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KRAIBURG TPE Presented TPE Portfolio for Toothbrush Handles at Interbrush Fair

Published on 2016-05-16. Author : SpecialChem

WALDKRAIBURG -- Thermoplastic Elastomers meanwhile are an indispensable component in the manufacture of functional toothbrushes. In the brush industry the THERMOLAST® K portfolio is used primarily in the non-slip, ergonomically designed handles, and also in the form of ball joints and tongue cleaners on the back of the brush head, which visitors to the KRAIBURG TPE booth at Interbrush had the opportunity to examine close up. A highlight of the fair was the presentation of soft-soft compounds in hardness range between 50 and 70 Shore A.

TPE for Toothbrush Handles
Fig. 1: TPE for Toothbrush Handles

Tested quality for gentle oral hygiene

Soft TPEs are also used in the toothbrush industry to protect the sensitive oral mucous membrane from the head of the brush. KRAIBURG TPE offers a large portfolio of compounds that are certified to regulation EU No 10/2011 and FDA for use in oral hygiene applications. Another important aspect for the manufacture of brushes is the quality of the TPE: this is one of the core competences of KRAIBURG TPE and a guarantee of consistent material properties that allows brush manufacturers to minimize fluctuations in the manufacturing process and therefore to reduce the number of rejects.

TPE in all colors of the rainbow

Thermoplastic Elastomers from KRAIBURG TPE not only fulfil the requirements for contact with foodstuffs, but can also be colored in an in-house process at Waldkraiburg in conformity with certification regulations and customer requirements.

Global cooperation with the toothbrush industry

“A trade fair like Interbrush gives us the opportunity to present KRAIBURG TPE to the global component manufacturers as the international enterprise we have become, with three modern production locations and numerous sales offices around the world. The recent trade fair in Freiburg provided an opportunity for us to further reinforce these global contacts,” Oliver Zintner, Director EMEA, sums up.


KRAIBURG TPE is a global manufacturer of thermoplastic elastomers. From its beginning in 2001 as subsidiary of the historical KRAIBURG Group founded in 1947, KRAIBURG TPE has pioneered in TPE compounds, today being among the competence leaders in this industry. With production sites in Germany, the US, and Malaysia the company offers a broad range of compounds for applications in the automotive, industrial, consumer, and for the strictly regulated medical sectors. The established THERMOLAST®, COPEC®, HIPEX®, and For Tec E® product lines are processed by injection molding or extrusion and provide numerous processing and product design advantages to manufacturers. KRAIBURG TPE features innovative capabilities as well as true global customer orientation, customized product solutions and reliable service. The company is certified to ISO 50001 at its headquarters in Germany as well as in Malaysia and holds ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications at all global sites. In 2015, KRAIBURG TPE, with over 500 worldwide employees, generated sales of 157 million euros.


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