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Polyco select Dryflex TPE for award winning gloves

ELASTO UK, part of global TPE compounding group HEXPOL TPE, developed a special grade of Dryflex thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) to give the high levels of non-slip grip required for Polyco’s award winning Grip It® MAX gloves.

The Grip It MAX gloves have a knitted liner with a three-quarter injection moulded TPE coating. The ergonomic design with underslung thumb matches the natural position of the hand at rest to allow for ease of movement and the tapered fingers ensure that dexterous tasks can be performed with ease. The three-quarter TPE coating which has been reinforced in critical areas, offers exceptional abrasion resistance delivering maximum protection; it has a unique and specially designed tread pattern on the palm and fingertips which contributes to its exceptional gripping ability.

ELASTO worked with distribution partners Distrupol UK on the development of the custom formulated grade for Polyco. Mark Griffiths, R&D Manager at ELASTO UK explained “The material structure of the Dryflex TPE compound helps to produce the high surface friction required for the non-slip properties in this application. It was also critical that we developed a compound that could perform efficiently in the high precision manufacturing process.”

The gloves can typically be used for transport, logistics, scaffolding, roofing, engineering and manufacturing applications.

Grip It MAX was recently recognized at the prestigious Plastics Industry Award’s in the UK where the judges were said to have been impressed with the complexity of the product and level of engineering that went into it, in terms of design and tooling.


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The HEXPOL TPE family is a leader in the development and manufacture of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and complimentary compounds.

With a strong heritage in the TPE market our companies include established names such as ELASTO and Müller Kunststoffe. We deliver a trusted combination of material know-how, R&D, production capability and comprehensive technical services. 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 TPE product portfolio includes TPS, TPO, TPV, TPU and cork compounds and is led by global brands Dryflex®, Mediprene®, EPSeal®, Lifoflex®, Lifoprene® and Lifocork®. 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 

About Polyco
For more than 35 years Polyco has been designing and delivering premium hand-protection products that help people work better and safer. Driven by the core principles of performance, quality and customer confidence the company is consistently developing its already broad product range, bringing innovation to life through bold designs and advanced functionality.

Grip It MAX video : www.youtube.com/watch?v=OvEh5RTobGI&feature=youtu.be

For more information please visit www.polyco.co.uk 

About Distrupol
Distrupol is a European leader in the distribution and applications development of an extensive range of thermoplastic polymers and elastomers.
Further information is available at www.distrupol.com