Wyandotte, Michigan -- BASF will showcase its newest thermoplastic polyurethanes at the 10th Annual Thermoplastic Elastomers Topical Conference (TPE TopCon 2012), being held 10-12 Sept at the Hilton Akron Fairlawn in Akron, Ohio.
Visitors will learn about the company's Elastollan TPU portfolio - a versatile, high-performance TPU that BASF says offers all-around security for wire and cable applications in the aerospace, automotive and industrial markets.
BASF will provide two interactive presentations: "Thermoplastic polyurethane solutions for improved heat performance" and "Thermoplastic polyurethane solutions for low-smoke zero-halogen (LSZH) flame retardant cable applications."
Key highlights at BASF's TPU booth will include:
• Elastollan 1185A10HFFR, a new low-smoke, halogen-free flame retardant TPU for high-performance wire and cable applications. This polyether-based TPU offers more robust FR solutions, says BASF, with excellent abrasion resistance and toughness, very good low temperature flexibility, hydrolytic stability and fungus resistance.
• Elastollan 785A10HPM is a new, high temperature TPU for continuous use at 150°C in automotive and wire and cable applications. According to BASF this high-performance TPU provides excellent performance at high temperatures with improved compression set, excellent surface reproducibility and resistance chemicals and fuels. Its haptic properties can range from velvety to leather-like and it is available in several hardnesses, the company adds.
"TPE TopCon is not only the signature event for our industry; it also provides BASF with a great opportunity to showcase our newest TPU innovations for the aerospace and automotive sectors. We take pride in showcasing a TPU product that helps plastics manufacturers differentiate their end use offerings and improves on end use consumer products," said David Grimes, business director for Cellasto and TPU in North America, in a company statement.
Elastollan TPU is available in polyester, polyether, and speciality grades, with new grades that perform at long term temperatures up to 150o C, as well as new low-smoke zero- halogen flame retardant grades passing aggressive large scale flame tests.