Tokyo – Mitsui Chemicals is using JEC World 2019 to launch a new stereospecific diisocyanate, as well as new seating products made from it in a concept car.
The material is branded Fortimo, and is described as being a ‘polyurethane elastomer created from a novel diisocyanate’,
The product, 1,4,-H6HDI, is supplied as a trans-rich product. It is designed for use in automotive, clothing, medical tubing, and high durability industrial parts. It can compete with existing thermoplastic and thermoset polyurethanes, said the company.
A cushion and table top of the concept vehicle are both made from the material. It is elastic, heat resistant and light stable, said Mitsui. Additionally, it is being combined with carbon fibre to produce a tactile material designed for a user’s sensory experience and value with keeping high functionality such as durability, impact resistance.
Separately at JEC, Mitsui will be outlining a new carbon fibre-reinforced plastic material with a polyurethane matrix. This offers greater impact resistance lower VOC emissions than traditional epoxy-carbon composites, the company said. It added that most of the other properties of its material and epoxy-matrix CFRP were similar. However, polyurethane-matrix materials had greater design freedom than epoxy materials.
JEC World is being held in Paris on 12-14 March.