New product unveiled at SIMAC - 20 to 22 February 2018
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Osnabruck, Germany - Global chemical company Huntsman today announced the launch of AVALON® 55 AHG thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) – a brand new, soft soling material for the footwear industry that offers improved slip-resistance on both wet and dry surfaces. The material, which was unveiled on the first day of SIMAC in Milan, Italy, is an upgrade to the company’s existing range of high-grip TPU materials.

AVALON® 55 AHG TPU has a nominal Shore hardness of 55A and can be used to make soft, thin, high definition, high grip parts in a variety of colors. With slip resistance properties that surpass vulcanized rubber and other TPU materials with a comparable Shore hardness – depending on sole design – AVALON® 55 AHG TPU is well suited to the production of outsoles for a variety of footwear applications.

The material is a particularly attractive proposition for the manufacture of safety footwear thanks to its oil and petrol resistance and adherence to electro-static requirements. Importantly it also passes ISO 13287 – the international benchmark for testing slip resistance in protective and personal equipment. AVALON® 55 AHG TPU displays excellent processing on both injection and carousel casting machines and is suitable for the production of dual density footwear due to its compatibility with DALTOPED® polyurethane midsole systems. With improved abrasion and hydrolysis resistance combined with excellent slip performance, it is also suitable for the production of sports and casual shoes.

Craig Roberts, Global Footwear Marketing Manager at Huntsman, said: “The development of AVALON® 55 AHG TPU is a big step forward in the performance of our high-grip TPU materials. When it comes to dry and wet slip resistance this product is strides ahead of anything we’ve developed before. In independent tests, the material exceeds the slip requirements on various substrates including the challenging combination of steel with glycerine.”

For more information about AVALON® 55 AHG TPU contact: craig_roberts@huntsman.com 


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