Thursday, July 28, 2011


Thermoplastics elastomers distributor Alliance Polymers & Services (APS) has introduced the new Polymax Maxelast® D-Series of TPEs (thermoplastic elastomers) for extrusion applications.  They are offered as a cost effective replacement for vulcanized rubber and EPDM.

The new TPEs are a cost-effective alternative to conventional thermoset rubbers typically used for extruded glazing gaskets and seals for refrigerators, dishwashers and other appliances,  pipe seals, ladder feet, water stops and blown compounds for low density seals.   Additional applications include automotive and construction window and door seals, and solar products. The Maxelast D01-011A version has been used in solar panel seal applications with great success.  The ability of this new Maxelast grade can be co-extruded as well.  Quantities are available in 55 lb. (25 kg) bags up to truckloads.
Maxelast D01-011A version has been used in Solar Panel
Benefits of using the new TPE line for both indoor and outdoor applications include good weatherability, UV stability, long service life, weight reduction, reprocessability and recyclability.  Another user benefit is the ease of processing coupled with the superior post-shaping and sealing characteristics of the material.  The D-Series of Maxelast TPEs are available in natural, black or transparent grades for easy coloring in hardness ranges from 30 to 60 Shore A.

When extruded or co-extruded into profiles, the new Maxelast grade can be miter-cut and heat welded for corner fastening products and applications, providing yet another benefit by reducing the need by processors and marketers to produce different-sized products.  Depending on the grade, new Maxelast D-Series TPEs can also be foamed to achieve a smooth surface or skin.

Alliance Polymers & Services, LLC (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 unique in that they offer elastomer materials in quantities large and small  - from 726kg octobins, 125kg drums, and 25kg bags.   

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

For more information on the new Maxelast® extrusion and co-extrusion D-Series TPE grades, contact:  Marketing Department, Alliance Polymers & Services (APS), 30735 Cypress Road, Suite 400, Romulus, MI 48174.  Tel: 734-710-6700.  Fax: 734-710-6715.  Web:  Email:

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

BASF announces Elastollan® TPU price increase in North America

WYANDOTTE, MI, July 12 2011 – BASF today announced that effective for shipments made on or after July 25, 2011, or as contracts allow, it will increase prices for Elastollan® TPU Products in North America. 
Elastollan polyester grades will be increased by $.10 per pound and Elastollan polyether grades will be increased by $.24 per pound.
This price increase action is due to significantly higher raw material costs, and is necessary to ensure reliability of supply and the level of quality and service BASF customers expect.
About BASF Polyurethanes
BASF is the leading supplier of Polyurethane Solutions for systems, specialties and PU basic products. With its global network of 38 polyurethane system houses and its comprehensive product and service portfolio, BASF is the preferred partner of its customers in many industries.
The BASF brand “Polyurethane Solutions” represents over 40 years of experience of the market and technology leadership for Polyurethane Systems.
In the extremely service-oriented business of polyurethane systems and specialties, reliable PU experience and competence are crucial. Through its system house network, BASF provides fast local support, from technical service and sales to production and marketing during the development of customized solutions. With its world-scale plants, BASF secures its leading market position in the production of polyurethane basic products in all regions of the world.
Polyurethanes make life more comfortable, safer and more pleasant while helping to save energy sustainably. They contribute towards improved insulation of buildings and more attractive, lightweight design of cars. Producers of shoes, mattresses and household goods as well as sports equipment use the unique advantages of polyurethanes provided with the knowledge and expertise of the polyurethane experts of BASF world-wide. Further information is available on the internet at
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BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has approximately 16,400 employees in North America, and had sales of $17.7 billion in 2010. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit
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