Tokyo—Mitsui Chemicals plans to launch two new aliphatic polyurethanes in April 2015.They are to be called Fortimo and Stabio.
Fortimo is based on 1,4-bis(isocynatomethyl)cyclohexane (1,4-H6 XDI) and a polyurethane elastomer material. This combination offers elasticity, durability, and superior heat resistance to other isocyanates, said Mitsui. The product is non-yellowing and has a short moulding time, the firm added.
The Stabio grade is based on 1,5 pentamethylene diisocyanate (PDI), said Mitsui. The firm says the PDI material has high reactivity compared to hexamethylene diisocyanate, improved gloss, chemical and abrasion resistance, is non-yellowing and made with 70% biomass.
Production will start at existing facilities, the firm said. Mitsui said that production plans to start preparing for large-scale isocyanate production (2kT/year) at Omuta, Fukuoka and as a new facility for derivatives at Nagoya, Chukyo region. Mitsui added that it is planning for phased plant expansions in the future.
Mitsui said that these new materials are part of its strategy to produce speciality isocyanates including m-xylene diisocyanate (XDI) and norbornane diiocyante (NBDI) and their derivatives.