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Lubrizol Promotes Self-healing TPU at Design Chain @K 2016 Conference                                                                                                                                                                
CLEVELAND, August 31, 2016 - The Lubrizol Corporation's Engineered Polymers business announces that it will highlight Estane® VSN 9000, an innovative thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), at Design Chain @K which is being held October 24-25, 2016. Estane VSN 9000 TPU is designed to improve the performance of aesthetically-critical parts.

Estane VSN 9000 benefits designers through a set of unique technology attributes including:

  • Self-healing Capabilities: Scratches caused during production, handling and assembly of eyewear frames represent one of the major defects found in quality control.  The self-healing capabilities of Estane VSN 9000 help reduce these defects by enabling minor scratches and imperfections to be repaired.   
  • Excellent Dimension Stability: Estane VSN 9000 absorbs significantly less water (tested at 70°C for seven days) and shows more uniform shrinkage than Nylon or PA, providing improved dimensional control, essential to ensuring superior fit and functional properties.
  • Chemical Resistance: Estane VSN 9000 offers better chemical resistance to sunscreens, lotions, hand creams and other frequently encountered substances, surpassing that of Nylon 12 and Polycarbonate, for improved aesthetics throughout the life of the eyewear frame.

David Pascual, Lubrizol Engineered Polymers' global market segment manager - industrial notes, "In recent years advanced materials have emerged and are having a major impact on the design of products around us. Our Estane VSN 9000 is a self-healing material that improves initial as well as long-wear aesthetics. This material also makes it possible to form parts that can outperform traditional materials as it can withstand aggressive chemical and mechanical attacks, thereby enabling longer-lasting aesthetics. These properties benefits producers as well as end consumers."

The Design Chain @K conference will be held in Messe Düsseldorf on the 24-25 of October 2016 alongside the K 2016 trade show, the highlight of the plastics and rubber industry, which takes place 19-26 of October. At K 2016, Lubrizol will showcase its latest innovations for extrusion, molding and adhesives applications, exhibiting at Booth Hall 6 / A23 with its distributor VELOX GmbH. 

About Lubrizol Engineered Polymers

With more than 55 years of experience and a worldwide network that includes formulation design, manufacturing, R&D and cutting-edge technologies, Lubrizol Engineered Polymers offers one of the broadest portfolios of engineered polymers available today including resins that are bio-based*, recyclable**, light stable, flame retardant, adhesive, chemically resistant, optically clear and fast cycling. Our technology crosses many industries and applications, including surface protection, power and fluid systems, sports and recreation, wearable devices, electronics and automotive. For more information, visit or contact

About The Lubrizol Corporation
The Lubrizol Corporation, a Berkshire Hathaway company, is a technology-driven global company that combines complex, specialty chemicals to optimize the quality, performance and value of customers' products while reducing their environmental impact. It produces and supplies technologies to customers in the global transportation, industrial and consumer markets. These technologies include lubricant additives for engine oils, driveline and other transportation-related fluids, industrial lubricants, as well as additives for gasoline and diesel fuel. In addition, Lubrizol makes ingredients and additives for home care and personal care products and specialty materials encompassing polymer and coatings technologies, along with polymer-based pharmaceutical and medical device solutions. Our products for the oilfield market include technologies for exploration, production and transportation.

With headquarters in Wickliffe, Ohio, Lubrizol owns and operates manufacturing facilities in 17 countries, as well as sales and technical offices around the world. Founded in 1928, Lubrizol has approximately 9,000 employees worldwide. Revenues for 2015 were $7 billion. For more information, visit
*Bio-based content as certified in accordance with ASTM D-6866.
**Recyclability is based on access to a readily available standard recycling program that supports such materials. Products may not be available in all areas.

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Lubrizol's Estane® VSN 9000 applied in high-end eyewear frames.

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Michael Priola
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The Lubrizol Corporation

Lidia Valcarcel
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Lubrizol Advanced Materials Inc.

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