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Teknor Apex’s New Low-gloss PVC Compounds for Auto Window Encapsulation: NPE2018

Published on 2018-02-23. Author : SpecialChem

TAGS:  Automotive     Rubber Replacement     Cost Efficiency    

PVC Glass Encapsulation
PVC Glass Encapsulation
At NPE2018 (Booth S22045), Teknor Apex Company will introduce a newly developed series of flexible PVC injection molding compounds that have been used successfully in automotive window encapsulation. Newly developed series of flexible PVC exhibits substantially lower levels of surface gloss, providing a rubber-like finish that matches that of adjacent EPDM components while retaining the cost-performance advantages of PVC.

Rubber-like Finish with Apex 1523-LG Series

The newly enhanced Apex® 1523 compounds, named the Apex 1523-LG Series, exhibits gloss levels similar to those of EPDM rubber beltline seals or glass run channels, enabling manufacturers of PVC-encapsulated windows to meet OEM demand for a closer match in the surface finish of these critical appearance parts.
  • The lowest gloss levels of standard PVC compounds for window encapsulation are in the 9 to 12 range as defined by SPI gloss finish standards, and they are achieved through etching or sandblasting of the tooling surface. 
  • In contrast, Apex 1523-LG Series compounds achieves a gloss level in the 3 to 4 range without need for surface treatment of the tooling. 
  • This eliminates the costs associated with the tooling maintenance and repair required to keep a consistent surface appearance from part to part. 

OEM Approved Material

Apex 1523-LG Series compounds has received several OEM material approvals, including the GMW-16084 specification for quarter windows from General Motors and the MSDC543 specification for quarter windows and sunroofs from Chrysler. Teknor Apex can manufacture these compounds in the U.S., Europe, and China.

Replacing PVC from Window Encapsulation

OEM-approved Apex 1523 LG Series
Steve McCormack, industry manager of the Teknor Apex Automotive Group, said:
“Our introduction of low-gloss compounds is particularly important since PVC is the dominant material for window encapsulation and is valued by manufacturers for its advantages over elastomers. Like standard PVC, new Apex 1523-LG Series formulations are relatively low in cost, provide better scratch and mar resistance, excellent bonding to glass, and superior colorability. In fact, Teknor Apex can match to any color and supply uniform product no matter how many places in the world a customer carries on manufacturing.”

Teknor Apex's Apex® Series

Source: Teknor Apex Company
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