Pittsburgh, September 20, 2017 — Textile manufacturers often rely on high-performance materials to create innovative solutions. Among these are polyurethane materials, which play an integral role in transforming fabrics used in everyday applications. To this end, Covestro offers a variety of polyurethane materials that provide comfort, sustainability and durability for medical textiles, apparel, footwear and more.
Covestro will showcase its materials portfolio for the fabric industry at the 2017 Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo, September 26-29, 2017, in New Orleans. Here’s a preview of what visitors will see at Covestro’s booth (A318).
Sustainable polyurethane technology for apparel and footwear
Covestro supplies high-performance, solvent-free polyurethanes for a more sustainable coated textile. The company will highlight its INSQIN® waterborne polyurethane technology, which enables a new level of material sustainability for polyurethane-coated fabrics in the apparel and footwear industry. A recent Life Cycle Assessment demonstrates that using a waterborne polyurethane, such as INSQIN®, to manufacture polyurethane synthetic textile significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the material by 45 percent.
Using a more sustainable manufacturing process, INSQIN® reduces pollution and uses 95 percent less water and 50 percent less energy. This technology also allows for enhancements in design, comfort and performance while offering durability and breathability. Visitors to Covestro’s booth can see INSQIN® technology in action with PUMA’s evoPower Vigor 1 soccer shoe. Topaz-DOTS, a coating technology based on INSQIN®, is applied to both sides of a spandex upper material, contributing to the shoe’s design and functionality.
Tailor-made films for textiles
Covestro will also showcase its diverse portfolio of Dureflex® thermoplastic polyurethane films, which can be custom-engineered to achieve desired characteristics. When laminated to fabric, Dureflex® films offer water resistance, low noise and breathability to sports and leisure apparel. These films can also be used as multi-layer tapes to seal textile seams, keeping jackets or trousers watertight. Additionally, Dureflex® hot melt films are ideal for manufacturing multi-layer home textiles, such as textile wallpapers. Visitors to Covestro’s booth can see a variety of samples from the Dureflex® portfolio.
Innovative raw materials for medical applications
Baymedix® raw materials from Covestro are used to create sustainable, waterborne textile coatings. Often used in wound care and health care wearables, these breathable coatings are waterproof, resistant against disinfectants and bodily fluids, and feature chemical stability coupled with a soft, textile-like touch. Several examples of medical textiles and nonwovens utilizing Baymedix® raw materials will be on display.
Covestro will also share its expertise as part of the Advanced Textiles Conference. Bentley Mah, senior technical sales specialist, Baymedix®, Covestro LLC, will present “Sustainable Coatings for Medical Textiles” on Tuesday, September 26 at 4 p.m. Mah will discuss how raw materials from Covestro provide good haptics and enhanced stability toward disinfectants in applications such as surgical wear, hospital bed linen and medical bandages.
Attendees at the IFAI Expo are encouraged to visit Covestro’s booth (A318) to learn more about the company’s diverse materials offering for the fabric industry.
About Covestro LLC:
Covestro LLC is one of the leading producers of high-performance polymers in North America and is part of the global Covestro business, which is among the world’s largest polymer companies with 2016 sales of EUR 11.9 billion. 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, construction, wood processing and furniture, electrical and electronics, and medical industries. Other sectors include sports and leisure, cosmetics and the chemical industry itself. Covestro has 30 production sites worldwide and employed approximately 15,600 people at the end of 2016.
Sarah Schade, Phone: +1 412 413 5843
INSQIN®, Dureflex® and Baymedix® are registered trademarks of Covestro.
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