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Santoprene™ TPV integrated system solutions for glass run channel weather seals

In our constantly-evolving world, the automotive sector is embracing the transformation. As the need for high standards of performance and comfort goes hand in hand with a growing demand for affordable sustainable solutions, innovation becomes the key to develop new standards of quality and durability, as well as more efficient resource-management practices.

In a car, glass run channel (GRC) systems protect from all weather conditions, while minimizing noise inside the vehicle. Designed to replace the traditional EPDM (ethylene propylene diene polymethylene backbone) rubber, which is heavier and difficult to recycle, the new Santoprene™ TPV integrated system solutions combine two new TPV grades:

  • Santoprene™ High Resilience (HR) TPV, providing enhanced resilience and elastic recovery comparable to that of EPDM; and
  • Santoprene™ R² TPV, made with at least 15% and up to 50% post-consumer recycled (PCR) material, offering greater potential for sustainable design solutions
When combined together, Santoprene™ High Resilience TPV and Santoprene™ R² TPV prove to be high performance on static, semi-dynamic and dynamic applications, while lowering the total system cost, further contributing to the customer’s circular economy model.

 

Make mobility affordable. Deliver high quality experience. Help deploy circular economy. Enable industry to lower CO2 emissions.

Make mobility affordable

Unlike common EPDM frames, Santoprene™ TPV is made through a streamlined manufacturing process, which implies less production steps. This results* in:

  • Up to 70% reduction in investment (excluding cutting)
  • Up to 70% of footprint reduction
  • Up to a 50% cut on energy use

Now you have it: The ultimate solution for full cost-optimization, contributing to making mobility more accessible to everyone.

*Data source: ExxonMobil Chemical

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Deliver a high-quality driving experience

Cutting on costs does not mean cutting on quality. Santoprene™ High Resilience TPV boasts an elastic recovery performance and mechanical properties that are comparable to EPDM.

  • Step-out improvement of sealing performance under demanding conditions
  • 20 to 30% improvement in compression set and tension over Santoprene 58 W175 TPV
  • Superior stress relaxation and force retention over Santoprene 58 W175 TPV
  • Excellent UV resistance and pleasant surface appearance

This is the new level of quality you’ll get from the new Santoprene™ High Resilience TPV.

Did you expect that? Now you can.

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Help the automotive industry deploy a circular economy

Circular economy is gaining ground across stakeholders, with the European Green Deal setting high expectations for all industries, including that of transportation.

For the automotive sector, meeting these expectations, while maintaining cost-effectiveness and high performance is now possible. Here’s how:

  • The new Santoprene™ R² TPV contains at least 15% PCR material, which can be increased up to 30% depending on a customer’s needs. This can help improve its life cycle impact compared to regular Santoprene TPV, while offering an optimized balance of performance and cost-effectiveness.
  • Any Santoprene™ TPV scrap generated during weatherseal manufacturing can be melted and remolded, leading to waste reduction. What’s more, when a vehicle reaches its end-of-life, components made with Santoprene™ TPV can potentially be recovered and recycled further contributing to the customer’s circular economy model.

The simplified manufacturing process of Santoprene™ TPV, together with its recyclability, offers a real opportunity for a recycling stream for both post-industrial and post-consumer models. This opens manufacturers to new design horizons, as well as to a full polyolefin system with great recycling potential.

Recycling opportunities

How to reduce weight?

Enable the automotive industry to lower CO2 emissions

When it comes to taking action towards the environmental footprint in the automotive industry, weight matters.

Frame-under-glass GRCs are typically made with a metal frame and EPDM (ethylene propylene diene polymethylene backbone) rubber, which is heavy and difficult to recycle. Adjusting the frame design to a lighter, more flexible option provides an opportunity for manufacturers to design models that are lower in weight, potentially increasing energy efficiency and lowering their CO2 emissions.

Choosing Santoprene™ TPV can lead to up to 55% lighter weight and a more flexible design manufacture. Why?

  • Santoprene™ TPV is on average 20% less dense than regular EPDM rubber;
  • Santoprene™ TPV’s design flexibility carries the potential for up to 35% weight reduction compared to the regular EPDM rubber via thinner walls enabling GRC systems to require less material to deliver similar end-use properties;
  • Santoprene™ TPV allows manufacturers to replace the metallic part of the clamping and flocking systems with polypropylene - a much lighter choice than metal - adding another 20% in weight savings to the list.

Santoprene™ High Resilience TPV

Santoprene™ High Resilience TPV provides the ultimate solution for demanding GRC systems, offering high resilience and elastic recovery, as well as UV resistance. The result? A step change for semi-dynamic and dynamic weather seals that will contribute to a pleasant driving experience for your customer.

Read the Santoprene™ HR TPV E400 product datasheet >

Santoprene R² TPV

Santoprene™ R² TPV, made with at least 15% and up to 30% PCR material, can help improve its life cycle impact compared to regular Santoprene™ TPV, while offering an optimized balance of performance and cost-effectiveness for the foot element of the GRC.

Santoprene™ components, as well as any TPV scrap generated during weatherseal manufacturing can be melted, re-extruded and remolded, considerably reducing the amount of production waste.

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