Huntsman Polyurethanes is expanding its footwear Development Centre in Everberg, Belgium with the installation of new machinery from MainGroup and Desma, providing a more comprehensive facility to customers to develop new models and prototype samples.

The MainGroup Polaris machine boosts the development of Huntsman's new performance and design-friendly soling material, Avalon lite. The new double injection machine will be used to implement specific customer trials responding to the market demand for lighter, durable and attractive soling solutions.

The new Avalon Lite concept offers a design-led, robust soling material, enabling producers to enjoy many benefits, including sophisticated sole definition, a rubber look and feel, plus outstanding wear resistance.