Chemie-Plast/Huntsman: TPU for filament makers

Huntsman Polyurethanes has extended its cooperation with Chemie-Plast, one of its long-standing distribution partners in Europe. As part of a new agreement, Chemie-Plast will sell Irogran TPU pellets to filament makers in Europe that want to create high quality spools of TPU materials for 3D printing and additive manufacturing projects.

Chemie-Plast sells Huntsman’s Irogran TPU pellets to filament makers in Europe. (Source: Huntsman)

Chemie-Plast will be selling various grades of soft, flexible Irogran TPU to filament makers. Main and already validated products include:

  • Irogran A 78 E 4723 – a polyester-based material with a shore hardness of A78, for filaments that are quick and easy to print – despite their softness
  • Irogran A 85 P 4441 – a hydrolysis resistant polyether-based material with a matte finish and a shore hardness of A85
  • Irogran A 92 E 4694 – a polyester-based material with a shore hardness of A92 that can be used to make filaments that are very fast to print.

Michael Kolm, Sales Excellence Manager TPU EAIME at Huntsman, said: “We know from our work in the additive manufacturing sector, that there are some filament makers that want to add a TPU solution into their product portfolio. Many lack a soft TPU or indeed any kind of TPU in their offer. Our deal with Chemie-Plast enables filament makers in Europe to produce their own spools using our Irogran TPU pellets, and white label them as their own. Our Irogran TPU pellets make it possible for filament makers to create soft spools that are functional and durable as well as economical and easy to print.”

Kirsten Müller-Mohme, Managing Director at Chemie-Plast, said: “This is an exciting step forward in our relationship with Huntsman, which began back in 1982. We look forward to working with the team at Huntsman to increase the use of its TPU materials across the additive manufacturing market in Europe.”

Huntsman entered the 3D printing market in 2019 with the launch of its Iroprint additive manufacturing materials – a range of filament, resin and powder products for fused filament fabrication (FFF), stereolithography (SLA) and high speed sintering printing techniques. The Iroprint additive manufacturing range is based on materials adapted from the Irogran TPU product portfolio.