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Advanced Polymer Alloys introduces new thermoplastic rubber

Advanced Polymer Alloys Llc : 01 May, 2006  (New Product)
Advanced Polymer Alloys, a division of Ferro Corporation and manufacturer of Alcryn Melt-Processible Rubber, today announced plans to introduce its newest material, DuraGrip, a thermoplastic rubber designed exclusively for overmolding to rigid olefinic substrates. By combining DuraGrip with rigid substrates like polypropylene and polyethylene, manufacturers can increase the value of their products by adding an ergonomic soft grip. DuraGrip can be easily colored and customized, offers an outstanding rubber feel, and is competitively priced, compared to similar materials. DuraGrip is available in durometers of 40, 50, and 60 with additional grades expected in the coming months.
Advanced Polymer Alloys, a division of Ferro Corporation and manufacturer of Alcryn Melt-Processible Rubber, today announced plans to introduce its newest material, DuraGrip, a thermoplastic rubber designed exclusively for overmolding to rigid olefinic substrates.

By combining DuraGrip with rigid substrates like polypropylene and polyethylene, manufacturers can increase the value of their products by adding an ergonomic soft grip. DuraGrip can be easily colored and customized, offers an outstanding rubber feel, and is competitively priced, compared to similar materials. DuraGrip is available in durometers of 40, 50, and 60 with additional grades expected in the coming months.

'Manufacturers continually search for new ways to reduce costs without compromising the integrity of the final product,' said E. David Santoleri, general manager of APA. 'DuraGrip is a new material solution for those interested in streamlining the cost of their designs. At the same time, it adds value to the production process with its superior physical properties and excellent processing characteristics.'

APA, working together with Ferro's Filled and Reinforced Plastics Division, is marketing DuraGrip to manufacturers in the automotive, recreation, tool and appliance, and consumer electronics industry segments. Specific application examples include personal watercraft, washing machines, blenders, hair dryers, and more. It can also be used for developing soft-touch knobs and grips.

'By combining the resources of several Ferro divisions, APA's elastomer expertise, the application resources of the Filled and Reinforced Plastics Division, and the color and custom solutions provided by the Plastic Colorant Division, we can improve the quality and performance of our customers' products,' said Jeff Senich, business development manager of APA. 'This teamwork enables Ferro to create precisely the right TPV to cost-effectively meet our customers' needs.'

DuraGrip is APA's latest material product line to be introduced, building on the success of Alcryn Melt-Processible Rubber. Backed by Ferro, APA has expanded the success of Alcryn MPR in the automotive, appliance and tools, and residential and commercial architecture industries. Alcryn MPR is used in everything from windshield seals, irons, and power tools, to weather stripping, handheld computers, and stylized pens.
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