Session Details

Thursday, May 9, 2024, 1:00 PM


Sustainable TPE formulations provide performance comparable to traditional TPEs. They are suitable for overmolding (OM) applications, injection molding (IM) applications, and extrusion. Utilizing sustainable TPEs while avoiding the pitfalls can bring manufacturers closer to achieving their sustainability goals.

Who should attend:

Product Developers, Processors, and Sustainable Material Specialists Supporting Consumer, Powersports, Automotive, and Biopharmaceutical Tubing Industries or Applications.

What you will learn:

Sustainable TPEs are promising eco-conscious material solutions but come with challenges. This seminar will address the benefits and limitations of the materials, including potential trade-offs in performance and cost implications. Attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of how to navigate the pros and cons of sustainable TPEs in their product development and material selection processes.

  1. Understanding Sustainable TPEs:
    • Define sustainable TPEs (material sourcing) and explore their environmental benefits, such as minimized use of nonrenewable materials and reduced carbon footprint.
  2. Advantages of Sustainable TPEs:
    • Highlight the positive impacts of using sustainable TPEs, such as achieving company sustainability targets and appealing to eco-conscious customers.
    • Discuss specific advantages where sustainable TPEs offer product carbon footprint (PCF) reduction and the anticipation of regulatory standards
  3. Challenges in Adopting Sustainable TPEs:
    • Address common hurdles in integrating sustainable TPEs, including cost considerations, sourcing constraints, global consistency of raw materials, regulations, and potential compromises in material performance or aesthetics.
    • Explore strategies to overcome these challenges and successfully implement sustainable TPEs in manufacturing final products.
  4. Case Studies and Real-World Examples:
    • Present case studies that showcase successful applications of sustainable TPEs in various industries.
    • Analyze the lessons learned and key takeaways from these examples.
  5. Future Trends and Innovations:
    • Discuss how ongoing research, innovation, and collaboration are shaping the future of sustainable TPEs.

How Avient can help:

Below are strategies that manufacturers can use to implement sustainable TPEs successfully, along with the relevant Avient solutions that can help:

  1. Material Selection: Choosing the right sustainable TPE formulations to achieve desired performance and environmental goals.
    • Avient's reSound™ TPEs focus on recycled content, bio-based content, or ultra-low PCF grades.
  2. Customization: Sustainable TPE formulations should be tailored to meet the unique requirements of different applications.
    • Working with customers, Avient develops customized formulations that maintain mechanical performance while achieving sustainability goals.
    • With a full range of color options for sustainable TPEs, Avient works with customers to deliver pre-colored products that meet branding and design needs.
  3. Regulatory Compliance: Ensure that sustainable TPEs meet regulatory requirements for specific applications, such as food contact.
    • Avient provides guidance on compliance with FDA regulations and offers products with application-specific certifications.

Speaker Details

Andrew Donovan
Full Name
Andrew Donovan
Job Title
Application Development & Technical Service Engineering Group Lead, Specialty Engineered Materials
Speaker Bio
Andrew Donovan is the Application Development & Technical Service Engineering Group Lead in the Specialty Engineered Materials (SEM) division at Avient. As the ADTS Group Lead, Andrew manages a team of engineers who use their technical expertise to help global customers with thermoplastic elastomer material selection, part & tool design, and processing across many industries, including healthcare, automotive, and consumer.

Andrew has supported the thermoplastic elastomer product lines at Avient since joining Avient (formerly GLS) in 2010. Before Avient, Andrew worked in the medical device manufacturing industry. Andrew holds a bachelor’s degree in plastics engineering from the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Andrew grew up in New England and currently resides in Colorado, where he enjoys skiing, motorcycle riding, and hiking, as well as traveling globally to visit friends & family and see the world.