TPU material with high energy return
At Fakuma 2017 from 17 – 21 October 2017 in Friedrichshafen, Germany, Huntsman and its long-standing distribution partner Chemie-Plast will be presenting a range of products from the thermoplastic polyurethane portfolio. Elastomer solutions on display will include a novel, super lightweight, high-energy return material, which is said to have the potential to transform the production and performance of all kinds of everyday items.
First launched at K 2016, smartLite PF 1560 TPU is proving popular with product designers around the world, says Huntsman. According to the company, the low density TPU has the potential to deliver an energy return up to 50 %. Flexible yet strong, and with the ability to spring back to its original shape after being stretched or compressed, the material is suitable for producing soft, bouncy midsoles for a wide range of athletic footwear – particularly running shoes. It is also an attractive material for industrial manufacturers, who like its customizable energy return capabilities, which can be exploited multiple times without affecting physical or mechanical performance properties.
In addition, Huntsman and Chemie Plast will showcase a range of other TPU materials from the Irogran, Avalon and Krystalgran portfolios, e.g., for the manufacture of sports footwear, clothing and equipment, cables and wires, conveyor belts, reinforced glass, and hoses and tubes.
Huntsman and Chemie-Plast at Fakuma 2017
Hall A4, stand 4214