This group of materials combines the most important properties of thermoplastics and elastomers: Thermoplastic elastomers, or TPEs for short, behave flexibly like rubber as required, but can also be moulded by melting them down. They are therefore suitable for a wide range of applications in very different industries.
- Pliable and elastic at room temperature so that they return to their original shape after stretching
- Unlike vulcanised elastomers, injection moulding, extrusion or comparable processing methods replace the vulcanisation process for TPEs
- Temperature resistance depends on the individual composition, so TPEs can be used in a wide range of temperatures
- Resistance varies depending on type and composition