KRAIBURG TPE's Innovative Elastomer Technology

Delivers Optimum Grip Even When Wet

New Wet Grip Compounds Provide Three-Fold Increase
In Coefficient of Friction versus Conventional TPE

DULUTH, Ga., January, 2012 – KRAIBURG TPE, a leading supplier of thermoplasticelastomers (TPE), has launched ground-breaking elastomer technology whichresults in TPE materials with optimum grip even in the presence of moisture fora range of consumer, industrial and medical applications. Wet Grip technology,offered under the THERMOLAST® W trade name, boasts up to three times thecoefficient of friction (COF) of conventional TPE’s for both dry and wetapplications with no negative impact on physical and rheological performance.That gives consumer product companies a competitive advantage in theirindustry or couldeven allow the access of new market areas with their products.

The Wet Grip technology, based on styrenic block copolymers (SEBS), is permanent and incorporated throughout the matrix. It does not migrate to the surface and dissipate over time and has no negative impact on processability in multi-component injection molding or extrusion processes. KRAIBURG TPE has the ability to adapt the technology to its broad portfolio of THERMOLAST® branded SEBS elastomer compounds.


FIG.1: THERMOLAST® W COF Measurements vs. Non Wet Grip SEBS compounds and typical TPV


THERMOLAST® W – A New Dimension of Grip
“We’ve developed a one-of-a-kind material solution that gives products a firm grip even when wet,” said Terry Freeman, KRAIBURG TPE’s Director of Sales and Marketing for Americas. “This is a major development for consumer product companies who want to have a competitive advantage, enabling them to make products that are safer and easier to handle.”KRAIBURG TPE’s technology can be used to eliminate the tackiness found in prior competing material solutions which use tackifiers to achieve the wet grip, or it can be used along with tackifiers to improve COF performance. KRAIBURG TPE THERMOLAST® W – Wet Grip compounds also can be made to adhere to a range of engineering thermoplastics including acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene (ABS) and polycarbonate (PC).

KRAIBURG TPE expects the Wet Grip technology to be adapted for a range of hand-held uses for diverse markets including sporting goods, lawn and garden, and watercraft. Possible uses for Wet Grip could potentially include anti-slip mats; tool handles; fitness equipment; serving trays for caterers; orthopedic aids such as crutches; medical, dental, and surgical instruments; kitchen utensils; children’s toys; and a range of household goods.Wet Grip compounds are available in 25-60 Shore A hardness and meet FDA approvals. Along with the unique Wet Grip performance, THERMOLAST® W compounds also provide standard performance advantages such as smooth surface, optimum sealing, versatile bonding, high transparency, and easy coloring.KRAIBURG TPE has teamed up with a global partner to launch the new technology and is currently working to make it available to other global OEMs and processors.Wet Grip compounds are currently manufactured at KRAIBURG TPE’s facilities in the U.S. and Germany.

The press release can be downloaded from www.kraiburg-tpe.com where you will also find further information and images for publication.

About KRAIBURG TPE

KRAIBURG TPE (www.kraiburg-tpe.com) manufactures thermoplastic elastomers based on HSBC (hydrogenated styrene block copolymers) and markets them all around the world. In addition to custom solutions, the company offers under the THERMOLAST® brand name a broad spectrum of standardized compounds to cover a wide range of applications. With its high-performance HIPEX® compound, KRAIBURG TPE is opening up the world of rubber for all the companies that process thermoplastics. The TPE specialist has production sites in Germany, the USA and Malaysia. The sales organization covers Great Britain, France, Italy, Spain, China, India, Taiwan and Brazil. In Japan KRAIBURG TPE is represented by a distributor.

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Company Contact:
KRAIBURG TPE GmbH & Co. KG
Lars Goldmann
Friedrich-Schmidt-Straße 2
84478 Waldkraiburg
Phone: +49 (0)8638/9810-278
Fax: +49 (0)8638/9810-11278
Email: lars.goldmann@kraiburg-tpe.com
www.kraiburg-tpe.com

Press Contact:
Joseph Grande
413.684.2463
joe.grande@verizon.net

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