Plastic alloys are attractive to injection molders because they offer processing efficiencies and performance characteristics that improve the quality of their finished products. As part of Americhem’s family of performance compounds, our Uravin™ brand of specialty alloys provides manufacturers with the ability to produce products that are scuff-resistant, scratch-resistant, impact-resistant, creep-resistant and wear-resistant. Made from plasticized polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and polyurethane (PU) blends, Uravin™ demonstrates better physical properties than PVC alone. Uravin™ is also an excellent color retention alloy. It is a good candidate for molded components that need to hold their color appearance when exposed to harsh temperatures and UV rays.
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The term “specialty alloy” implies that polyurethane blends are more expensive than straight-chain polymers in custom compounding solutions. Americhem’s vast experience in thermoplastic elastomers allows us to select, combine, and modify materials that reduce waste, increase productivity, and meet the budgets of cost-conscious projects. Our blends are proven to be more cost-effective than using polyurethane alone.
Americhem combines its experience in the soft-touch haptics category with a highly refined compounding process to create Uravin™ injection molding alloy materials that exhibit rubber-like properties with a dry, soft-touch feel that’s similar to leather. With good fluidity, Uravin™ can be used to create thin-wall parts that maintain their strength and elasticity.
The increased use of plastics in vehicles has been driven by material advancements and the desire to increase comfort, wear, appearance and fuel efficiency. For steering wheels on heavy trucks, forklifts, recreational vehicles and automobiles, Uravin™ provides manufacturers with a proven solution that stands up to hand oils, sweat, glove use and extreme heat. The scuff-resistant alloy is widely used on automotive armrests and consoles that require ergonomic comfort, durability, stability and interior color harmony. Other high-use applications include pads on outdoor recreational items such as bicycle seats and boat seats.
Injection molders are continually expected to stay on top of the latest industry trends while producing high-quality products in mass efficiency. Americhem understands these pressures and leverages our decades of technical knowledge and industry expertise to offer tailored injection molding alloy solutions that give our customers a competitive edge. With direct access to our material experts, you can expect to work with a knowledgeable team passionate about helping you design and manufacture components with unique advantages that differentiate you in a crowded and complicated marketplace. Put the Americhem advantage in TPE to work for you!