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Teknor Apex at Fakuma 2015: To Unveil TPE for Consumer Products

Published on 2015-06-10. Author : SpecialChem

PAWTUCKET, RI, U.S.A. -- A new family of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) for consumer products provides vivid color, tactile appeal, and soft-grip ergonomics while spanning a broad range of physical properties and exhibiting excellent moldability, it was announced by Teknor Apex Company, which will introduce the compounds at Fakuma 2015 (Stand B5-5315).

Teknor Apex’s Monprene® CP Series of TPE compounds are standard products available in identical formulations to customers in North America, Europe, and Asia. Two Teknor Apex's TPEs series available are: Teknor Apex’s Monprene CP-10100 low-density TPE compounds, with specific gravity of 0.89; and Teknor Apex’s Monprene CP-11100 high-density TPE compounds, with specific gravity of 1.15. Initially each series is comprised of six grades with Shore A hardness ranging from 40 to 90. (See table for properties of selected grades.)

Typical Properties of Six New TPEs for Consumer Products
Fig. 1: Typical Properties of Six New TPEs for Consumer Products
Source: Teknor Apex

With a light hue in natural form, Teknor Apex’s Monprene CP TPE Series compounds exhibit excellent colorability. All grades are suitable for skin contact and are resistant to cosmetics and household chemicals. When over-molded onto a rigid substrate, Teknor Apex’s Monprene® CP Series of TPE compounds provides a soft grip with ergonomic benefits.

The high-flow properties of Monprene CP Series TPEs make them suitable for a wide range of part shapes and sizes in injection, insert, and two-component molding. They exhibit excellent adhesion to polyolefins.

Teknor Apex recommends Monprene CP Series TPE compounds for grip, handle, cushion, anti-skid, anti-vibration, knob, and button applications in such products as writing instruments, sporting goods, appliances, tools, personal care items such as toothbrushes and razors, and flexible or soft items like toys.

“The versatility of the Monprene CP Series family provides OEMs and molders with great design flexibility,” said Brian Mulvany, senior market manager for the TPE Division of Teknor Apex. “These new materials are safe enough for skin contact yet still tough enough to resist the chemicals commonly found in household cleaners.”

Teknor Apex maintains inventories of all standard Monprene CP Series grades to ensure fast and easy sample turnaround for customers everywhere, Mr. Mulvany noted. “We produce these new compounds at all of our TPE manufacturing locations worldwide, ensuring dependable and steady supply in any region around the globe.”

About Teknor Apex

Teknor Apex Company, a privately held firm founded in 1924, is one of the world’s leading custom compounders of plastics. Teknor Apex produces flexible and rigid vinyl, thermoplastic elastomers, nylons, toll and specialty compounds, color masterbatches, specialty chemicals, bioplastics and hoses. The company is headquartered in Pawtucket, RI, U.S.A. and operates thirteen facilities worldwide in the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, China and Singapore.

The Thermoplastic Elastomer Division of Teknor Apex Company offers the broadest portfolio of TPE compounds available from a single source. The division compounds TPEs at eight locations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia under the brands: Elexar® (electrical and electronics applications), Medalist® (medical devices), Monprene® (consumer and industrial products), and Sarlink® (transportation).

Source: Teknor Apex

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