Thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) – polyurethane-based polymers or polymeric compounds – offer both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties. Due to their high abrasion and chemical resistance, they can provide advantages for specific applications as compared to TPE solutions, particularly for products used in inclement environments. Our TPUs have similar properties to TPE solutions, but excel with greater durability when used in products that experience wear and tear, for instance in automotive, industrial machinery, electronics housing and footwear.
Trinseo TPUs are renowned for their high elasticity and excellent resistance to oil, grease, solvents and ozone. They can also add grip and vibration dampening, much like rubber. TPUs can usually be processed in a cost-efficient manner and do not need plasticizers because they are intrinsically soft.
Trinseo APILON™ 52 TPU Polymers and Compounds provide outstanding mechanical properties for durable applications and can be customized to meet specific applications requirements. Used for many products in a broad array of industries, APILON™ 52 is the leading material for high-end footwear.
We have developed APILON™ 52 C TPU Polymers and Compounds for manufacturing synthetic fabrics by dissolving them in solvents and then subsequent coagulation. This product family includes soft and rigid grades (ester-, ether-, and hybrid ester-ether based), special polycarbonate-based grades and other innovative grades made of polymer alloys.
APILON™ 52 BIO Bio-based Polymers and Compounds contain raw materials from renewable resources and offer the same performance as fossil-based TPUs; special haptic compounds are available to allow for rubber-like and matt product properties. APILON™ 52 BIO bioplastics can provide significant environmental benefits (reducing carbon dioxide emissions, saving fossil-based resources).
Learn about how Volcanized Rubber is being replaced by Thermoplastic compounds in the footwear market by watching the below video or explore the advantages of our broad portfolio of TPU Polymers and Compounds by clicking on the images at the bottom of the page.