Kasodur: Our source of local TPR
KMA SA Marketing is the proud marketer of Kasodur TPR.
Thermoplastic rubber is a class of copolymers or a physical mix of polymers (usually a plastic and a rubber) which consist of materials with both thermoplastic and elastomeric properties.
Here is a snippet from the Kasodur Newsletter this month:
“Wellington (SA) – Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) manufacturer Kasodur has entered the thermoplastic rubber (TPR) market, specifically with unit soles for the footwear industry in mind.
In a statement, MD Alan Richards said: “After 25 years of making TPU locally, Kasodur has recently started compounding quality TPR grades in their Wellington factory in addition to their Kasothan TPU grades.
Successful trials have been run over the last 6 months and we are now geared up for full production with marketing to be handled by Greg Daniel and his team at KMA SA Marketing.
A high percentage of TPR used in the footwear industry is imported and Kasodur/KMA SA Marketing intend to focus on larger clients using imported material, many of whom have used the Kasothan brand of TPU for many years and accordingly don’t need to be sold on the quality and service offered to local converters. Being the only compounder in the Cape, we are well placed to service the local market quickly and efficiently.
Under the brand Kasoprene, TPR of various grades and hardnesses are available in natural, black and pre-coloured when called for.By our estimate, 60% of the TPR used in the footwear industry is imported, and what with exchange rates and conditions in offshore markets, we hope our timing is spot on in targeting import replacements.”
Snippet from the Kasodur Newsletter No. 12 -March 29 2016 – Footwear and Leather Goods / African Leather