ELASTO China showcase TPE for automotive interiors at Chinaplas 2015
At Chinaplas (Guangzhou, 20 to 23 May, hall 12.2 stand B51), ELASTO China will show how thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) are introducing new possibilities to the automotive interiors market.
Among the products on display will be Dryflex AM, a range of TPE compounds developed for automotive mats. Dryflex AM TPEs include grades based on SBS and SEBS which are available in hardnesses from 50 to 75 Shore A. High-flow grades are available which have been designed for complex mouldings with a large surface area such as trunk liners. Other applications for Dryflex AM TPE compounds include floor mats, coin mats, cup holders, fascia mats and trim.
For automotive floor mats the material needs to have high scratch and abrasion resistance. It is also critical that the material is non-slip, even when wet. The material structure of Dryflex AM compounds produces the high co-efficient of friction, helping to create a non-slip surface.
Dryflex AM materials are low odour and fogging. They require no vulcanisation and are 100% recyclable during production. This means less energy is used and production is faster and more cost-efficient.
ELASTO China, which is part of the HEXPOL TPE group with production operations in Germany, UK and Sweden, has partnered several European and Asian automotive OEMs on the development of TPE compounds for automotive interiors.
Klas Dannäs, Global R&D coordinator at HEXPOL TPE explained, “For our multi-national customers it is important that we deliver consistent materials and local support across several geographies. HEXPOL TPE maintain fast decentralised – but coordinated – teams across our European and China operations. Our customers have access to the full range of products and knowledge our family has to offer, supported by highly responsive, local technical sales teams”.
Gareth Jefferson, regional director HEXPOL Compounding Asia, added “Our coordinated work with multi-national automotive OEMs demonstrates why the HEXPOL TPE group has a leading position in the TPE market. Our success is built on the close contact we have with our customers, with tailored TPE compounds supplied from advanced production and product development facilities. ELASTO China is located in Foshan, in the heart of the Guangdong Province, a key location for polymer component manufacturing. We are therefore ideally positioned to provide advanced, technical TPE solutions with competitive and flexible local supply.”
About HEXPOL TPE
HEXPOL TPE brings together the ELASTO businesses in Sweden, UK and China and Müller Kunststoffe in Germany. We are at the forefront in the development and manufacture of custom formulated thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and complimentary compounds. Our family delivers a trusted combination of material know-how, R&D, production capability and comprehensive technical services. Alongside European and Asian production and product development facilities, as part of the HEXPOL group of companies, we share an extensive global footprint covering EU, Asia-Pacific and NAFTA, enabling us to support our customers worldwide.
A comprehensive product portfolio covering TPS, TPO, TPV, TPU, soft PVC, cork compounds and masterbatch is led by global brands Dryflex®, Mediprene®, Lifoflex®, EPSeal®, Lifolit®, Lifocork®, Lifobatch® and Lifoprene®. We support OEMs, moulders and designers at all stages of product development in the medical, electronic, automotive, caps & closures, construction and consumer markets.
Mediprene®, Dryflex®, EPSeal® , Lifoprene®, Lifoflex®, Lifocork®, Lifolit® and Lifobatch® are registered trademarks property of the HEXPOL group of companies.
For further information please contact:
Jill Bradford, Marketing & PR Manager, HEXPOL TPE
tel +44 161 654 2369 | jill.bradford@hexpolTPE.com