New eco-conscious alternatives to flexible PVC in power cords for consumer electronics

GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers, a PolyOne business and global leader in high-performance thermoplastics elastomers (TPEs), recently announced a new family of halogen-free, flame-retardant (HFFR) TPEs that provide an alternative to traditional flexible vinyl jacketing and insulation for consumer electronics applications. The new GLS OnFlex TPE materials, designed for use in power cords for consumer electronics products, ensure a high level of safety and regulatory compliance as well as excellent performance and aesthetics. The new OnFlex portfolio meets performance and regulatory requirements and provides exceptional visual and tactile aesthetics. All grades are made without the use of halogenated flame retardants and do not contain phthalates. OnFlex HFFR TPEs can typically be processed on the same extrusion and injection molding equipment used for flexible PVC. The OnFlex HFFR TPE platform comprises five groups of compounds, which are listed below: -- OnFlex HFFR 500 products are excellent for colored power cords and accessory cords. They offer excellent colorability and superior stability of light colors with excellent chemical resistance and flexibility. -- OnFlex HFFR 400 products are formulated for AC and DC power cords and connectors requiring superior abrasion performance, chemical resistance and good flexibility. -- OnFlex HFFR 300 products offer superior processing speed and balance of properties, including good abrasion resistance and wear properties. They are available in black and colorable grades for AC and DC power cords and connectors. -- OnFlex HFFR 200 products feature robust processing, colorability, and good flexibility for accessory and power cords, and connectors. They are easily customizable for tactile properties. -- OnFlex HFFR 100 products supply a cost-effective solution for light colored AC and DC power cords and connectors. These grades can be easily customized.
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