Jyco Looks Beyond Car Windows and Doors to Explore New Industrial Sealing and Consumer Product Apps for TPV

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The leader in TPV weathersealing for a wide range of vehicular applications announces plans to “capitalize on growth opportunities beyond automotive”

If it’s a rubber or plastic product that needs to hold shape and color through extreme conditions, TPV has the potential to do it better.

Jyco Sealing Technologies has launched a major initiative to expand its industry-leading TPV technology beyond weatherseals for the automotive and specialty vehicle markets, where it is one of the leaders.

Jyco currently provides TPV parts and material globally to over twenty automotive OEMs.

According to John McGovern, manager of the Jyco Industrial Products Division, the company has recently prototyped end products including lawn edging, drip irrigation systems, patio planters, ladder rack wear strips, and exterior door seals for residential and commercial construction.

“TPV’s superior durability and processability provide an excellent opportunity for Jyco to capitalize on growth opportunities beyond automotive,” said Mr. McGovern. “If it’s a rubber or plastic product that needs to hold shape and color through extreme conditions, TPV has the potential to do it better,” said Mr. McGovern. “Niche commercial and consumer products open up a new world of possibilities, even beyond sealing applications.”

Short for thermoplastic vulcanizate, TPV is a relatively new rubber-plastic compound that has become the material of choice for dynamic applications such as doors and windows, where a combination of easy closure and long-term durability of the integrity and appearance of the seal are essential.

Jyco formed its Industrial Products Division in 2010 to handle the company’s non-automotive business and product development, including specialty vehicles. Since then, Jyco has produced seals for poultry coop fans, residential doors and windows, and funeral caskets, and has found a growing market among OEMs of specialty vehicles. They now manufacture over 200 seals for RVs, buses, shuttles, handicapped-friendly taxis, heavy trucks, and a variety of electric and dual-fuel vehicles.

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%, which improves fuel efficiency. The environmentally friendlier advantages in processing are equally impressive.

Unlike EPDM, TPV (also known as TPE, short for thermoplastic elastomer) 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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