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GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers (McHenry, IL) chose the Chinaplas tradeshow in Guangzhou (May 18-21) as the forum to roll out a new series of OnFlex TPE materials that feature flame-retardant sans halogenated additives. The materials will be marketed particularly for applications such as power cords, accessory cords, and connectors for consumer electronics products.

May 29, 2009

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Chinaplas: GLS debuts halogen-free, flame retardant TPEs

GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers (McHenry, IL) chose the Chinaplas tradeshow in Guangzhou (May 18-21) as the forum to roll out a new series of OnFlex TPE materials that feature flame-retardant sans halogenated additives. The materials will be marketed particularly for applications such as power cords, accessory cords, and connectors for consumer electronics products.

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Halogen-free TPE compounds help answer present and future regulatory needs.



Speaking at Chinaplas, GLS director of global marketing Rick Noller said the new grades provide an alternative to traditional flexible vinyl jacketing and insulation for power cords in consumer electronics applications and will help the supplier’s customers comply with current and anticipated regulations. The OnFlex halogen-free, flame-retardant (HFFR) TPE platform comprises five groups of compounds with various mixtures of properties.

In terms of market trends in China, Noller says the second quarter of 2009 has seen a pick-up but this could be a sign of inventory adjustment. He predicted it will not be obvious until late July or early August whether the recovery is sustainable or not. [email protected]

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