Alliance Polymers and Services, LLC (APS) announced that it now offers SEBS-based standard and custom Maxelast TPE compounds from Chinese compounder Polymax Elastomer Technology Co., Ltd. According to the company, this is the first of several steps through a joint venture between Polymax and Alliance to penetrate North American markets with a full line of TPEs and TPVs. The next step, tentatively scheduled for May 2012, is to build a TPE compounding production facility in the US (The site not being disclosed at this time). Alliance Principal Stephane Morin, said: "While some might say there currently are enough dominate TPE players already out there, our position will be to offer the same or better quality of thermoplastic elastomers at exceptionally competitive prices, backed by a level of service and support never before offered by a single TPE distributor. Yes, our goal is to compete head-on with the 'big guys' in the TPE industry and offer alternatives that are better in every way, from quality, price and delivery to processing and service. "Once we have a solid foothold in North American markets, continues Morin, "we are setting sights on Polymax having their own manufacturing site here. Targeted date for the new facility going on stream is mid-2012. In the meantime, notes the APS spokesman, "we will be introducing several new lines of TPE formulations for new and unique applications. With these moves, APS says that it is North America's only all-inclusive TPE supplier, offering consulting services and product solutions with TPEs.
About the companies Polymax is a producer of standard and custom TPEs in China. The privately held firm, founded in 2007 as a JV between Chinese and American investors, has production facilities in Nanton just Northwest of Shanghai. CEO is Dr. Martin Lu, formerly Far East Technical Supervisor for GLS, China. Alliance Polymers and Services has been founded by Roger Huarng and Stephane Morin, former long-term executives with the Elastollan TPU Business Unit of BASF Corporation. APS startet business in October 2009 to sell and provide technical service and support to small-to medium sized customers throughout North America. It is based in Romulus, MI, in the Detroit area.