Materials

There are numerous soft thermoplastics on the market and their application possibilities seem endless.

On our website, we describe the six main basic types of thermoplastic elastomers plus soft PVC that we use.

TPO

TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefins) is a mixture of a polyolefin-based plastic (usually PP) and an elastomer such as EPDM. Unlike TPV, TPO is not or only partially cross-linked.

TPOs are polymer blends. Depending on the composition, TPO can be made hard or soft. Hard TPO, of which PP and talcum make up about 75% of the composition, are often used as impact-reinforced plastics.

Soft TPO has a much higher elastomer content, sometimes up to 70%. The advantage over other thermoplastic elastomers is that TPO is on average much cheaper. Soft TPO is used as a roofing material, among other things, because it has good UV resistance.

Typical properties of TPO are:

  • Temperature application range: -55°C to +115°C
  • Hardness: 55 Shore A tot 70 Shore D
  • Resistance to oils: moderate
  • Resistance to acids: good
  • Resistance to bases: very good
  • Resistance to ageing (ozone): good

TPO for your application?

Are you looking for a material with a strong impact resistance? Or are you looking for a combination of flexible material and a favourable price? Please contact us and ask about the possibilities of TPO for your application.

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