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.