A Brand Consumers Trust

Thermoplastic Elastomers, or TPEs, are a premier choice of soft, flexible materials due to their robust properties, cost effectiveness, and design optionality. As a global leader in compounding, Teknor Apex offers one of the broadest portfolios of TPE technologies in the industry, including styrenic block copolymer (SBC) compounds, polyolefin blends (TPE-O or TPO), thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPE-Vs or TPVs), polyurethane compounds (TPE-U or TPU), and other specialty blends. 

Why Monprene® TPE?

Why Monprene® TPE?

From providing a soft-touch grip on a toothbrush to adding ergonomic functionality to a power tool, Monprene® is a TPE brand that consumers trust. This diverse product line was born of market requirements and encompasses multiple TPE chemistries, including SBC, TPV, TPO, and TPU. Standard grades are available for quick sampling, or Monprene® can be customized to meet a specific aesthetic or functional requirement, which grants designers, OEMs, and processors alike superior flexibility when designing new products.



Characteristics and Properties

By taking a more focused approach to address each market's needs, Teknor Apex's TPE product lines are aligned with the industries that they serve. Standard grades often meet the applicable regulations and specifications for that industry. As a result, Teknor Apex’s TPE compounds are likely to be pre-qualified for your application, which can accelerate your speed to market with new products. Characteristics and properties found across Monprene® product lines include:

  • Standard grades available for quick sample turnaround
  • Wide hardness range (from Shore OO to Shore D)
  • Light, natural color for superior colorabiity
  • Typically suitable for skin contact
  • Resistant to household chemicals and cosmetics
  • Broad thermal performance
  • Food contact grades available
  • Customized formulations to meet critical end use requirements
  • UV and ozone resistant
  • Pre-drying not necessary

Markets and Applications

Consumer Products

Consumer Products

From food contact applications and housewares, to personal electronics, pet products and white goods or appliances, you can differentiate your consumer products with Monoprene®. Monprene® TPEs add cushioning, protection, or a soft-touch grip to everyday consumer products. Monprene® TPEs can be formulated to achieve various tactile qualities, such as  a smooth, silky feel or a tacky surface for an enhanced grip. Often ideal for 2-shot or insert molding, Monprene® TPEs exhibit excellent adhesion to rigid plastic substrates for more comfortable handles, tighter seals, and anti-slip surfaces. Monprene® can be custom colored to match any palette, reinforcing your product's brand. Typical applications include:

  • Personal Care
  • Toys
  • Writing Instruments
  • Sports & Leisure
  • Utensil Grips
  • Gaskets, Knobs, & Anti-Skid Parts for Kitchen Appliances
  • Wearable Electronic Devices
  • Accessories & Protective Cases
  • Sump Pump Seals
  • Earbuds & Headphones
  • Cable Jacketing
  • Mats
  • Anti-Skid Bowls
  • Grooming Products
  • Door Seals & Gaskets
  • Overmolded Grips & Buttons
  • Dog Toys
  • Feet
  • Motor Mounts
  • Footwear
  • Furniture
  • Food Saver Seals
  • Utensil Grips
  • Drum Roller
  • Anti-Vibration Pads
  • Hoses and Connectors
  • O-Rings & Gaskets
  • Shock Absorbers
  • Filter Seals
Packaging

Packaging

Creating innovative packaging that meets stringent performance requirements, while also satisfying sustainability goals and maintaining cost effectiveness, can prove to be difficult without the ideal material for your application. From specialty TPE blends used in PE and PP closures in a hot-fill liner process, to high performance TPEs with superior oxygen and moisture barrier properties used in Aseptic-filled protein drink applications or ROPP aluminum closures, Teknor Apex TPEs can provide the solution. Typical applications include:

  • Hot-Fill
  • Aseptic-Fill
  • Retort
  • ROPP
  • Cold/Ambient-Fill
  • Crowns
Industrial

Industrial

For industrial applications, Monprene® TPEs offer an excellent choice and provide outstanding performance. Monprene® TPEs are very elastic and remain flexible even at sub-zero temperatures, making them a premier option for sealing applications in various fluid management systems, from automatic sprinkler gaskets to HVAC seals. These versatile materials can be customized for different end use environments, like improved abrasion resistance or UV stability, and can be filled or unfilled, depending on your cost and performance needs. Typical applications include:

  • Pipe Seals
  • HVAC Components
  • Sink Gaskets
  • Sprinkler Gaskets
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