FAKUMA 2015 : Müller Kunststoffe to present EPSeal TPE for caps and closures at Fakuma
At the Fakuma exhibition taking place in Friedrichshafen, 13-17 October, Müller Kunststoffe, the German arm of the HEXPOL TPE family, will be presenting the EPSeal range of TPE for food and beverage caps and closure applications, in Hall B1 stand 1217.
EPSeal is a range of TPE compounds for use as beverage sealants. They are EU and/or FDA approved, with several series designed for specific closure applications. The EPSeal product range includes grades which can be used for crown corks, aluminium roll-on closures, PP and HDPE plastic closures of various diameters. As well as grades for wine corks and T-stoppers for spirits with high alcohol content.
EPSeal TPE compounds are PVC free, with excellent organoleptic results a key requirement for sensitive filling goods like mineral water, (materials are tested under DIN 10 955 conditions, together with many bottlers own test methods). EPSeal TPE compounds also offer consistent short, medium and long term opening torques which provides consumer friendly functionality and also make it easier for children and senior citizens to open the bottles. EPSeal TPE compounds are available for carbonated soft drinks, beer, wine, fruit juice and milk based beverages. Including versions for cold fill, hot fill, pasteurisation or sterilisation processing.
Speaking of the caps and closures market, Ray Exon, EPSeal business development manager commented “Several years ago the aluminium closure, which is traditionally used for returnable glass with mineral water, was losing its market share position versus the plastic closure. The sealing compounds available for aluminium closures at that time had essentially three weak points:
1) Inconsistent sensory results
2) Insufficient sealing
3) Inadequate consumer opening torques
Müller Kunststoffe took up the challenge and within a relatively short timeframe developed a sealing compound which solved these issues. The EPSeal 311 TPE compound was born and the aluminium closure has now stabilized its market share”.
Peter Ryzko, managing director at Müller Kunststoffe added “EPSeal TPE compounds deliver the right combination of hardness, elasticity and taste-free properties, they are produced from selected raw materials and handled within our strict production parameters configured to suit the very sensitive beverage industry. Supported by our diligent attention to product safety and knowledge in current and emerging industry regulations, EPSeal TPE compounds consistently achieve the desired high levels of innovation and quality demanded by the food and beverage industry”.
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.
For further information please contact:
Jill Bradford, Marketing & PR Manager, HEXPOL TPE
tel +44 161 654 2369 | jill.bradford@hexpolTPE.com