CoHaMa / BASF: Hand straps made with TPU for trains

CoHaMa Co., Ltd. has introduced hand straps made with BASF’s Elastollan thermoplastic polyurethane. Compared with PVC, Elastollan 1185A 10 HFFR meets industry standards for flame retardancy as per UL94V0 requirements as well as low smoke density and low toxicity, in accordance with EN standard EN45545-2. Additionally, owing to its flexibility and resistance to long term stress, the material solution can be widely used for other rail transportation and aerospace applications.

Elastollan 1185A 10 HFFR possesses high fatigue and tensile strength while providing good haptics and abrasion resistance. (Source: BASF)

“This is a great success for BASF and CoHaMa for TPU in rail transporation. Flame retardancy, low smoke density, and excellent durability are key considerations when we design environmentally friendly and safe products for passengers,” said Peter Jang, General Manager, CoHaMa Group.

“Our state-of-art TPU technology has already been widely used in the wire and cable application for automotive and personal electronic devices. With the successful launch of the hand strap application, we have again demonstrated our ability to be a total solutions provider by offering the best material solution and technical service for process and quality management. In turn, we expect this will further strengthen our footprint in the public transportation market,” said Desmond Long, Vice President, Business Management Transportation, Performance Materials Asia Pacific, BASF.