Custom color-matched PVC compounds for automotive exterior moldings and trim yield the pure color, consistent gloss, and smooth, high-quality surface required for meeting the Class A finish specifications of automotive OEMs, it was announced today by Teknor Apex Company, which will introduce the new materials at NPE2015 (Booth S24055).
Apex® 1545 Series products are 85 Shore A PVC compounds that provide integral color and Class A surfaces for the external layers of coextruded automotive parts, such as roof ditch moldings between roof and body sections, window trim between A pillars and windshield, and body trim. Thus far Teknor Apex has formulated Apex 1545 Series compounds in more than 60 colors, a number of which are in commercial use on Chrysler LC-22 Platform vehicles such as the Dodge Challenger.
The new compounds complement another series of PVC extrusion materials recently introduced for the same automotive exterior trim applications: Apex® 1545-D40 ST “self-texturing” compounds, which make secondary “texturing” steps such as top-coating or milling unnecessary. As with the Class A finish products, Teknor Apex can provide custom color and gloss matching to many OEM standards, including the various shades of black used across the industry.
“Teknor Apex can manufacture the two new Apex series and all of our other automotive compounds to identical specifications globally, making possible localized supply,” said Steve McCormack, automotive industry manager for the Vinyl Division of Teknor Apex. “As one of the most diversified suppliers to the automotive industry, we serve customers as a single source of multiple compounds, including nylon and thermoplastic elastomers as well as PVC.”
With more than 40 years of experience serving automotive markets, the Automotive Group of Teknor Apex manufactures compounds in the United States, England, Belgium, Singapore, and China and has multiple global approvals from all major OEMs in North America, Europe, and Asia.
About Teknor Apex. Teknor Apex Company, a privately held firm founded in 1924, is one of the world’s leading custom compounders of plastics. Teknor Apex produces flexible and rigid vinyl, thermoplastic elastomers, nylons, toll and specialty compounds, color masterbatches, specialty chemicals, bioplastics and hoses. The company is headquartered in Pawtucket, RI, U.S.A. and operates thirteen facilities worldwide in the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, China and Singapore. To learn more visit: www.teknorapex.com.
The Vinyl Division of Teknor Apex Company is a leading manufacturer of compounds based on PVC, including Apexo flexible and rigid vinyl, Flexalloy vinyl elastomers, Fireguard low-flame, low-smoke compounds for wire and cable, and BioVinyl™ compounds with bio-based plasticizer. The Division is an international supplier to the appliance, automotive, construction, medical device, wire and cable, and other industries.