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FKuR welcomes visitors for a sustainable coffee break at K2019 

Reusable cups made from biobased and recyclable plastics which show how material cycles can be closed for takeaway products will be demonstrated by FKuR at K2019.

FKuR will be treating visitors to its booth (E48 in hall 6) at K 2019 to freshly brewed coffee served in a 350 ml reusable cup. The cup is manufactured by Dom Polymer-Technik based on various biobased plastics from FKuR’s extensive portfolio, each fulfillingFKuR different functional requirements.

Dom chose FKuR’s Terralene HD 4527 for the main elements of the cup and lid. This injection-molded polyethylene compound is based on 95% renewable resource material and is approved for food contact (to EN 10/2011 and US FDA). As a result of its high rigidity and durability, this material is also suitable for long-life products such as engineering parts, toys, caps and closures, cosmetic articles and general purpose containers. At the end of their life, products made from Terralene® can be disposed of in existing PE recycling streams.

The cover flap (clipped onto the cup lid) is made from Braskem’s I'm green PE grade HDPE SHA 7260 which has a renewable raw material content of 94%.

For the cuff, Dom has selected Terraprene® SI 601, a partially biobased TPE compound from FKuR, which can be processed and used like oil-based TPE-S grades. With its non-slip surface and its insulating effect, this material, which is also approved for food contact, ensures that the cup can be held securely even with hot, freshly filled coffee. As a result of its excellent adhesion to polyolefins, Terraprene is also well suited for the production of hard-soft composites in two-component injection molding. 

Patrick Zimmermann, member of the executive board of FKuR commented that "As a supplier of one of the world's broadest portfolio of biodegradable and biobased plastics, we have selected a practical and attractive give-away for K2019 that impressively shows how single use products can be replaced by reusable products and how their benefits can be further increased through the choice of sustainable materials."

At K 2019, FKuR will further be showcasing its extensive portfolio of biobased and compostable thermoplastics as well as new developments for a wider range of applications including packaging, consumer products, sporting goods and technical components. These include two glass-reinforced grades from the Bio-Flex® and Terralene® family, both with high stiffness, and three Terraprene® TPE grades, one characterized by its high bio-content, while the other two are oil-free.


Publication date: 02/10/2019

Bioplastics magazine (News)


This project has received funding from the Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 837761.