TIFFAUGES, France—Mitsubishi Chemicals Performance Polymers Inc. has signed a distribution agreement with Graesslin Kunststoffe for the supply of its Tefabloc thermoplastic elastomers in Germany, the company has announced.
MCPP said the agreement with Graesslin Kunststoffe strengthens its network of distributors in Germany, where Chemie-Plast is already operating with the Tefabloc TPE range.
The move is part of an on-going MCPP expansion in Europe that started with its acquisition of CTS, a company with three production sites in France and Poland.
Graesslin Kunststoffe is part of the Hromatka Group, a distributor and compounder for engineering thermoplastics, with locations in nine European countries. MCPP mainly will develop Tefabloc sales for injection and extrusion applications.
“Tefabloc is a very interesting product” says Thomas Buecker, managing director of Graesslin Nord GmbH. “It offers a wide set of functionalities like dry touch with ultra-low hardness, elastic memory at elevate temperature and flexibility at very low temperature.”
A further selling point, he said, is chemical compatibility for over-molding of soft grades on engineering polymers, including grades with high transparency and formulations for soft grips on polyamide products.
“Considering the MCPP know-how in compounding and the Graesslin team of plastic specialists, we are very confident about succeeding in the German market, in many domains requiring outstanding features” added Benoit Deriano, who is responsible for MCPP Europe's distribution and markets outside of automotive and building and construction.