Huntsman steps up polyurethane developments for footwear applications

Organisations wanting to employ the very best soling solutions in future footwear collections should visit Huntsman Polyurethanes (Hall 35 / Stand B1) at Simac 2006 – the International Exhibition of Machines and Technologies for Footwear and Leather Goods Industries which takes place in Bologna, Italy during April.

With Simac and Lineapelle running simultaneously, Huntsman has decided this year to showcase its leading footwear solutions – SUPRASEC®, smartLite® and AVALON® – together on a combined exhibition booth. The resulting stand will feature recent developments in the smartLite® range of high quality, light-weight thermoplastic soling solutions and will also spotlight AVALON thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) materials and technologies, originating from the high performance sports shoes sector.

With an un-paralleled range of intelligent product solutions, Huntsman Polyurethanes is a world leader in the development of MDI-based technology for footwear applications. Following a recent internal merger, experts from across Huntsman’s Footwear and Adhesives, Coatings and Elastomers (ACE) divisions are working together to create new opportunities to drive forward innovation in the global footwear market. 

During Simac, the new and extended Huntsman team will unveil a brand new family of water-blown, high quality polyether systems, designed specifically to help European footwear manufacturers overcome forthcoming product legislation. Huntsman’s SUPRASEC very soft elastomers and gels for use in insoles will also be on display.

Alfons Tremml, Commercial Manager at Huntsman Polyurethanes said, “In recent times, footwear design has become increasingly scientific with manufacturers developing specialist shoes for a wide range of work and leisure uses. Huntsman’s polyurethane-based solutions have always given footwear designers the freedom to keep pace with advances in fashion and technology. Bringing together different capabilities from across our business will extend our product offering and enable our customers, including some of the largest big brand names in footwear, to build comfort and durability into fashion, sport, hiking and safety footwear soles as standard.”

smartLite®, AVALON and SUPRASEC are registered trademarks of Huntsman Corporation or an affiliate thereof in one or more, but not all, countries.

Editor’s note
Huntsman Polyurethanes is a business division of Huntsman Corporation. Huntsman is a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated and commodity chemicals. Its operating companies manufacture basic products for a variety of global industries including chemicals, plastics, automotive, aviation, footwear, paints and coatings, construction, technology, agriculture, health care, textiles, detergent, personal care, furniture, appliances and packaging. Originally known for pioneering innovations in packaging, and later, rapid and integrated growth in petrochemicals, Huntsman today has 11,300 employees, 57 operations in 22 countries and had 2005 revenues of $13 billion.

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Press office details
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