A bio-derived thermoplastic elastomers for overmolding

PolyOne announce the launch of reSound OM (overmolding) thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), the latest addition to its sustainable solutions portfolio. These new formulations utilize between 40 and 50 percent bio-renewable content derived from sugarcane, and offer hardness levels and performance comparable to standard TPEs.

Jim Mattey, global marketing director, Specialty Engineered Materials at PolyOne:

“OEMs want to incorporate environmentally responsible materials in their designs, especially those who manufacture consumer products, yet they also need to meet functional requirements. New reSound OM grades address both goals by leveraging a significant amount of renewable content without compromising the material’s properties.”

Commercially available in all regions, the product portfolio consists of four overmolding grades compatible with rigid polypropylene and one suited for overmolding onto ABS. All grades are formulated for durability, delivering property retention and UV resistance comparable to traditional TPEs.

PolyOne introduces reSound OM, bio-derived TPEs with 40 to 50 percent bio-renewable content derived from sugarcane

In addition, the new grades feature easy colorability, a major requirement for applications such as cosmetics packaging, personal care products, and consumer electronics. With an opaque natural color, all reSound OM materials can either use traditional TPE colorants or be paired with sustainable colorants from PolyOne. Further supporting sustainability, when manufacturing with reSound OM, production scrap material can be reused.

Walter Ripple, vice president, Sustainability at PolyOne, added:

“Innovation is in our DNA, and we are committed to helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals with products such as reSound OM. Our investments in R&D, resulting sustainable solutions portfolio, and support for solutions to the plastic waste problem are outward signs of that commitment.”

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