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Merquinsa expands thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) portfolio for US injection moulding market

Published on 2003-06-03. Author : SpecialChem


Merquinsa has unveiled two new specialty TPU Elastomers resins for the US market that are designed to help customers increase productivity while improving performance.

PEARLTHANE Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) specialty elastomers resins which utilize Polycaprolactone technology from Merquinsa feature across a wide range of hardness's (70 shore A up to 75 Shore D) lower density, excellent processability for producing complex, thin-walled injection molded parts along with providing excellent abrasion resistance and low temperature flexibility.

"Economic conditions have lead OEMs and molders to aggressively seek out lower cost solutions. At the same time, they must answer requirements for product differentiation" said Jean-Marc Galvez, Global Business Manager for PEARLTHANE TPU resins.

"Merquinsa continues to develop innovative TPU Elastomers solutions for the US market to meet these challenges," Galvez said. "Merquinsa plans to bring at least four new Fast Cycling PEARLTHANE TPU grades to the US market by the end of this year," he explained.

The new PEARLTHANE resin products include:

  • PEARLTHANE D11T93, which is a global product ideally suited for applications such as sport shoes, and recreational products among numerous other technical parts. Based on Merquinsa proprietary technology, it is a low density (density = 1.17 g/cm3), Fast cycling, 93-shore A Polycaprolactone polyester TPU Injection Molding grade. PEARLTHANE D11T93 special formulation offers for instance cycle time savings up to 30% in soccer shoes while offering 3 % lower density versus typical polyester TPUs.
  • PEARLTHANE 15N85, which is a global product ideally suited for applications such as animal ear tags, high performance mining screens, seals and other technical parts. It is a low density (density = 1.13 g/cm3), Fast cycling, 85 shore A Polyether Polycaprolactone Copolymer based TPU Injection Molding grade. PEARLTHANE 15N85 has been developed specifically for applications requiring low temperature flexibility down to - 40° C/F, heat aging resistance and faster cycling performance.

Merquinsa is one of the world leading thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) specialty elastomers producers, providing globally innovative products for injection molding, extrusion, compounding and adhesives applications.

Merquinsa world headquarters are in Barcelona, Spain with regional centres near Boston in North America and in Hong Kong.

Source: Merquinsa

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