Around 70 employees and contractors work at the AES manufacturing plant in Newport, Wales, which has capacity to produce over 50,000 tonnes of TPEs per annum. TPEs manufactured at the site are marketed under the trademark Santoprene.
TPEs are products that perform like rubber but can be processed with the speed, efficiency and economy of thermoplastics. In addition to simpler processing, the principal advantages of TPEs compared to thermoset rubber products include easier recycling of scrap, improved environmental attributes, closer and more economical control of dimensions as well as product quality, and lower weight.
Around 50 per cent of TPE sales are to the automotive industry where it is used on car windscreens, under-bonnet applications and for interior parts. The versatile product is also used by the construction industry, and for consumer goods such as flexible toothbrushes and kitchen utensils.
The AES Newport site has an excellent safety and environmental record and values its associations with the local community, in particular the involvement of many of its employees with local schools and charities.