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Lubrizol at FEICA Conf.: to Exhibit its New and Innovative Plasticizer-free TPU

Published on 2014-09-01. Author : SpecialChem

BARCELONA, Spain -- Lubrizol Advanced Materials M.S. S.L. (FKA Merquinsa) announces that it will participate at the 2014 FEICA European Adhesives and Sealants Conference taking place in Berlin, Germany from September 17-19. In addition to exhibiting its new and innovative soft, plasticizer-free TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) for hot melt adhesives (HMAs), Lubrizol will be giving a conference on how this innovative solution applies to adhesives and their applications in the textile, automotive and footwear industries.

Until recently, the softest, plasticizer-free TPUs (no risk of migration) available on the market typically provided hardness levels around the 70 Shore A value. Attempting to create softer materials with lower hardness levels often resulted in very sticky, non-scalable and non-processable materials. Identifying this market need, Lubrizol Engineered Polymers developed Pearlbond™ HM 46AB3 NAT 021, a new soft, plasticizer-free TPU grade for HMAs that provides a hardness level lower than 50 shore A.

Pearlbond™ HM 46AB3 NAT 021 is a plasticizer-free material providing excellent processing properties/no tack, and bonding properties at low temperatures with a hardness level lower than 50 shore A. Pearlbond™ HM 46AB3 NAT 021, specifically unique in the textile market, fills the gap between crystalline and amorphous TPU and offers a low hysteresis behavior resulting in a higher adaptability and response of the garment to body movement, granting it an additional soft touch. Within FEICA's conference session "Non-reactive Hot Melt Adhesives" on September 18, Lubrizol will present its new Pearlbond™ HM 46AB3 NAT 021 grade in more detail.

Lubrizol's Pearlstick™ and Pearlbond™ TPU product lines include TPU specialties used as additives to increase crystallization speed in PUR hot melts as well as in heat sealable fabrics for technical textiles and footwear.

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 pharmaceuticals, and specialty materials, including plastics technology and performance coatings in the form of specialty resins and additives. 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 7,500 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2013 were $6.4 billion.

About Lubrizol Advanced Materials M.S. S.L. (FKA Merquinsa)

Lubrizol Advanced Materials M.S. S.L. (FKA Merquinsa) is a leading thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) specialty producer, providing innovative products for injection molding, extrusion, calendaring, melt coating, compounding and adhesive applications. Merquinsa was acquired by The Lubrizol Corporation in 2011. The Merquinsa product lines are now integrated into Lubrizol's Engineered Polymers business

Source: Lubrizol


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