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Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) Plastics

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Though not a single family of plastic materials, thermoplastic elastomers have a set of properties in common. They can be processed by conventional thermoplastic extrusion and molding techniques but function much like thermoset rubbers. The earliest commercial TPE plastics were the thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs), which are on the high end of the price and property range of thermoplastic elastomers. They can be processed easily at low melt temperatures, but must be thoroughly pre-dried.

Applications: TPUs are extruded into hoses and tubing for automotive, medical, and electronics applications. Blown plastic film is used for meat wrapping, exteriors, shoes and boots, drive wheels, and gears.



Thermoplastics Available

Type Material Name Grade Number Form Color Quantity Area
TPE Hytrel G4074 40D hardness regrind natural 24000 lbs North Central
TPE Hytrel 237 BG regrind black 13000 lbs Midwest


Thermoplastics Wanted

Type Material Name Grade Number Form Color Quantity Area
TPE Hytrel 7246 regrind to go black any West Coast
TPU Pellethane 2103-70a or equiv pellets to go black 3-4,000 lbs unknown
TPU Pellethane 2363 90A virgin clear 1000 lbs Midwest