In the form of YUNICO TPE dispersions (thermoplastic Elastomer dispersions), Actega DS is presenting a new, patented generation of dispersions at the K-Fair from October 16 – 23, 2019 in Düsseldorf, Hall 8A, Stand F 11 which, thanks to high-tech TPE materials, offer a wide range of coating solutions for packaging materials and substrates. The new, innovative technology makes it possible to combine various specific features in a single dispersion. Accordingly, maximum customer benefits are offered through individualized application solutions.
Exclusively water-based, these dispersions are free of emulsifiers and solvents (VOCs, i.e. volatile organic compounds such as hydrocarbons, alcohol, aldehydes, or organic acids). This is a key aspect for the protection of employees and consumers as nothing can be released into the air or migrated into contents such as food or beverages. Furthermore, these dispersions meet all of the requirements associated with direct contact with food and have the corresponding FDA/EU approvals.
YUNICO TPE dispersions are distinguished by the fact that their properties can be adapted variably thanks to compounding of TPE components. This permits a high degree of flexibility. They can be hot-sealed in high and low temperature ranges which means their mechanical properties, e.g. for bags, paper packaging or carry bags, are decisively improved. The dispersions can offer barrier properties e.g. against water, steam, oil, grease etc. which makes them suitable for food packaging, e.g. dry food (flour, sugar), as well as for frozen packaging, packaging for pet food, cookies and meat, or even pizza boxes, to name but a few examples. The barrier protects the contents from external influences over the entire BFD and helps to retain quality. This barrier function is important in terms of food safety but also as protection from migration by undesirable substances such as mineral oil or other contaminants into the filled material, i.e. food.
Haptic effects are key functions when it comes to packaging. And the sky is the limit here – smooth, soft, silky, rough etc. – anything is possible and this is an important factor as purchase decisions are often made on the basis of touch and feel.
Finally, YUNICO TPE dispersions feature one other major advantage: they are recyclable. This has been confirmed in the PTS test which was conducted in accordance with PTS-RH: 021/97 “Indication of recyclability of packaging made of paper, cardboard and paperboard as well as graphic print products”, the following criteria are applied: defibration, separation of existing impurities by means of sorting, potential for sticky formation (easy sheet formation), properties of the recycled fiber in terms of optical inhomogeneities.