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.


TPV (Thermoplastic Polyolefin Vulcanisate) is a mixture of a polyolefin-based plastic (usually PP) and an elastomer such as EPDM. Unlike TPO, the elastomer in TPV is cross-linked or vulcanized.

By vulcanising elastomers into TPV, TPV comes closest to traditional rubber in terms of its mechanical properties. This is particularly evident in the excellent compression properties. In addition, TPV boasts above-average temperature resistance.

This makes TPV ideal for static and semi-static seals requiring a low compression set where TPS no longer meets the temperature characteristics.

Typical properties of TPV are:

  • Temperature application range: -50°C to +155°C
  • Hardness: 35 Shore A tot 50 Shore D
  • Resistance to oils: reasonable
  • Resistance to acids: very good
  • Resistance to bases: very good
  • Resistance to ageing (ozone): very good

TPV for your application?

Do you need a TPE with great mechanical properties, heat resistance and the ability to be processed in 2-component injection moulding technology? Please give us the opportunity to introduce TPV to you. Ask for our reference projects and contact our article specialists.

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