MATERIALS: Soft-Touch TPEs Boast Superior Silky Feel

Interaction between touch, functionality and wearability plays role in product design and brand aesthetics, particularly in wearables.

A new range of TPEs with enhanced haptics and touch properties will be introduced by Hexpol TPE (U.S. office in Statesville, N.C.).

The company will showcase how the interaction between touch, functionality and wearability plays a key role in product design and brand aesthetics, particularly in the growing wearables market. The Dryflex Touch series of TPE compounds reportedly allow for efficient processing via injection molding with grades that can also be overmolded onto substrates such as PP, PE, ABS, PC and TPU for multi-component applications.

            This series of TPE compounds is designed to provide a silky feel and touchably soft sensation. Several of the grades in this series have been developed with properties designed for applications such as wearable technology, consumer electronics, smartphone and tablet protective cases, wrist straps, grips, cosmetics and packaging. The series also includes grades produced from raw materials which are compliant for food contact regulations, as well as UV-resistant grades and compounds that are latex and PVC-free.