Kraiburg TPE Expands Range of TPEs with ISCC PLUS Certification

The expanded range supports customers in the consumer and medical sectors in next steps toward a circular economy.


Kraiburg TPE extends range of Thermolast TPEs with ISCC PLUS certification
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An expanded range of Thermolast TPEs with ISCC PLUS certification (mass balance) is now available from Kraiburg TPE. Initially, the certification is valid for products in the EMEA sales region. By means of mass balancing, compliance with various social and ecological standards benefiting both processors and end consumers is ensured in the course of an extensive review. Seamless traceability in the supply chain is ensured, including proof of origin for feedstock and materials. This certification is especially beneficial for TPE customers in the highly regulated consumer and medical sectors, since they do not have to initiate another approval process.

TPE compounds containing recycled materials are increasingly being used in response to market demands. The adjustment is however challenging in certain areas because the compounds being used are subject to special regulations and legal provisions that currently exclude the use of recycled materials, for example. This mass balance approach makes it possible to mix renewable and fossil raw materials in production processes. It ensures that the sustainable proportion of the mass balance is traceable. Another benefit for customers and processors is that so-called negative testing is not required thanks to the drop-in solution.  Said Kraiburg TPE’s corporate sustainability manager Dr. Andrea Winterstetter, “Using ISCC PLUS certified materials is beneficial for both our customers and Kraiburg TPE in the transition from fossil to more sustainable raw materials. Certification ensures compliance with strict environmental and social standards along the entire supply chain. Thanks to the mass balance approach, compounds containing ISCC PLUS certified materials are also fully equivalent to their fossil counterparts from a regulatory perspective.”