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Lubrizol at CHINAPLAS 2016: Promotes Self-healing TPU for High-end Eyewear Frames

Published on 2016-04-26. Author : SpecialChem

CLEVELAND -- The Lubrizol Corporation's Engineered Polymers business highlights Estane® VSN 9000, an innovative thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), at CHINAPLAS 2016, which is being held April 25-28, 2016. Estane VSN 9000 TPU is designed to improve the aesthetics and performance of high-end eyewear frames.

Fig. 1: Lubrizol Corporation

Estane VSN 9000 benefits designers, brand owners and producers of premium eyewear through a set of unique technology attributes including:
  • Self-healing Capabilities: Scratches caused during production, handling and assembly of eyewear frames represent one of the major defects found in quality control. The self-healing capabilities of Estane VSN 9000 help reduce these defects by enabling minor scratches and imperfections to be repaired. 
  • Mechanical Properties: Estane VSN 9000 easily exceeds the "Pull Strength Test" (force > 150 lbs. to pass), demonstrating critical toughness and flexibility required for resistance to damage and long-term eyewear frame durability. 
  • Excellent Dimension Stability: Estane VSN 9000 absorbs significantly less water (tested at 70°C for seven days) and shows more uniform shrinkage than Nylon 12, providing improved dimensional control, essential to ensuring superior fit and functional properties.
  • Chemical Resistance: Estane VSN 9000 offers better chemical resistance to sunscreens, lotions, hand creams and other frequently encountered substances, surpassing that of Nylon 12 and Polycarbonate, for improved aesthetics throughout the life of the eyewear frame.

Penson Lin, Lubrizol industrial marketing manager, Asia Pacific, notes, "This innovative material is the only engineered thermoplastic with self-healing capabilities that we know of in the market today. Its purpose is to improve initial and long-wear aesthetics, fit and function of premium eyewear frames in ways that benefit brands, designers, producers and consumers. We're excited to demonstrate these benefits at CHINAPLAS 2016."

*Bio-based content as certified in accordance with ASTM D-6866.
**Recyclability is based on access to a readily available standard recycling program that supports such materials. Products may not be available in all areas.
All marks are owned by The Lubrizol Corporation.

About Lubrizol Engineered Polymers

With more than 55 years of experience and a worldwide network that includes formulation design, manufacturing, R&D and cutting-edge technologies, Lubrizol Engineered Polymers offers one of the broadest portfolios of engineered polymers available today including resins that are bio-based*, recyclable**, light stable, flame retardant, adhesive, chemically resistant, optically clear and fast cycling. Its technology crosses many industries and applications, including surface protection, power and fluid systems, sports and recreation, wearable devices, electronics and automotive.

About The Lubrizol Corporation

The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a technology-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers' products while reducing their environmental impact. It produces and supplies technologies to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, as well as additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care and personal care products and specialty materials encompassing polymer and coatings technologies, along with polymer-based pharmaceutical and medical device solutions. Its products for the oilfield market include technologies for exploration, production and transportation.

With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, Lubrizol owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2015 were $7 billion.

Source: Lubrizol Corporation

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