Primex Color, Compounding & Additives (PCC&A), formerly O’Neil Color & Compounding, a leading supplier of color and polymer solutions for plastics processors, has released a line of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) -compliant thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) for use in food contact, medical, health and beauty applications.

The Faraprene™ F301 series of elastomers is intended for a wide variety of injection and extrusion applications where compliance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR, Title 21, Chapter 1 and Subchapter B) is required. They are ultra-soft, flexible and easily colorable. Faraprene F301 series provide a soft touch, durability and a comfortable grip for a variety of applications. According to Technical Director Anthony Montalvo “PCC&A custom-formulates all our TPE lines to meet specific customer needs, adding characteristics such as color, UV protection and other properties.” Faraprene F301 is available in hardness levels from 45 to 65 Shore A.

Examples of uses for Faraprene F301

  • Medical tubing, vials
  • Closures, seals
  • Grips
  • Utensil handles
  • Food conveyor belts
  • Food packaging
  • Wine corks
  • Sporting goods
  • Baby toys
  • Personal hygiene

Faraprene™ F301 Features

  • FDA compliant for food and medical applications in accordance with CFR, Title 21, Chapter 1 and Subchapter B
  • Appropriate for injection molding and extrusion applications
  • Soft, flexible feel
  • Excellent grip characteristics
  • Adhesion to PP, PE substrates
  • Drying not required
  • Hardness 45-65 Shore A
  • Easily colorable
  • Custom additives to meet specific manufacturing and end-user needs

PCC&A works with customers during product development and throughout the production cycle to provide technical assistance and enhance outcomes. As part of the Primex Plastics “One Company”, along with Primex Design & Fabrication, Primex Color, Compounding & Additives offers technical development at the John J. Farber Technology and Innovation Center. They also offer centralized quality control, rapid delivery from 6 distribution centers, and a single point of contact for the entire process. These vast resources enhance the ability to identify customer challenges and offer the best solutions.


This past Fall and Spring Primex Design & Fabrication was proud to partner with three students from the Ivy Tech Richmond Campus on industrial design projects. PD&F offered the students the opportunity to participate in real-world product design by creating new products using the unique Bubble-X™ extruded sheet material. Professor Patrick Piper supervised the students on behalf of Ivy Tech. Debbie Robinson and Shannon Davis coordinated the projects for Primex.

The objective of the partnership was to expose Ivy Tech students to the vast opportunities in the manufacturing sector by allowing them to design, create and plan the marketing of new products using the Bubble-X material.

Tyler Moore – graduating this Spring with an associate’s degree in Applied Science. Tyler has created an alternative solution to the typical application of plywood to windows as protection in hurricanes. The use of Bubble-X with a unique attachment system is a lighter weight and less expensive alternative to plywood. 9.5mm Bubble-X is less than 50 percent of the weight and half the cost of ½ inch plywood. With the attachment system, a custom-sized sheet of Bubble-X can be applied to a window in seconds without the need for nailing and disfiguring the window trim. Additionally, due to its durability and water proof characteristics, the Bubble-X sheet is reusable, while plywood gets wet and needs to be discarded after every use.

Shannon Stump – graduating Fall of 2017 in Engineering Technology. Shannon has designed a new lightweight and foldable pet carrier system. The carrier can be manufactured in virtually any size. The prototype carrier has been tested to 37 pounds. The carrier is durable, reusable, and easy to clean. Since the carrier is foldable, it takes up substantially less space on retail shelves than existing molded pet carriers.

Roger French – pursuing a degree in Engineering Technology. Roger has created an indoor/outdoor sign system. Bubble-X is durable and 100 percent recyclable and can be printed or laminated. Most outdoor signs are currently produced with corrugated plastic material which is not as durable and shows lines in its surface, presenting a less appealing appearance. Bubble-X’s surface is totally smooth. Roger’s sign system, which includes a tubular steel frame, is easy to change out and can be scaled to 4 X 8 foot panels. He is also designing a frame system that can be applied to long haul trucks without adding much weight.

At a luncheon on May 25 the students will present their projects to a panel that will include Primex Plastics President Mike Cramer, and a representative of Primex’s parent company, ICC Industries. After evaluation and testing, Primex Design & Fabrication will manufacture and market the selected products.


Primex Color, Compounding & Additives (PCC&A), formerly O’Neil Color & Compounding, a leading supplier of color and polymer solutions for plastics processors, has announced a new line of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) for general molding use.

The Faraprene™ H300 series of elastomers is intended for general use in a wide variety of injection molded products and adheres well to polyolefin (i.e. PE, PP) substrates. “Faraprene adds soft touch and grip to many household, industrial and OEM products,” says Technical Director Anthony Montalvo. “It’s a lightweight and durable product that can be custom-compounded to meet specific needs such as color and UV resistance and comes in a range of hardness from 25 to 95 Shore A.”

According to Product Manager Lee Pfaffle, PCC&A has produced TPEs for over 25 years. “This new line is formulated for general use while our other Faraprene lines have very specific characteristics such as high temperature resistance, high abrasion resistance and high strength for more demanding applications. We offer a wide range of TPE grades to meet critical performance requirements.”

  • Faraprene™ H300 Features
  • General purpose use
  • Appropriate for injection molding applications
  • UV resistant grades available
  • Soft, flexible feel
  • Excellent grip characteristics
  • Adhesion to PP, PE substrates
  • Drying not required
  • Hardness 25-95 Shore A
  • Easily colorable


O’Neil Color & Compounding (, a leader in color masterbatches and custom specialty compounds for the plastics processing industry, will display its Faraprene™ C-Series thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) for injection and extrusion at Pack Expo 2016 booth E-6782, November 6-9 in Chicago. Faraprene C, available in various hardness levels from Shore A 30 through 85, is an ideal replacement for thermoplastic rubber and PVC-based elastomers in a wide variety of applications requiring highly elastic properties.

 “In addition to outperforming other competitive thermoplastic elastomers in scratch and tear resistance along with elastic behavior, Faraprene C is also an ultra-low extractable material,” said Primex Color, Compounding & Additives’s Product Manager Lee Pfaffle, “making it ideal for many consumer and industrial applications.” Additionally, Faraprene C is 100 percent recyclable and contains no phthalates as found in PVC-based materials “It’s a superior choice for molders and manufacturers attempting to reduce their environmental impact,” said Pfaffle.

 The Faraprene C-Series is available as high gloss, high clarity, and pre-colored or black and can be custom-formulated to meet specific manufacturing needs with additional performance enhancing additives. All Faraprene C-Series grades can be formulated to FDA compliance standards so they can be used in many consumer end-use applications.

 For more information about the Faraprene line contact your O’Neil representative or Lee Pfaffle at (423) 327-2876. Primex Color, Compounding & Additives’s Faraprene data sheets can be downloaded at