WEB EXCLUSIVE: New Thermolast W grades of SEBS-based TPEs are said to offer exceptionally firm grip, even when wet. “Ground-breaking” Wet Grip technology from Kraiburg TPE, Duluth, Ga., boasts up to three times the coefficient of friction of conventional SBS TPEs and TPVs for both wet and dry applications with no negative impact on physical properties or processability in multi-component injection molding or extrusion. Wet Grip technology is permanent and does not migrate to the surface and dissipate over time. It can eliminate the tackiness found in prior competing materials that use tackifiers—or it can be used along with tackifiers to improve COF. The technology is adaptable to Kraiburg’s broad line of Thermolast TPEs. Wet Grip compounds also can be made to adhere to a wide range of engineering thermoplastics, including ABS and PC for overmolding applications.
Wet Grip compounds are available in 25 to 60 Shore A hardness and meet FDA approvals. Applications could include sporting goods, watercraft, fitness equipment, lawn/garden implements, anti-slip mats, serving trays, orthopedic aids such as crutches, kitchen utensils, toys, medical/dental implements, and a range of household goods.