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Lubrizol and Merquinsa Promote Bio TPU at NPE 2012

Published on 2012-04-02. Author : SpecialChem

CLEVELAND and BARCELONA, Spain -- The Lubrizol Corporation and Merquinsa are located at booth #35004 at the NPE 2012 international plastics exposition. Together, these leaders in polymer technology are promoting bio-based resins formulated from renewable materials, with bio content from 20% up to 90% according to ASTM D6866. The Bio TPU by Merquinsa® portfolio demonstrates the same thermal, chemical and hydrolysis resistance as standard polyester TPU grades and has been tested in the sports and recreation, electronics and transportation industries. The Pearlthane® ECO product line will be featured at the show.

Combining Merquinsa's portfolio with Lubrizol's bio-based products, Lubrizol Engineered Polymers can offer bio-based polyester TPUs that range in hardness from 70 Shore A to 55 Shore D with renewable material content ranging from approximately 24% - 80% according to ASTM D6866. These resins may be processed using injection molding and extrusion.

Commenting on its bio-based product line, Rocco Mango, vice president, Engineered Polymers, stated "Lubrizol is committed to improving environmental performance and focusing on sustainability, including supporting initiatives to decrease dependency on synthetic materials. By integrating Merquinsa's ground-breaking technologies with our own broad application expertise, we are well positioned to continue to expand our bio-based Engineered Polymers platform to meet the diverse needs of our global customers."

About The Lubrizol Corporation

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is an innovative specialty chemical company that produces and supplies technologies to customers 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 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 7,000 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2011 were $6.1 billion.

About Merquinsa

Merquinsa is a leading thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) specialty producer, providing innovative products for injection molding, extrusion, calendering, melt coating, compounding and adhesive applications. Merquinsa was recently acquired by The Lubrizol Corporation. The Merquinsa product lines are now integrated into Lubrizol's Engineered Polymers business.

Source: Lubrizol

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