KRAIBURG TPE to Launch New Automotive Interior Surface TPE Solutions for the Asia Pacific Market

By : Nata Kesuma | Monday, March 20 2023 - 12:16 IWST

(Photo: © 2023 KRAIBURG TPE)
(Photo: © 2023 KRAIBURG TPE)

INDUSTRY.co.id - THERMOLAST® K FG/SF/AP, which will be unveiled at CHINAPLAS 2023, is a game changer for innovative automotive interior applications in Asia Pacific.

The Asia-Pacific automotive industry, which is a major hub for vehicle manufacturing and accounts for a sizable market share of sales across all vehicle segments, will be at the center of an innovation boom in key industries over the next decade, driven by rising adoption of electric vehicles and connected vehicles, as well as growth in the luxury car segment. 

As users seek mobility solutions that match their changing mobility habits and lifestyle, the region’s automotive industry is set to undergo unprecedented transformation.

As a result, new vehicles with user-centric designs and construction are expected to enter Asia-Pacific markets. Advanced materials such as thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) widely used for exterior and interior parts will have more functionalities geared toward user comfort and style.

KRAIBURG TPE, a global TPE manufacturer, offers multifunctional TPE solutions for product innovations requiring excellent mechanical properties and ease of processing via the multi-component injection molding process to achieve the best adhesion property. For the Asia Pacific automotive interior market, KRAIBURG TPE introduces its latest THERMOLAST® K FG/SF/AP series featuring surface quality design advantages and solutions.

Project Manager of KRAIBURG TPE, Marcus Cheah, says, “TPE with low viscosity capabilities expands the possibilities for plastic part design. They shorten the process cycle time and open up a larger processing window in injection molding for large surfaces and thin parts. Our TPE solutions with low odor and emission meet the stringent OEM requirements for automotive applications."

Enabling ease in processing without compromising quality

Consisting of hardness range between 60 – 80 shore A, the THERMOLAST® K FG/SF/AP series produces even surfaces with two component injection molding. The series has superior flow properties which makes the compound easy to be process.  It offers good adhesion with PP, low density, comply with the low odor and emission requirements for automotive interiors. Also, the series featured good surface mapping as well as temperature stability up to 100°C.

Providing design advantage to a range of applications

The THERMOLAST® K FG/SF/AP series satisfies the demand for sophisticated automotive aesthetic appeal. The series offers refined hard-soft composite components with a high level of surface appearance and quality. The THERMOLAST® K FG/SF/AP series, available in black, is an ideal material solution for automotive interiors applications such as handle and covers, mats, door sills, glove box, sealing, soft touch surfaces, and more.

THERMOLAST® K FG/SF/AP at the CHINAPLAS 2023

KRAIBURG TPE will launch the new THERMOLAST® K FG/SF/AP for automotive interior surface solutions for Asia Pacific at Booth no. P73 at CHINAPLAS 2023, which will take place from the 17th to the 20th of April at the Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center in Shenzhen, PR China.

KRAIBURG TPE will be a key participant in CHINAPLAS 2023's TECHTALK forum on the topic of New KRAIBURG TPE Automotive TPE for Interior Surface Applications on 18 April 2023 at Hall 16.

Sustainability successes of our TPE

Besides the materials for automotive interior surface applications, KRAIBURG TPE’s recent sustainability innovations include a specially developed material solution for consumer, and industry applications comprising post-consumer recycled (PCR) and post-industrial recycled (PIR) content.

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