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New innovative TPU/TPE compounds

Bayer MaterialScience AG : 13 April, 2005  (Company News)
Bayer MaterialScience AG and PTS Plastic Technologie Service Marketing & Sales GmbH have signed a cooperation agreement to develop and market new thermoplastic elastomer compounds together.
The compounds are based on the thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) Desmopan® from Bayer MaterialScience and special thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) from PTS. They will be marketed together under the trade name DesmoflexTM. PTS is a leading producer of TPE compounds based on styrene block copolymers (SBCs, trade name PTS-Thermoflex) and thermoplastic vulcanized rubbers (TPVs, trade name Uniprene®). Bayer MaterialScience is the world market leader in TPUs (trade name Desmopan®, Texin®) and has extensive expertise in their production, development and use.

“This partnership gives Bayer MaterialScience the opportunity to bring innovative products with new properties onto the market and in so doing expand our business considerably in the TPU and TPE market,” says Dr. Klaus Zander, head of Marketing and Business Development in the TPU Business Unit at Bayer MaterialScience. “This means that in the future we will be able to respond even better to the individual wishes of our customers,” observes Uwe Stenglin, Managing Director of PTS.

PTS has been producing SBC compounds with small proportions of Desmopan® for a long time. Important areas of use are indoor and outdoor applications and the engine compartment of cars. The use of TPU as one of the main components offers new, very promising possibilities for combining the properties of both components. Desmopan® has good abrasion resistance, tear strength and tear propagation resistance as well as high chemical resistance. SBCs, by contrast, are softer materials. Through intelligent compounding, innovative products with new property profiles can be developed.
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