For many years, TPE manufacturers and processors have been striving to shift the performance limits of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) toward those of rubber materials. The desire for improved chemical resistance and higher temperature resistance plays a major role here. The new thermoplastic elastomer hybrids (TEHs) have enabled to further reduce the differences in performance between the world of TPE materials and rubber materials. The development of an innovative production technology has made access to TEHs possible.
Shortly after the launch of TPE materials in the mid-1980s, it was the industry’s declared intention to combine the excellent properties of rubber with the advantages of thermoplastic elastomers. TPE processors appreciated the newly gained advantages of thermoplastic processing with reduced cycle times, as well as the considerably enhanced flexibility with regards to component design and the options provided by two-component injection molding. However, applications that required technically sophisticated materials were still out of reach. There was a strong need for a universal material solution based on TPEs that has even grown over the years.