TPE TopCon 2012

BASF unveils new solutions for thermoplastic polyurethanes at TPE TopCon 2012

Posted on September 10 - 12, 2012


WYANDOTTE, MI, September 5, 2012 -- BASF will showcase its newest thermoplastic polyurethanes at the 10th Annual Thermoplastic Elastomers Topical Conference (TPE TopCon 2012) Sept. 10 to 12, at the Hilton Akron Fairlawn in Akron, Ohio.  


Visitors will learn about the company’s Elastollan® TPU portfolio – a versatile, high performance thermoplastic polyurethane that offers all-around security for wire and cable applications in the aerospace, automotive and industrial markets.


BASF will provide two interactive presentations: “Thermoplastic polyurethane solutions for improved heat performance,” and “Thermoplastic polyurethane solutions for low smoke zero halogen (LSZH) flame retardant cable applications.”


Key technology and innovative product highlights at BASF’s TPU booth will include:


  • - Elastollan® 1185A10HFFR, a new low smoke, halogen free flame retardant TPU for high performance wire and cable applications.  A polyether-based TPU compound that complements the existing Elastollan FR TPU portfolio by providing more robust FR solutions, Elastollan 1185A10HFFR exhibits excellent abrasion resistance and toughness, very good low temperature flexibility, hydrolytic stability and fungus resistance.
  • - Elastollan® 785A10HPM, a new, high temperature TPU for continuous use at 150°C in automotive and wire and cable applications. A high performance TPU that provides excellent performance at high temperatures while exhibiting improved compression set, excellent surface reproducibility and resistance chemicals and fuels,  Elastollan® 785A10HPM has multifaceted haptic possibilities that range from velvety to leather-like and is available in several hardnesses. 


“TPE TopCon is not only the signature event for our industry; it also provides BASF with a great opportunity to showcase our newest TPU innovations for the aerospace and automotive sectors.  We take pride in showcasing a TPU product that helps plastics manufacturers differentiate their end use offerings and improves on end use consumer products,” said David Grimes, Business Director for Cellasto and TPU in North America.  


BASF works closely with end use manufacturers and engineers to apply its innovative chemistry and product ideas to develop customized formulations for the most demanding applications.  Elastollan TPU is available in polyester, polyether, and specialty grades, with new grades that perform at long term temperatures up to 150º C, as well as new low smoke zero halogen flame retardant grades passing aggressive large scale flame tests.    


To learn more about Elastollan TPU from BASF, visit


About BASF Polyurethanes

BASF is the leading supplier of Polyurethane Solutions for systems, specialties and PU basic products. With its global network of 38 polyurethane system houses and its comprehensive product and service portfolio, BASF is the preferred partner of its customers in many industries. The BASF brand “Polyurethane Solutions” represents over 40 years of experience of the market and technology leadership for Polyurethane Systems.


In the extremely service-oriented business of polyurethane systems and specialties, reliable PU experience and competence are crucial. Through its system house network, BASF provides fast local support, from technical service and sales to production and marketing during the development of customized solutions. With its world-scale plants, BASF secures its leading market position in the production of polyurethane basic products in all regions of the world.


Polyurethanes make life more comfortable, safer and more pleasant while helping to save energy sustainably. They contribute towards improved insulation of buildings and more attractive, lightweight design of cars. Producers of shoes, mattresses and household goods as well as sports equipment use the unique advantages of polyurethanes provided with the knowledge and expertise of the polyurethane experts of BASF world-wide.


BASF - The Chemical Company

BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 16,000 employees in North America, and had sales of $20 billion in 2011. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit .


BASF is the world’s leading chemical company: The Chemical Company. Its portfolio ranges from chemicals, plastics, performance products and crop protection products to oil and gas. We combine economic success, social responsibility and environmental protection. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Our products and system solutions contribute to conserving resources, ensuring healthy food and nutrition and helping to improve the quality of life. We have summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future. BASF posted sales of about €73.5 billion in 2011 and had more than 111,000employees as of the end of the year. Further information on BASF is available on the Internet at


®Elastollan is a registered trademark of BASF SE.