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11 May 2018
Smithers Rapra Develops New Thermoplastic Elastomers Training Course for 2018

 Smithers Rapra, a world leader in rubber, plastics and composites testing, has developed a new training course for 2018 exploring thermoplastic elastomers (TPE). Reflecting growth in popularity of the materials, the course is one of five new additions to its annual schedule of 14 plastics and rubber courses.

Aimed at organisations wanting to broaden their understanding and take advantage of the unique properties TPEs can offer, the two-day Introduction to Thermoplastic Elastomers course will run June and September 2018.

The global market for TPEs will grow strongly across the next five years according to the latest exclusive research from Smithers Rapra. Despite the market’s increasing maturity, Smithers research shows growth will continue at a rate of 5.5% across the next five years to hit 5.53 million tonnes in 2022.

“Interest in the materials is growing,” explains Training Business Lead Kerry Haralambou. ”The ease of recycling and processing of certain families of TPEs combined with a high degree of purity, low level of extractable compounds and cost effectiveness is anticipated to promote further market growth. Our clients have requested training on the topic and we are excited to be launching this new course.” 

Course topics include:

  • Introduction to TPEs
  • Classes of TPE
  • Performance of TPE compared to traditional rubbers/ elastomers 
  • Material selection of TPEs
  • Designing with TPEs 
  • Medical Applications 
  • Food Contact Applications
  • Two Shot Moulding


Course dates for 2018 are 6-7 June and 5-6 September.


Details and booking information can be found at or by contacting Kerry Haralambou at, tel. +44(0)1939 252312

Created to replace thermoset cured rubber material in certain applications, the key advantage of TPE polymers is providing the properties of rubber elastomers with the improved processability and recyclability of thermoplastics.

Compelling properties of TPEs include being able to be processed in conventional injection moulding and extrusion equipment, excellent chemical resistance, UV stability and recyclability combined with good adhesion to thermoplastic substrates. 

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