Thermoplastic vulcanizates combine processability with rubber-like properties but are not suited for applications where chemical and temperature resistance are required properties. To fill this gap, Kraiburg TPE (Waldkraiburg, Germany) has developed thermoplastic elastomer hybrids.
Compared to conventional thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), the new products leave a lower carbon footprint and help close the carbon cycle; unlike many bio-based materials, they do not compete with food production.
The new report from the Plastics Industry Association (Washington, DC) posits that demand for plastics in building and construction will grow because of its many benefits, including corrosion resistance, strength-to-weight ratio, design flexibility, sustainability and cost efficiency.
This slide show details how some of the year’s most innovative thermoformers, honored by the Thermoforming Division of the Society of Plastics Engineers (Bethel, CT) in its annual parts competition, helped OEMs achieve winning designs in the packaging, medical and food and beverage sectors.