Orthopaedics / footwear industry• Protective layer on toes of alpine, hiking and safety footwear
• Anti-slip layer under orthopaedic soles
• Anti-slip layer under overshoes
TPU from Vreeberg is ‘foamed’. This technique enables a considerable weight reduction to be achieved, and yet the resistance to wear is superior to that of other flexible materials, such as rubber.
The foamed TPU that we produce is recyclable. Scrap material from production is re-used, and we also accept scrap materials returned by customers.
TPU is easier to process than rubber and can be readily formed around irregular shapes, such as a shoe. The stiffness of rubber is a limitation on its suitability.
Soft and flexible to the touch
Pleasant tactile experience, suitable for ‘soft touch’ surfaces.
No skid marks
TPU leaves no skid marks, making it a great choice for footwear and anti-slip feet for furniture.
Also suitable for water-based adhesives
TPU is suitable for both solvent and water-based adhesives.
TPU is also harmed by contact with oils and fats, making it less suitable for applications in the food industry.
Moreover, the material is less suitable for fire-retardant or extinguishing applications. This is because the addition of a flame retardant adversely affects the flexibility of TPU.
Do you have the need for a thin, elastic film? Vreeberg also produces TPE: Thermoplastic Elastomer