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Merquinsa partners with Polyone on TPU specialty compounds

Published on 2003-12-04. Author : SpecialChem

Merquinsa and PolyOne Corporation have signed a partnership and development agreement to jointly develop and distribute new thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) specialty compounds.

The new TPU product range will be marketed under the brand OnFlex .-U thermoplastic elastomer compounds.

Under the agreement PolyOne will develop OnFlex-U TPU compounds based on Merquinsa’s PEARLTHANE® TPU specialty elastomers. Further, the Merquinsa-PolyOne alliance provides plans to coordinate research and development efforts to expand OnFlex-U applications and also to develop a wide range of novel TPU compounds for extrusion and injection moulding markets.

The partnership creates a complementary product line to PolyOne portfolio that already includes OnFlex-S & Bergaflex® (TPE-S), and OnFlex-V (TPE-V) thermoplastic elastomer compounds. The alliance also enables Merquinsa to consolidate its position as a world leading thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) specialty producer by having access to a broader range of specialty markets and applications for its polymers.

OnFlex-U thermoplastic elastomer compounds, based on Merquinsa’s PEARLTHANE® TPU material give the following properties:

  • Excellent abrasion resistance
  • Retains flexibility at low temperatures
  • Good tensile strength
  • High resistance to cut & tear

Typical applications of these OnFlex-U compounds are found in cable sheathing and automotive wire, where halogen-free flame-retardant compounds with increased abrasion resistance, and improved resistance to oil and hydrolysis, are advantageous. Other possible OnFlex-U applications include power cable, hose and conveyor belts, cable jackets, gaskets, hoses, and profiles.

"This agreement offers our customers a wider range of TPE compounds and supports PolyOne continuing commitment to develop our TPE product platform," said Marc Setzen, TPE Product Manager for PolyOne. "Customers will greatly benefit from the combination of PolyOne’s formulation and compounding expertise, and Merquinsa’s PEARLTHANE® TPU technology."

Speaking for Merquinsa, Jean-Marc Galvez, Global Business Manager, TPU Elastomers at Merquinsa said: "The market for TPU compounds is growing fast in automotive, industrial and ergonomic applications. We see great value in working with PolyOne, a strong market-development partner for high-performance elastomers compounds. This agreement is an example of Merquinsa continuing commitment to invest in and strengthen its PEARLTHANE® TPU specialty elastomers business, which includes a full technology portfolio of TPU taylor made solutions for the global market place"

The production of OnFlex-U compounds will begin in Europe & Asia during 2004.

About Merquinsa
Merquinsa is a world leading thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) specialty producer, providing globally innovative products for injection molding, extrusion, compounding and adhesives & coatings applications. Merquinsa headquarters are in Montmeló near Barcelona, Spain, with regional centres in North America and in Hong Kong.
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About PolyOne
PolyOne Corporation, with 2002 revenues of about $2.5 billion, is an international polymer services company with operations in thermoplastic compounds, specialty resins, specialty polymer formulations, engineered films, color and additive systems, elastomer compounding, and thermoplastic resin distribution. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, PolyOne has employees at manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia, and joint ventures in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia.

Source: Merquinsa

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