Covestro and Isotex partner on eco-PU textile technologies
Chemicals giant Covestro, previously known as Bayer MaterialScience, is joining forces with Isotex Engineering to develop new textile machinery to produce environmentally-friendly PU coated fabrics for industries including sportswear and fashion.
The two companies will focus on technologies for the optimal production of polyurethane (PU) synthetics, technical textiles, films and foams based on Covestro's Insqin waterborne and solvent-free polyurethane.
“Continuous innovation in textile machine technology is just as important for the industry as innovation in chemistry,” said Nicholas Smith, global head of textile coatings at Covestro.
Stefano Gallucci, CEO of Isotex Engineering and parent Santex Group added: “We believe waterborne products are the future. Technology and chemistry are ready after years of R&D efforts.”
Earlier this year Smith spoke with just-style about the need for a new collaborative approach to the uptake of new materials in the clothing and footwear supply chain. Click on the following link to read more: Reshaping material innovation in apparel and footwear.
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