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AT K 2013, TEKNOR APEX WILL ANNOUNCE A RESTRUCTURING OF TPE BRANDS REFLECTING A WIDER PRODUCT PORTFOLIO IN EUROPE

Automotive Window Seals

For a Given Application, Customers Often Will Be Able to Choose ‘Precisely the Best Compound’ from Multiple TPE Types Now Offered by Teknor Apex

GELEEN, THE NETHERLANDS, July 22, 2013: At K 2013, Teknor Apex Company will introduce a restructuring of its well-known thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) brands that will enable it to serve as a single source of multiple compounds for European plastics processors in industries as diverse as automotive, medical, consumer products, and wire and cable (Hall 06 / C54-3).

All TPEs applicable to a particular end-use sector will now be grouped under a single brand, regardless of how widely the compounds differ in terms of polymer chemistry. Teknor Apex employs the industry’s broadest range of TPE chemistries and for the first time can produce compounds spanning the entire range of these chemistries at its plants in Belgium and the UK. Included are many Teknor Apex TPEs developed in the USA and previously unavailable in Europe.

For example, the Sarlink® brand once consisted exclusively of thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) compounds but has been expanded to include styrenic and olefinic blends—until now produced by Teknor Apex only in the USA. “Today Sarlink represents a complete solution for the transportation market,” said Ger Vroomen, senior automotive market manager. “For designers of automotive sealing systems, in particular, Teknor Apex can provide a TPV or styrenic compound as an alternative to EPDM rubber, depending on customer requirements, and it is the only supplier in a position to do so.”

Similarly, the company’s Elexar®, Medalist®, and Monprene® brands now include all TPE types designed for use in electrical/electronic, medical, and consumer-product applications, respectively.

“Unlike TPE compounders that focus on a single chemistry and push that product into the marketplace, Teknor Apex uses a ‘polymer-neutral’ approach, recommending the compound that is precisely best one for the target application,” said Stef Hordijk, strategic market manager. “The breadth of our product portfolio also enables customers to purchase multiple compounds from Teknor Apex, obtaining the logistical advantages of single-sourcing as well as access to our company’s decades of experience in transportation, consumer and industrial, electrical and electronic, medical, and wire and cable markets.”

Broadest Range of Chemistries Yields Multiple Options for TPE Applications

The Thermoplastic Elastomer Division of Teknor Apex works with four broad polymer families based on differing TPE chemistries: 1) styrene block copolymers (SBCs), including styrene-butadiene-styrene (SBS), hydrogenated styrene-butadiene-styrene (SEBS), and hydrogenated styrene-isoprene/butadiene-styrene (SEEPS); 2) thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs); 3) olefinics, including blends of polypropylene or polyethylene with olefinic TPE or with olefin block copolymer (OBC); and 4) bondable TPEs that can be over-molded or coextruded with many polyolefin, styrenic, and engineering resins.

The newly restructured TPE brands from Teknor Apex include:

---Elexar® Elastomers for Electrical and Electronic Applications. These compounds are used for insulation and jacketing of power, communications, and data cable, and for molded plugs and connectors. Formulations are available with brittle points as low as -100°C, and continuous operating temperatures UL rated for 105°C and 125°C. A series of flame retardant formulations provides RoHS compliance, UL-V0 flame rating, and excellent performance over a wide range of conditions.

---Medalist® Medical Elastomers. Ultra-pure Medalist TPEs are pre-compliant with regulations and tested not only for physical properties but for fabrication, handling, and other characteristics critical in everyday clinical practice. Compounds range from a gel-like 25 Shore 00 to a ductile 85 Shore D. Clear, translucent, and opaque grades are available for injection and blow molding, multi-component molding, calendering, and extrusion of tubing, profiles, films, and wire coating.

---Monprene®: The Solution Consumers Trust. Developed in the U.S.A., the Monprene range may be the most versatile of all TPE families, with applications in a vast array of consumer products such as personal care items, toys, writing instruments, sporting goods, housewares, and wheels and casters. Compounds range from super-soft to hard and tough, from water clear to opaque, and from dry-to-the-touch to high-tack / resilient.

---Sarlink®: The Transportation Solution. While automotive manufacturers are well familiar with TPVs under the Sarlink brand, this range now includes the other TPE types mentioned above. Teknor Apex has increased access to its non-TPV elastomers outside North America, where they already have a long history of use in transportation, with many automotive OEM approvals. This is an important development for Europe, where a TPE compounder serving the automotive industry typically supplies either TPVs or other TPEs such as styrenics, but not both.

Photo Caption: For automotive window sealing applications, Teknor Apex can supply either TPV or styrenic TPE compounds, both under the Sarlink® brand.

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The Thermoplastic Elastomer Division of TEKNOR APEX COMPANY is the most diversified manufacturer of TPEs. Headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, U.S.A., the division compounds TPEs at eight locations in the U.S., Europe, and Asia and is an international supplier to the appliance, automotive, construction, medical-device, wire and cable, and other consumer and industrial product industries. Other plastics businesses of Teknor Apex include the Bioplastics, Nylon, Specialty Compounding, and Vinyl Divisions and Teknor Color Company. Visit www.teknorapex.com.

READER INQUIRY INFORMATION: Americas: Teknor Apex, 505 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02861 U.S.A. Tel:1-401-725-8000. Tel. from U.S. only: 1-866-GET-TPEs (1-866-438-8737). Fax: 1-401-728-5680. E-mail: tpe@teknorapex.com. Europe: Teknor Apex UK, Ltd., Tat Bank Road, Oldbury, West Midlands, England B69 4NH. Tel: 44-121-665-2100. Email: eutpe@teknorapex.com. Asia: Teknor Apex Asia Pacific, 41 Shipyard Road, Singapore 628134. Tel: 65-6265-2544. Fax: 65-6265-1821. Email: apactpe@teknorapex.com.