To a Higher Level

The footwear industry is constantly exploring new opportunities while pushing the boundaries of design: the exquisite quality of the luxury segment is now combined with the comfort and innovative design popularized by the casual and athletic sectors.

API supports its customers by continuously improving its materials and color expertise while ensuring optimum design flexibility and allowing designers to express their visions by creating and realizing new shapes, color effects and stylish lines.  

We are tremendously proud of our leadership position in the luxury footwear market. It is a recognition earned thanks to our continued focus on material development and product quality, combined with our fast and flexible service.

Giancarlo Busa Global Industry Leader TPE Footwear

Unique Color Capabilities for Exceptional Shoe Designs

All API products benefit from our unparalleled expertise in color development. We have developed these capabilities by investing in technology and nurturing experienced specialists, allowing imagination to come to life in vivid tones or subtle nuances. API’s prowess translates into a high degree of color customization, whether by developing customized hues or through color matching.

Our APICOLOR™ portfolio of color solutions applies to masterbatches as well as color compounds, meaning API’s customers benefit from both product consistency and manufacturing flexibility.

MIDSOLE Solution:

APILON™ 52 LIGHT

Our new lightweight APILON™ 52 LIGHT TPU provides an outstanding combination of performance, aesthetics and, most importantly, lightness. The material is particularly suitable for outsole and midsole applications thanks to its soft touch and pleasing aesthetics combined with a low density that guarantees comfort and performance. APILON™ 52 LIGHT is an expanded TPU that can be recycled even after foaming and expanding, contributing to its high degree of sustainability.

MATERIAL FAMILY SERIES APPLICATIONS MAIN FEATURES ASPECTS PROPERTIES hardness (ShA) ASTM D972 Density (g/cm³) ASTM D2240 Abrasion resistance (mm³)
APILON™ 52 A Outsole Excellent mechanical properties Gloss finish 45 - 85 1,14 - 1,18 40 - 70
FA Outsole High brightness Gloss finish 55 - 85 1,16 - 1,18 50 - 80
MA Outsole Easy processability Gloss finish 55 - 85 1,19 - 1,21 50 - 90
11 Outsole High rubbery touch - Mill able product Matt finish 50 - 70 1,00 - 1,05 50 - 120
13 Outsole welt Rubbery touch - Mill able product - Suitable for stitching Matt finish 60 - 80 1,05 - 1,08 50 - 100
15 Outsole Rubbery touch Semi-matt finish 60 - 80 1,07 - 1,10 50 - 100
LIGHT Outsole Low density - Velvet touch - Recyclable Matt finish 40 - 60 0,60 <250
EXP Midsoles Low density - Velvet touch - Recyclable Matt finish 20 - 50 0,35 -0,50 na
D Heel Excellent abrasion resistance Gloss finish 50 - 80 1,2 <50
APIFIVE™ 1.2 Outsole Low density - Rubbery touch - Mill able product Matt finish 50 - 60 0,45 <200
1.4 Outsole, midsole Low density - Rubbery touch - Mill able product Matt finish 45-50 0,35 <250
1.4 SOFT Outsole High rubbery touch Matt finish 40 0,35 <300
APILON™ 52 BIO DB Outsole Bio based content - Good mechanical properties - Good surface finish Gloss finish 60 - 80 1,21 - 1,23 <100
ALLOY Outsole Bio based content - Rubbery touch - High processability Matt finish 55 - 85 1,16 <200