A polyurethane elastomer based on a new aliphatic isocyanate reportedly boasts elasticity, durability, and heat resistance superior to elastomers based on conventional isocyanates. Fortimo from Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. (Tokyo) will launch on April 2015.
New specialty PU elastomer will be manufactured at Mitsui Chemicals' Nagoya plant site in central Japan.
Based on 1,4-bis (isocyanatomethyl) cyclohexane (1,4-H6XDI), Fortimo is reportedly non-yellowing, and exhibits shorter molding times than conventional elastomers. Target applications include automotive, medical tubes, and high durability industrial materials. Production will initially commence at an existing facility with a new elastomer plant starting up in 2016 in Nagoya, Japan.