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Employee Appreciation Luncheon to Celebrate 25 Years in Business.
This year Star Thermoplastics celebrates 25 years in business. As a top manufacturer of high-quality thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs), we help businesses launch innovative and profitable products. We are normally all about our customers, but recently we took a break to celebrate 25...

The Things You Should Know About TPEs
1. TPES are Recyclable – Our thermoplastic elastomers can be recycled to nearly 100% allowing them to be processed over and over again. The uncured molecular chains allow the TPE to be melted down repeatedly, minimizing scraps and waste in the manufacturing and molding processes. You save more material and...

Thermoplastic Elastomers Support the Design Principles of the DIY Movement-
Did you get a chance to read this month’s appliance DESIGN issue yet? As the role of buyers shifts with new technology and a changing economy, designers and product developers have had to adjust the way they create new products. Tucked inside on page 18 there is a great...

Thermoplastic Elastomers Support the Design Principles of the DIY Movement-July ’17 Issue
Did you get a chance to read this month’s appliance DESIGN issue yet? As the role of buyers shifts with new technology and a changing economy, designers and product developers have had to adjust the way they create new products. Tucked inside on page 18 there...

Stepping Outside the Office to Build Business RelationshipsHow do you like to build new business relationships? We enjoy getting out of the office and getting to know the people we are doing business with. It’s about building a relationship and partnership where we know we will support each other’s business. Getting out of the office shifts our...

Plastic Compounding in a Twin Screw Extruder Plastics compounding is the process of adding functionality and value to polymers or polymer systems through melt blending or mixing of additives into a polymer matrix or melt mixing two or more polymers together to make an “alloy”. Extruders provide unparalleled performance and durability that make the...

Kraton Sale Finds SolutionEarly in 2016 Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. sold its TPE business – including assets and technology – and caused a disturbance in the market for SBC polymers. Disruptions in the supply chain may call into question whether a supplier can support your business long term. It always takes some time for the full effect of...

What Makes Up a Compounding Line?Compounding is the method of preparing a plastics formulation by mixing or blending polymers and additives to achieve a range of properties based on the user’s performance needs. Dispersive and distributive mixing are important factors for creating a homogeneous blend of the raw materials. Compounding is most often...

Shore D Hardness VideoThe newest video in our Designing with TPEs Series looks into the Shore D scales. It highlights where you can find Shore D hardness materials. The video shows how some common items stack up on the Shore D scale. From hard candy, pencil erasers, car mats and golf balls we take a look at how they compare. Take a close look at...

Shore OO and OOO Hardness Video
The newest video in our Designing with TPEs Series dives deeper into the Shore OO and Shore OOO scales. This video explains how the scales differ from the rest and we take close look at how the durometer indentor tips vary from durometer to durometer. We share some fun everyday items that we test on both the Shore...