TPE (thermoplastic elastomers) have been
in the market since the 80's. They are found in many areas of everyday
life, including consumer products, medical technology as well as in
the field of electronics.
Since its initial application for tooth
brushes and razor grip handles, TPE has revolutionized the personal
care market. Since then there has been a significant increase in
demand for products with soft grip handles. This also applies to
TPE have also a long tradition and
increasing growth rates in the sports and leisure sector, such
as swimming goggle seals, straps, fins, snorkels, seat and shoe
inserts, as well as grip handles for various applications.
Child-safe solutions including
physiological safety in accordance with FDA and other regulations are
challenged in the toys sector and are met through the use of
TPE’s. They are used for tires of toy cars, throwing rings and discs,
rubber balls, dolls parts etc.
In the field of baby products there
is a even higher importance to the PVC-free alternatives. You will
find thermoplastic elastomers in baby bottle teats, pacifiers, cutlery
and handles of cups and mugs.
TPE’s satisfy requirements in the area of
hot water resistance, seal strength in low and high temperatures,
maintaining a long service life and in look and feel within the
household appliances sector. Seals, pipes, lever and handles,
buttons and knobs, parts for ice cube dispensers, sealing washers for
pumps, etc. are made from TPE’s.
TPE’s are also used for furniture,
medical technology and food packaging, such as
closures and caps. The latter in closure sealants for hot
fill applications, dispenser hoses for dairy products, dosing valves
for fluids, appropriate microwave container lids.
Thermoplastic elastomers are the proven
and safe alternative to PVC-based applications and processing.