Mitsubishi Chemical starts TPS production in Thailand
Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (MCC) has announced that it has started the production of styrenic thermoplastic elastomers (TPS) at Mitsubishi Chemical Performance Polymers (Thailand) Co., Ltd., its Thailand subsidiary based in Samutsakhon.
The company says that the series of Tefabloc TPS is a core brand of its thermoplastic elastomers portfolio and that it has an extensive lineup of olefinic, styrenic, and polyester elastomers, which are produced and marketed globally. Tefabloc is used in fields such as automotive and building materials, electronic devices, food packaging, and healthcare. The company currently manufactures TPS in Japan, China, the US, Europe, and Brazil.
The company said that TPS demand in Southeast Asia has increased in recent years mainly in the automotive and food packaging fields. To meet this robust market demand, it decided to start TPS production in Thailand. With this production launch, the company’s TPE lineup in Thailand will expand to four brands, so that a wider range of solutions with shorter lead times can be offered to customers in the region.
MCC currently produces three brands in Thailand, namely, Thermorun TPE for automotive airbags, Trexprene vulcanized olefinic thermoplastic elastomers, and Sunprene flexible PVC compounds.