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PolyOne Launches Sustainable Overmolding Thermoplastic Elastomers

Published on 2019-11-04. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Green and Bioplastics    

polyone-resound-tpe PolyOne has announced the launch of reSound™ OM (overmolding) thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), the latest addition to its sustainable solutions portfolio. These new formulations utilize between 40 and 50 percent bio-renewable content derived from sugarcane and offer hardness levels and performance comparable to standard TPEs.

Four New OM Grades for Rigid Polypropylene

Commercially available in all regions, the product portfolio consists of four overmolding grades that are compatible with rigid polypropylene and suited for overmolding onto ABS. All grades are formulated for durability, deliver property retention and UV resistance comparable to traditional TPEs.

In addition, the new grades feature easy colorability, which is a major requirement for applications in cosmetics packaging, personal care products and consumer electronics. With an opaque natural color, all reSound OM materials can use either traditional TPE colorants or be paired with sustainable colorants from PolyOne. Production scrap material can be reused when manufacturing with r eSound OM further, supporting sustainability.

Eco-friendly Materials Meeting Functional Requirements

Innovation is in our DNA, and we are committed to helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals with products such as reSound OM," added Walter Ripple, vice president, Sustainability at PolyOne. “Our investments in R&D, resulting sustainable solutions portfolio, and support for solutions to the plastic waste problem are outward signs of that commitment.”

OEMs want to incorporate environmentally responsible materials in their designs, especially those who manufacture consumer products, yet they also need to meet functional requirements,” said Jim Mattey, global marketing director, Specialty Engineered Materials at PolyOne. “New reSound OM grades address both goals by leveraging a significant amount of renewable content without compromising the material’s properties.”

Source: PolyOne
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