Star Thermoplastics

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Star Thermoplastic Alloys & Rubbers, Inc. is pleased to offer working replacements for Kraton Thermoplastic Elastomer (TPE) compounds. Early in 2016 Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. sold its TPE compound business – including assets and technology – and caused a disturbance in the marketplace for SBC polymers.

“Disruptions in the supply chain may call into question whether a supplier can support the business long term. It will take time for the full effect of the changes to be felt, and these can have a significant impact on an organization,” stated Tom Dieschbourg, CEO of Star Thermoplastics. “Star Thermoplastics understands that the right material is critical to product performance and offers TPEs that will drop in and run just like the materials that are being re-qualified. If it doesn’t drop in and run the first Gaylord is free, that’s our guarantee.”

The change in the TPE landscape has caused manufactures to look at re-qualification and validation of material to safeguard compatibility with their processing parameters. Manufacturers must document material equivalency and acceptance.

Factors that can prompt re-qualification:

  • Change in manufacturing process
  • Change in manufacturing sites
  • Need for cost containment
  • Change in manufacturing equipment
  • Change in material
  • Change in knowledge base

Re-qualification of materials can be time-consuming and costly; many companies look to maximize their investment by expanding the material options that they put through the testing process.

Manufacturers that have been using Kraton TPEs are reconsidering their material selection for products in all end markets, especially packaging, medical devices, and personal care products. Star Thermoplastics now offers a working replacement for Kraton in the StarFlex® and StarMed® TPE lines.

Star Thermoplastic Alloys & Rubbers, Inc. is pleased to announce it has been awarded the ISO 9001:2008 Management System certificate. Operating under the guidelines of ISO standards for many years, their decision to become ISO 9001:2008 certified was aimed at continuous improvement and customer satisfaction. The certification process was conducted by Perry Johnson Registrars of Troy, Michigan, in accordance with their auditing and certification procedures.

ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization, and an ISO 9001:2008 certificate shows an adherence to a Quality Management System. Star Thermoplastic Alloys & Rubbers, Inc. has been certified to satisfy requirements of ISO 9001:2008 with respect to the Quality Management System governing the manufacture of products they provide to customers. This certification further strengthens their commitment to customer satisfaction and dedication to manufacturing products of the highest standard.

“This ISO 9001:2008 certification is great recognition of how our employees at Star Thermoplastics perform their work, helping to achieve what is important to our customers in a sustainable way. With the addition of a robust management system we Star Thermoplastic Alloys & Rubbers, Inc. were able to accomplish this certification in just over a year," said Greg Merchen, Plant Manager.

"Star Thermoplastics always strives to provide the highest quality product at the best value," says Thomas Dieschbourg, Founder and CEO. "We pursued ISO 9001:2008 certification in order to bring genuine value to our customers, not simply certification for the sake of a certificate. And we expect levels of excellence only to improve over the long term."

The scope of the certification extends to cover: Design, Develop, Produce, Market, Distribute, and Service Plastic and Rubber Compounds for Various Applications.

To become certified as ISO 9001:2008 compliant, Star Thermoplastics underwent an evaluation process that included: quality management system development, a management system documentation review, pre-audit, initial assessment, and clearance of non-conformances, all of which work to identify corrective actions that eliminate non-conformance to the quality management standard.

Star Thermoplastics would like to take this opportunity to thank their customers and suppliers for their continued commitment and loyalty, and their staff for their ongoing teamwork and contributions.

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With applications calling for a super tacky thermoplastics elastomer, Star Thermoplastics has developed the StarGrip-X line for injection molding or extrusion. They are available in hardnesses ranging from Shore A 30 to 70.

Because some applications call for a super tacky thermoplastic elastomer (TPE), the Star Thermoplastics Division of Star Alloys & Rubbers, Inc. has developed a new line for designers, processors and marketers. As such, it gives marketers and manufacturers a wider latitude than ever before to enhance existing products or develop new ones.

Called the StarGrip-X® 5000 series, the new TPE line is expressly formulated for applications calling for enhanced grip as well as improved feel. The new grades can be injection molded or extruded into thick or thin parts. Suggested applications include athletic products grips, kitchen and garden utensil handles, toolbox and luggage handles, power tool handles and grips, and sheets for special products.

With many grades already in stock and a variety of samples readily available, Star officials note that they can also custom formulate a grade for any special or unique need. This includes, but is not limited to, grades in hardnesses ranging from Shore A 30 to 70, in black, natural or a variety of custom colors and with different specific gravities to achieve the ideal surface look, finish and feel.

Star Thermoplastics founded in 1993, is a leading provider of thermoplastic elastomers with many production lines to fill both large and small orders, a full-service laboratory and trained sales and technical support personnel across the continent. Company products are sold under the trade names Starflex, StarMediflex, StarTuff, StarXtrude, StarBond, StarClear, StarGrip and now StarGrip-X. With its newly enhanced chemical and analytical laboratory, Star has the ability to duplicate any existing TPE with improved formulations at better prices.

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