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Lubrizol & LEHVOSS Form Distribution Partnership for TPU-based Solutions

Published on 2016-10-24. Author : SpecialChem

CLEVELAND -- The Lubrizol Corporations' Advanced Materials business has announced a new distribution partnership with LEHVOSS Italia S.r.l. covering Italy, for Lubrizol's Pearlbond™ TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) for reactive hot melts (HMPUR or RHM) and shoe stiffeners, and Pearlstick™ TPU for solvent-based adhesives.

LEHVOSS to Distribute Lubrizol's Pearlbond
and Pearlstick TPU for Adhesives

TPUs to Increase HMPUR Crystallization

Pearlbond Crystalline TPU

Pearlbond crystalline TPU is a cost-saving formulation for the production of Reactive Hot Melts Adhesives (HMAs) and Reactive Hot Melts (HMPUR), typically used in automotive interior parts, bookbinding, furniture, textile and footwear.

Pearlstick™ TPU

Pearlstick™ TPUs are a wide range of linear thermoplastic polyurethane elastomers (TPUs), which have been specially developed for use as raw materials in the manufacture of solvent-based adhesives for the automotive, furniture, footwear, and other industries.

Pearlstick TPUs are mainly crystalline polymers. Their structure is characterized by a small proportion of hard segments, in comparison with their content in soft segments. It is their polyol component (the part traditionally known as the soft segment or amorphous part) that crystallises and imparts them such crystalline characteristics. The resulting polymers show outstandingly high tenacity and stress-strain power.

These TPUs have another interesting feature: a low melting point in their crystalline zones (50-60ºC), which permits the polymer to be softened or melted at relatively low temperatures for the adhesion process, with sufficient thermoplasticity and surface tack to ensure correct union between substrates of different materials.

Javier Tortosa, Lubrizol Engineered Polymers global adhesives business manager, comments, "With this agreement we are looking forward to expanding the growth of our specialty TPU solutions in the Italian adhesive market and delivering consistently excellent service to new customers. We expect to provide high-value, differentiated technology solutions through this partnership with LEHVOSS in Italy."

Lubrizol's Pearlstick and Pearlbond TPU product lines include TPU specialties used as additives to increase HMPUR crystallization speed and green strength, as well as improve adhesion to substrates, accelerate setting and open times, by applying them in the following industries and applications: transportation (component bonding), technical textiles and furniture (edge banding, profile wrapping).

Visit Lubrizol Engineered Polymers at Booth Hall 6 / A23 at the K 2016 show where it is showcasing the design freedom, superior aesthetics and winning performance of its broad portfolio of TPU solutions.

About Lubrizol Engineered Polymers

With more than 55 years of experience and a worldwide network that includes formulation design, manufacturing, R&D and cutting-edge technologies, Lubrizol Engineered Polymers offers one of the broadest portfolios of engineered polymers available today including resins that are bio-based*, recyclable**, light stable, flame retardant, adhesive, chemically resistant, optically clear and fast cycling. Our technology crosses many industries and applications, including surface protection, power and fluid systems, sports and recreation, wearable devices, electronics and automotive.

About The Lubrizol Corporation

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a technology-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers' products while reducing their environmental impact. It produces and supplies technologies to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, as well as additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care and personal care products and specialty materials encompassing polymer and coatings technologies, with polymer-based pharmaceutical and medical device solutions. Our products for the oilfield market include technologies for exploration, production and transportation.

With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, Lubrizol owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2015 were $7 billion.


LEHVOSS Italia S.r.l. is the affiliated company in Italy of Lehmann &Voss &Co. which has been selling chemical specialties for the industrial sector for more than 100 years. LEHVOSS is a well-established distributor of chemical specialties for diverse industries, such as: plastics, adhesives, compounds and polyester resins, rubber, paints, coatings and polyurethane polymers.

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Source: Lubrizol
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