TOKYO (July 19)—Market research firm Frost & Sullivan Inc. has given its Innovation Award to Zeon Corp. for its development of Zeotherm thermoplastic vulcanizates for high-temperature and oil-resistant automotive applications, according to Zeon.
The award, part of a recent Frost & Sullivan study on thermoplastic elastomers, recognized Zeon as having "demonstrated technological superiority and innovation within the thermoplastic elastomer industry."
Frost & Sullivan goes on to describe Zeon as being well positioned to be a major force in the high-performance TPV market from 2004 to 2010. "As the first of its kind, Zeotherm is likely to continue dominating the high-performance TPV market as an established product," the report states.
Based on a patented technology for combining polyacrylate rubber with nylon, Zeotherm TPVs are resistant to aggressive oils and lubricants at temperatures up to 175°C. The materials are designed to replace thermoset rubber and rubber-to-metal parts in under-the-hood automotive and various industrial applications.
The Frost & Sullivan Innovation Award recognizes a company's ability to develop and introduce new technology, formulate a product family and make significant product performance contributions to the industry.