Coastbar TPU wins IFAI 2017 Chemicals, Coatings and Compounds Category
Every year Industrial Association Fabrics International (IFAI) Expo showcases the new and innovative products of the year through its „Show Stopper Program“. It is to recognize the best of the best on the show floor. Heytex’s Coastbar Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU) (H8550) was this year’s chemicals, coatings and compounds „Show Stopper winner“. The Heytex Coastbar TPU was originally developed for applications where the material has to stay in the water for a long time like closed systems for aqua culture applications. The focus during the development was to achieve a high adhesion even after wet ageing (= hydrolysis resistance). The formulation used in H8550 does not contain low molecular weight impurities as plasticiser, stabilizer, solvent, etc. Therefore it is not critical to apply this product in environmental-sensitive applications. Due to the high abrasion resistance and smooth surface the product is also suitable for boat applications like RIBs, folding Kajaks, inflatable boats etc. One additional benefit compared to often used Hypalon fabrics is that the material is weldable with HF and hot air.