In the world of polyurethanes, the theme of renewable sources is making headway in research applied to the sector, also because of the increasing demand in the market for solutions with greater sustainability. In this setting, standing out is the proposal of Aipol, a Marches manufacturer of thermoplastic polyurethane for polymerisation, which at Simac presented two new product families from renewable sources of vegetable origins. “For the former, – explain the company’s representatives – we have had positive experiences with synthetic leathers. For the latter, aimed at the traditional market of footwear, we developed materials with excellent properties, despite a significant use of renewable resources, accounting for up to 50%”.
It’s a completely new field, both for the company and its suppliers, requiring great efforts in the development of solutions that were as close as possible – for their physical-mechanical features and workability – to traditional ones. Helpful to the Aipol research laboratories was its past experience with “quickly cooled flames” already of interest to the market in terms of renewability. Today, with the market expressing a seemingly more solid and longer-lasting interest, Aipol has decided to focus on the use of renewable sources of vegetable origins, which for now are still connected to food. However, its future goals are to also go beyond this and identify alternatives vegetable sources.
“We have developed products with better performance than traditional ones – comments the company – Our experience has helped us to reconcile such solutions with both physical-mechanical and aesthetic properties, because ultimately we move in a world that is connected to fashion and footwear. We can accordingly say that this family of products from renewable sources combines performance, aesthetics, and productivity”.