07 Apr 05
Huntsman leads through innovation

Footwear companies looking for innovative products for their new collections should head straight for the Huntsman stand (Hall 35 / Stand B1) at the Simac footwear exhibition in Bologna, Italy.

Huntsman Polyurethanes is a world leader in the application of MDI-based technology for footwear applications, with an un-paralleled range of products.  New developments on show this year will include the latest developments in low density midsoles for safety boots meeting CEN specifications.  Utilizing market proven SUPRASEC prepolymer technology, this two-component system provides easy processing on all conventional production, enabling manufacturers to offer high quality, lighter weight products to their customers.

In addition, recent improvements to the already established fully water-blown polyether soling range will be un-veiled.  In light of future changes to European legislation on the use of ozone depleting blowing agents, this extended range allows manufacturers to take the ultimate step and eliminate them completely.

As in previous years, Huntsman will also be at Lineapelle (Hall 21 / Stand A47) showcasing recent developments in the smartLite® range of high quality, light-weight thermoplastic soling solutions.  Created for the top end of the footwear market, smartLite offers footwear brands a unique combination of good-looking, comfortable soling with outstanding wear performance. Advances towards softer materials along with impressive slip resistance testing results, will also be presented.

April 26 -29 2005     
Hall 35 Stand B1
Bologna, Italy
CONTACTS:Rachel Leigh/Lynda Heath 
Ash Communications
London, UK, (44) 20 7734 5666

April 26-28 2005
Hall 21 Stand A47
Bologna, Italy

CONTACTS: Craig Roberts/Tania Van Buyten
Huntsman Polyurethanes
Everberg, Belgium, (32) 2 758 9874

Editor’s notes

Huntsman Polyurethanes, an international business unit of Huntsman International LLC, produces chemicals and systems for customers in the construction, refrigeration insulation, packaging, automotive seating and interiors, furniture, footwear, composite wood products, thermoplastic polyurethanes (TPU) and adhesives, coatings and elastomers (ACE) markets.

smartLite® is a registered trademark of Huntsman International LLC in one or more, but not all, countries

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For more information or to arrange an interview with a representative from the Huntsman Polyurethanes team please contact:
Tania Van Buyten at Huntsman Polyurethanes by telephone on +32 2 758 9874 or by e-mail at

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