Thermoplastic Elastomers and Thermoplastic Vulcanizates with
Advanced Performance and Flexibility

Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) are a premier choice for soft, flexible materials due to their robust properties, cost effectiveness, and design optionality. Thermoplastic vulcanizates (TPVs) are a subtype of TPEs that combine the flexibility and responsiveness of vulcanized rubber with the durability, longevity, and processability of TPEs. As a global leader in compounding, Teknor Apex offers one of the broadest portfolios of TPV and 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 Sarlink® TPVs & TPEs

Why Sarlink® TPVs & TPEs

Sarlink® thermoplastic elastomers are a premier solution for critical applications that require superior elasticity and lasting performance. With faster, more cost-effective processing, Sarlink® TPE and TPV provide a sustainable alternative to thermoset rubber in sealing applications. In addition, the Sarlink® portfolio has recently expanded to include styrenic TPEs, which introduced unique performance characteristics such as improved flow in order to achieve more complex designs. Teknor Apex offers multiple chemistries under one brand, which enables Nexeo Plastics to provide a wide range of solutions for your applications.


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Characteristics and Properties

By taking a more focused approach to address each market's needs, Teknor Apex's TPE and TPV product lines are engineered to align with the industries that they serve. Standard grades often meet the applicable regulations and specifications for that industry. As a result, Teknor Apex’s Sarlink® 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 Sarlink® product lines include:

  • Excellent elastic properties
  • UV and ozone resistance
  • Superior long-term performance
  • Adhesion to polyolefins and other TPEs
  • Greater versatility and customization
  • Excellent weatherability
  • Matte finish with superior surface aesthetics
  • Often suitable for molding, extrusion, and co-extrusion
  • High melt strength and a broad processing window
  • Broad hardness range (30A to 50D)
  • Flexibility at low temperatures
  • Chemical and fluid resistance
  • Excellent colorability with custom color matching available
  • Specialty grades bond to PC, ABS, and Nylon

Markets and Applications

Automotive & Mobility

Automotive & Mobility

Specified by OEMs globally, Sarlink® has served as a preferred brand in the automotive industry for decades, steadily displacing EPDM rubber due to advancements in processing, design, and weight reduction. Sarlink® TPVs in particular are a premier choice for flexible parts requiring long-term performance. The recent expansion of the Sarlink® portfolio to include styrenic thermoplastic elastomers (TPE-S or SBC) introduced a new level of compounding versatility for the automotive industry, addressing the need for more customized solutions. Typical applications include:

  • Sealing systems
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Under the hood
Building & Construction

Building & Construction

From residential homes and commercial buildings to industrial projects including highways and railways, Sarlink® TPV thermoplastic materials are a leading choice for construction and building applications. Sarlink® TPVs can be found in static and dynamic seals, boots, membranes, expansion joints, and other building and construction products that require excellent long-term performance and shape retention.

Sarlink® TPVs offer excellent abrasion, UV and ozone resistance, and remain flexible even at extreme temperatures, so seals are often more durable in both indoor and outdoor installations. With cutting-edge performance, Sarlink® TPVs enhance the reliability and durability of construction products. Common applications include:

  • Drainage
  • Irrigation
  • HVAC
  • Air Distribution
  • Glazing
  • Structural Seals
  • Highways and Railways


Sarlink® TPVs are engineered for long-term performance in harsh environments, making them perfectly suited for industrial products like seals, gaskets, and hoses. TPVs have displaced thermoset rubber in industrial applications, generally offering better long-term aging performance and increased design flexibility. Sarlink® TPVs in particular have excellent resistance to flex fatigue, chemicals, and extreme temperatures. Unlike rubber, Sarlink® can often be co-molded or co-extruded onto a rigid part to make the ultimate seal, eliminating the need for assembly. Typical applications include:

  • Pipe Seals
  • Foamed Drum Seals
  • Diaphragm Seals
  • Gaskets
  • HVAC Components
  • Industrial Hose
  • Hydraulic Hose
  • Vacuum Hose
  • Hose Mandrels
  • Washers
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