Api: Expandable TPU made with bio-based content for shoes
The Italian company Api has introduced expandable bio-based TPU Apilon 52 Bio Light at Simac Tanning Tech (19-21 February 2020, Milan, Italy). In order to demonstrate the applications of this material solution, a slipper was showcased during the trade show.
“We are very dedicated towards building a sustainable future, where complete circularity is attained through thoughtful innovation,” said Giancarlo Busa, Global Market Leader Footwear. “What we are bringing to the Simac Tanning Tech 2020 is a TPU that is light, made with bio-based raw materials. This is another step Trinseo is taking towards meeting our sustainability goals, which also strengthens our already broad portfolio in luxury, athletic, and professional footwear. This is especially encouraging as we believe bio-based materials will become the de facto choice in luxury footwear by the year 2030.”
Apilon 52 Bio Light is an additional development by Trinseo in the expansion of its portfolio of sustainable materials, as it is the company’s first lightweight thermoplastic polyurethane made with bio-based content. The material is said to reduce production cycle time by up to 60 % compared to thermosetting materials like EVA, therefore cutting production costs and lowering energy consumption. Moreover, its characteristics – lightness (density down to 0.4 g/cm3), softness (hardness between 35 and 50 Shore A), natural haptics with velvet touch, and sustainability – provide manufacturers with more options when it comes to bringing their designs to life in vivid colours. This is available through the in-house produced Apicolor, a colour masterbatch allowing for a vast range of tone options.
About Api and Trinseo
Api is an Italian company, based in Mussolente and specialised in the production of TPEs and bioplastics which was acquired by Trinseo in July 2017. Trinseo is a member of the European Bioplastics Association and its commitment to sustainability has been condensed in Bio & Beyond, a strategy to replace fossil-based materials with bio-based alternatives. Through Bio & Beyond, the company also aims to continue supporting its fashion and footwear customers by helping them overcome material challenges, without hindering their creativity and expressivity.