K 2013: Rubber is here to stay says Maplan

Specialist rubber and thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) machine builder Maplan see a bright future for rubber processing and does not view TPEs as a serious threat to its future. This was evident from presentations and discussions at the recent K Show in Germany.

"We feel TPEs and rubbers complement each other," says Rudolf Eisenhuber, head of the engineering department of Maplan. "TPEs are better when you want a grippy feel but if you want a high class surface finish like in automobile weather strips, then you can't beat EPDM rubber."

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