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Recent Developments in TPEs

SpecialChem / Jun 28, 2006

There is a much interest in thermoplastics elastomers (TPEs) since it is the fastest growing field in the polymer industry. TPEs can be applied in a nearly all industries and this creates a growing number of people that find it beneficial to understand their characteristics and to keep up to date on developments. With the growth there is an increasing number of TPE product families that have been commercialized. Then matters become even more complicated as the number of commercial products in these families has rapidly multiplied. This article will focus on giving a brief update on the recent developments in the TPE polymer field and provide some insight on the new products and capabilities within the several TPE product families. A TPE is a polymer that is designed to behave mechanically like an elastomer yet process like a thermoplastic. A TPE generally has a structure with two microscopic-sized phases where one is low modulus and easily deformable, and the other is rigid and acts behaves like a link between the soft, flexible regions.

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