Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is a unique category of plastic. This versatile polymer is soft and processable when heated, hard when cooled, and can be reprocessed multiple times without losing structural integrity.
As a malleable engineering plastic or a replacement for hard rubber, TPUs have high elongation and tensile strength, good elasticity and to varying degrees, a resistance to oil, grease, solvents, chemicals and abrasion.
Inherently flexible it can be extruded or injection molded on conventional manufacturing equipment to create components for footwear, cable and wire, hoses and tubes, film and sheet or other industrial products. It can also be compounded to make robust plastic moldings or processed using organic solvents to form laminated textiles, protective coatings or functional adhesives.