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Polymax TPE, a manufacturer of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), announced that their Waukegan, IL facility achieved the milestone of being one of the first TPE compounders in the world to successfully complete a certification audit to the newly revised ISO 9001:2015 standard. The successful review carried out by third-party auditor DQS Group, certifies that PolymaxTPE is capable of meeting or exceeding the expectations of its customers through the scope of manufacturing of thermoplastic elastomers for use in injection molding, extrusion, and blow molding processes.

“Gaining the ISO 9001:2015 certification demonstrates our commitment to high quality, as we strive to be the TPE partner of choice for our N. American customers. In addition, we’re pursuing the implementation of ISO/TS 16949 to provide best-in-class products and services for our automotive customers worldwide,” said Tom Castile, VP of Sales at PolymaxTPE.

A common criticism of past versions of ISO 9001 was that organizations could meet the standard’s requirements but delivered products that didn’t meet customer requirements. “ISO 9001:2015 includes requirements that focus on achieving intended results. This new approach allows us to focus on the performance and effectiveness of the QMS,” noted John Zheng, Quality Manager at PolymaxTPE.

In addition to achieving ISO 9001:2015 certification, PolymaxTPE utilized latest TPE process technology to produce high-performance P3800 series TPEs at a lower cost. As the raw material costs keep going up, P3800 series TPEs offer significant cost benefit over high price TPE and TPV elastomers used in consumer and appliance industry.

PolymaxTPE began producing high-quality thermoplastic elastomers in a new state-of-the-art facility in Waukegan, IL in 2015.

PolymaxTPE, a manufacturer of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE), has introduced two Styrenic TPE grades engineered to deliver low compression set performance expressly for gasket and seals application. These two new grades, P32-010 and P32-011, can replace TPV elastomers in a variety of sealing applications that include gaskets, seals, valves, home appliance, and food packaging requiring high resilience for seal integrity.

What makes these new products stand out is its low compression set at elevated temperatures.  Compression set is the measure of material’s ability to recover from deformation. The lower the percentage, the better the material resists permanent deformation under a given deflection and temperature range.  Measurements show that the compression set of the 60 shore A P32-011 TPE has 16% at RT, 26% at 70°C and 38% at 100 °C for 22 hours; and the 40 shore A P31-010 has 20% compression set at RT, 27% at 70°C and 48% at 100 °C. 

“The development of new TPEs with low compression set for the seal industry reflects the focus of PolymaxTPE on R&D and its strategy of working proactively with customers”, noted Dr. Martin Lu, Chief Technology Officer. P32-010 and P32-011 score further points for its excellent tear strength, cold temperature flexibility, low odor, stability at high temperature and weather resistance. The raw materials used to manufacture these two grades are compliant with food contact regulations. These material can be used in stand-alone injection molding, extrusion applications, or bonded with Polypropylene substrates.

“Thanks to their improved tear strength and easy processability, our recent commercialization successes of 35 and 45 shore A hardness TPE, D6935 & D6945, with low compression set has been well received by our customers in replacing TPV in weatherseals.  The new addition of P32-010 and P32-011 will continue to provide a low-cost alternative to TPV in gaskets, stoppers, flexible connectors, and sealing for food, beverage caps & closures requiring durable sealing performance,” added Tom Castile, VP sales of PolymaxTPE.

For more information, visit: www.polymaxtpe.com/products

PolymaxTPE, a manufacturer of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), has developed a ultra-high flow TPE P21-093A that retains high ductility and strength. The new material was used to help satisfy the increasing needs for pet feeders specifically designed to prevent rapid and hasty eating by pets.

The TPE Feed Mat is great for feeding at home or can easily fold for on-the-go. The flexible food-safe TPE elastomer creates a playful feeding experience that pups love while the unique nonslip and flip-resistant design ensures that furry friends enjoy their food at a fun and healthy pace.

This new 78 shore A TPE compound from Polymax can be easily colored and molded into complex shapes with good surface finish. Its’ slip resistance property helps the pet feeder to prevent sliding and food spillage. Polymax TPE P21-093A material is recyclable, top rack dishwasher safe, free of PVC, metal, latex, and phthalates.

For more information, please contact Tom Castile at 847-316-9902, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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