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Technical articles:Bob Eller: TPE opportunities in future smart auto interiorsAs in other industries, TPEs have penetrated auto interiors via drop-in replacement in existing applications (instrument panel skins, body/glazing seals, door trim, etc). Looking forward, non-TPE developments in the form of devices for sending and receiving electronic signals accompanied by a shift to electric vehicles (EVs) and (eventually) autonomous vehicles (AVs) will drive TPE usage and profitability in auto interiors well beyond drop-in replacement.
Technical articles:Mocom, compounder of thermoplastic polymers and former division of Albis Plastic, addresses the worldwide trend to circular economy and sustainable plastic solutions by offering TPV products from recycled and partially biobased raw materials. Stefan Zepnik talks about properties and potential applications of these innovative materials.
“Better life with Plastics!“ This the key message of our cover page advertiser Wanhua. So true! Plastics help us in these difficult times in many areas from medical devices, breathing masks to protection equipment and clean single-use food packaging, ...Read what thermoplastic elastomers can do in TPE Magazine. Issue 01/2020 is out now!
Enjoy reading insights of TPE expert Patrick Ellis on the current and future market for thermoplastic elastomers in automotive applications and have a look at our special on additive manufacturing with soft materials. Arburg talks about the latest update of the Freeformer and what this famous machine can do in the field of 3D printing of TPEs.
Learn more about the new VDI guideline 2017 with focus on TPE, get insights of TPE in medical + healthcare markets, learn about Allod’s innovative materials with PTC effect, Uteksol/Albis’ high performance FR TPE, Kuraray’s new damping materials, and last but not least our extensive K 2019 preview.