BRUSSELS, Belgium (Nov. 26)—Advanced Elastomer Systems' Santoprene thermoplastic vulcanizate will be used to create a foamed, co-extruded hood seal for the latest Punto models, the company said. Ziliania S.p.A., an Italian thermoplastic extrusion company specializing in TPV weatherseals, partnered with AES to develop the new applications which is formed by co-extruding two grades of Santoprene—a hard 45 Shore D grade for the solid base of the seal which locks into the metal hood assembly and a specialty grade of the TPV chemically foamed to produce a sponge bulb that offers virtually the same characteristics of conventional EPDM seals, AES said.
Foamed Santoprene TPV specified for use in new Fiat Punto
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