Industries and Applications
Thermoplastics, or thermosoftening plastics are polymers that soften at a specific temperature, solidifying as they cool. Most thermosplastics are remold-able, which sets them apart from thermosetting plastics which are known to break down and reset upon cooling.
Demand on TPEs by Market
The global demand for TPEs is set to increase by approximately 5.5% per year to a projected 5.8 million metric tons in 2017. Manufacturers’ continued product innovation is set to drive the rise of TPE use. This growth will certainly be aided by the improved economic conditions in North America and Western Europe, compared to the recession of 2007 to 2012. Overall, these territories will use an increasingly small amount of TPEs, although the motor industry will continue to demand in volume. The Asia and Pacific regions will remain the largest demand market. China is the largest volume consumer TPEs, a trend that will increase onward into 2017 and beyond. The expansion in India and Southeast Asia will be hampered by Japan’s slow uptake of the medium. Other markets such as Africa and the Mideast will enjoy increased demand in 2017. The asphalt and roofing markets will continue to grow as will the adhesive, sealant and coatings markets as TPEs continue to replace other resins in adhesive recipes.
Commercial application of TPE materials
Thermoplastic silicon and olefin combinations are used in the process of glass extrusion and to weather-strip car profiles. Styrene block copolymers are widely utilized as adhesives. TPEs are also used for the manufacture of car suspension bushings.
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TPE USES BY INDUSTRYHow TPEs are used in American business
The many uses of Thermoplastics in American business
Thermoplastics have a wide variety of uses in modern industry and commerce. Their chemical formula is very adaptable so that they can form solids of diverse kinds. Since they are also recyclable, thermoplastics are perfect substances for manufacturers in the modern world.