At Bestol we work with world leaders in material innovation and work rigorously to ensure the quality of materials meet and exceed your design specifications.
Benefit from our expansive network of material suppliers, to keep you abreast of the latest material innovations for your product needs.
And when the right material doesn’t exist, as it sometimes happens, Bestol’s Development Team will work with you to create it.
Polyurethane elastomers (PU) are part of the polyurethane group and are formed by combining hard (isocyanate) and elastic (polyol) parts, and changing these selections creates the superior qualities of the polyurethane elastomers. Urethane elastomers are strong and durable and are best suited for applications where flexibility, elasticity, and abrasion resistance are important.
Urethane Elastomers are cross-linked systems with high elasticity and tensile strength that allow them to maintain their shape when stretched. They can be formulated to be highly resilient, returning most of the energy back to the source or to be very dissipative, converting most of the impact energy into heat. This raises the temperature of the urethane part, and making urethane gel a good thermal insulator.
This fluid-like property and energy dissipation makes for excellent cushioning, which makes urethane elastomers ideal for applications like footwear, foot care, sports protection and vibration dampening.
Our elastomer material capabilities, state-of-the-art equipment and capable engineering team ensures, precision and quality and reliability in delivering innovative products for our customers.
EVA Foam Ethylene-vinyl acetate copolymer (EVA) is one of the most common materials used in the manufacturer of foot beds due it’s light weight, and cost-effectiveness. EVA is soft, light, flexible, and easily moldable and one of the most cost effective, best shock absorption materials available today.
It’s ideal for many footwear, foot care and sports performance applications.
EVA is considered ecologically “friendly” as it doesn’t require chlorine in it’s manufacture, and can be readily recycled into other products. Bestol manufactures with an extensive range of EVA foam composites, and we look forward to helping you on your next molded foam project.
Rogers Corporation PORON® Foams have excellent compression-set resistance and high resilience and offer a broad range of design advantages for those engineers who are involved in foot wear and foot care design. Poron® Foams are available in a variety of thicknesses and formulation combinations for added design freedom. A perfect material for insoles & orthotics, footwear and sports applications, PORON® Foams are a superior choice performance, comfort and shock absorption.
PORON® Foams benefits include:
- Resilience: PORON® does not compress or break down like other foams and generally are durable for the life of the product.
- Excellent Compression Set: PORON® is a flexible, lightweight material and offers some of the highest degree of comfort in the industry.
- Open cell breathable: Being open cell PORON® is breathable and wicks moisture away from the skin.
- Energy Dissipation: PORON® Cushioning Materials provide superior shock absorption, and energy dissipation. It consistently outperforms other foams and is a material of choice for performance, medical and cushioning applications in footwear and foot care.
D3O technology is currently used worldwide by leading sportswear, electronics, and industrial brands to enhance performance and protection qualities. D3O is a patented technology that delivers rate-sensitive, soft, flexible materials with high shock absorbing properties ideal for performance and impact protection products.
Founded on non-Newtonian principles, their molecular structure enables the material to lock on impact, dissipating the resulting force and consequently reducing the risk of injury. When it comes to sportswear, footwear and foot care, D3O is a pioneer in the development of shock absorbing ‘smart materials’ that deliver maximum protection while retaining optimal flexibility, with no compromise on comfort.
Thermoplastic Elastomers (TPEs) are the premier choice of soft, elastic materials due to their robust properties, appealing costs and versatility. They can endure considerable stretching while still maintaining their structural integrity; and are true thermoplastics that do not require vulcanization. On the hardness spectrum, they can range from quite rigid to soft, tactile and gel-like Thermoplastic elastomers are ubiquitous and can be seen in action all around us.
This versatile polymer is ideal for many applications and can be customized for your manufacturing needs. TPEs are resilient yet soft to the touch and are a commonly chosen polymer for grippy plastics like those found in sports and exercise equipment. And like plastic, TPEs can be colored, making them applicable to a range of products from toys to medical equipment, and indeed footwear and foot care.
The softness of TPE’s can make it difficult to properly bond them to harder materials via over-molding. Fortunately, Bestol are experts at over-molding, and can produce complex parts for diverse industries and applications using these versatile materials. We have the skills and experience to achieve the tight tolerances over-molded products require, regardless of complexity.
Neoprene™ is a synthetic rubber, sometimes referred to as polychloroprene or CR (chloroprene rubber). The trade name Neoprene ™ was coined by DuPont when they developed the polymer in the 1930s. It’s now the most recognizable term in many industries. Neoprene™ rubber is a stable, multipurpose product that provides protection in a wide variety of sports, environmental and industrial applications.
Neoprene™ rubber can withstand significant physical stress, exhibits very good mechanical strength and is moisture and weather resistant – making it the polymer of choice for wetsuits and diving gear. It’s also an ideal material for sports, recovery, support and industrial applications exposed to moisture, sunlight, ozone, oxidation, rain and snow. Neoprene™ rubber is also abrasion resistant, which makes it a great choice for sand and dust protection. Work with Bestol and see how our neoprene rubber compounds can be used to create the quality neoprene dip-molded, sewn or laminated products you need – our project managers and engineers are there to guide you through the whole process.