Huntsman is launching two new TPU grades for injection moulding at Chinaplas 2014, as well as updating customers on its brand new, production capabilities at its new thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) plant in Shanghai.
Designed with footwear applications in mind, the two new materials have been developed to meet the needs of high quality shoe manufacturers producing high performance football shoes and other cleated plates for sports.
The first of the two new grades, Avalon 95 ABU, is a UV-protected, high performance, polyester-based TPU for injection moulding, which Huntsman says offers exceptional long-term UV resistance that is significantly higher than current available offerings, outstanding abrasion resistance, a fast cycle time and good flex performance – even at low temperatures. Ideal for sports footwear, Huntsman says this material can also be used to create top pieces and components such as cleats, shanks, counters and decorative parts
Secondly, Avalon 95 AHT is a highly transparent polyester-based TPU. Crystal clear and UV stabilised to ensure long-term integrity, Avalon 95 AHT is said to be ideal for transparent outsoles. It can also be used to produce see-through components and windows to hold logos and other decorative elements in shoes, boots and trainers.
Stephane Peysson, Global Business Development Manager at Huntsman, said: “China is the biggest market for TPU and we have an exciting few years ahead of us. We have a new state-of-the art production plant at our disposal and a robust R&D program in motion that will see new solutions for core markets coming through steadily. Together these elements will ensure we are perfectly placed to fulfil local customer needs. For the team at Huntsman, Chinaplas 2014 is a key event, which enables us to discuss a range of opportunities with customers and explain why we are the TPU partner to do business with in China, Asia and beyond.”