Audia Elastomers announces the launch of its AudiaFlex family of sustainable thermoplastic elastomers. The company said that these products are one of the industry’s first TPE portfolios which meet the sustainability needs of brand owners and consumers. The AudiaFlex family is comprised of customizable grades which are produced from post-consumer, post-industrial, bio-based, and marine-based sources.
“The AudiaFlex product line is a reflection of Audia’s commitment to sustainability,” said Frank Axelrod, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Audia Elastomers. “We’re directly responding to the market forces that are demanding new sustainable material options.” Specifically, Axelrod pointed to legislation on single-use plastics, growing consumer demand for sustainable products, and the commitment from brand owners to achieve sustainability goals over the next five years.
AudiaFlex materials are said to mirror the properties of most virgin TPEs and deliver comparable capabilities in terms of haptics, color, adhesion, and durometer. The TPEs are commercially available. Audia Elastomers said that the new TPEs can compete in high-performance applications with conventional TPE chemistries in personal care, consumer household, consumer electronics, automotive, and toys. AudiaFlex grades are manufactured at Audia facilities in Lafayette, GA, USA, and Shenzhen, China.
The AudiaFlex OP line is based on marine waste plastics. It includes products with up to 45 % marine waste and 70 % total recycled material content in a hardness range from 20 Shore A to 95 Shore A. Audia is focused on recapturing beach cleanup materials, commercial fishing gear, and ocean-bound plastics as the source for its OP line.
The AudiaFlex PC line, based on post-consumer recyclate, is offered with 5-50% PCR content in hardness from 20 Shore A to 95 Shore A. These materials have defined supply sources with consistent color (i.e., yogurt cups) and provide FDA compliance.
AudiaFlex PI materials are based on post-industrial sources including custom circular solutions available using customer-sourced materials. They incorporate 5-70% post-industrial recyclate (PIR) content and come in hardness from 20 Shore A to 95 Shore A.
Rounding out the series of sustainable materials is AudiaFlex Bio which consists of 5-90% of bio-based content per ASTM D6866. Specific formulations are available for oxo-degradable and compostable applications in hardness from 20 Shore A to 95 Shore A. Audia’s broad sustainability effort includes an ongoing effort to develop sustainable materials for customers as well as internally focused activities centered on achieving zero landfill, carbon footprint reduction, and sustainable operations.