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Weatherseals  

Bumper to bumper, ExxonMobil Chemical’s technology leadership in specialty elastomers is helping the automotive industry worldwide advance the performance and aesthetic capabilities of automotive weathersealing systems.

Applications and benefits

Improve surface appearance of encapsulated quarterlight seals with Santoprene™ TPVs, which offer:

  • Durable sealing performance
  • Functional integration and weight reduction
  • Cost-effective thermoplastic processing compared to EPDM
  • Good matte surface (color match to GRC/BLS)
  • Excellent UV and aging resistance

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Enhance long-term performance of inner and outer belt line seals with Santoprene TPVs, which offer:

  • Durable sealing performance
  • Cost reduction compared to EPDM (PP combination)
  • Weight reduction by replacing metal
  • Excellent UV (outer belt line) and aging resistance

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Improve long-term performance of glass run channels with Santoprene TPVs, which offer:

  • Part cost reduction compared to EPDM
  • Good surface appearance
  • Smooth/rubbery surface – no blooming
  • Excellent UV and aging resistance

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Our suite of Vistalon™ ethylene propylene diene (EPDM) rubber products meets strict OEM requirements for primary and secondary door seals, trunk and tailgate seals, and other automotive sponge weatherseal applications.

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Vistalon ethylene propylene diene (EPDM) rubber grades meet strict OEM requirements for glass run channels and other dense weatherseal applications. Vistalon EPDM rubber grades offer high throughput, excellent elasticity, outstanding aesthetics and high processing consistency for the most complex geometries.

For a dense weatherseal design that combines the benefits of thermoset rubber with the ease of thermoplastic processing, consider Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV).

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Santoprene TPVs for corner molding seals and end caps offer:

  • Durable sealing performance
  • Part cost reduction compared to EPDM (no rework, short cycle time)
  • Adhesion to EPDM
  • Good surface appearance
  • Smooth/rubbery surface (no blooming)
  • Excellent UV and aging resistance

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Make cowl seals lighter weight and more cost-effective with insert-molded and extruded cowl seal assemblies made with Santoprene TPVs, which offer:

  • Durable sealing performance
  • Cost effectiveness through function integration
  • Weight reduction
  • Excellent UV and aging resistance

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Improve cost effectiveness of cutline seals with Santoprene TPVs, which offer:

  • Good sealing performance
  • Cost effectiveness through function integration
  • Easy processing and broad process window
  • Excellent UV and aging properties

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Santoprene TPVs are designed for gap filler applications requiring scratch resistance and good appearance. Key benefits include:

  • Cost effectiveness through function integration
  • Durable sealing performance
  • Excellent UV and aging resistance
  • Good adhesion to PP

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Improve long-term performance of molded and extruded sunroof seals with Santoprene TPVs, which offer:

  • UV resistance
  • Durability and wear resistance with coextruded slipcoat
  • Long-term sealing performance
  • Recyclability vs. EPDM
  • Co-extrusion with hard TPV or PP
  • Foam capability for bulb designs
  • Good flowability and aesthetic appearance for molded applications
  • Cost savings compared to polyurethane RIM approaches

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As a cost-effective alternative to EPDM, choose Santoprene TPVs for extruded windshield, roofline and rocker seals, which offer:

  • Cost-effective alternative to EPDM
  • Co-extrustion or tri-extrusion with plastics or hard TPV grades
  • Excellent UV stability
  • Lower coefficient of linear thermal expansion (CLTE) than with PVC
  • Weight savings compared with EPDM or PVC
  • Smooth surface with no blooming compared with some EPDM
  • High-temperature compression set
  • Ease of processing

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Improve long-term performance of coextruded bulb seals (trunk, tailgate, hood-to-cowl and hood-to-radiator) with Santoprene TPVs, which offer:

  • Long-term sealing performance
  • Recyclability vs. EPDM
  • Coextrusion with other TPVs, TPOs or PP for dense foot
  • Weight reduction via metal replacement
  • Foam capability for low-compression load deflection

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Reduce weight and increase recyclability of lower sash seals with Santoprene TPVs, which offer:

  • Weight reduction and recyclability vs. EPDM
  • Coextrusion with a TPV slip layer for durability and to eliminate spray coating
  • Ease of processing
  • Long-term sealing performance
  • Coextrusion directly onto metal with a TPV tie layer

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Product solutions

  • ExxonMobil Chemical EDPM rubber production from Al-Jubail Chemical Complex

    EPDM rubber

    Vistalon™ ethylene propylene diene (EPDM) rubber is used in a wide variety of applications, offering processing and finished product performance beyond the capabilities of natural and general-purpose synthetic rubbers.

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    TPV

    Santoprene™ thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPV) are dependable polymers for flexible engineered parts that require long-term performance.

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    Rubber & Plastics News

    Read Kurt Aerts interview in Rubber & Plastics News and learn how the company has been at the forefront of rubber and elastomer innovation from the very beginning.

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    Weatherseals EPDM formulations

    A wide variety of formulations for the manufacturing of dense/sponge seals and corner moldings. These include one- and two-pass sponge formulations for high-performance sponge door seals and various hardness dense formulations meeting OEM requirements.

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    Santoprene™ TPV enables direct extrusion for reduced cost and enhanced performance

    Case story highlighting how Windsor Mold Group uses Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) to reduce cost as well as improve performance and processability of the bulb seal on cowls for Ford Motor Company's C-Max hybrid electric vehicle.

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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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    Processing guidelines for the extrusion of Santoprene™ thermoplastic vulcanizates

    Observations and basic conditions for the extrusion of Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizate (TPV) based on years of experience with processors.

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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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    Robotic extrusion with Santoprene™ TPV

    Learn about the advantages of robotic extrusion with Santoprene™ TPV for complex automotive weatherseals.

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    Robotic extrusion of Santoprene™ TPV – Automobil Industrie 01-2018

    Read more about an economic, flexible, efficient, and reliable process to mold lightweight, complex seals. An interview with Hermann-Josef Holz from ExxonMobil and Thomas Bischof from Kuka Industries.

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