Kraiburg TPE Corp. is celebrating 10 years of being in the U.S. market with a production shift, as the thermoplastic elastomers firm is moving into olefin block copolymer blends.
“This is a new direction for Kraiburg and is driven by customers looking for improved qualities such as better haptics — they want silky feeling TPEs,” said Terry Freeman, sales and marketing director. “They can be used in so many applications: consumer goods, electronics, anything that consumers touch.”
The blends span the 60-80 Shore A hardness range, are resistant to oils like sebum or sunscreen lotion, and can be bonded with glass-filled nylon substrates.
At NPE2012 in Orlando, the Duluth, Ga., firm also exhibited new TPE polar alloys that are good in wet environments and can be used in medical applications. “We don't find medical regulations restrictive, even though there is a lengthy approval process of one to three years. We have a unique two-year supply agreement, which helps prevent problems in the development process,” Freeman said.
Hardness is around 50 Shore A and the alloys can be bonded to polypropylene, polycarbonate/ABS and sometimes to nylon.
Kraiburg is part of Waldkraiburg, Germany-based Kraiburg TPE GmbH & Co. KG. About 50 percent of it operates out of Germany, 35 percent out of the U.S. and 15 percent Asia. The growing business is strong in the U.S., he said.