Nylon Corporation of America (NYCOA) Launches NY-FLEX® Nylon-Based TPEs

Nylon Corporation of America, Inc. (NYCOA), has launched an extended product family of nylon (polyamide) based thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), also known as polyether-block-amides (PEBA), for a range of applications in the automotive, sporting goods, personal electronics, composite, and specialty films markets. The company will discuss the announcement at NPE2018 May 7-11 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

The NY-FLEX® elastomer range is a new and innovative class of nylon (polyamide) based engineering thermoplastic elastomers (E-TPE). These materials are block copolymers of nylon (polyamide) segments and polyether segments. The nylon (polyamide) block is the hard segment and the polyether block is the soft, flexible segment.

NY-FLEX® grades are thus hybrid materials, offering a unique combination of rubber-like elastomeric properties and thermoplastic-like processing capabilities. By varying the type and the ratio of these two blocks, a wide range of NY-FLEX® grades are offered. They exhibit a broad range of performance attributes in terms of impact toughness and flexibility, along with processing advantages. NYCOA currently offers a range of NY-FLEX® grades ranging in hardness from 82 Shore D to 90 Shore A.

“These innovative materials have been designed to fill a technology gap in the E-TPE material space,” said Pratik Shah, vice president of new business development for NYCOA. “During the extensive development cycle, our customers have repeatedly pointed out the need for E-TPEs with superior performance characteristics and the need to lower overall systems cost. We believe that our NY-FLEX® grades deliver incredible value to the customer compared to other E-TPEs.”

NY-FLEX® E-TPE grades deliver a broad range of benefits including excellent flexibility at low temperature, superior retention of properties to elevated temperature, and exceptional toughness and resilience. They also provide high creep resistance, strong resistance to flex fatigue, good abrasion resistance, and superior resistance to greases, oils, and solvents. NY-FLEX ® E-TPEs exhibit lower specific gravity compared to thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs) and are easily processed using thermoplastic processing techniques. NYCOA is working closely with processors, Tier 1 suppliers, and OEMs on a wide range of applications using NY-FLEX® E-TPEs.

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