TPE stands for Thermoplastic elastomer. It is a thermoplastic rubber, with both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties, in essence a combination of rubber and plastic.
Applications for TPE
TPE is used in the automotive and medical industries. But TPE can also be found in electronics as the cable jacket and around some headphone cables or any other application where rubber-like qualities are required.
TPU than, stands for thermoplastic polyurethane, and is a form of TPE or thermoplastic elastomer.
Applications for TPU
TPU can be found in many applications: automotive instrument panels, sporting goods, medical devices, soles of footwear, inflatable rubber rafts, mobile phone cases and TPU is the plastic around wire and cables.