Thermoplastic Elastomers bond to various nylon materials.

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VERSAFLEX® OM6200 Series TPEs provide bond/overmold across nylon substrate types as well as modified nylons. Varying nylon type (6, 6/6, 6/6/6) or modifying nylon with colorants, impact modifiers, or lubricants has minimal impact on effects of TPE. Developed to process in insert molding and 2 shot molding, grades do not require drying of TPE or nylon substrate prior to molding. Grades come in natural and black and range in hardness from 40-75 Shore A.

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GLS Corporation at NPE 2006 to Highlight Second Generation of TPEs that Bond to a Wide Variety of Nylons, Including 6/6/6

McHENRY, IL (FEBRUARY 8, 2006) -- The second generation of TPEs that provide a superior bond/overmold to most types of standard and modified nylons -- sold under the tradename VERSAFLEX ® OM 6200 Series -- will be introduced by GLS Corporation at NPE 2006. THEY WILL BE IN BOOTH #5466.

According to GLS officials, the new OM6200 series was developed to provide an excellent bond across the most nylon substrate types as well as most modified nylons. Varying the nylon type (6, 6/6, 6/6/6) or modifying the nylon with colorants, lubricants, impact modifiers like glass, or other common modifiers can significantly affect TPE overmold adhesion. The new OM6200 series grades were formulated to minimize the effects of these nylon modifications.

Another important advantage is in processing. Besides being developed to process in both insert molding AND 2 shot molding, the new grades do not require drying the TPE or the nylon substrate prior to molding. The OM6200 series also offer a wide processing window, fast cycle times, and excellent surface aesthetics.

Target markets include lawn and garden, hardware, hand and power tools, and other industrial applications where a soft touch is needed or vibration or noise damping is required.

The new grades are offered in natural and black, and range in hardness from 40 to 75 Shore A. But, as always, GLS can customize a specific nylon overmold TPE for a customers specific application. Benefits to product designers include adhesion to most grades of nylon; enhanced design options with high performance nylons; improved grip and increased safety; excellent aesthetics and highly colorable.

GLS Corporation specializes in the manufacture of application-specific custom formulated soft and ultra-soft thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) for injection molding and extrusion. GLS has supplied specialty TPEs to the industry since 1979, and is recognized as a global leader in TPE technology solutions. Specific products sold by GLS include proprietary DYNAFLEX® TPE compounds based on KRATON® polymers (available in injection molding and extrusion, as well as medical and FDA grades); VERSAFLEX® TPE specialty alloys (available in soft touch, lightweight, ultra-soft, ultra-clear and overmolding grades); VERSALLOY® TPV alloys; and VERSOLLAN(TM) TPU alloy compounds. GLS is also the exclusive distributor of KRATON® compounds and polymers for the compounding market in the United States, and also distributes KRATON compounds and polymers globally. Applications for these materials are found in consumer, medical, sports and leisure, automotive, lawn and garden, appliance, kitchen tool, power tool, personal care and industrial markets, among others.

For more information on the new nylon insert- or two-shot molding series of VERSAFLEX OM 6200 TPEs, contact: Marketing Department, GLS Corporation, 833 Ridgeview Drive, McHenry, IL 60050-7050. Telephone: (815) 385-8500 or (800) 457-8777. Fax: (815) 385-8533. E-mail: Web:

In Europe, contact: Mr. John Simons, Business Development Manager, GLS International, Inc., P.O. Box 19, 4410 AA Rilland, The Netherlands. Tel: 31 113 551 093. Fax: 31 113 551 094. E-mail: Web:

In Asia, contact: Mr. Wing Lau, Business manager, GLS Hong Kong Ltd., Room 5, 5/F, Block B, Veristrong Industrial Centre, 34-36 Au Pui Wan Street, Fo Tan, Shalin, N.T., Hong Kong. Tel: 011 852 2690 5330. Fax: 011 852 2690 5223. E-mail: Web:

DYNAFLEX, VERSAFLEX and VERSALLOY are registered trademarks of GLS Corporation.

DYNAFLEX compounds contain KRATON Polymers.

KRATON is a registered trademark of KRATON Polymers U.S. LLC.

VERSALLOY is a DSM - GLS alliance product; the name VERSALLOY is a trademark of GLS Corporation.

VERSOLLAN is a trademark of GLS and contains high performance thermoplastic urethanes.

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