10/01/2012

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Teknor Apex with expanded TPE capabilities at Fakuma

[image_0]Following two years of expanding in Europe and reorganising its operations in the region to integrate sales, service, and distribution for its product offerings, Teknor Apex now provides the broadest selection of TPE alternatives available from a European compounder, according to Barry Galpin, sales director for Europe. "Over more than six decades, Teknor Apex Company has acquired a wealth of experience serving key industries like automotive, consumer and industrial products, electrical and electronics, and medical devices, and now all of this expertise is available to manufacturers in Europe,” said Galpin. "As a custom compounder drawing from the region's broadest portfolio of TPE chemistries, Teknor Apex Europe is well positioned to supply each customer with precisely the right compound for an application.” Teknor Apex Europe manufactures compounds in four product families: styrenics, vulcanisates, olefinics and over-moulding compounds for industries as diverse as automotive, medical, consumer products, and wire and cable. TPVs of the Sarlink range are already well-established among customers in the European automotive industry. These customers now have access to other grades developed by Teknor Apex in North America and marked by a long history of OEM approvals there. For consumer and industrial applications the versatile Monprene range of compounds is offered Monprene products have found application in a vast array of products, such as personal care items, toys, writing instruments, sporting goods, housewares, and wheels and casters. The compounds range from super-soft to hard and tough, from water clear to opaque, and from dry-to-the-touch to high-tack / resilient. They can be over-moulded onto polyolefins. Teknor Apex's Elexar compounds, now available in Europe, combine very good electrical properties, flexibility, and toughness. The flame retardant formulations are RoHS-compliant and meet flame-test requirements and service temperature specifications. They are used in a wide range of power, communications, and data cable, as well as in moulded plugs and connectors. The TPE product offerings for medical applications are part of the Medalist range of compounds introduced in the US about three years ago, Medalist compounds provide device manufacturers with a selection of styrenic, olefinic, and vulcanisate elastomers, all of them pre-compliant with regulations and tested not only for essential physical properties but for handling, processability, and other characteristics that are critical in everyday clinical practice.Besides its compounding plants in Europe, the company produces TPEs at five sites in the United States and one in Singapore. Family Chemistry Characteristics Styrenic Blends of styrene block copolymer rubber and thermoplastics Soft gel to 50 Shore D; crystal clear to opaque; silken to tactile feel; bondability to polyolefins Vulcanisate Crosslinked elastomers within a thermoplastic matrix Rubber-like appearance and resilience; low compression set; heat resistance; chemical resistance; high tear strength Olefinic Blends of PP or PE with thermoset rubber or olefin block copolymer (OBC) Balance of cost and performance; rubber-like flexibility; tear strength; resistance to heat aging and ozone Bonding Proprietary TPE blends for over-moulding onto styrenic and engineering resins Bondability to such substrates as PS, HIPS, ABS, PC, PC/ABS alloy, nylon, PBT, and COPE TPE chemistries available in compounds from Teknor Apex

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