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Avient adds new TPEs to its fatty-food-contact materials portfolio
Source:Adsale Plastics Network    Editor:JK    Date:08.Jun.2022

Avient has launched a new family of Versaflex thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) materials developed for fatty-food-contact (FFC) applications that must comply with migration limit standards in Europe and North America.

 

Versaflex FFC materials can be directly overmolded onto various engineered materials and, as an alternative to silicone rubber, offer more design freedom and increased production efficiency by eliminating secondary processing.

 

The new materials have been pre-tested for compliance with the United States FDA requirements under 21 CFR 177.2600 for repeated-use applications and the European standard 10/2011 for food contact.


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Avient expands fatty-food-contact materials portfolio with Versaflex FFC TPEs.


Compared to silicone rubber, another material usually used in these applications, Versaflex FFC is easier to process so it can simplify manufacturing and shorten cycle times, potentially reducing overall cost. 

 

Additionally, Versaflex FFC helps address the challenges associated with the global silicone rubber supply chain and can help design engineers get new products to market more quickly.

 

Versaflex FFC can be overmolded onto COPE, PC, or PC/ABS, making it suitable for a wide range of food contact applications such as food containers, kitchenware, kitchen appliances, tableware, etc. It is also formulated without bisphenol-A (BPA) or phthalates and is highly colorable to meet specific marketplace requirements.

 

Matt Mitchell, director, global marketing, Specialty Engineered Materials at Avient, said, "Avient’s expertise lies not only in formulation development but also in helping customers optimize their product design and increase the likelihood that the end product will be compliant. This, in turn, can increase speed to market."

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