Plastics compounder Teknor Apex has launched a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) made with 35% sustainable content comprising UBQ and post-consumer recycled material. UBQ is a bio-based, recyclable material converted entirely from organic and unrecyclable waste.
The new Monprene S3 CP-15170 BLK TPE is initially available in 70 Shore A and is colored black. Its performance and processability are comparable to standard TPE, according to Teknor Apex. The durometer and amount of sustainable content can be customized to suit end-use requirements.
The high-flow TPE is designed specifically for injection molding or over molding onto polypropylene for consumer products that require flexibility. Potential applications include hand and power tools, consumer electronics, and appliances. Monprene TPEs combine the performance of thermoset rubber with the processability of a thermoplastic and can still be recycled.
UBQ is a novel worldwide patented material that has already been adopted by leading industry brands and enterprises for manufacturing durable products with a reduced environmental footprint. Teknor Apex said it was an early adopter of UBQ, paving the way for other materials companies to develop more sustainable products within a circular economy. As a result of increasing demand, UBQ Materials will open a new facility in the Netherlands with an annual production output of 80,000 tons of UBQ.
By replacing oil-based raw materials with UBQ in TPE formulations, Teknor Apex said it is helping to address the global waste crisis, preserve finite natural resources, and reduce the carbon footprint of end products made with its TPE.