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Teknor Apex Launches TPE Series with Up to 35% PCR

Image courtesy of Teknor Apex Monprene
Monprene RX CP-15100 is available in standard grades from 55 to 80 Shore A, and also can be tailored to specific customer requirements.

Teknor Apex has introduced a line of thermoplastic elastomers containing 25 to 35% recycled content to help brands achieve their sustainability goals.

The Monprene RX CP-15100 series, formulated with post-consumer recycled (PCR) content, is manufactured around the world with locally sourced raw materials procured to exacting specifications, turning local waste into a resource. Unlike competitive TPEs with recycled content, available in black only, these materials are delivered in a consistent light, natural color, similar to their prime offsets, said Teknor Apex.

Monprene RX CP-15100 is available in standard grades from 55 to 80 Shore A, and also can be tailored to specific customer requirements. The grades are designed for injection molding applications, including overmolding onto polypropylene. The materials perform and process like prime TPEs and are suited for personal care products, lawn and garden tools, writing instruments, appliances, sporting goods, and dunnage.

Image courtesy of Teknor ApexMonprene RX CP-15100 properties chart

The Monprene RX CP-15100 Series is currently available in 55, 65, and 80 Shore A, but the hardness can be tailored to specific customer requirements.

The PCR content is sourced from waste diverted from households, or commercial, industrial, and institutional facilities. Not only does Monprene RX reduce plastic waste by incorporating it into the compound, but products made from Monprene RX remain fully recyclable at the end of the product's life.

“We actively look to increase the sustainability of our products, while reducing the environmental impact of our manufacturing operations,” said Teknor Apex New Business Development Manager Jonathan Plisco. “Our focus includes improving energy efficiency, reducing water consumption, and diverting waste from landfills.”

Monprene RX CP-15100 Series TPEs are manufactured according to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 in the United States, Singapore, and Germany, with strict formulation control and traceability, said Teknor Apex. “This introduction represents the first of several sustainable product launches slated for this year, including other types of recycled content, bio-based raw materials, and carbon negative additives. We are actively collaborating with various partners in the supply chain, with continued growth in our portfolio,” said Plisco.

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