ERJ staff report (DS)
Ann Arbor, Michigan - Jyco Sealing Technologies said it has been awarded the weathersealing contract for the global introduction of 2014 model year, next-generation mid-size pickup trucks. Steve Corcoran, Jyco's lead account manager for the program did not release the name of the OEM.
The contract specifies that the weathersealing systems, which include glass run channel, inner beltstrips and outer beltstrips, will be made with thermoplastic vulcanisate (TPV) in place of traditional EPDM rubber.
â€œThe slightly higher raw material cost of TPV is more than offset by cost savings on the finished part,â€ explains Corcoran. â€œWith TPV we can simplify fabrication, reduce processing times, replace metal inserts with thermoplastic components, and practically eliminate scrap rates. By the time the dust settles, a finished TPV part typically costs 20% less than its EPDM counterpart.â€
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Press release from Jyco