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Estane® Engineered Polymers Introduces New Environmentally Friendly, Plasticizer-Free TPUs at Chinaplas

Published on 2009-05-22. Author : SpecialChem

CLEVELAND, OH and SHANGHAI, CHINA -- Lubrizol Specialty Chemicals (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of The Lubrizol Corporation, is introducing new plasticizer-free soft Estane® Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) grades at the 2009 Chinaplas in Guangzhou, PR China. The new grades are for use in injection molding processors and exhibit excellent flexibility, softness and abrasion resistance - performance attributes for which Estane® TPU is well known.

Most soft TPUs contain a plasticizer that may be subject to regulation by environmental agencies. In addition, plasticizers can gradually migrate to the surface of the molded product, creating poor aesthetics and altering the bonding strength.

The new plasticizer-free Estane® TPUs (formerly sold under the Skythane™ name) are available in both a polyester series (T460AH, T460A, T465A and T470A) and a polyether series (T365A and T370A). The plasticizer-free Estane TPUs range between 60A to 77A Shore hardness and offer high transparency and outstanding UV stability. These grades are ideal as replacements for rubber and PVC in various molding applications.

Estane® is a registered trademark of The Lubrizol Corporation.

About The Lubrizol Corporation

The Lubrizol Corporation is an innovative specialty chemical company that produces and supplies technologies that improve the quality and performance of our customers' products in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, other transportation-related fluids and industrial lubricants, as well as fuel additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for personal care products and pharmaceuticals; specialty materials, including plastics technology and performance coatings in the form of specialty resins and additives. Lubrizol's industry-leading technologies in additives, ingredients and compounds enhance the quality, performance and value of customers' products, while reducing their environmental impact.

With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, The Lubrizol Corporation owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 19 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 6,800 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2008 were $5.0 billion.

Source: Lubrizol Corporation

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