Global Compounder Expands Thermoplastic Elastomers Portfolio

For under-the-hood automotive parts like this oil filter gasket, Zeotherm TPVs offer strong adhesion to nylon, improved temperature resistance, and the ability to withstand long-term exposure to oil. Image courtesy of RTP.

RTP Company (Winona, Minnesota, USA), a global compounder of custom engineered thermoplastics, announced the acquisition of the Zeotherm thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) product line from Zeon Chemicals (Louisville, Kentucky, USA).

The transaction, completed in May 2019, encompasses all products sold globally under the Zeotherm TPV name.

“This acquisition is just the latest step in our rapidly expanding thermoplastic elastomer [TPE] business,” explains Todd Gummersbach, general manager of the business. “The Zeotherm TPVs expand our product line, making it one of the broadest TPE product portfolios in the industry.”

Zeotherm TPV products are complex and diverse formulations. The material offers 150 °C (302 °F) continuous use performance while withstanding long-term exposure to engine oils and lubricant greases, a level that cannot be achieved with other TPEs or copolyesters, according to the manufacturer. In addition, the product line bonds well to nylon substrates in overmolding applications.

“This TPV technology, along with RTP Company’s Nylabond products, offers customers a full range of nylon-based TPV options that can be customized to fit the precise requirements of an application,” Gummersbach says. “For design engineers with applications that require high performance in potentially harsh environments, such as under-the-hood automotive parts or harsh industrial applications, Zeotherm TPVs can be an excellent material choice.”

RTP has 20 manufacturing plants in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

Source: RTP Company,