RTP expands thermoplastic elastomer portfolio with acquisition of Zeotherm TPV

Compounder RTP Co. (Winona, MN) announced yesterday that it has acquired the Zeotherm TPV product line from Zeon Chemicals. The transaction, which was completed in May 2019, encompasses all products sold globally under the Zeotherm TPV name.

Oil filter gasket
Zeotherm TPVs are suited for under-the-hood automotive components, such as this oil filter gasket.

“This acquisition is just the latest step in our rapidly expanding thermoplastic elastomer business,” explained RTP’s Todd Gummersbach, General Manager, TPEs. “The Zeotherm TPVs expand our product line, which includes compounds based on SEBS, TPV, TPU, POE, COPE and COPA, making it one of the broadest TPE product portfolios in the industry.”

Zeotherm TPV products are available in durometers ranging from 70A through 40D and feature continuous-use performance at 150°C (302°F). The material withstands long-term exposure to engine oils and lubricant greases. In addition, Zeotherm TPV bonds well to nylon substrates in overmolding applications.

Complementing RTP’s Nylabond products, the addition of Zeotherm TPV "offers customers a full range of nylon-based TPV options that can be customized to fit the precise requirements of an application,” said Gummersbach. “For design engineers with applications that require high performance in potentially harsh environments, such as under-the-hood automotive parts or industrial applications, Zeotherm TPVs can be an excellent material choice.”

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