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ECOTPU - Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) from renewable sources applied in footwear

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The chemical industry has been using fossil resources, especially oil to produce products such as thermoplastic polyurethanes.

The present project aims to introduce in the footwear EU market a new family of polyurethanes made from renewable raw sources based on plants oil, with similar properties to those obtained from fossil fuels.

MERQUINSA will produce the raw ecoTPU for footwear. FORESTALI and RESIMOL will use the raw ecoTPU to make ecoTPU stiffeners and soles and, finally, PEDRO GARC√ćA will use these ecoTPU components to produce footwear. INESCOP will take care of footwear quality controls for the obtained components and shoes to ensure that the ecoTPU obtained products meet footwear standards.

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RELEASE 36 - ANQUE CONGRESS (SEVILLE, JUNE 2012)
DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES: INESCOP presented the new opportunities offered by the ECOTPU project within the footwear industry.
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RELEASE 35 - INTERNATIONAL SCIENTIFIC CONFERENCE (ORADEA, JUNE 2012)
DISSEMINATION ACTIVITIES: INESCOP participated in the conference "Innovative Solutions for Sustainable Development of Textiles and Leather Industry" so as to present new alternatives to conventianal TPU.
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