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FLEXIBLE PVC COMPOUNDS FOR AUTOMOTIVE WATER-DRAINAGE TUBING MEET DIVERSE REQUIREMENTS AND ARE NOW AVAILABLE WORLDWIDE

Drain Tube Assembly

Already in Commercial Use for OEMs in the U.S., Apex® 1583 Series from Teknor Apex Can Be Supplied in Clear and Custom-Colored Formulations for Global Car Platforms

PAWTUCKET, RI, U.S.A., February 9, 2016: Teknor Apex Company has optimized a series of flexible PVC compounds used successfully in the U.S. for automotive drain tubing and will now make them available to manufacturers worldwide, the company announced today.

Drain tubing is used to divert water from areas around sunroofs and roof ditch moldings to discharge in the wheel wells of vehicles. Apex® 1583 Series compounds have been used in the U.S. for tubing on General Motors, Honda, and Nissan cars. Teknor Apex has expanded the series to include grades ranging in hardness from 60 Shore A to 50 Shore D, offering the compounds in custom colors as well as clear formulations, and supplying them from facilities in the U.S., China, and Europe.

“The long experience of Teknor Apex in the transportation market enables us to help customers comply with OEM specifications for Apex 1583 compounds on a worldwide basis,” said Steve McCormack, auto industry manager for the Vinyl Division. “We have enhanced these proven compounds for improved processability and clarity, and we have developed molding grades to be used with the tubing as fittings.”

Apex 1583 compounds exhibit minimal property change upon extended heat aging and stay flexible at temperatures down to -30 °C.

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About Teknor Apex. Teknor Apex Company, a privately held firm founded in 1924, is one of the world’s leading custom compounders of plastics. Teknor Apex produces flexible and rigid vinyl, thermoplastic elastomers, nylons, color masterbatches, specialty chemicals, and hoses. The company is headquartered in Pawtucket, RI, U.S.A. and operates thirteen facilities worldwide in the United States, the Netherlands, China and Singapore. To learn more visit: www.teknorapex.com.

The Vinyl Division of Teknor Apex Company is a leading manufacturer of custom compounds, including Apex? flexible and rigid vinyl, Flexalloy? vinyl elastomers, Fireguard? low-flame, low-smoke compounds, and Halguard? low-smoke, halogen free, flame retardant compounds and elastomers. The Division is a global supplier to the appliance, automotive, construction, medical device, wire and cable, and other industries.

READER INQUIRY INFORMATION: Address all mail inquiries to Teknor Apex, 505 Central Avenue, Pawtucket, RI 02861 U.S.A. Tel: 1-401-725-8000. Tel. from U.S. only: 1-800-554-9892. Fax: 1-401-729-0166. E-mail: vinyl@teknorapex.com.