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Milliken has it in the bag with new Tumi project

News International-French

22 Feb 2012

Milliken & Company today announced it plans to supply its Tegris
material to Tumi for a new premium travel collection known as Tegra-Lite.

Tegra-Lite combines an industrial aesthetic look, with a design that is 65 percent lighter than fiberglass composites and has up to 15 times the impact resistance of typical thermoplastic composites, far exceeding other comparable pieces of commercial hard-sided cases on the market today.



The new travel collection uses Milliken’s Tegris thermoplastic composite product to enhance the overall performance characteristics of the cases. Working together, the two companies have combined their expertise in performance materials and manufacturing to design, develop, and launch this new Tumi line.


Due to its excellent stiffness-to-weight ratio and exceptional impact performance, Tegris has a wide variety of useful applications, including use in watercrafts, motorsport vehicles, and protective armor.

Additionally, Tegris offers these benefits:

Impact Resistance — Tegris provides two to 15 times the improvement in impact resistance over typical thermoplastic and thermoplastics composites. It is used as an armor solution against ballistic threats.

Recyclability — Tegris is fully compatible with polypropylene recycle streams.

Glass-Free — Tegris is free from the safety and processing issues associated with glass-filled composites, namely skin irritation and tool wear.

Design Flexibility — Tegris allows for the creation of a wide variety of composite structures. A single layer of Tegris fabric is 0.005" (0.132 mm) thick and weighs 0.02 lbs/ft² (0.11 Kg/m²), which enables composites to be “tuned” to a high degree of precision based on impact or stiffness requirements.



About Milliken

 Milliken is an innovation company that has been exploring, discovering, and creating ways to enhance people’s lives since 1865. Our community of innovators has developed one of the larger collections of United States patents held by a private U.S. company. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines including specialty chemical, floor covering, and performance materials, we work around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and make this world more sustainable.


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