Bayer presents high-performance polyurethanes for tomorrow’s textiles

Waterborne polyurethane technology and a dedicated approach to markets and customers

Atlanta, May 13 — The textiles industry is undergoing a dramatic change toward increased sustainability to address social and environmental challenges. Retailers and manufacturers have growing interest in textiles that are produced using processes and chemistries that are state-of-the-art with respect to minimizing impact on people and the environment.

New raw materials are essential to helping the textiles industry bring innovative consumer and industrial goods to market. With more than 75 years of experience in polyurethane (PU) development and offering close cooperation with industry collaborators to drive changes, Bayer MaterialScience has developed a complete product range for a large number of synthetic leather and specialty coated textile materials that find use in footwear, apparel & accessories for fashion and sport, in automotive interiors and in diverse technical and industrial applications.

Waterborne polyurethane dispersions enable high-performance, reduced environmental impact

In recent years Bayer has focused its development of products for textile applications in the area of waterborne polyurethane dispersions – coating materials that do not utilize solvents.

The products have now reached such a stage of development that they enable synthetic leather and coated textiles producers an enormous range of possibilities of hand feel, look, mechanical and chemical durability, while at the same time permitting the conversion to manufacturing processes that don’t use solvents and may also consume less energy and less water.

A new global setup to maximize innovation and speed

Recognizing the increasing pace of change in the textiles industry, Bayer MaterialScience realigned its approach to the market, creating a global team of textiles industry experts dedicated to serving this sector. The company also counts on multi-purpose pilot coating line facilities that make for a strong material development capability that benefits textile manufacturers and the different industries that consume textiles, from fashion and sports to automotive and other industries.

“With our people, our setup and our development facilities we are able to offer textile industry players an extremely high level of service, particularly when it comes to the development of brand new types of materials,” said Nicholas Smith, global head, Textile Coatings, Bayer MaterialScience. “We are helping them fulfill both product innovation goals and sustainability goals.”

Textiles professionals and decision makers can learn more about these innovative and sustainable textile coating solutions at the Bayer booth (#1512) during Techtextil North America May 13-15 in Atlanta.

About Bayer MaterialScience LLC:

Bayer MaterialScience LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance plastics in North America and is part of the global Bayer MaterialScience business with approximately 14,300 employees at 30 production sites around the world and 2013 sales of 11.2 billion euros. Bayer MaterialScience, a Bayer Group company, manufactures high-tech polymer materials and develops innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life. The main segments served are the automotive, electrical and electronics, construction, medical, and sports and leisure industries.

For more information about Bayer MaterialScience LLC’s coatings and adhesives technologies, call 412-777-3983 or visit www.bmsnafta.com/.

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