Hexpol TPE and Wildo develop green solutions for outdoor life
Hexpol TPE and Wildo Sweden AB, a manufacturer of camping ware, have worked together on the development of a biobased TPE for Wildo's Fold-A-Cup.
“The Scandinavian and Nordic countries have long fostered a culture of sustainability and ‘green’ thinking is not new,” said Klas Dannäs, Global R&D Coordinator at Hexpol TPE. “What we’re doing with the development of our biobased TPEs is creating new possibilities to achieve these goals. Dryflex Green TPEs make it easier for customers to meet application and material demands, while deploying global resources in a sustainable way.”
Hexpol TPE and Wildo have developed a Dryflex Green TPE compound for Wildo's Fold-A-Cup, that displays the correct behaviour during repeated folding and opening of the cup. It is flexible, yet rigid enough to withstand temperatures from hot or cold drinks. Also, the haptics were considered and the raw materials had to be compliant with food contact.
Wildo’s history started more than 35 years ago with the development of the Fold-A-Cup and Camp-A-Box – outdoor utensils that are functional, durable and lightweight, and can be used over and over again. At that time, it was pioneering in contrast to the buy and throw away-thought as well as the heavy options that were around. Making many small steps by keeping the production in Sweden, well selected suppliers and short transports, recycling and re-usage of boxes as well as easy designed packages has been natural choices in the production, Wildo said. According to the company, the development of a biomaterial together with Hexpol TPE was a necessary step towards reducing the use of fossil recourses.
Hexpol TPE at Fakuma 2017
Hall B1, stand 1217