HEXPOL TPE GmbH of Lichtenfels at K 2019 in Düsseldorf -- K Trade Fair
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HEXPOL TPE GmbH

Max-Planck-Str. 3, 96215 Lichtenfels
Germany
Telephone +49 9571 94894-0
Fax +49 9571 94894-90
info@hexpoltpe.com

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K 2019 hall map (Hall 8a): stand H18

Fairground map

K 2019 fairground map: Hall 8a

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.010  Bioplastics
  • 01.01.010.01  Bioplastics, biobased
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.010  Bioplastics
  • 01.01.010.18  Compounds, natural fiber reinforced

Compounds, natural fiber reinforced

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.106  Polyvinyl chloride plasticised (PVC-P)

Polyvinyl chloride plasticised (PVC-P)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.109  Polyvinyl chloride expandable

Polyvinyl chloride expandable

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.110  Polyvinyl chloride blends

Polyvinyl chloride blends

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.01  Thermoplastics
  • 01.01.129  Thermoplastic urethane blends TPE-U/TPU

Thermoplastic urethane blends TPE-U/TPU

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.002  Thermoplastic elastomers, biobased

Thermoplastic elastomers, biobased

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.003  Thermoplastic elastomers dynamically crosslinked, TPE-V/TPV

Thermoplastic elastomers dynamically crosslinked, TPE-V/TPV

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.010  SBS-Teleblockpolymer
  • 01.02.010.01  Compounds of styrenic block copolymers (SEBS, SBS, SIS…, TPE-S)

Compounds of styrenic block copolymers (SEBS, SBS, SIS…, TPE-S)

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.011  Thermoplastic elastomers based on PVC, TPE/PVC

Thermoplastic elastomers based on PVC, TPE/PVC

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.012  Olefin based thermoplastic elastomer, TPO

Olefin based thermoplastic elastomer, TPO

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.015  TPV-thermoplastic vulcanised material

TPV-thermoplastic vulcanised material

  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.02  Thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01.02.016  Other thermoplastic elastomers
  • 01  Raw materials, auxiliaries
  • 01.10  Additives
  • 01.10.047  Color Masterbatches

Color Masterbatches

Our products

Product category: Other thermoplastic elastomers

Dryflex Circular

TPEs with Recycled Content

There’s a shift happening in the polymer industry, we’re all becoming more conscious of the impact our products and operations are having on the environment. We’re more aware than ever of what happens to plastic products once we’ve finished using them, whether that’s recycling, incineration, landfill or even marine littering.

Increasing the use of recycled and renewable materials will help support the move to a circular economy model, by lowering demand on finite fossil-based virgin materials. Our customers have more demanding ‘green’ goals to meet and an increased sense of responsibility to use compounds with lower environmental impact. We share this feeling of responsibility, we’re working hard to turn waste into resource, taking recycled polymers and incorporating them into the Dryflex Circular range of Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs).

RECYCLED CONTENT DEFINITIONS
We’ve structured the Dryflex Circular range into different series based on the source of the recyclate. This helps give clarity about the material source and answer questions about what is included in calculations for declarations of recycled content. Currently there are series based on the following sources, as defined by ISO 14021:2016:

POST INDUSTRIAL RECYCLATE (PIR) (sometimes referred to as pre-consumer)
Material diverted from the waste stream during a manufacturing process. Excluded is reutilisation of materials such as rework, regrind or scrap generated in a process and capable of being reclaimed within the same process that generated it.

POST CONSUMER RECYCLATE (PCR)
Material generated by households or by commercial, industrial and institutional facilities in their role as end-users of the product which can no longer be used for its intended purpose.

CURRENT SOURCE: (although we're continually investigating new sources and technologies)
The recyclate source for the Dryflex PCR grades includes recycled PP from end of life vehicles, including automotive interior and exterior applications. The recyclate source for the Dryflex PIR grades includes material diverted from the waste stream during the manufacturing of consumer, construction and household applications including baby products.

TARGET APPLICATIONS INCLUDE:
The Dryflex PCR grades are currently only available in black. They are targeted to automotive exteriors such as mudflaps, side-steps and wheel-arch liners. These grades can also be used for outdoor equipment such as lawnmower wheels or safety barriers. The Dryflex PIR grades are available in a natural colour, giving additional design possibilities. They are targeted to consumer goods, sports equipment, footwear, household and automotive applications. 

QUALITY CONTROLS & PRODUCT TESTING
Like all of our materials, Dryflex Circular TPEs are rigorously tested from development to production, always keeping product quality at the heart of what we do.

We don’t spot buy, we treat recyclate the same as virgin raw materials, everything is bought to a specification. We don’t buy one-off deliveries of mixed scrap, all of our feedstocks are from consistent sources
All Dryflex Circular compounds are produced under the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards
All Dryflex Circular compounds are RoHS, REACH and SVHC compliant
All Dryflex Circular compounds are supplied to a finished product specification and tolerance
We’re working with customers for application specific testing and approvals
Dryflex Circular TPEs are not approved for use in food, medical or toy applications

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Product category: Bioplastics, biobased, Thermoplastic elastomers, biobased

Dryflex Green

TPE from renewable resources

What is Dryflex Green?
Dryflex Green is a family of thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) compounds containing raw materials from renewable resources such as plant and vegetable crops. So far we have developed several series with amounts of renewable content to over 90% (ASTM D 6866) with hardnesses from 15 Shore A to 55 Shore D.

Why use biobased?
Plastics are predominantly a by-product of oil, a diminishing resource. We are therefore seeing increasing demands to look at how we can work with biobased, renewable materials and bring new opportunities for sustainability.

Utilising raw materials that are derived from renewable vegetable crops, that are responsibly grown, can contribute to an improved LCA (Life Cycle Assessment), which measures the environmental impact of all stages a product’s life from cradle to grave.

Crops for industrial use can be grown in poor soil which is unsuited to food crops, avoiding food crop displacement and improving biodiversity. The planting of these crops can also help to reduce CO2 levels.

Key Properties
Dryflex Green TPE compounds display mechanical and physical properties comparable to TPE from fossil based raw materials

Flexibility & tensile properties
Soft-touch feel
Suitable for injection moulding & extrusion
Adhesion to polymers such as PE, PP, ABS, SAN, PET and PLA
Fully recyclable
Can easily be coloured
Amounts of renewable content to over 90% (ASTM D 6866)
Hardnesses from 15 Shore A to 55 Shore D
Applications
Dryflex Green TPE compounds could open up sustainability options in the consumer, automotive, packaging, medical and construction markets.

Processing
Dryflex Green TPE compounds can be processed using conventional thermoplastic fabricating methods, including injection moulding and extrusion.

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Applications
Interior, Consumer Goods, Medical

Target Products
Film/Sheet, Complex Geometry, Semisolid

Hot Topics
Bioplastics

Product category: Compounds of styrenic block copolymers (SEBS, SBS, SIS…, TPE-S)

Dryflex Interior

Dryflex Interior - TPEs that minimise emissions from VOCs

To help meet stricter requirements for Vehicle Interior Air Quality (VIAQ) and legislation regarding odour, fogging and VOC we have developed Dryflex Interior, a series of TPEs specifically optimised for low emissions.

They offer on average a 75% reduction in emissions compared to other TPEs for interior applications in the market. Representative grades have been tested externally at accredited test laboratories.

The materials display low odour with results 2.0 to 3.0 in standards such as VDA 270. According to gravimetric fogging standard ISO 6452 they achieve condensate < 1.0 mg and VOC from 60 to 120 μg/g and Fog from 200 to 600 μg/g. They have also passed additional interior tests for lightfastness, flammability and mechanical performance.

TYPICAL APPLICATIONS
Applications include inlay mats in the dashboard, door, middle console or glove box. They are also well suited for thumb wheels, switches, cup holder liners, interior trim and HVAC components.

Dryflex Interior TPEs surpass existing requirements and future proof for emerging global emissions standards.

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Applications
Interior, Controls, Dashboard, Panels, Kinematic Parts, Storage

Target Products
Complex Geometry, Solid, Semisolid

Product category: Thermoplastic elastomers dynamically crosslinked, TPE-V/TPV, TPV-thermoplastic vulcanised material

Dryflex TPV

Dryflex Thermoplastic Vulcanisates (TPV)

Thermoplastic Vulcanisate (TPV) compounds are high performance materials designed for demanding applications where improved durability, heat or fluid resistance are required.

They are composed of a highly vulcanised rubber phase dispersed throughout a thermoplastic matrix and combine the processing ease, efficiency and recyclability of a thermoplastic with the improved flexibility, low compression set and resistance to aggressive fluids of a vulcanised rubber.

They have seen strong growth in automotive seals, pipe seals, and other applications where a heat resistance of up to 135°C is required. Hardness values range typically from 45 Shore A to 50 Shore D. TPVs also lend themselves to underbonnet automotive applications where improved temperature and oil resistance is required.

Our aim is to supply a material that precisely matches application requirements. We are constantly testing new polymers, additives, stabilisers and other ingredients to create unique material combinations. We have engineered several Dryflex TPV series to suit different applications, with properties including flow characteristics, hardness, specific gravity, strength resistance and colour.

The Dryflex TPV range offers:

A wide range of hardness’
Grades that can be processed by injection moulding, extrusion, blow moulding and thermoforming
Service temperatures of -60°C to 135°C
Improved resistance to aggressive fluids such as oils, acids, bases and aqueous solutions
Low compression set
Low flex fatigue
The Dryflex XL grades are easier to colour
Lightweight parts
Design flexibility
Recyclability
Excellent weathering and environmental resistance
Adhesion to PP and PE in multi-component applications

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Applications
Construction, Automotive, Consumer Goods

Product category: Other thermoplastic elastomers, Color Masterbatches

Lifobatch

Lifobatch - Colour and Additive Masterbatch

COLOUR AND MORE...

In the area of masterbatches we mainly focus on the sector of soft plastics. Based on our experience in the compounding area, we know exactly which specifications are required for the different kinds of masterbatches.

Our masterbatches guarantee you the best compatibility, because we can choose definite carrier materials which fit best to your determined polymer.

Additive masterbatches for optimising your process or the properties of the finished articles we offer various additive masterbatches, like slip agents, stabilisers, antistatic batches.

Design your product with effect masterbatches. Design articles often need special effects. We produce tailor made masterbatches with neon colours, glitter, fibres, multi-colour or interference effects

Material characteristics

Based on PVC, TPU, EVA, PE and others
Colour masterbatch
Additive masterbatch
Special effect masterbatches (i.e.: flitter)
Process specific adjusted carrier systems
Low addition-ratio to the base material
Excellent colour distribution
Short re-adjustment times
Colour adjustment as per customer request
UV-stable, thermo stable
Excellent compatibility with base material  

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Product category: Bioplastics, biobased, Compounds, natural fiber reinforced, Thermoplastic elastomers, biobased, Other thermoplastic elastomers

Lifocork

Lifocork

Combining the low weight, sustainability and feel of cork, with the processability of plastics...
The main quantity of natural cork which is harvested today is used as pressed cork or mixed with PU or rubber. The processing of this kind of cork can be expensive and require a lot of energy. We have developed a special manufacturing method to combine natural cork with thermoplastic raw materials. Meaning Lifocork can be processed using typical thermoplastic processing methods such as injection moulding, extrusion or thermoforming.

Cork - a renewable raw material
Cork is a natural product which comes from the bark of the cork oak tree. The removal of the bark does not harm the trees and the bark is only harvested after the first 20 years of growth. The removal stimulates a steady regeneration of the bark. Each cork tree provides on average 16 harvests over its 150-200 year lifespan.

Cork itself has a cell-like structure which is light and highly compressible. It is used in construction, sports, industrial and household applications.

Typical Properties
Hardness 50 to 98 Shore A
Low density
Different base materials
Customized materials possible – we make your desired compound with your desired properties
UV resistant
Resistant against sweat and hand cream
Resistant against moisture and water
Non-slip
Soft touch surface
Natural cork optics
Different colors possible
Easy processing through injection molding, extrusion or thermoforming
Good abrasion
Can be foamed with blowing agents
Grindable
Foamed Lifocork
It’s also possible to make foamed parts from Lifocork. This offers materials with very low densities (as low as 0.45 g/ccm) and therefore gives lightweight parts. The foamed Lifocork also gives a damping, shock absorbent effect, ideal for orthopaedic shoe lifts and inserts.

Processing
Lifocork can be processed using thermoplastic processing methods. In injection moulding it can be processed using standard equipment. Lifocork can also be processed in 2-component moulding. It has an excellent bond to TPE, PP and PE. Other processing methods include extrusion or thermoforming with a double belt press.

Applications
Lifocork is suitable for a wide range of applications, with new ideas being introduced every day. Its comfortable feel and non-slip texture make it a good choice for handles and grips, where it has been used in sports equipment, tools and household items. Lifocork has also been used to manufacture bowls, trays, boxes and plant pots and toys.

In 2K applications, the material can be overmoulded or co-extruded onto TPE, PP or PE. Allowing for sophisticated designs and enhancing consumer appeal with the integration of a soft-touch area.

Plates, belts, endless tapes and tech profiles can be manufactured from Lifocork via the extrusion process. You also get a damping effect for orthopaedic shoe lifts by foaming Lifocork.

We offer coloured Lifocork compounds or it can be easily coloured using a standard PE masterbatch, opening up even more design possibilities.

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Applications
Consumer, Toys, Household Goods

Product category: Polyvinyl chloride plasticised (PVC-P), Polyvinyl chloride expandable, Polyvinyl chloride blends, Thermoplastic elastomers based on PVC, TPE/PVC

Lifolit

Lifolit soft PVC Compounds

High Quality, Custom Formulated soft PVC Compounds 

Lifolit are a family of high-quality, soft polyvinyl chloride (PVC) compounds, custom formulated to your requirements. We've been developing PVC compounds since 1965 and continue to engineer new solutions to address current and emerging market demands.

Lifolit Key Properties

Hardness range from 40 Shore A to 60 Shore D
Free of heavy metals and PAHs
Food contact grades
Non phthalate plasticizer
All compounds are DEHP free
Conform to EN 71/3 for toys
Good UV resistance and weather proofing
Crystal clear, translucent, natural or colour compounded grades
Foamed grades up to a density of 0.45g/cm3
Antistatic and conductive grades available
Polymer blends
Easy to process via injection moulding and extrusion
Typical Applications

Toys
Footwear
Glazing profiles
Construction gaskets
Hoses
Handles & grips 
Non Phthalate and DEHP Free Grades

To address consumer concerns over the potential health and environmental risks of certain plasticizers used in the manufacture of PVC compounds, we have developed the Lifolit range to include several non phthalate alternatives.

This helps our customers to comply with tightening regulations governing the use of phthalates. Particularly in the toy and childcare market, where non phthalate compounds have become the industry standard in response to directives such as EU 2005/84/EC.

We work with a number of raw materials and plasticizers to give the best performance / cost ratio while always keeping in compliance with the different levels of phthalate use. This includes DEHP free PVC as well as grades that are considered low in Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).

Foamed PVC

For footwear and shoe sole applications we have developed several grades of foamed Lifolit PVC. They are foamed up to a density of 0.65g/cm3. With extrusion processing densities up to 0.45g/cm3. We also offer grades with no chemical blowing agents which can be processed at temperatures up to 195°C. They also have a very fine cell structure.

Antistatic, Conductive & Flame Retardant Grades

The Lifolit range includes antistatic and conductive PVC grades. Designed to dissipate electrical charges where EMI or static buildup could cause interference. We also offer flame retardant PVC compounds which comply with RoHS regulations.

PVC Blends

By blending nitrile rubber (NBR) or other polymers, such as thermoplastic polyurethane, we have created PVC compounds with very elastic properties. Our PVC blends also allow us to modify very specific properties such as abrasion and chemical resistance.

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Applications
Construction, Interior, Consumer Goods, Sporting Goods, Toys

Product category: Compounds of styrenic block copolymers (SEBS, SBS, SIS…, TPE-S), Olefin based thermoplastic elastomer, TPO, Other thermoplastic elastomers

Mediprene TPEs

Mediprene Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) have been developed by HEXPOL TPE to address the demands of the medical device and pharmaceutical industries.
They combine the performance of rubbers with the processing properties of plastics, delivering sophisticated
design opportunities through a wide and flexible range of products.

But our Mediprene concept does not start and end withthe product, it encompasses how we work. From our
dedicated Mediprene team, with specialist knowledge and expertise of the medical market. Through product
development, raw-material selection, regulatory compliance, to production controls, traceability,
reproducibility and change management. Our Mediprene concept offers customers highly customisable materials, originating from medical raw materials with high biocompatibility status and compounded under clean conditions. Maximising the probability that their devices will pass relevant medical tests. This is what makes us a trusted and reliable partner for the medical industry.

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Applications
Medical

Product category: Compounds of styrenic block copolymers (SEBS, SBS, SIS…, TPE-S), Olefin based thermoplastic elastomer, TPO, Other thermoplastic elastomers

Epseal

Epseal

TASTE FREE SEALING SOLUTIONS FOR THE FOOD & BEVERAGE INDUSTRY

Epseal thermoplastic elastomers are custom made liner sealing compounds for the food and beverage industry. They are PVC free and conform to FDA and EU regulations. A range of compounds have been developed with series dedicated to different types of closures including crown corks, aluminium closures, both roll on and roll on pilfer proof, plastic closures, both out shell and in shell liner moulding.


Consumer appeal

Epseal compounds give excellent organoleptic results ensuring neutral taste properties, a key requirement for sensitive filling goods like mineral water. Excellent sealing characteristics are combined with the optimal elasticity and softness necessary for each individual closure and packaging system, be that PET, glass, returnable or one way.

They offer consistent short, medium and long term opening torques which provides consumer friendly functionality and also make it easier for children and senior citizens to open the bottles. Solutions are available for carbonated soft drinks, beer, wine, fruit juice and milk based beverages. Including versions that perform ideally after cold fill, hot fill, pasteurisation or sterilisation processing. For beverage promotion opportunities, we also offer laser compatible compounds throughout the range.


Product highlights

Excellent organoleptic results
Superior sealing
Low migration values
Consistent opening torques
Conform to FDA and EU regulations for food contact
Approvals with major international beverage companies
Efficient processing on all standard lining machines
PVC Free
Recyclable
Suitable with the whole range of beverage processing methods from cold fill to sterilisation

Consistent high quality

Our computerised weighing and metering systems, combined with a customised machine configuration ensure we manufacture the same high quality time and time again. Stringent and frequent testing during manufacturing is part of our standard operating procedure. We also have independent laboratories monitor our products for food grade conformity.


Custom made for you

Customer specific solutions, manufactured from quality raw materials and compounded under exact and consistent conditions, this is what makes us a trusted and reliable partner for the beverage industry.

Our caps and closures team work hand-in-hand with customers to tailor compounds to your specific application. Our knowledge and experience in this area means we are familiar with evolving legislation and application criteria, particularly in regard to sealing, organoleptics and migration values.


Applications

Crown corks
Aluminium roll on
Aluminium roll on pilfer proof
Plastic closures in shell moulding
Plastic and aluminium closures out shell moulding
T-stoppers

Our customers manufacture beverages with a pure and natural taste; Epseal compounds keep them that way

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Applications
Food, Dairy, Beverages

Product category: Bioplastics, biobased, Compounds, natural fiber reinforced, Thermoplastic urethane blends TPE-U/TPU, Thermoplastic elastomers, biobased, Thermoplastic elastomers dynamically crosslinked, TPE-V/TPV, Compounds of styrenic block copolymers (SEBS, SBS, SIS…, TPE-S), Olefin based thermoplastic elastomer, TPO, TPV-thermoplastic vulcanised material, Other thermoplastic elastomers

Dryflex TPE

Dryflex is a family of Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) developed and produced by HEXPOL TPE.
They are designed to add soft-touch appeal, functional performance or product safety features to a range of applications in the consumer, automotive, industrial, packaging and construction markets.
The Dryflex TPE family includes materials that are touchably soft with chemical and abrasion resistance. Materials that are flexible yet durable.
Materials that can withstand temperature extremes while retaining their shape and properties.
Materials that are quick and easy to process and 100% recyclable.
Biobased materials originating from renewable resources.

Dryflex is one of the most comprehensive portfolios of TPEs in the market, with grades based on TPS,
TPO, TPU and TPV technologies. This allows us to provide the best TPE for each application.
We put a high focus on product safety, reliability and consistency. Each of our production sites operate technical centres with specialist equipment to perform diagnostic, processing and quality assurance testing.

By partnering with customers, designers and the end-users of our products we continually advance
the properties of the Dryflex TPE family, tailoring compounds to meet specific demands. This versatility opens up additional market opportunities and previously unachievable design possibilities.
WHAT IS YOUR MATERIAL CHALLENGE?

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Applications
Packaging, Construction, Automotive, Consumer Goods

Target Products
Complex Geometry, Semisolid

About us

Company details

About Us

WHO WE ARE
HEXPOL TPE is a global polymer compounding group specialising in Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPE). We are proud to be part of the HEXPOL family.

WHAT WE DO
Our products add value, functional performance and soft-touch aesthetics to a growing number of applications in the consumer, medical, packaging, electronics and construction markets.

HOW WE DO IT
We have a core belief in being the easiest company to do business with. This is what drives us and it's why we invest in our operations, teams and technologies to ensure we give our customers the most reliable, relevant and cost-effective TPE compounds, backed by highly responsive support, technical know-how and application expertise.
 

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Company data

Number of employees

101 - 500

Area of business

Raw materials, auxiliaries

Target groups
  • Plastic product manufacturing
  • Rubber manufacturing / processing
  • Vehicle construction / aerospace
  • Electronics / electro technology
  • Construction / building and living
  • Medical technology / precision engineering / optics
  • Sports / leisure

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