Jyco Showcases TPV Adaptability in Weatherseals for Innovative Wheelchair Mobility Vehicle

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Jyco Sealing Technologies adds the new MV-1 paratransit vehicle to its growing list of specialty vehicle applications. Jyco TPV weatherseals are now found on vehicles ranging from compact cars to SUVs, from electric work carts to heavy trucks.

Passengers in wheelchairs access the MV-1’s spacious 36-inch wide entryway by an easily deployed ramp with a 1,200 lb. capacity.

The MV-1 raises the bar for versatility in livery services...Jyco is proud to be part of the vehicle’s successful launch and promising future.

MV-1 is a well-deserved acronym for the new Mobility Vehicle 1, since it is the most advanced and user-friendly vehicle of its kind to ever hit the streets. Designed from ground up around the American Disabilities Act guidelines for those with special needs, the American-made MV-1 is aimed at three market segments: wheelchair mobility transportation providers, taxi and limo services, and consumers. And helping to keep the commodious cabin quiet and dry for all passengers are several weatherseals from Jyco Sealing Technologies.

“The MV-1 raises the bar for versatility in livery services,” says John McGovern, manager of Jyco’s Industrial Products Division, which provides inner and outer belt strips and B-pillar weatherseals for vehicle. “A passenger using a scooter or wheelchair can easily roll up the ramp and maneuver inside, and there’s still room in the cabin for another four adult occupants plus luggage. Jyco is proud to be part of the vehicle’s successful launch and promising future.”

The MV-1 was developed by Michigan-based Vehicle Production Group (VPG) with a vision of providing mobility for the broadest range of passengers, including wheelchair riders. VPG has contracted assembly and service parts logistics of the MV-1 to AM General. Production of the Buy America-certified vehicle began in September of 2011 in the AM General plant located in Mishawaka, Indiana. One month later, New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission approved the vehicle for use as a yellow cab.

“The styling looks like an SUV-ish riff on the traditional London cab, with a low-step-in (or roll aboard) flat floor and oodles of headroom,” noted Motor Trend magazine in its April 2012 review of the vehicle at the New York Auto Show.

The weatherseals that Jyco is producing for the MV-1 are among the growing number of specialty vehicle parts that Jyco has on the road and the horizon. Already a standard among automotive OEMs, Jyco TPV weatherseals are also specified on specialty vehicles ranging from electric runabouts to heavy trucks. Jyco has dozens of door, window and closure seals for RVs, and over 100 different systems for buses and shuttles in development or production.

“Besides sealing better, looking better and lasting longer, TPV can also be much more cost effective in lower volume runs, which makes our technology very attractive to the specialty vehicle market,” explains Mr. McGovern. His Industrial Products Division was formed in 2010 to handle all of the company’s non-automotive business and product development.

According to Jyco, parts made with their proprietary thermoplastic vulcanizate compound, called JyFlex, match or improve sealing performance over EPDM rubber parts while reducing the weight of the part as much as 30% to help improve fuel efficiency. The environmentally friendlier advantages in processing are equally impressive.

Unlike EPDM, TPV (also know as TPE, short for thermoplastic elastomers) is a rubber-plastic compound that can be processed without generating volatile organic compounds or particulate emissions. Scrap is 100% recyclable and directly reprocessable.

Greener technology is nothing new to Jyco, which has been a pioneer in TPV processing and sealing technology since its founding in 2000. In 2007, the company introduced JyGreen, landmark technology to recycle tires into high performance extruded TPV sealing systems.

Jyco takes a similarly green approach to its own operations worldwide, which now include locations in Canada, China, Japan, Mexico and the United States. They have developed corporate policies for LEED standards to guide all future renovations, expansions and new plant construction, even for their facilities in low-cost offshore countries where tight environmental standards do not apply. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the United States’ accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.

Jyco is the only supplier to have earned a Corporate TS/ISO/16949/9000 certification for Design, Testing, and Manufacturing of TPV seals.

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