A collaboration between Teknor Apex Company and Arkema Inc. has led to the development of a new family of compounds based on the combination of Arkema's Pebax thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) with Teknor Apex's Terraloy bioplastic. The compounds resulting from the strategic alliance between the two companies will broaden the range of breathable, bio-based films that offer a wide choice of film permeabilities enabling manufacturers of housewrap to increase their product offerings and expand their commitment to sustainability.
The companies will jointly launch the new compounds at the NAHB International Home Builders Show currently taking place in Las Vegas (Teknor Apex booth S-2125). The compounds are comprised of a blend of Pebax engineering-grade TPE with Teknor Apex's Terraloy bioplastics, which are derived from plant-based, renewable resources. Pebax products are block copolymers (polyether block amide - PEBA); Terraloy is a family of thermoplastic starch (TPS) compounds, based on a patented technology from Cerestech Inc., which involves preparing TPS from starch granules and then combining it with bioplastics.