Global partnership concept adds value to customers' business

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Stand 5123 Hall 5B
"GO IMS" 2001
Pirmasens, Germany
10-13 October 2001


To meet the demand for an increasingly integrated approach to the footwear production process, leading organisations, BMT, CUT, Fagus, HEK, Huntsman Polyurethanes, Top-Form and Whoop are demonstrating their overarching commitment to customers at "Go IMS" 2001 with their Open SDM concept. The collaboration is designed to communicate the value of a partnership philosophy to the growth of footwear manufacturers' business, incorporating 3D design and manufacture, soling systems, moulding and tooling technology.

The stand will feature a demonstration of the digital development of a lady's shoe, highlighting the speed and precision of the production process. It will incorporate displays, trials and practical demonstrations from all the participating companies, reinforcing the added-value benefits of their technologies and production facilities to producers. 

Among them, Huntsman Polyurethanes is one of the leading global suppliers of high performance PU and TPU technology to the footwear industry under its SUPRASEC® and AVALON® brands. Its hallmark is the development of innovative solutions to support the design of new soling materials for the fast-moving, fashion-driven footwear arena.

These footwear technologies provide enormous potential for designers and manufacturers to create innovative forms of footwear. The SUPRASEC system offers a natural look to achieve appealing aesthetics, suitable for the high fashion sector; lightweight, high performance materials providing added comfort and extended durability; and cost-effective, high productivity manufacturing.

The AVALON system offers several advantages such as excellent surface definition to enhance design possibilities; softness for added comfort; and slip resistance for improved safety. 

Stéphane Peysson, European marketing manager, footwear, Huntsman Polyurethanes, comments: "Increasingly producers are turning to innovative, flexible materials and processes which enable them to achieve outstanding end results and respond rapidly to the changing fashion market. This collaboration aims to communicate to designers and manufacturers the many, exciting developments currently available to the footwear industry."

Editor's notes:
is a leading organisation in rapid prototyping
CUT is involved in digitalisation systems
Fagus is the world's leading shoe last model manufacturer, specifically applying new digital CAD/CAM technology.
HEK Gmb H, a member of the MCP group of companies, is a worldwide supplier of mould and tooling technologies for the shoe and plastics processing industry.
Huntsman Polyurethanes is the global supplier of innovative polyurethane systems aimed at footwear designers and producers.
Top-Form is a young and flexible shoe mould manufacturer, providing innovative solutions to customers' needs.
WHOOP. is an innovative, young team, providing complete solutions for shoe design, based on digital 3D data input.

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