FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, GERMANY (Oct. 18, 3:15 p.m. ET) — Kraiburg TPE GmbH & Co. KG is targeting drinking water applications with its new DW series compounds, launched at this year's Fakuma show in Germany.
Speaking at a news conference, Europe Director Oliver Zinter said the compounds, like most TPEs, are both elastic and easy to process.
“These TPEs are more expensive than other materials but they will be popular because of other advantages,” he told European Plastics News. “They are easier to process than rubber, with shorter cycle times, are more easily colored and can be manufactured into more complex shapes.”
The series are designed for the European market and meet standards in Germany (DVGW, W270 and KTW), the UK (WRAS) and France (ACS).
Other advantages include no affect on the taste or smell of drinking water, and no deposition of biofilms on the TPE, says Kraiburg. They can be processed by injection molding or extrusion.
Kraiburg says the DW series can be used for all products that come into contact with water, including seals, valves, sanitary facilities and shower heads.
At Fakuma, Kraiburg also confirmed expansion plans in Latin America and India. In Latin America, the company is establishing a sales office in Sao Paolo, while in India, it is planning a sales office in Bangalore.