Malmö, Sweden – As the plastics industry comes together in Friedrichshafen for the Fakuma 2021 exhibition. HEXPOL TPE will take the opportunity to jump out from video calls to meeting in person, sharing the latest trends and technologies in thermoplastic elastomers (TPE).
“We see market requirements evolving in three ways; Soft, Safe and Sustainable”, commented Jochen Schneider, managing director for HEXPOL TPE GmbH. “With a focus on product safety and quality assurance, we continue to expand our sustainable materials portfolio”.
HEXPOL TPE will exhibit the following resource saving materials in Hall B1, Booth 1217 at Fakuma 2021:
Dryflex Circular TPEs – a family of TPE materials incorporating recycled polymers, such as Post-Consumer (PCR) and Post-Industrial (PIR) recyclate. Typical percentages of recycled content are 10 to 60 % with a hardness range from 40 Shore A to 60 Shore D. The Dryflex Circular range includes recently launched grades for automotive interiors, with performance testing for odour and emissions. A representative Dryflex Circular TPE grade, a 65 Shore A material for inlay mats with a recyclate content of 20%, showed a very low amount of VOC (60 μg/g) and FOG (594 μg/g).
Lifocork – a family of biocomposite materials that combine natural cork with thermoplastic raw materials. Lifocork materials allow for natural cork appearance and soft-touch design features. Lifocork are lightweight materials with low density. In two-component processing they bond to TPE, PP and PE. Lifocork biocomposites are used to produce sports equipment, tools, household items, orthopaedics, toys and automotive interiors.
Dryflex Green TPEs – a family of biobased TPEs containing raw materials from renewable resources such as plant and vegetable crops. The series includes grades based on Styrenic Block Copolymer (TPS) and Thermoplastic Polyolefin (TPO) technologies, with amounts of renewable content to over 90% (ASTM D 6866-12) and hardness from 15 Shore A to 60 Shore D.
Special grades are available with a high melt strength and drawability to produce foamed materials. Foaming enables lightweight advantages and cushioning in applications like mats, protectives clothes and seating.