Kraiburg expands TPE portfolio for automotive, consumer applications

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German materials supplier Kraiburg TPE will be displaying two advanced new materials series during the 26th Fakuma plastics show to be held 16-20 October, in Germany.

The manufacturer of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) said 12 July that the new materials were suitable for automotive interior and consumer applications with their “excellent properties”.

“Fakuma is the largest trade fair specialising in plastics processing in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA),” emphasised Franz Hinterecker, CEO of Kraiburg TPE.

Based in Waldkraiburg, Germany, Kraiburg said it had developed new compounds for soft-touch automotive interior applications.

The new Thermolast K series, originally launched during Fakuma last year, is comprised of several compounds in the ‘Shore A’ hardness range between 50 and 80.

The new FG/SF compounds feature properties such as reliable adhesion to polypropylene and good abrasion resistance.

The materials can also be processed at relatively low pressures.

Kraiburg TPE is offering the materials in the standard black and natural colours, as well as customer-specific colours.

The new compounds also provide high UV-resistance and comply with OEM standards in relation to emission and smell.

Another new compound in the FC/AD/PA Thermolast K series is aimed at manufacturers in the consumer and food industries.

These materials, which according to Kraiburg have been developed specifically for food contact, have high adhesion to polyamides.

The new TPEs are natural-coloured compounds and are available in hardness degrees ranging from 40 to 80 Shore A.

The compounds, claims Kraiburg, are easy to process, colourable and have high tensile strength and elongation at break.

The FDA-approved grade is suitable for applications with direct food and mouth contact such as container and packaging seals, and parts of kitchen utensils and tableware.

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