(plasteurope) -- Thermoplastics
elastomer manufacturer Kraiburg TPE (Waldkraiburg / Germany) has launched two
new TPE product ranges in Europe. The "Copec" and "For-Tec E" ranges have
already been successfully launched in the USA, and the company hopes to
replicate that success in Europe, says European director Oliver Zintner. The
products, which are designed for use in consumer sectors, have superior haptic
and adhesion properties and are resistant to influences such as sweat, alcohol
and weather, Kraiburg TPE says.
The Copec products feel like velvet or
silk to the touch, and have excellent adhesion properties in the multi-component
injection moulding process with thermoplastic materials such as ABS, PC or
PC/PBT, the company says. Applications include computer mice, games consoles and
The For-Tec E series was developed for reliable adhesion to semi-aromatic
polyamides and PA 6.6. The compounds are also suitable for use in the consumer
electronics sector, as well as in power tools.
Kraiburg TPE was awarded in April the 2011 European Frost & Sullivan New
Product Innovation Award for its TPE products. Deepan Kannan, industry analyst
at market research company Frost & Sullivan (London / UK), said: "Innovative
products from Kraiburg TPE such as Copec and For-Tec E have overcome the
technical limitations of conventional SBCs, for example with respect to
mechanical values or adhesion."