Tuesday - May 9, 2017

Success stories on display at TechTextil 2017

Covestro to showcase successful commercialization with PUMA’s evoPOWER Vigor 1

INSQIN® waterborne PU technology hits major milestone in commercialization / Platilon® high performance specialty film portfolio is expanded for a greater variety of textile applications / Shoe combining 2D and 3D digital printing technology among exhibits

World-leading polymer materials supplier Covestro will showcase its recent success stories and new developments at TechTextil 2017 from May 9 to 12 in Frankfurt, Germany. At the International Trade Fair for Technical Textiles and Nonwovens Covestro will display sustainable and innovative applications including PUMA’s latest-generation evoPOWER Vigor 1 football boot.

These successes not only show Covestro’s innovation in product and application development, but also its determination to collaborate with partners from the value chain to broaden the use of sustainable textiles across different industries.

Commercial success with INSQIN® waterborne PU technology
Covestro teamed up with Trans-Textil to support PUMA in the creation of its latest offering. The evoPOWER Vigor 1 uses PUMA’s Accufoam technology which consists of three-dimensional, diamond shaped dots called Topaz dots. These dots are based on Covestro’s INSQIN® waterborne polyurethane technology and give the boot its unique look and characteristics.

Also on display at the fair will be materials for a diverse range of coated textile applications for a number of end-use markets including automotive, apparel and footwear, and industrial safety gloves. In every case, Covestro technology brings functionality, enables design and contributes to improved sustainability with respect to traditional coatings.

"At Covestro we have a passion for collaboration," said Nick Smith, Global Head of Textile Coatings, Covestro. "Our art is to marry functionality and design while taking care of sustainability. In the past, brands and manufacturers had to make trade-offs between these three areas. Today, with innovation and strong commitment to sustainability, we help companies enjoy all three."

“Our partnerships with Europe’s leading brands and OEMs not only showcase innovation rooted in the pursuit for a more sustainable future, but also Covestro’s ability to serve a wide range of industries with great success,” said Thomas Michaelis, Head of Textile Coating in the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Latin America region at Covestro; and one of the judges of the 2017 Future Textiles Award.

Success stories in specialty film, 2D and 3D printing
At TechTextil 2017 visitors can witness exciting applications of Platilon®, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) high performance specialty films made for a variety of textile applications, including fashion, automotive and light-sensing.

For the fashion industry, the flexible and formable properties of Platilon® make it a reliable choice for embedding electronics into smart clothing. The films are resistant to standard etching and imaging processes, and show good adhesion to electrical circuits. For automotive applications, Platilon® VPT9074 is particularly well suited as a carrier for flexible laminated electronics and can be an optimum choice for the production of heating systems and other electronic components for latest models of vehicles.

Digital printing is a technology that will surely play an important role in textile. By offering automation and printing on a digital base customers can experience waste reduction, individualization and automation on a large scale.

3D printing offers manufacturers the potential to efficiently produce complex or individualized parts on a massive scale. At TechTextil 2017 visitors can see a shoe upper where a TPU filament has been 3D printed, then hot-stamped on a fabric. This provides in one step unique advantages such as freedom of design, the ability to change colors at will and the opportunity to play with surface touch and feel.

About Covestro:
With 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion, Covestro is among the world’s largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction and the sports and leisure industries. Covestro, formerly Bayer MaterialScience, has 30 production sites around the globe and employs approximately 15,600 people (full-time equivalents) as of the end of 2016.

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