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Automotive specialty compounds plant opens in China

The Tessenderlo Group (Brussels, Belgium) has inaugurated a production plant for thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) and slush molding compounds for automotive applications in Changsu, China through its compounding business unit CTS.

CTS occupies a leading position in the automotive market with compounds for airbag covers, glazing seals and dashboard skins. CTS Automotive Compounds (Changsu) Ltd. will produce the Marvyflo and Tefabloc brands that have been successfully marketed by CTS in China and Asia for more than 10 years.

Tefabloc TPEs are used in airbag covers, sealing applications, cables and interior parts. Tefabloc TPE has a lower density than traditional rubber solutions like EPDM. In some specific parts, the weight reduction is more than 30%.

Marvyflo free flowing powder compounds are said to be the reference material for slush molding of dashboards and door panels, as well as other interior surfaces. The newly developed "lightweight Marvyflo" will allow for 10% weight reduction of the dashboard skins.

CTS enjoys a very strong presence in automotive applications. It occupies the number one position for TPE-S in auto glazing seals. For airbags it is ranked as the third largest TPE-S producer worldwide and number one in Europe, and for slush molding compounds for soft instrument panels (Marvyflo) it is ranked second worldwide.-[email protected]

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