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New wet-grip thermoplastic elastomers

RTP Company : 18 June, 2006  (New Product)
Specialty compounder RTP Company introduces additional new grades to its RTP 6000 Series of functional thermoplastic elastomer compounds. These compounds, which have been designated RTP 6011, are the latest addition to RTP Company's growing range of TPE compounds and are designed specifically for improved wet-grip performance.
RTP 6011 provides excellent wet coefficient of friction; testing 45% higher than SBC-based TPEs and olefinic thermoplastic vulcanizates of equivalent hardness. The wet COF of these new products is equal to or higher than dry COF, whereas most TPEs exhibit a significant decrease in COF when they become wet.

RTP 6011 is offered in three hardness grades including 55, 65, and 75 Shore A and can be colored by either concentrate or pre-color methods. Customized grades and colors are available. RTP 6011 is bondable to polypropylene substrates. In addition, RTP Company is developing products with enhanced bonding to a variety of substrates as well as coupling this technology with their immense experience in additive technologies.

End-use applications for this new wet-grip technology include marine and personal watercraft applications such as hand grips and foot pads, consumer personal care items, and household kitchen utensils. Performance enhancements in sporting good products are possible with the improved grip characteristics of these materials. Industrial markets will also benefit from the wet-grip material where it may be implemented into power tool grips, hand tool grips, and conveyor foot padding.

Thermoplastic elastomers are a growth technology for RTP Company. The RTP 6011 product line represents a unique TPE technology only available from RTP Company. 'We believe RTP is the first compounder to offer products based on this unique technology,' said Paul Killian, product manager for TPE compounds at RTP Company, 'and we will continue to aggressively develop new TPE products based on this technology.' RTP Company has been producing TPE-based specialty compounds for over 15 years and has been focused on TPE technology development for over 5 years.

RTP Company, headquartered in Winona, Minnesota, is a global leader in specialty compounding. The company has seven manufacturing plants on three continents, plus sales representatives throughout North America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific. RTP Company's engineers develop customized thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring color, conductive, flame retardant, high temperature, shielding, structural, and wear resistant properties.
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