Huntsman's TPU Elastomers Helping in the Frontline Fight against COVID-19

May 18 2020

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Huntsman has been producing thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) elastomers for manufacturers of essential medical personal protective equipment (PPE) around the world. Huntsman’s TPUs are being used to produce hospital gowns, face masks, mattress covers, tubes, valves, cable jackets and, notably, powered air purifying respirators (PAPR).

Widely used throughout the world, PAPR is a type of breathing apparatus that provides frontline health care workers a very high level of protection against viruses such as COVID-19. The battery-powered PAPR purifies contaminated air through a filter mounted on a PAPR blower unit that delivers clean air through a lightweight breathing hose into the wearer’s head covering.

BioThane, a manufacturer of coated webbing located in North Ridgeville, Ohio, makes the waist belts that hold the PAPR battery pack in place. Huntsman’s IROGRAN TPU coats the webbing, ensuring the highly durable belts is easy to thoroughly clean. Additionally, BioThane uses the same TPU-coated webbing to create systems for other patient transfer applications where scrubbable materials are vital.

Ethan Bron, President of BioThane, said: “We have been serving medical and safety markets for decades and sincerely appreciate and thank the frontline workers for their dedication. We are working hard to supply the belting required for these applications to ensure they have access to the PPE they so urgently need.”

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