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Our products are materials manufactured with a high content of recycled crumb rubber from tires along with certain plastic resins. Our materials generally contain 40% to 70% crumb rubber. The purpose of our various blends is to maintain a stable extrudeable material with appropriate characteristics.
Our material is classified as a thermoplastic elastomer and has many of the characteristics of materials in this group. Besides being made of recycled materials, our rubber product can be reprocessed after it is reground. This means our material is infinitely recyclable unless it is changed in some way (i.e. laminated with cloth, carpet, some foams, etc.) As a result we buy back the waste from certain customers and reprocess it into new material.
We are a custom manufacturer, producing material to our customers’ specific requirements. Thicknesses from .045” to .500” are available in a variety of surface patterns. Surface patterns range from matte or grained surfaces to “v” grooves and ribbed surfaces. Additionally, we can produce the sheet with pressure-sensitive adhesive backing.
We compete with masticated rubber in several of our applications. Masticated rubber is manufactured by grinding up tire rubber, pouring the crumbed rubber into a tray and applying pressure and heat to create a sheet of rubber. The problem with this process is that it produces a somewhat rough and uneven product. This type of sheet can be less expensive than our material, but the lower quality of the material and the scrap disposal problems generally make us more than competitive.
Thermoplastic olefins (“TPO”) or thermoplastic elastomers (“TPE”) represent a class of plastics that have characteristics similar to thermoset rubber or vulcanized rubber with the processability of thermoplastics. These types of plastics are infinitely reprocessable which again means that the scrap from using these materials can be chopped up and reused without further processing. Our material is classified as a rubber thermoplastic elastomer (“RTPE”). The primary difference between our material and these materials is lower cost. Currently the rubber content of our materials is about a third of the cost of the equivalent plastic material in TPO’s or TPE’s.