Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) is a highly versatile elastomer with unique properties that offer both superior performance and processing flexibility. TPU is the ideal polymer for applications in a wide variety of markets, including footwear, adhesives and specialty molding. TPU has been providing benefits to designers, manufacturers and end users for over 50 years.
The key to TPU’s versatility is that its hardness can be highly customized. TPU can be as soft as rubber or as hard as rigid plastics. The look and feel of TPU is just as versatile. It can be transparent or colored as well as smooth to the touch or provide grip. In addition to this adaptability, TPU can have a number of prized physical properties, including abrasion resistance, optical clarity and durability.