Barcelona, Spain - Spanish supplier Merquinsa's new Pearlthane eco thermoplastic polyurethane is one of the finalists in the innovation award run by the US Center for the Polyurethanes Industry. Winners for will be presented with their awards at the Polyurethanes 2008 Technical Conference in San Antonio, Texas, 29 Sept - 1 Oct.
Merquinsa is presenting a paper at the conference on this eco development, called "New TPU from Renewable sources." The CPI, part of the American Chemistry Council, has organised an event focusing on new technologies, recent research, and technical developments affecting the global polyurethanes industry, Merquinsa's announcement said.
Merquinsa, which claims to be a leading speciality TPU player, will present two grades of the new eco-TPU - for which patents are pending. The grades are designed for moulding and extrusion "where environmentally-friendly materials can bring value to automotive, consumer electronics, and sport and leisure applications," said the company.
• Pearlthane eco D12T90: high-performance 91 Shore A TPU with 43 percent renewable material, as certified according to ASTM-D6866.
• Pearlthane eco D12T95: high performance 95 Shore A TPU with 38 percent renewable material, according to ASTM-D6866.
Both materials have excellent mechanical properties and abrasion resistance, and in some cases even better features than that of standard TPU of the same hardness, according to Merquinsa. These grades complement recently launched Pearlbond eco TPU adhesive grades for high-performance reactive hot melts and eco-friendly shoe stiffeners or thermobonding textile tapes and films, the firm added.
PIC: Merquinsa's eco-TPUs featured on its stand at the K2007 exhibition in Düsseldorf, Germany.