The range, which is called Dryflex Green, is a family of thermoplastic elastomer compounds based on raw materials from renewable resources such as plant and vegetable crops. The range includes several series with amounts of renewable content to over 70% (ASTM D 6866) with hardnesses from 50 to 80 Shore A.
Klas Dannäs, Global R&D coordinator for HEXPOL TPE commented, “We are excited to introduce low hardness TPE products with such high levels of renewable content to the market. We are seeing increasing demands for the polymer industry to look at how we can work with biobased materials and bring new opportunities for sustainability. Our R&D teams are constantly engineering new polymer combinations and we have been working closely with suppliers to develop sustainable and ethical alternatives to fossil-based raw materials.”
Dryflex Green TPE compounds display mechanical and physical properties comparable to TPE from fossil based raw materials. They offer flexibility and tensile properties with a soft-touch feel. They can be processed using traditional polymer technologies such as injection moulding and extrusion. Dryflex green TPE compounds give adhesion to biobased polymers, such as PE, for 2K and multi-component applications. Dryflex Green TPE compounds are also fully recyclable and can be easily coloured.
Dannäs concluded “Dryflex Green TPE compounds could open up sustainability options in the consumer, automotive, packaging, medical and construction markets. Our global teams will work with our customers and supply partners to further test the possibilities of our Dryflex Green TPE compounds, as we continue to engineer progressive solutions to meet new and emerging market demands”.
About HEXPOL TPE
HEXPOL TPE brings together the ELASTO businesses in Sweden, UK and China and Müller Kunststoffe in Germany. We are at the forefront in the development and manufacture of custom formulated thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and complimentary compounds. Our family delivers a trusted combination of material know-how, R&D, production capability and comprehensive technical services. Alongside European and Asian production and product development facilities, as part of the HEXPOL group of companies, we share an extensive global footprint covering EU, Asia-Pacific and NAFTA, enabling us to support our customers worldwide.
A comprehensive product portfolio covering TPS, TPO, TPV, TPU, soft PVC, cork compounds and masterbatch is led by global brands Dryflex®, Mediprene®, Lifoflex®, EPSeal®, Lifolit®, Lifocork®, Lifobatch® and Lifoprene®. We support OEMs, moulders and designers at all stages of product development in the medical, electronic, automotive, caps & closures, construction and consumer markets.
Mediprene®, Dryflex®, EPSeal® , Lifoprene®, Lifoflex®, Lifocork®, Lifolit® and Lifobatch® are registered trademarks property of the HEXPOL group of companies.