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Shaping the future with Santoprene™ thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs)

Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) are high-performance elastomers, which offer manufacturing flexibility, ease of processing and durability. By offering superior and consistent performance across automotive, industrial and demanding consumer applications, Santoprene TPV offers the potential for reduced system costs, reduced weight, and recyclability compared to materials such as thermoset rubber.

With more than 40 years of market presence, ExxonMobil Chemical has established itself as the global standard for engineered TPV. We deliver advanced solutions and support services that help customers manufacture high-performance products that combine the characteristics of vulcanized rubber with the processing ease of thermoplastics. Santoprene TPVs offer sealing solutions that are both durable and attractive for a variety of market segments.

Benefits

  • Excellent performance: Parts made with Santoprene TPVs are not only strong and flexible, but also exhibit excellent aesthetics, sealing capabilities and maintain a high level of performance over the life of the part.
  • Reduced system costs: Santoprene TPVs offer ease of processing and design flexibility to help reduce costs in a wide range of applications.
  • Potential sustainability: Santoprene TPVs can provide potential sustainability benefits such as reduced weight, more sustainable manufacturing and recycling versus other polymeric materials like thermoset rubber (TSR) or ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) rubber.
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Products

See below for more information on our product families. Learn more about our full suite of Santoprene™ TPV product grades in our datasheet library >

  • General purpose

    • Standard extrusion and molding
    • Hard grades (>85A) ideal for blow molding
    • Highest level of elastomeric properties
    • Hard grade (90A) ideal for blow molding
    • Excellent colorability
  • Specialty molding

    • Improved processability and aesthetics
    • Superior processability and aesthetics
    • Designed for improved UV resistance
    • Outstanding processability for specialty molding
    • Excellent colorability
  • Extrusion

    • Designed and released against specific extrusion performance criteria
    • 121 series designed for improved UV resistance
  • Flame retardant

    • UL 94 V-0 rated except 85A is V-2 rated
    • UL 94 5VA rated
    • UV resistant (UL (f1) rated)
    • Stabilized against copper and other metal-catalyzed degradation
  • Detergent resistant

    • Property retention in presence of typical dishwasher and washing machine detergents
    • Stabilized for protection against copper and other metal-catalyzed degradation
  • Potable water

    • NSF 61 certified (241-xx also NSF 51 certified)
    • W236 grades stabilized against copper and other metal-catalyzed degradation
  • Non-fatty food contact

    • FDA non-fatty food contact rating
    • NSF 51 certified
    • 8271-XX non-hygroscopic; enhanced colorability
  • Bonding

    • Insert or 2 shot molding
    • Bonds to PC, ABS, PS and other engineering thermoplastics (ETPs)
    • B100 grades also bond to PP
    • Extrusion
    • Bonds to metal and PP
  • UV resistant

    • Designed for UV resistance
    • UL listed grades are UL (f1) rated
  • Feedstock

    • High rubber, low filler content feedstock for compounding

Industries and applications

Featured resources

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    A history of resounding success – Santoprene™ TPV celebrates its 40th anniversary

    Interview in TPE Magazine with Kurt Aerts, Vice President of Specialty Elastomers & Butyl talking about the history and the future of Santoprene™ TPV (English only)

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    TPV™ Troubleshooting Guide for Injection Molding

    The TPV Troubleshooting Guide provides an overview of most problems/defects encountered during injection molding. This online guide allows you to click on the relevant problem phrase for a quick view of problems and potential causes.

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    The many shapes of Santoprene TPV

    Santoprene TPV is all around you. Check out just some of its uses in everyday life.

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    The Santoprene TPV story – its past, present and future

    From over 40 years ago until today, Santoprene TPV inspires innovation and collaboration with our customers. Shaping the future - together.

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    Santoprene™ TPV delivers outstanding performance and cost reduction for steering boots

    Case story highlighting how Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) reduces cost and improves performance of steering boots.

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    Case study: Reducing the weight of automotive weatherseals for Henniges Automotive

    Case story featuring Santoprene™ TPV for automotive Glass Run Channel, Belt Line Seals and Glass Encapsulation seals produced by Henniges for the Skoda Fabia model.

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