Automotive / Transportation


Thermoplastic Vulcanizates, or TPVs, have been steadily gaining popularity in the automotive industry. Designers, engineers, and material specifiers have found that TPVs can help them accomplish a number of goals when compared to traditional materials, such as EPDM rubber. These benefits include:

  • Reduced part weight - less weight helps improve fuel efficiency
  • Enhanced part performance - better aging characteristics and resistance to extreme weather help improve overall vehicle quality
  • Lower system cost
  • Increased recyclability - parts made from TPVs are 100% recyclable
  • Contains no plasticizers such as phthalates
  • Many grades carry approvals by the major auto makers

Reed Rubber's seals are found on vehicles from GM, Ford, Chrysler, Toyota, and Honda, as well as several European models. Features such as co-extruding, and adding heat-activated tape or slipcoat, offer many benefits not available to conventional thermoset seals. Below is a sampling of some parts we have created for our customers.

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Applications:

  • Door seals
  • Rocker panel seal
  • Roof line seal
  • Tail gate seal
  • Cowl seal
  • Hood to radiator seal
  • Glass run channels

Features:

  • Excellent seal retention over time
  • Excellent UV and ozone resistance
  • Lightweight
  • Tight tolerances
  • Recyclability
  • GM, Ford, Chrysler approvals