[image_0]At its European manufacturing headquarters in Oudenaarde, Belgium, Samsonite is using grades from Huntsman's Irogran range to produce parts for its Lite-Locked, Lite-Cube, Cosmolite, Firelite and Chronolite luggage carriers. Samsonite produces premium quality luggage that is robust, lightweight and durable. In its pursuit for innovation and quality, the company was keen to start sourcing more of its raw materials from Huntsman. Specifically it wanted an extremely reliable new material to bond to a polyamide handle. Samsonite's product development experts were very clear about their requirements. The material needed to offer good tear strength that could withstand cuts, abrasion and general wear while being soft to touch and aesthetically attractive. Following recommendations by IMCD, one of Huntsman's key distribution partners, Samsonite decided to run trials with the Irogran TPU that forms excellent bonds to other materials. The TPU in question offered all the processing properties Samsonite required, including high shear rate resistance in the tool during molding and good strength at higher demolding temperatures. As well as being soft to touch with a matt, dry-feel surface quality, the finished material has an attractive appearance. It is also resistant to scratching, marring and doesn't show sweat marks or residues. Supported by Huntsman's technical development team, Samsonite ran a series of product trials. Following positive results, Irogran TPU was introduced for full-scale production of handles for Samsonite's premium Lite-Locked and Lite-Cube models. In addition, Samsonite has switched to using the same Irogran TPU material for the production of hinges on its Cosmolite, Firelite and Chronolite models. Rik Hillaert, Vice President, Manufacturing and Development at Samsonite, said: "Continual innovation is key to Samsonite's success. We are constantly striving to improve our products with new designs and features, adapted to the needs of consumers in different markets, while staying true to the Group's core values of lightness, strength and functionality. We have been very pleased with Huntsman's technical support and delighted with the results achieved with Irogran TPU.Samsonite International S.A. is a renowned travel luggage company, with a heritage dating back more than 100 years. Its products retail at more than 46,000 points of sale in over 100 countries worldwide.