Kraiburg presents new TPE soft-touch surfaces

Kraiburg presents new TPE for soft-touch surfaces

5:19 AM, 26th October 2018
Automotive interior parts with soft-touch feel based on compounds of Kraiburg TPE's new FG/SF THERMOLAST K series comply with strict OEM requirements with regard to emission and odor behavior and provide excellent processability and surface quality.

WALDKRAIBURG, GERMANY: Kraiburg TPE presented a new thermoplastic elastomers series specially developed for decorated surfaces that appeal to the touch and for functional parts inside motor vehicles’ cabins.

Design flexibility, cost-effective processability, and flawless surface quality are a must when it comes to the properties of high-performance materials for high-quality automotive interior parts. The specific compounds also comply with all of the industry’s strict regulations that stipulate the long-term behaviour of applications in this sophisticated environment.

The compounds of the new FG/SF THERMOLAST K series comply with all established automotive standards set by OEMs with regard to the emission and odour behaviour of components for vehicle cabins including DIN 75201-B (G) and VDA 278 on fogging and VOC (volatile organic compound) as well as VDA 270 Var. 3 (odour behaviour dependent on temperature and climatic influences). In addition, the compounds provide permanent UV stability, which is confirmed by comprehensive independent tests in accordance with DIN EN ISO 105-B06.

With these key properties, the flexible materials are available in hardness grades ranging between 50 and 80 Shore A. They offer excellent adhesion to polypropylene in two-component applications and provide attractive, satin-finished surfaces with a pleasant soft-touch feel and permanent abrasion resistance.

“With the new FG/FS compounds of the THERMOLAST K series, we extend our portfolio of high-performance TPEs for this growing market segment. This way we are meeting the steady trend toward soft-touch surfaces in automotive interior applications by offering versatile, durable, and cost-effective materials solutions,” said Dirk Butschkau, product marketing manager EMEA at Kraiburg TPE.

The company presented the products at Fakuma 2018.

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