TPE Thermoplastic Elastomer Specialty Compounds

  • Complete portfolio of soft-touch resins
  • Customizable for overmolding and other properties

Thermoplastic Elastomers, Thermoplastic Elastomer, TPEThermoplastic elastomer (TPE) materials combine the functional performance and properties of thermoset rubbers with the processability of thermoplastics. TPEs permit fabrication of “rubber-like” articles with the speed, efficiency, and economy of injection molding.

RTP Company offers a broad portfolio of TPE compounds based on five diverse resin technologies. These unique products give designers new flexibility in applications requiring “soft-touch” features, seals against fluid environments, impact protection, and improved ergonomics.

As a specialty compounder our TPE compounds can be custom formulated for optimum bonding to substrate materials during insert or multi-shot overmolding or combined with other technologies to offer anti-static/conductive, flame retardant, wear resistant or color/appearance properties.

Thermoplastic Elastomers provide

  • Flexibility
  • Slip resistance
  • Shock absorption
  • Ergonomic comfort
  • Soft texture

Benefits of TPEs versus thermoset rubber

  • Lower part costs — thinner wall sections plus lower density
  • Simplified processing — no mixing or vulcanization steps
  • Recyclable scrap and parts
  • Colorable

Standalone or overmolded/bonded TPE applications

  • Gaskets, seals, stoppers, housings, rollers, valves, bumpers, wheels, pads, casters.
  • Strain reliefs, cable jacketing, switch contact points, bellows, fuel line covers, housings.
  • Shoe soles/heels, wrist straps, cushions, airbag doors.
  • Keycaps, cosmetic cases, handles, grips, pushbuttons, knobs.