Dryflex Circular

Dryflex Circular

We’re working hard to turn waste into resource, taking recycled polymers and incorporating them into our Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs).
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TPEs with Recycled Content

There’s a shift happening in the polymer industry, we’re all becoming more conscious of the impact our products and operations are having on the environment. We’re more aware than ever of what happens to plastic products once we’ve finished using them, whether that’s recycling, incineration, landfill or even marine littering.
Dryflex Circular TPEs - with Recycled Content

Benefits

Increasing the use of recycled and renewable materials will help support the move to a circular economy model, by lowering demand on finite fossil-based virgin materials. Our customers have more demanding ‘green’ goals to meet and an increased sense of responsibility to use compounds with lower environmental impact. We share this feeling of responsibility, we’re working hard to turn waste into resource, taking recycled polymers and incorporating them into the Dryflex Circular range of Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs).

Recycled content definitions

We’ve structured the Dryflex Circular range into different series based on the source of the recyclate. This helps give clarity about the material source and answer questions about what is included in calculations for declarations of recycled content. Currently there are series based on the following sources, as defined by ISO 14021:2016:

Post industrial Recyclate
(PIR)

Material diverted from the waste stream during a manufacturing process. Excluded is reutilisation of materials such as rework, regrind or scrap generated in a process and capable of being reclaimed within the same process that generated it.

Post Consumer Recyclate (PCR)

Material generated by households or by commercial, industrial and institutional facilities in their role as end-users of the product which can no longer be used for its intended purpose.

Maritime Waste Recyclate (MWR)

This is a PCR source as defined by ISO 14021:2016. However, to help distinguish the source, we’ve created a separate series for the MWR grades. The primary source is post-use maritime ropes.

PIR sources

PIR : Post Industrial Recyclate

Sources:

Recyclate comes from hygienic and medical applications. We’re continually investigating new sources.

Target Applications:

  • Consumer Goods
  • Sports Equipment
  • Footwear
  • Automotive Interior + Exteriors
  • & more


These grades are available in natural colours.

PCR sources

PCR : Post Consumer Recyclate:

Sources:

Recyclate sources include recycled PP from end-of-life vehicles, including automotive interior and exterior applications. Other sources include household plastic waste.

Target Applications:

  • Automotive exteriors and technical parts.
  • Outdoor equipment.
  • Safety barriers.


These grades are only available in dark colours.

MWR sources

MWR : Maritime Waste Recyclate

We’re working with PLASTIX, a Danish recycling company. They convert used fishnets, trawls and ropes that would previously have ended up in the ocean or on landfill, into high-grade raw materials.

The source of the recyclate we use in our Dryflex MWR TPEs consists mainly of post-use maritime ropes.

Target Applications:

  • Consumer Goods
  • Automotive Exteriors
  • Outdoor Equipment


These grades are available in black, blue, green and mint colours.

 
 

Dryflex Circular TPEs for Automotive

Dryflex Circular TPEs for Automotive fulfil typical automotive OEM specifications. These include flammability, heat ageing, lightfastness and mechanical performance.

Well segregated (single source, not mixed), very clean PIR sources from the production of hygienic and medical applications can be used for automotive interior applications with low odour and VOC emissions as well as colourability.

Choosing reliable recyclate sources makes it easier to achieve materials with virgin-like properties, and product safety can be controlled according to systems such as, e.g. EU REACH, GADSL, IMDS.

Quality Controls & Product Testing

Like all of our materials, Dryflex Circular TPEs are rigorously tested from development to production, always keeping product quality at the heart of what we do.
  • We don’t spot buy, we treat recyclate the same as virgin raw materials, everything is bought to a specification. We don’t buy one-off deliveries of mixed scrap, all of our feedstocks are from consistent sources
  • All Dryflex Circular compounds are produced under the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 standards
  • All Dryflex Circular compounds are RoHS, EU +/or UK REACH and SVHC compliant
  • All Dryflex Circular compounds are supplied to a finished product specification and tolerance
  • We’re working with customers for application specific testing and approvals
  • Dryflex Circular TPEs are not currently approved for use in food, medical or toy applications

Dryflex Circular COLLAB

We believe that collaboration, from all parts of the supply chain, will be key to making plastics more circular.

We’ve started several ‘collab’ projects, working with customers to find ways to utilise their waste streams and turn-it into new life materials.

Dryflex Circular COLLAB

Our Dryflex Circular experts

Kathrin Heilman

Kathrin Heilmann

Sales TPE, HEXPOL TPE GmbH

kathrin.heilmann@hexpolTPE.com
+49 9571 948 94 925
Martin Bradbury

Martin Bradbury

Senior Key Account Manager for HEXPOL TPE Ltd

martin.bradbury@hexpolTPE.com
+44 161 654 2332

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Downloads

Head over to our downloads page for product and processing guides 

Dryflex Circular TPE Product Guide

TPE Processing Guide

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