Promising cushion-like indentation that’s associated with foamed structures, a new high-flow thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) also offers cost-reduction opportunities and good surface qualities for automotive interiors.
ExxonMobil's Santoprene TPV M350 provides what the company calls “comfort touch” and good surface qualities for automotive interiors.
To achieve “comfort touch,” Santoprene TPV M350 can be processed using two-component injection molding or mono-sandwich molding onto a rigid polypropylene substrate for an unfoamed structure that does not indent. Either way, ExxonMobil Chemical says the result is an over-molded TPV skin with a soft touch. A thermoplastic, the TPV also has what the company calls “sustainability opportunities” because less labor and time are required for production, with reduced scrap and improved recycling. —[email protected]