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Müller Kunststoffe work with AKRO-PLASTIC on a low density TPE compound for adhesion to PA

In response to the demand for weight reduction, Müller Kunststoffe, the German arm of the HEXPOL TPE group, has partnered with polyamide (PA) manufacturer AKRO-PLASTIC (Niederzissen, Germany) on a low density adhesion modified TPE, with a specific gravity of less than 1 g/cm3.   

The TPE, which is part of the Dryflex A family of compounds, has been developed to deliver optimal adhesion to the Akromid Lite and Akromid XtraLite modified PA compounds in multi-component applications. AKRO-PLASTIC developed Akromid Lite and Akromid XtraLite to offer a range of technical polyamide compounds with a lower density while maintaining the typical properties of polyamide. The modified PA provides several benefits on chemical resistance having the same or better mechanical properties as standard PA6 or PA 6.6.

Sven-M Druwen, European sales coordinator for HEXPOL TPE explained “Our partnership with AKRO-PLASTIC is the response to a market demand for special material combinations from PA and TPE. The specifically developed TPE grades for Akromid Lite and Akromid XtraLite modified PA compounds offer excellent mechanical properties with the added benefit of lower density. Our new Dryflex TPE low density adhesion modified grade supplements the PA to offer a complete package for 2K applications. The PA and TPE combination started with a 75 Shore A TPE grade and will be complimented in a new series with various shore hardness’s. The target is to provide an approved material system which is tested according with the new VDI guideline 2019 which is a new standard for testing adhesion of TPE on injected moulded substrates. This will provide confidence for these kinds of material combinations which can for example be used in automotive air and water management systems, where the TPE provides the necessary sealing, acoustic and bridging properties, while always keeping to the lightweight goal.”

Druwen added “At HEXPOL TPE we are seeing a growing need for a kind of 360 degree approach to polymer development. It is no longer enough to work on an individual compound, knowledge of the complete process, polymer combinations and their interconnectivity is the key to success. We increasingly work with an interdisciplinary team bringing together the final customer, part designer, materials experts and processors. HEXPOL TPE is following this approach and working with several competence partners to support a best in class solution for the customer. Our partnership with AKRO-PLASTIC means that the PA and TPE have been developed together, the materials have been jointly tested and analysed, so the customer has the confidence of knowing from the start that the materials perform perfectly together.”


For further information please contact:
Jill Bradford
Marketing & PR Manager, HEXPOL TPE
tel | jill.bradford@hexpolTPE.com

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.

For the last 25 years AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH has been a developer and manufacturer of high-quality technical compounds specialising in the field of polyamides. AKRO-PLASTIC offer you a broad range of both standardized and specialized compounds, as well as comprehensive knowledge about application-oriented use of polymers.

Our customers are multinational companies as well as small and medium-sized enterprises. But they all have high requirements. Therefore, we do more than just producing simple plastics. We are a service company constantly developing our own products and setting standards with both our certified quality management and our test lab.

AKRO-PLASTIC GmbH is a member of the Feddersen Group.

For more information visit www.akro-plastic.com