Lubrizol presents TPU solutions at Chinaplas 2017
The Lubrizol Corporation's Engineered Polymers business is exhibiting at Chinaplas 2017, stand 10.2E41, in Guangzhou, China. The company is showcasing its latest developments in low smoke, zero halogen flame retardant thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPUs), soft TPU solutions for wearable devices, microcellular TPU foam and TPU for footwear outsoles.
Lubrizol's low smoke, zero halogen flame retardant Estane TPU is approved for use via the Chinese CQC 1103-1105 standards development. The product was specifically designed to meet the stringent requirements (both domestic and international) for electric vehicle charging station cables. In addition, it provides good abrasion and tear resistance, oil resistance, water and weather resistance, anti-bending properties, and can help make wire and cable jacketing thinner – all the necessary properties to ensure applications safety, says the company.
For wearable device applications, Lubrizol's Estane SKN TPU series provides soft touch/feel, skin safety, good processability and colorability. According to the manufacturer, Estane SKN TPUs also provide improved performance in abrasion resistance and mechanical capability to make wearable devices more durable compared to other material options.
BounCell-X TPU microcellular foam, made with a proprietary physical foam injection molding technology, generates a highly uniform cell structure that provides more than an 80 % reduction in density when compared to conventionally molded TPU. Additionally, BounCell-X technology, utilizing nitrogen gas as a blowing agent, contains no extra chemical additives, making it a good fit for brands with sustainability goals and post-consumer recycling programs, says Lubrizol.
Furthermore, Estane TRX TPU allows designers to create footwear outsoles with increased wear and abrasion resistance, enhanced wet traction, and the flexibility to utilize a wide color range – even ultra clear – all while using own injection molding machines. Soft grades are also available.