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Flame-Retardant TPE Compounds are RoHS-compliant.

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Addressing needs of electrical/electronics and other component manufacturers, decaBDE-free and flame-retardant thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds can be used with multi-shot or overmolding techniques. UL94 flammability ratings for these compounds are predominately V-0 @ 1/16 in., with some grades extending down to 1/32 in. products can also be combined with additional compounding technologies, from color to conductivity, while maintaining RoHS compliance.



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RTP Company Announces RoHS Compliant Flame Retardant TPE Compounds



WINONA, MINN, USA -- (March 19, 2009) -- Global custom engineered thermoplastic compounder RTP Company has developed a line of decaBDE-free, flame retardant thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds that are RoHS compliant. These products address the needs of electrical and electronics and other component manufacturers following the European Union's repeal of the decaBDE exemption under the RoHS Directive.

"As a result of the RoHS Directive, global OEMs are seeking materials using non-decabrom flame retardants for plastic articles used in electrical and electronics applications," said Paul Killian, Technical Marketing Manager - TPE Division at RTP Company. "Drawing on our strong flame retardant technologies, RTP Company now offers decaBDE-free flame retardant compounds in all major TPE resins. This enables RTP Company to provide the widest variety of material solutions available in the industry."

Flame retardant TPEs are commonly used in the electronics industry for components such as overmolded connectors and strain reliefs. "RTP Company's flame retardant TPEs offer superior bondability and can be used with multi-shot or overmolding techniques, providing two key properties in one material," said Killian. "UL94 flammability ratings for these compounds are predominately V-0 @ 1/16 inch (1.5 mm) with some grades extending down to 1/32 inch (0.8 mm). Many of RTP Company's TPE compounds are fully UL Recognized with yellow cards and more are in the works."

"Additionally, our flame retardant TPE compounds can to be combined with additional compounding technologies, from color to conductivity, while maintaining the material's RoHS compliance," explained Killian. "This enables RTP Company to expand our product's range of uses and promote our materials to a wider variety of industries -- solving multiple problems for customers with one product."

RoHS compliant, flame retardant TPEs from RTP Company are available in thermoplastic polyurethane elastomer (TPUR - RTP 1200 Series), polyether-ester block copolymer thermoplastic elastomer (TEEE - RTP 1500 Series), styrenic block copolymer thermoplastic elastomer (TES - RTP 2700 S Series), and thermoplastic polyolefin elastomer (TEO - RTP 2800 Series) resins at durometers ranging from
45 Shore A to 65 Shore D.

For more information on RTP Company custom engineered thermoplastic compounds, call (800) 433-4787 or (507) 454-6900, or visit their website at www.rtpcompany.com.

About RTP Company
RTP Company, headquartered in Winona, Minn., is a global compounder of custom engineered thermoplastics. The company has nine manufacturing plants on three continents, plus sales representatives throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. RTP Company's engineers develop customized thermoplastic compounds in over 60 different engineering resin systems for applications requiring color, conductive, elastomeric, flame retardant, high temperature, structural, and wear resistant properties.

Note: If you would like more information about this story, or if you would like to speak with a RTP Company spokesperson, please contact Kris Jommersbach at krisj@geminiinc.com

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