Thursday, October 6, 2016

APS Elastomers Attends K-Show 2016

When looking for innovation in the plastic industry, there is no better place than the K-Show. Every three years, Stephane Morin, owner of APS Elastomers in Romulus, Michigan heads to Dusseldorf, Germany for this triennial event; seeking cutting-edge technology and current product offerings, as well as new partners in the plastic industry to enhance our thermoplastic elastomers portfolio.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Stephane Morin Hosting TPE Primer at TOPCON

Stephane Morin, owner of APS Elastomers (AKA Alliance Polymers & Services) and TPE SIG Board Member, will be hosting the TPE Primer at TOPCON in Akron, Ohio on Tuesday, September 20th, between 1:00PM-4:00PM. Topics to be discussed include; Commodity TPEs, Engineering TPEs, and Specialty TPEs.

The TPE Primer will wrap up with Stephane Morin's topic: TPE Selection.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

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APS Elastomers is touting is Zythane 4045D and 4060D lines as a cost-effective thermoplastic polyurethane material for injection molded dunnage ...
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

APS Elastomers’ Zythane® TPUs for Automotive Dunnage Applications

Shipping finished products requires dunnage that has superior flexibility and elastic memory to insure parts arrive secure and intact.  Physical properties, including good tear, cut, and abrasion resistance, excellent hydrolytic stability and superb elastic memory has rendered Zythane® 4045D and 4060D the ideal, cost-effective TPU material for injection molded dunnage required for the safe shipment and handling of automotive parts.

“In the past few years, APS Elastomers has positioned itself in many aspects of developing and supplying TPU material for automotive dunnage”, says Stephane Morin, owner of APS Elastomers in Romulus, Michigan. Automotive dunnage products include trays, totes, containers, racks, separator bars, flippers, conveyor hooks, support brackets, and cushion bumpers.

Zythane TPU for Automotive Dunnage
Available in natural or colored pellets, Zythane® 4045D and 4060D are polyester-based TPUs with a Shore Hardness ranging from 95A-62D.  Due to its formulation, Zythane TPU allows for faster processing and lower power requirements due to easier flowing characteristic. “Our customers can expect higher production rates compared to typical TPUs at similar hardness levels”, says Morin. Specifically formulated for injection molding applications, these grades offer excellent abrasion resistance and toughness, as well as good hydrolytic stability, oil, fuel and solvent resistance.

In addition to dunnage, other applications include shoe soles, ski and skate boot shells, caster wheels, animal tags, good overmolded adhesion to certain EP (ex: PC, ABS, PMMA), couplings, gaskets and seals, tool handles, industrial parts, mobile phone cases, armrests, golf disks, and mining screens.

“Our Zythane® TPU portfolio is the most versatile and cost-effective on the market”, adds Morin.

For more information on Zythane® for dunnage or other applications, phone 734-710-6700 or email

Thursday, March 3, 2016

APS Elastomers Develops Proprietary TPU Polycaprolactone for Suspension and Drive Train Components

One of the world’s leaders in the polyurethane casting industry specializing in suspension and drive train components for automotive, light truck and off-road industries was looking for a thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) that could outlast and outperform the competition. Collaborating with their customer, APS Elastomers developed several proprietary TPE formulations with the proper mix of softness, strength, and durability needed for rigorous off-road applications; supplying polycaprolactone-based thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) grades with good processability and compression set at elevated temperatures.  With a Shore Hardness range of 80A – 64D, the Zythane® 3000 polycaprolactone series of TPEs was formulated for each specific application. “Our ability to custom compound enables us to meet or exceed our customer’s expectations” says Stephane Morin, owner of APS Elastomers.

In addition to suspension and drive train components, the Zythane® 3000-series has been expanded to meet diverse demands of vigorous and high temperature industrial applications such as heavy-duty engineering equipment and hydraulic systems where working conditions range from -40⁰C to 130⁰C. Excellent wear resistance against oils, grease, water and extreme temperatures make them ideal for high performance injection molding of seals, gaskets, wheels and rollers.  Available in pellet form for ultimate performance and efficiency, the polycaprolactone range has been broadened to include high flow and soft grades.

APS Elastomers Proprietary TPU Polycaprolactone for Suspension and Drive Train Components

About APS Elastomers
APS Elastomers provides engineering service, technical support, and TPE materials (TPEs, TPVs, TPUs and other soft elastomers) for consumer and industrial applications. Company offerings have grown to include Maxelast® TPEs, Viprene® TPVs, Huntsman Polyurethanes' IROGRAN® and AVALON® TPUs, Zythane® TPUs, TPE alloys, compounding series, and custom and standard soft elastomer formulations. 

For more information on how APS Elastomers can find cost-effective solutions, develop proprietary TPE formulations, and enhance your products faster and more efficiently, contact