Trinseo Introduces First Ester-Based TPU For Footwear Applications

September 12, 2023

Trinseo Introduces First Ester-Based TPU For Footwear Applications

Transparency and production efficiency, plus enhanced form, function and trend scalability

Pfäffikon, Switzerland – Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a specialty materials solutions provider, announces the launch of a new transparent thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) grade for footwear applications. The APILON™ 52 XB-75A CRISTALLO is Trinseo’s first ester-based transparent thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), and an important addition to the company’s growing portfolio of solutions for fashion & footwear. The new grade, APILON™ 52 XB-75A CRISTALLO will be introduced to the market at the 2023 Simac Tanning Tech, the premier tradeshow dedicated to footwear & fashion in Milan, Italy, scheduled from September 19-21, 2023.

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APILON™ 52 XB-75A CRISTALLO fills a unique need in the footwear industry by delivering transparent TPU for outsoles and shoe parts while also offering excellent processability and fast cycle times using injection molding technology. This new grade also delivers high weatherability, color consistency and superior mechanical performance when compared to more traditional ether-based TPU.

“Our TPU solutions for footwear and apparel have long been recognized by the industry for their strong performance, and our TPE center of excellence in Mussolente is a world-class facility for the development and manufacturing of elastomers. With the new APILON™ 52 XB-75A CRISTALLO, we are adding a new solution on that great foundation, a solution that will enable us to better serve footwear manufacturers and help them keep up with the trends," said Marlie Koekenberg, Sales Director EMEA.

APILON™ 52 XB-75A CRISTALLO is joining a robust portfolio of solutions for the footwear market, which also includes a broad array of bio-based and recycled-content containing resins to support the industry’s sustainability efforts. Trinseo’s thermoplastic product portfolio provides a combination of durability, softness, flexibility, and high quality, all while allowing for more efficient processing which helps improve speed-to-market and overall productivity.  

About Trinseo

Trinseo (NYSE: TSE), a specialty material solutions provider, partners with companies to bring ideas to life in an imaginative, smart and sustainably focused manner by combining its premier expertise, forward-looking innovations and best-in-class materials to unlock value for companies and consumers. From design to manufacturing, Trinseo taps into decades of experience in diverse material solutions to address customers’ unique challenges in a wide range of industries, including building and construction, consumer goods, medical and mobility. Trinseo’s approximately 3,400 employees bring endless creativity to reimagining the possibilities with clients all over the world from the company’s locations in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. Trinseo reported net sales of approximately $5.0 billion in 2022. Discover more by visiting and connecting with Trinseo on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and WeChat.

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Press Contact:
Radu Botoaca,Trinseo
Tel: +49 6196 969 3025

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