TPE is as hard as it gets

A high-impact, semi-rigid grade of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) with a shore hardness of 50D is said to be one of highest-impact TPEs on the market. It is offered as a cost-effective alternative to thermoplastic olefins (TPOs) and thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs).


Auto interiors are one application for a new semi-rigid TPE.

Supplied by Elastocon TPE Technologies (Rochester, IL) in the form of black pellets, grade 9050BX is formulated to provide a variety of molding and end-use benefits for trim rings and panels required for electronic consumer products and various transportation equipment, as well as interior instrumentation where durability, abrasive resistance, and impact isolation are needed.

Further, the new Elastocon TPE grade can be molded as an integral part in fastening systems which require a high level of impact resistance. Thus, molded components using the material can be assembled by OEMs, tier suppliers and even consumers, while also allowing for disassembly and re-assembly of parts and components that require access for service. Additionally, the new TPE is claimed to perform well in part designs that require various screw bosses and gusset-reinforced screw boss designs.

This latest product offering is one grade in the Elastocon 8000 TPE general purpose series. Elastocon also offers a 2800 Series of performance TPEs, the SMR Series of TPOs, the STK Series for over-molding, and alloys, all of which can be injection molded, extruded, blow molded or compounded.

Elastocon thermoplastic elastomers do not require drying and are offered for applications that require rubber-like properties, impact resistance, colorability, a good surface finish, easy processability, and reduced material usage, among other requirements.

All Elastocon grades are free from latex, and are RoHS and California Proposition 65 compliant, with many of the company offerings being FDA compliant, as well as UL and NSF approvable, making them suitable for medical applications. Elastocon can also provide ISO reporting for manufacturing and shipping. —[email protected]

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