Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Maxelast® Thermoplastic Polyurethanes (TPE)

Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) are a unique class of polymer materials which combine the elastomer properties of thermoset rubbers with the processing efficiency of plastics.  TPEs are high performance and versatile materials, either used on their own or overmolded to provide tactile or functional features on components molded from other polymers such as PP, PE, ABS, PC, SMMA, POM, and Nylon.

Alliance Polymers & Services (APS) offers a complete line of Maxelast® TPEs engineered to be easily fabricated by injection molding, extrusion, coating, and blow molding.  Maxelast® TPEs provides designers and end-users numerous alternatives to natural rubber and thermosetting rubbers by offering design flexibility and cost-reduction opportunities. 

Features of Maxelast® TPEs:
•        Soft, flexible feel
•        Excellent grip characteristics
•        Overmolding over various plastics
•        Good compression set
•        Low specific gravity
•        Easy to process and color
•        Extrusion, injection and blow moldable
•        Translucent and clear grades available
•        Flame retardant grades
•        FDA compliant and medical grades available

Applications of Maxelast® TPEs:
•        Appliances
•        Wire & Cable
•        Automotive
•        Medical Device
•        Electrical & Electronics
•        Soft Touch & Ergonomics
•        Sporting Goods
•        Building & Construction
•        Footwear & Foot Care
•        Toys
•        Writing Instruments
•        Consumer and Industrial Sealing
•        Packaging

Many of  Maxelast® TPEs  products also meet or exceed applicable requirements of Underwriters Laboratories (UL); the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA); as well as specifications set out by other governmental, regulatory, industrial agencies plus automotive OEMs.

Alliance Polymers & Services, LLC (APS), in Romulus, MI, is a full service warehousing, distribution, shipping and technical service organization dedicated to providing TPE, TPU and other elastomer marketers and processors with all their product and technical support needs.  APS currently markets and supports Polymax Maxelast® TPEs and BASF Elastollan® TPUs.  

APS is owned and operated by three of the industry’s leading marketing and technical support executives, Roger J. Huarng, Stephane Morin and Ron Sheu, formerly with BASF Corporation.  They work with a series of independent technical agents located in cities throughout the North American Continent.

For more information on TPEs for conventional, unique or highly durable applications, contact:

Alliance Polymers & Services LLC,
30735 Cypress Road, Suite 400,
Romulus, MI 48174
Tel: 734-710-6700  Fax: 734-710-6715 

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