KRAIBURG TPEKRAIBURG 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 the competence leader 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 truly global customer orientation, customized product solutions and reliable service. The company is certified to ISO 50001 at its headquarters in Germany and holds ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications at all global sites. In 2021, KRAIBURG TPE generated sales of 216 million euros with around 682 worldwide employees.

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Approved and ready for use in automotive interiors: Interior PIR TPE

Approved and ready for use in automotive interiors: Interior PIR TPE. (Image: © 2022 KRAIBURG TPE)KRAIBURG TPE is expanding its portfolio for OEMs and their suppliers, while it significantly contributes to meeting recycling rates and is offering support in reducing the carbon footprint of products for automotive interiors: With a recycling content of up to 38%, interior post-industrial recycled TPE grades provide the automotive market with a reliable and sustainable alternative to virgin material solutions. Customers will also receive the necessary information on the product carbon footprint (PCF) of the TPE.

Significant materials data from injection to surface qualities and adhesion

A new system at the main production site of KRAIBURG TPE enables quick changeover between temperature-controlled tooling inserts in injection molding processes in order to gain precise data on the fluidity, surface quality, and adhesion of specific material compounds. 
(Image: © 2022 KRAIBURG TPE)KRAIBURG TPE has implemented a new system at the production facilities at its main site in Waldkraiburg, Bavaria. It enables quick changeover between temperature-controlled tooling inserts in injection molding processes in order to gain precise data on the fluidity, surface quality, and adhesion of specific material compounds. This makes fulfilling customer requirements more efficient.

Universal PCR TPE – a multitalented compound for the plastics industry

The latest solution from KRAIBURG TPE makes a post-consumer recycling proportion of 40% possible. (Image: © 2022 KRAIBURG TPE)The latest solution from KRAIBURG TPE makes a post-consumer recycling proportion of 40% possible. The focus is also on quality and availability. That’s what the plastics manufacturer from Waldkraiburg, Germany, is providing with its Universal PCR TPE – a compound with sophisticated mechanics that can be used universally.

KRAIBURG TPE offers strategic alliance for industry and OEM applications

Joint progress as an aim – with “Join our Journey” as its motto, KRAIBURG TPE is forming alliances with committed pioneers to achieve the next level of thermally conductive TPEs. 
(Image: © 2022 KRAIBURG TPE)With “Join our Journey” as its motto, KRAIBURG TPE is calling on interested customers and partners to form development alliances. The focus is on thermally conductive TPEs, a material of the future that is currently in high demand. The aim is to develop solutions and components for the automotive and industry markets.

Franz Hinterecker is handing over his position as CEO to Oliver Zintner

Continuing the KRAIBURG TPE success story: Oliver Zintner, CEO of KRAIBURG TPE, and Dr. Monika Hofmann, Director of EMEA. 
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Change at the top of KRAIBURG TPE: After 23 years, Franz Hinterecker, CEO of KRAIBURG TPE, is handing over his position and duties to Oliver Zintner, previously Director of EMEA, as of January 1, 2022. Dr. Monika Hofmann is taking over Mr. Oliver Zintner’s responsibilities.

New TPE solution complies with global food-contact regulations

Today’s buyers are making informed decisions about the safety and health advantages of the goods and materials they buy. 
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Consumers are increasingly focusing on the safety and health benefits of goods and materials when making purchasing decisions. This means manufacturers have to ensure compliance with national and international food safety regulations in order to attract more customers. To meet this demand on a global level, KRAIBURG TPE now extends its offering of Food Contact TPEs with a new THERMOLAST® K series.

Smooth Touch TPE for packaging and design

With Smooth Touch TPEs, KRAIBURG TPE introduces a new compound series that is setting new standards in terms of touch quality. 
(Image: © 2021 KRAIBURG TPE)Reduced, smart, and high-quality – the packaging and design market is changing. Materials solutions that accompany manufacturers on this journey are in demand. KRAIBURG TPE meets this demand with a new materials series: The TPEs were developed in relation to the market demands for valuable solutions. The result is a product series designed especially for applications that want to put emphasis on outstanding touch quality – combined with an attractive price.

Innovative TPE solutions for current challenges from lightweighting to circular economy

KRAIBURG TPE’s exhibit at Fakuma will cover a wide range of topical issues. 
(Image: © 2021 KRAIBURG TPE)At Fakuma 2021 (Booth B5-5303) from October 12 to 16 at Friedrichshafen Exhibition Center, Germany, KRAIBURG TPE will put the spot on several TPE developments targeting critical challenges in the market and highlighting the material manufacturer’s leading role in the thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) segment.

SQlab has chosen Supersoft TPE for optimum pressure distribution in cycling shorts

Finding the right combination takes you further ahead – as in the cycling shorts made by SQlab. Premium fabric, extremely dense foam plastic and TPE gel pads make the difference. 
(Image: © 2021 SQlab)The sports sector is booming and more people than ever are cycling on the streets in Germany. Whether or not it’s boosted with electric power, getting about on two wheels is popular, with a 2020 Fahrrad-Monitor survey showing that 85% of participants say fitness is their reason for cycling, while more than two-thirds of the participants put the emphasis on environmental protection. At the same time, there is growing demand for high-quality equipment that will have a positive effect on the cycling experience. Top of the list: Cycling shorts. The garment has to be stylish, made of functional material and, above all, it needs to be smartly padded. Whether it’s for extended tours or racing – to prevent bike tours from turning into hell rides, SQlab, a Munich company, has selected Supersoft TPE for its new shorts padding. The result is outstandingly high-quality, ergonomic, and durable trouser pads – so you can concentrate on just enjoying the cycling.

There’s a system for learning to eat cleanly

Making sure learning to eat doesn’t turn into an endurance test: the Babynator. 
(Image: © 2021 Babynator)The Babynator learn-to-eat set for babies and toddlers makes eating cleaner. The non-slip system comprises a self-adhesive mat made of THERMOLAST® K from KRAIBURG TPE that firmly holds in place exchangeable accessories such as plates and bowls. The “Babynator” is available as a set or separately, in many different colors.

Virtual TPE Expert Talks 2021 provide global information

Franz Hinterecker is CEO at KRAIBURG TPE. 
(Image: © 2021 KRAIBURG TPE)KRAIBURG TPE will be holding its second TPE Expert Talks from June 8 to 10. Spurred on by the positive feedback received about the kick-off event in 2020, this free digital event will be presented in an extended global format, full of highlights and industry expertise brought together for customers, partners and everybody interested in TPEs.

Innovative collaboration: award for jointly developed component

Moving forward, more and more projects will involve direct cooperation between OEMs and materials manufacturers. Collaborations of this kind are critical to the rapid development of future-oriented, effective and sustainable solutions. (Image: © 2021 KRAIBURG TPE)Collaboration between an automobile manufacturer headquartered in Southern Germany and KRAIBURG TPE has resulted in the creation of an outstanding solution. Future-oriented, sustainable and efficient, the new material was developed in close cooperation with the OEM and is now moving into series production.