Kraiburg TPE is presenting a new series of compounds with high content of recycled materials. With at least a 20 % proportion of postindustrial recycled materials, these compounds meet the OEMs’ high requirements and contribute to building a circular plastics economy. The company said that it has made intensive efforts to understand the future requirements of European OEMs. As a result it is now presenting the new RC/UV series targeted to meet the high requirements for OEMs’ automotive exteriors such as weathering resistance and a high surface quality, using a proportion of postindustrial recycled materials ranging from a minimum of 20 % to a maximum of 40 %. These product solutions will enable suppliers to replace current components with recycled materials-based thermoplastic elastomers.
The main target of development has been achieved: the highest possible proportion of recycled materials in the individual hardness ranges. Adhesion to PP enables the implementation of single-component and multicomponent parts. The low density of the new compound series allows weight reductions of up to 25 % as compared to conventional TPEs. As an overall package, the properties of the new series are effective relative to the environmental aspect that the suppliers are focusing on. The RC/UV series is particularly suited for exterior, underside and under-the-hood areas of automobiles. Target applications include water tank covers, air duct parts, wheel arch liners, drip rails and window encapsulations.
Further technical details are:
- Hardness range from 50 to 90 Shore A
- Proportion of postindustrial recycled materials from 20 % to 40 %
- Ozone and weathering stability in accordance with OEM requirements
- Thermal stability of up to 90 °C
- The compounds are now available in black.