product News

ARLANXEO Formulates New TPV Using Bio-based EPDM Rubber

ARLANXEO has launched new TPVs that combine bio-based Keltan Eco EPDM Rubber. New bio-based TPV offers an excellent opportunity to replace regular thermoset rubber in automotive sealing...

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Jun 8, 2018 | Product News

Denka Unveils High-performance Elastomer, Alternative to Hydrogenated Nitrile Rubber

Denka has developed its third high-performance elastomer “Evolmer”. This new material can meet the diverse and highly demanding requirements of the automotive, electric equipment and electronics...

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Apr 26, 2018 | Industry News

TPE Compounds Gain Popularity as More Feasible Option in Medical Applications

According to Colorite, TPEs are being viewed as a replacement for PVC in medical applications where phthalate- or plasticizer-free materials are desired and also, rubber replacement used in...

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