Thermoplastic elastomers makers Kraiburg TPE and Elastocon TPE technologies Inc.—as well as specialty resin maker Sekisui Plastics USA—will be at NPE2018 with new materials.
Kraiburg (Booth S31181) has expanded production capacity by installing new compounding lines at its three manufacturing sites in Germany, Malaysia and the U.S.—including adding almost 22 million pounds of annual production capacity in Buford, Ga.
"NPE provides us with the best platform to showcase our expertise, technical capabilities and innovative solutions within the TPE sector," U.S. Managing Director Jeff Frankish said in a news release.
At NPE, Kraiburg will present its EPDM Adhesion series. The series is targeted to automotive exterior components as a material solution for applications requiring high UV and weather resistance and optimal adhesion to rubber.
In a recent phone interview, Kevin Gase, Americas sales ?and marketing director, said "the EPDM Adhesion materials offer very good initial adhesion allowing for quicker ejection of the part and resulting in cycle times that are 10-15 percent faster."
With the AD/EPDM/UV series, customers benefit from low processing temperatures that guarantee short cycle times, officials said. Further advantages include long-term process stability and ideal initial adhesion, which is needed for the ejection of parts. Typical applications include corner molding, doorsills, glass run channels and window encapsulations.
For consumer electronics, Kraiburg, based in Waldkraiburg, Germany, is focusing on its VS/AD/HM series, which offers smooth surfaces that feature high scratch and abrasion resistance, excellent durability and resistance against chemicals. The series has been specially developed for applications that require "a silky and velvety surface," officials said, along with excellent adhesion to polar thermoplastic compounds such as PC, ABS, nylon 6 and nylon 12.
The VS/AD/HM series is available in natural color and black. Example applications include controllers for game consoles, remote controls and headphones. Gase said the materials formally were launched two years ago but now are "starting to gain traction" in the market.
Kraiburg also is aiming its FC/HT series at applications that need high transparency, such as seals in food packaging, toothbrush handles, detergent pods and toys. These compounds offer excellent adhesion to polypropylene as well as high-flow processing. They're also ideal for applications requiring custom pigmentation or vibrant colors, officials said.