AKRON, (June 19)—Advanced Elastomer Systems L.P. and Sei Woo Rubber Works Pte. Ltd. have formed a strategic alliance to develop and market new thermoplastic elastomers within the People's Republic of China. Singapore-based Sei Woo, a manufacturer of custom-molded precision rubber components, will establish facilities to manufacture the TPEs along with promotion and distribution of the products under its own trademarks, a company release said. AES will provide additional marketing support and technical assistance to develop the TPEs. "This alliance with AES now offers our customers an expanded range of elastomeric solutions by adding TPEs to our existing line of thermoset rubber materials," said Y.K. Low, Sei Woo executive chairman. "This alliance strengthens Sei Woo's position as a world-class provider of polymeric products dedicated to meeting customer expectations." Sei Woo produces TPEs for the automotive, construction, electronics, medical, shipping and telecommunications markets.