Thermoplastic elastomers are widely used in the automotive market. Manufacturers around the world have recognized this material for various under the hood applications as well as weather seals and interior parts.

In transportation, thermoplastic elastomers can be readily found throughout the entire vehicle, both inside and out. Star TPE is lightweight, durable, and often less expensive than thermoset materials in the total system cost, making it increasingly desirable for manufacturers.

Whether you’re looking for a material for an automobile instrument panel, automotive weather seal, a freight truck bumper, a power boat compartment seal, or snowmobile grips, start with TPE from Star Thermoplastics.

Thermoplastic elastomers have a lot of advantages over traditional thermoset rubbers in the transportation market. One of its greatest competitive features are the design flexibility of parts and choice of thermoplastic processing allowing for more creative designs and attractive total system cost. The attractive weight-to-performance ratio of TPE helps make vehicles lighter, leading to improved vehicle performance with decreased environmental impact.

Common Uses

In transportation, TPE can be found in various applications. Star TPE can be made in a wide range of hardness and flexibility, which makes it a desirable material of choice for a variety of auto interior and under the hood applications. Few examples include for instrument panels, buttons, encapsulation seals, cup holders, gaskets, bushings and cables.


black car mats made from TPE
Car Mats

Star TPE is ideal for car mats. Given their malleable nature, along with their durability, car mats made from TPE will endure all the mud, snow and can be easily cleaned. Star TPE materials can shorten your cycle time and maximize your production! Contact Star Thermoplastics today!

weather seals dashboard
Automotive Seals and Interiors

Automotive weather seals is a major target application for thermoplastic elastomers. Star TPE can be used as layer over EPDM thermoset profiles in co-extrusion to obtain the performance and colorability. Interior applications include dash boards, cup holders and lip seals.

Car Locks and Comfort

Thermoplastic elastomers are trusted for their strength and ability to weather tough conditions. They are ideal for use in many internal mechanisms of cars and trucks, including car locks. Dozens of other components in your car rely on the vibration damping benefits of TPE, assuring a safer, smoother and quieter ride for passengers.

Getting Started

Star Thermoplastics would love to get started working with you. With our wide variety of thermoplastic formulations we can deliver solutions that meet your exact specifications and needs for your product. As expert TPE manufacturers we understand completely what’s required to quickly get your production up and running.

Contact Star Thermoplastics Today!

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