Food and Beverage
Thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) are widely used in the Food and Beverage market. Manufacturers have recognized TPEs for their use in a variety of applications.
In the kitchen, many kinds of food and drink containers use TPEs. For example, with its soft and grippy nature, they are used to make a variety of child drink bottles and sippy cups. Many food storage containers use TPEs for the snappy, flexible type lid found with plastic and glass food storage.
Eating and Drinking with Thermoplastic Elastomers
One of the greatest innovations in food service and preparation was the use of polymers that allowed for better food storage and preservation. Thermoplastic elastomers are used in products that are sold as food storage containers and in many of the industrial strength containers used in restaurants, cafeterias and other public food service settings.
Thermoplastics and TPEs have also been used to replace metal parts in some food service products including food processing equipment. By their nature, TPEs are non-corrosive, flexible and can withstand temperature extremes, making them excellent choice. Thermoplastic elastomers have good adhesion to polypropylene and as well as polar substrates. They exhibit good ozone and UV resistance. TPEs can be designed to have appropriate rheology for long and thin-wall parts.
TPEs are very common when it comes to products used for the preparation, storage and dispensing of food and drinks. You’ll find TPEs everywhere from beverage bottles that use the tactile nature to enhance feel and function to food containers. TPEs help to keep food preserved and as fresh as possible. TPEs are an excellent choice for use in consumer and industrial food and beverage applications. They are used in dairy and beverage tubing, caps and closures, cap liners, and container packaging.