KRAIBURG TPE for FDI France Medical - Secure Grip for Walking Aids Due to THERMOLAST® K by KRAIBURG TPE

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For many people with limited mobility, an elbow crutch is a necessity and makes everyday life easier at the same time. Due to THERMOLAST® K by KRAIBURG TPE, the newest walking aid of the leading French developer FDI France Medical, ErgoDynamic, has extraordinary anti-slip properties and is highly comfortable.

As part of a long-standing collaboration, KRAIBURG TPE has developed a special material for the French company FDI France Medical. The compound from the THERMOLAST® K portfolio has been used within the handhold, the forearm rest as well as the lower part of the elbow crutch ErgoDynamic. The material is particularly soft and therefore allows a very safe and comfortable grip and handling of the walking aid. An integrated shock absorbing mechanism gently dampens impacts and thus protects the wrists, elbows and shoulders.

The THERMOLAST® K portfolio offers a broad range of TPE compounds for the most different purposes. In the case of the handhold of the walking aid, it was important to FDI France Medical that the users hold an especially soft material in their hands, which prevents them from slipping at the same time. For this reason, the decision was made in favor of a compound which combines a high abrasion resistance with a safe, non-slip and comfortable grip.

FDI decided to process THERMOLAST® K together with polypropylene (PP) via 2-component injection moulding. In this processing method, the two materials form an excellent bond. For the processor this means one assembly step less and an increase of productivity.

Due to the successful collaboration, the next product of FDI France Medical will also be realized in cooperation with KRAIBURG TPE. This will be a walking stick for elderly people.

About FDI France Medical
FDI France Medical (http://www.fdifrance.com) has its headquarters in the French city Lyon and became a specialist in the development and production of walking aids in 1995. In addition to comfort and safety, FDI France Medical especially focuses on innovative design and materials as well as a cost-efficient production of its products, which make the lives of people with limited mobility easier. FDI France Medical has established distribution partnerships in more than 40 countries worldwide.

About KRAIBURG TPE
KRAIBURG TPE (http://www.kraiburg-tpe.com) manufactures thermoplastic elastomers based on HSBC (hydrogenated styrene block copolymers) and markets them all around the world. In addition to custom solutions, under the THERMOLAST® brand the company offers a broad spectrum of standardized compounds covering a wide range of applications. With its high-performance HIPEX® compound, KRAIBURG TPE is opening up the world of rubber for all thermoplastics processing companies and with the new compounds COPEC® and For-Tec E it is entering new dimensions in terms of haptics, adhesion and resistance for consumer electronics products. KRAIBURG TPE has production sites in Germany, USA and Malaysia. The sales organization covers France, Italy, Poland, Spain, China, India, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, Brazil and Mexico. In further countries KRAIBURG TPE is represented by distributors.

European Contact
KRAIBURG TPE GmbH & Co. KG
Andreas Pawel
Friedrich-Schmidt-Straße 2
84478 Waldkraiburg
Tel.: +49 (0)8638 9810-519
Fax: +49 (0)8638 9810-11519
E-Mail: andreas.pawel(at)kraiburg-tpe(dot)com
http://www.kraiburg-tpe.com

Corporate Contact
KRAIBURG TPE GmbH & Co. KG
Lars Goldmann    
Friedrich-Schmidt-Straße 2
84478 Waldkraiburg
Tel.: +49 (0)8638 9810-278
Fax: +49 (0)8638 9810-11278
E-Mail: lars.goldmann(at)kraiburg-tpe(dot)com
http://www.kraiburg-tpe.com

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