Friedrichshafen, Germany - Merquinsa, the Barcelona, Spain-based TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) producer, will launch its new bio-TPU range for wire and cable at Fakuma 2009 - the international trade fair for plastics processing held 13-17 Oct 2009 in Friedrichshafen, Germany,.
The company's range of Pearlthane Eco TPU grades are halogen-free, abrasion resistant, polyether-based Bio TPUs with a renewable content of up to 60 percent, according to ASTM D6866, the statement said.
According to Merquinsa, the Pearlthane Eco series offer an alternative to petroleum-based TPUs or TPEs (thermoplastic elastomers) for premium cables in the mining, automotive, consumer electronics or solar industries.
Bayer MaterialScience, also exhibiting in Friedrichshafen, will be showcasing its range of PU products, including Desmopan TPU film and its Solon 160/05 in-roof photovoltaic module with intelligent frame and integrated mounted system based on a polyurethane material from Bay Systems.
The Fakuma trade fair will also include a performance car seat for the Opel Insignia OPC, which includes more than 20 plastic parts from BASF.
Developed by Opel and Recaro with assistance from BASF, the car seats are constructed using two polyamides from BASF's Ultramid range to replace steel structured parts and Neopolen speciality foam, a 13 Oct BASF statement said.
BASF developers designed the parts to meet the requirements set out by Opel and Recar: low weight, high mechanical strength, outstanding ergonomic properties and a sporty look. (RD)