Ther­mo­plastic Elas­to­mers (TPE‘s) – the com­bi­na­ti­on of ther­mo­plastics with the soft­ness and elasti­ci­ty of elastomers.


Ther­mo­plastic Elas­to­mers (TPE´s) buil­ding the bridge with their pro­per­ties bet­ween elas­to­mers and ther­mo­plastics. At room tem­pe­ra­tu­re TPE‘s are com­pa­ra­ble with clas­sic elas­to­mers. By heat sup­ply they can be pro­ces­sed like thermoplastics.

TPE‘s are always a com­bi­na­ti­on of an elas­to­mer with a thermoplastic.

TPE‑S, TPE‑U and TPE‑C are block copo­ly­mers. TPE‑O and TPE‑V are vari­ants of poly­mer blends.

Typi­cal cha­rac­te­ris­tics & app­li­ca­ti­on area:

  • trans­lucent & trans­pa­rent grades
  • low hard­ness pos­si­ble / available
  • “Food con­ta­ct“ grades
  • very good UV resis­tance & good adhe­si­on with PP
  • excel­lent sen­so­ry cha­rac­te­ris­tics: aes­the­tic, color, low odor, “Soft Touch“

Typi­cal cha­rac­te­ris­tics & App­li­ca­ti­on area:

  • good elastic pro­per­ties up to 125–130°C
  • good adhe­si­on with PP & good pro­ces­sing stability
  • excel­lent UV resistance
  • good che­mi­cal resistance
  • good fati­gue strength & good dyna­mic properties
  • good pri­ce-per­for­mance ratio

Typi­cal cha­rac­te­ris­tics & app­li­ca­ti­on area:

  • high wear resistance
  • fle­xi­bi­li­ty over a broad tem­pe­ra­tu­re ran­ge and
  • high elasti­ci­ty over the total hard­ness range
  • excel­lent resis­tance to gre­a­se, fats and solvents
  • good resis­tance against wea­ther conditions

Con­struc­tion, sport & leisu­re, shoes, fur­ni­tu­re, electric components,…

Typi­cal cha­rac­te­ris­tics & app­li­ca­ti­on area:

  • good mecha­ni­cal pro­per­ties & wide ran­ge of hard­ness (Shore 28D – 72D)
  • heat-resistant – per­ma­nent ther­mal stability
  • good che­mi­cal & ozone resistance
  • good impact strength by low temperatures
  • good creep strength & good fle­xu­ral fati­gue properties
  • good electri­cal isolation
  • good hydro­ly­sis resis­tance & good adhe­si­on with PC, PBT, ABS

Typi­cal cha­rac­te­ris­tics & app­li­ca­ti­on area:

Basis SEBS + TPU:

Hig­her grip as com­pa­red to TPU

  • abra­si­on resis­tance hig­her as com­pa­red to SEBS
  • good hap­tic pro­per­ties as com­pa­red to TPU
  • easier pro­ces­sing as com­pa­red to TPU
  • oil resis­tance hig­her than SEBS
  • good adhe­si­on with EPC

Basis SEBS + TPC:

Hig­her grip com­pa­red to TPC

Basis SEBS + PPO:

  • hig­her ther­mal sta­bi­li­ty as com­pa­red to SEBS
  • hig­her mecha­ni­cal pro­per­ties as com­pa­red to SEBS
  • hig­her stress rela­xa­ti­on com­pa­red to SEBS & TPV
  • very good dyna­mic performance

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