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FFE MARFRAN® certification and new product launch

Hamburg, 10 August 2017 – For FRANCESCO FRANCESCHETTI ELASTOMERI srl (FFE), there is twice the reason to celebrate: on top of MARFRAN® E DRW HC and MARFRAN® E DRW OF having been successfully certified for drinking water applications by NSF International, the independent health and safety organization in the USA, FFE is now also expanding its range of MARFRAN® products. Distribution in Europe will continue to be managed by the NRC Group.

MARFRAN® E DRW HC and MARFRAN® E DRW OF have recently received NSF/ANSI 61 certification. As an independent, accredited organization for public health and safety, NSF International provides certification verifying a company's compliance with certain quality standards. In order to ensure a safe manufacturing environment and the consistently high quality of MARFRAN® products, the Italian company FFE agreed to the NSF's requirements. These included strict testing according to accepted standards as well as periodic, unannounced production facility inspections. FFE's MARFRAN® TPE compounds have received both WRAS and KTW approval, and thanks to the product line's recent NSF/ANSI 61 certification, they have also been declared safe for drinking water applications in Europe and the USA.

Full-bodied aroma with the help of good closures
MARFRAN® compounds for wine and spirits bottle closures have been newly added to the FFE portfolio and, with the pre-incorporated MASTERFRAN® blowing agent, present an outstanding, ready-to-use and complete solution. MARFRAN® compounds contain no phthalic acid esters, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polybrominated biphenyls (PBB) or polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE), making the range compliant with REACH, RoHS, RAFF and ELV, as well as with regulations regarding food safety in the EU and from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

For wine closures and synthetic corks, the SBS compound MARFRAN® B MG T is the recommended choice. To make T-corks for brandy, vodka, spirits and other alcoholic beverages, on the other hand, MARFRAN® E MG T would be advised (the SEBS compound can also be used for wine closures). Each compound requires a specific and customized amount of FFE's MASTERFRAN® blowing agent.

FFE's manufacturing methods ensure:

- perfect, homogenous compounds
- simple and easy processing
- excellent surface qualities of the closures
- very good durability
- safe/approved for contact with food
- phthalate-free compounds
- friction coefficients adjusted for use in closures