ELASTO present plastics from plants at PDM 2016
In line with the sustainability message of the co-located PDM and PRE exhibitions, ELASTO will showcase a number of industry leading TPE solutions at the UK show taking place in Telford in June.
ELASTO, which is part of international compounding group HEXPOL TPE, will highlight recent TPE developments for the consumer, automotive, construction and packaging markets at their stand C024.
Of particular interest will be the Dryflex Green range of biobased TPE compounds. Speaking of the development, Klas Dannäs, global R&D coordinator at HEXPOL TPE commented “With advances in technical properties and functionality and a growing number of manufacturers, materials and applications we can see that the bioplastics market is emerging from the side-lines. Since we launched the Dryflex Green TPEs to the market at the end of 2015, we have seen just how diverse the requirements are for biobased products. While some of our customers have already adopted a ‘green’ strategy and are well on the road to developing sustainable products and practices, others are keen to ‘go green’ but are uncertain what this means and what the options are. Our role is to guide our customers to a greater understanding of the possibilities and limitations of biobased TPEs”.
The Dryflex Green range includes several series with amounts of renewable content to over 70% (ASTM D 6866) with hardnesses from 50 to 80 Shore A. They display mechanical and physical properties comparable to TPE from fossil based raw materials and 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 polymers such as PE, PP, ABS and SAN for 2K and multi-component applications. Dryflex Green TPE compounds are also fully recyclable and can be easily coloured.
Keeping with the subject of the circular economy ELASTO will also present the Dryflex PCW TPE compounds based on Post-Consumer Recyclate. These materials were developed to address demands in the automotive industry, which is obliged to use increasing quantities of post-consumer waste and operate under the European ELV Directive to ensure recyclability at the end of each vehicle’s life.
Dominic Philpot, managing director at ELASTO UK commented, “Waste can sometimes be seen as a dirty word, however, improved utilisation of waste streams will be critical when pursuing sustainable development objectives. In the circular economy waste will be a resource, it will be a way to meet growing demand while reducing demands on finite raw materials”.
The Dryflex PCW compounds contain recyclate consisting of polypropylene drawn from automotive mouldings, which are cleaned and re-ground and rubber tyre crumb from both OEM and after-market tyres. Apart from the obvious benefit of recycling, the material exhibits other advantages when compared with virgin materials including sound reduction properties. The Dryflex PCW compounds are being used in automotive applications such as mud flaps, sidesteps and anti-drag lips.
About HEXPOL TPE
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.
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Marketing & PR Manager, HEXPOL TPE
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