TPE Demand Rises On Back Of Increased Automotive Sales

Thermoplastic elastomers TPEs continue to make inroads into the automotive sector as rising automotive sales and the resulting increased demand for the material make it attractive to polymer producers.

Car makers have also shown great enthusiasm for TPEs since their low density makes them ideal for reducing weight in all types of vehicle. Moreover, processing of the material by means of the cost-effective multi-injection molding process allows optimal adhesion to different hard components.

Steady growth will be fuelled by an improved economic outlook in North America and Western Europe, while advances in emerging countries will benefit from increased adoption of TPEs in place of competing materials.

It adds motor vehicles account for the largest portion of the world TPE market. Advances will be bolstered by improvements in the TPE-intensive North American and West European automotive industries, as well as increased TPE use in emerging markets, although demand will be limited by continued declines in Japanese vehicle production.

TPEs have become established as a material with diverse uses with the global automotive industry placing a high value on the properties they offer such as efficient processing in multi-component moulding with superior mechanical properties at high temperatures.

Adhesion is another prime requirement called for by the automotive industry as it can save on assembly costs by simplifying quality control processes. The adhesion of two materials also creates a sealing function against liquids, dust and wind.