Donald Wiseman, President & Kurt Heikkila, CEO
The quality of the end-product is always synonymous to the type of materials used during manufacturing. Manufacturers these days are striving hard to use innovative and powerful materials to produce products to stay ahead of their competitors. This is where thermoplastic composites have a unique value proposition due to their versatile and robust nature. To this end, Tundra Companies have set a new benchmark when it comes to manufacturing advanced composite materials with their proprietary coating technology, TundraKoat™.
Tundra is a material additive company that enables the manufacturing of a wide spectrum of composites. This is done by loading more base material and less polymer to enhance the performance and value of the end product. This high loading process is achieved by the polymerization of TundraKoat™ on a particle and compounding with various polymers. Tundra has worked with many different particles and polymers in several industries and can assist its clients at any stage of material innovation.
Tundra has three types of product platforms, Eklipse®, Ikonik®, and Dynamik®, which are optimized based on market performance properties for specific applications. Eklipse® is a platform of fiber-reinforced materials made from fibers including glass, wood, and carbon. The resulting thermoplastic composites come with increased strength, better thermal stability, improved toughness and are suitable for automotive, aerospace and building and construction markets. Eklipse® products find an ideal use in building products like cladding panels and fenestration and is fundamentally changing the perspective on the process. Not only are Eklipse®-based claddings aesthetically beautiful, but they also have a reduction of coefficient of thermal expansion by a factor of 2.5,allowing for dark colors and designs not possible with traditional thermoplastic materials.
The Ikonik® platform of materials offers particle-filled composites which are made from industrially-refined materials such as glass beads, glass bubbles, minerals, ferrites, steel, copper and tungsten.
Tundra is a material additives company that helps customers make better-performing products and develop new opportunities
The resulting thermoplastic-composites are used in a variety of industries including automotive and ballistics as well as magnetic goods due to their densification, magnetization and lightweight properties. These materials are cost-effective and non-toxic as well. Ikonik®
materials are used for manufacturing of wheel weights in the automotive sector and Tundra is a world leader holding a 30% World OEM market share.
Lastly, the Dynamik® platform offers composites that can be sintered to create metal or ceramic parts. These composites use particles like steel, titanium, tungsten, zirconia, and almumina, to create polymer feedstocks for use in Powder Injection Moulding (MIM or CIM), Press and Sinter, and Additive Manufacturing processes. Tundrakote™ enables a high level of particle fill which improves shrinkage and isotropic performance in the sintering process. Tundra is one of the first companies to make 8-12 pound parts out of powdered metals using commercial additive manufacturing and metal injection manufacturing (MIM) methods. These products can also be used in the manufacturing of high complexity parts going against the long-held industry-wide consensus that these parts should only be machined.
With their focus on customers, attention to details, continuous innovation, and fast pace at keeps Tundra ahead of the competition. Tundra excels at working with clients through all stages of the innovation process. The company has many success stories and over 200 years of composites experience within the company.
Tundra is built on the perfect amalgamation of experiences between Kurt Heikkila (CEO who holds 80+ patents and over three decades of experience in the chemical industry) and Donald Wiseman (President and a marketing veteran). The company is looking forward to expanding at a global level by licensing a few of their upcoming products. Wiseman adds, “Tundra wants to support and expand their IP globally and aims at setting up a business which is the next step to scale-up the company’s sales and profitability.” The company plans to unveil its products and next round of customers in upcoming tradeshows and at the same time maintaining its focus on the technology and primary customers.