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Selection Attributes and Trends of Thermoplastic Elastomers for Automobile Parts

  • Kim, Seongkyun (BK21 PLUS Center for Advanced Chemical Technology, Department Polymer Science and Engineering, Pusan National University) ;
  • Park, Joon Chul (Hyundai Motor Group, Research and Development Division) ;
  • Jo, Mi Young (Hyundai Motor Group, Research and Development Division) ;
  • Park, Jun Il (Yooil Rubber Company, Materials Division) ;
  • Bae, Jae Yeong (BK21 PLUS Center for Advanced Chemical Technology, Department Polymer Science and Engineering, Pusan National University) ;
  • Choi, Seok Jin (Hyundai NGV, 314 dong, Seoul National University) ;
  • Kim, Il (BK21 PLUS Center for Advanced Chemical Technology, Department Polymer Science and Engineering, Pusan National University)
  • Received : 2017.02.21
  • Accepted : 2017.03.09
  • Published : 2017.03.31

Abstract

Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), a unique class of polymers, combine the processing ease of thermoplastics with the advanced properties of thermoset rubbers. TPEs can be remelted several times without any significant loss of properties, and can be molded into complex shapes using conventional processing equipment. Due to their characteristics, TPEs are ideal for use in a variety of applications in the automotive field. Although the TPE market of the Republic of Korea is currently at its niche, the increasing manufacturing push from major companies is expected to open up multiple opportunities for these products in the automotive sector. This manuscript highlights a detailed technological trend of the global automotive thermoplastic elastomers market.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 현대자동차그룹, 유일고무(주)

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