Applications of Thermoplastic Elastomers


Since the commercial introduction of thermoplastic elastomers in the late 1960s, about 50 manufacturers of different sizes have entered the field. Thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers were the first thermoplastic elastomers used in the United States, and their main applications were automotive exterior parts (bumpers) and shoe soles. Olefinics replaced thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers in automotive sight shields and filler panels and were accepted in the wire and cable industry and in hose. By 1983, worldwide thermoplastic elastomer demand had reached 421,000 metric tons; its share in the United States was 148,000 tons; 199,800 tons in Western Europe; and 73,900 tons in Japan. During the ...

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