Thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV) are high-performance elastomers that combine the performance characteristics of rubber and plastics. TPV’s are part of the thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) family of polymers. TPV compounds offer flexibility, durability, and ease of processing. For these reasons, TPV’s can be used to fashion sealing solutions for a variety of applications, including those in the general industrial, automotive, electrical and electronics, healthcare, consumer products, and building and construction market segments.
Santoprene™ is a well-known TPV. Santoprene™ comprises polypropylene, EPDM rubber, and other ingredients into a compound which can be used to produce flexible engineered parts for a variety of uses. Santoprene™ has the look and feel of EPDM rubber, but offers significantly lower weight. Parts made from Santoprene™ can weigh up to 30 percent less than their EPDM counterparts. This makes Santoprene™ an attractive choice for parts production that can assist in the “lightweighting” of vehicles.
Santoprene TPV provides excellent sealing properties and chemical and temperature resistance. A wide variety of grades are available, ranging from a hardness of 35 Shore A up to 50 Shore D. Santoprene™ contributes to environmental sustainability by being fully recyclable within the manufacturing process.
In the automotive industry, vehicle lightweighting has assumed heightened importance as automakers strive to build cars that are less heavy and more fuel efficient. A key element of lightweighting is replacing parts traditionally made from metal and replacing them with parts made from advanced composite materials such as Santoprene™.
CRG uses Santoprene TPV to fashion finished parts for automotive and industrial applications. Parts we produce include the following:
If you have an application that could benefit from parts made from Santoprene TPV, CRG is your specialist provider. Our sales tam will be pleased to review your application and discuss how CRG can service your needs. For further information, contact our sales team at email@example.com.
Abrasion And High Wear Applications
Aggressive Medias & Environments