Monday, March 14, 2011

Maxelast® P3800 Series Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE)

North America’s newest lines of TPEs, Maxelast® thermoplastic elastomers from Alliance Polymers & Services, LLC (APS) have been expanded to include two new formulations targeted for gaskets and seals. They are offered as alternatives to thermoset rubber and TPVs and feature superior sealing performance at high temperatures (up to 212F / 100C).

The new lines of Maxelast® P3800 series of styrenic TPEs can be injection molded, extruded, co-extruded or co-molded.  In addition to offering superior sealing performance at high temperatures, the new TPEs enable designers additional design parameters for applications including automotive/recreational, pipe, plumbing, appliance and packaging products as well as building materials and construction products.  Special properties also enable gaskets and seals to be used in water treatment and chemical handling products. The new TPE lines are recyclable, have low compression set, exhibit excellent processability and colorability, have good chemical resistance, and offer better operational efficiency.

Additional features of the new Maxelast TPEs, when compared to TPVs, include longer-term sealing performance as well as superior elongation, tear strength and tensile strength.  As compared to black thermoset rubber, the new grades can be molded more quickly, and in a variety of colors.

Alliance Polymers & Services (APS) in Romulus, MI, is a full service warehousing, distribution, shipping and technical service organization dedicated to helping TPE, TPU and other elastomer marketers and processors with all their product and technical support needs.  The firm 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 and markets throughout the North American Continent.

For more information on the new Maxelast P3800 Series TPEs for gasket and seal applications, contact:

Ron Sheu
Alliance Polymers & Services, LLC
30735 Cypress Road, Suite 400
Romulus, MI 48174
Tel: 734-710-6704
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