The new distribution agreement will see TPS offer a range of lightweighting and innovative materials solutions from PolyOne to customers in the UK and Ireland
Materials distributor, Total Polymer Solutions (TPS) has announced a new strategic collaboration with PolyOne to distribute its products in the UK and Ireland.
The partnership will see Dublin-based TPS offering its clients a broad range of PolyOne’s innovative products and solutions, including those from its Specialty Engineering Materials, Colour and Additives and GLS Thermoplastic Elastomers businesses.
“Our collaboration with PolyOne provides us with a platform of extensive products and expertise to support our clients in solving their toughest manufacturing challenges,” commented Ronan Kennedy, Managing Director of TPS. “Our customers benefit by complementing our own local expertise at TPS with the knowledge base in the PolyOne Innovation Centres, and capitalising on the global reach that PolyOne has.”
Kennedy says that two products in particular from the new range have attracted considerable interest from its UK and Ireland customer base, namely ‘Therma-Tech’ conductive solutions and ‘NEU Specialty Engineered Materials’ for the healthcare industry.
Therma-Tech conductive solutions can reach thermal conductivities up to 20 W/m.K in-plane (50 to 100 times greater than standard thermoplastics and 20 percent that of cast aluminium) and have typical formulation densities from 1.65 to 1.75 g/cm3 (30 to 40 percent less than aluminium). These materials are increasingly being selected to replace aluminium to dissipate heat in heat sink applications in domestic lighting and automotive applications. Manufacturers are realising weight reduction, increased design freedom, and improved manufacturing efficiency.
NEU Specialty Engineered Materials provide the healthcare industry with solutions based on TPU and other elastomers that offer design freedom, regulatory compliance confidence, and system optimisation. Specialty solutions include materials such as radiopaque and radiopacifiers; surface modified solutions and modifiers; antimicrobial materials; pre-coloured materials, and more, for applications such as catheters, endoscopes, fittings and other critical medical devices.
Complementing the new collaboration is the appointment of a new member of staff at TPS. David Guthrie has been appointed to work directly with clients on materials identification and development, as well as tooling design optimisation and process efficiency.