WALDKRAIBURG, Germany—Kraiburg TPE GmbH & Co. K.G. recently provided a custom blend of its Thermolast K compound for a durable dog toy.
In addition to offering a balance of hardness and flexibilty, the U.S.-based dog toy manufacturer required an aesthetically pleasing, non-hazardous material that demonstrated resiliency against scratching, ultraviolet light and weathering.
Kraiburg, in a news release, said it was able to meet these and other requirements with its Thermolast K elastomer, which can eliminate the need for bonding agents when overmolded to semi-crystalline resins such as PA6 or PA66.
The TPE compound is manufactured at the material supplier's plant in Buford, Ga., and is compliant with REACH and RoHS regulations, Kraiburg said. It also can be recycled at the end of its application life.
Kevin Gase, sales and marketing director for Kraiburg TPE Americas, noted that the Thermolast K elastomer was the perfect material to meet the needs of the manufacturer and consumer because it offers peace of mind and cost-efficiency.
"As a growing segment in the consumer market, pet toys require similar features of safety, sustainability and ruggedness as consumers would naturally expect from children's toys," Gase said in a statement. "At the same time, manufacturers need innovative materials that will meet their demands of cost-efficiency and help them strengthen their competitive edge."
Additional applications for the elastomer include consumer care goods, power tools and automotive fastener components, according to Kraiburg.
More information about this and other Kraiburg TPE offerings can be found at kraiburg-tpe.com.
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