Dusseldorf, Germany — Covestro will showcase its waterborne polyurethane (PU) technology Insqin at K2016 in Dusseldorf.
According to the firm, its process for PU synthetic base material production lowers manufacturing cost of PU textiles significantly when combined with new products in the firm’s Impranil range.
“The new technology developed using Insqin shows the same high performance, especially softness, of materials manufactured using solvent-based products,” which can be embossed directly and the technology can be retrofitted to existing machinery, according to Covestro.
Nick Smith, global head of textile coatings, said it will “increase the appeal of our waterborne PU material to the textiles industry, which is searching for sustainable materials.”
Covestro’s newly launched Impranil CIL enables the production of fine nubuck material, that has said Covestro “until now has posed a significant challenge for waterborne chemistry.”
Impranil DLI is a new PU dispersion designed to aid wrinkle or fold recovery in the coated material and both materials are under trial with top brand owners in the industry.
In sustainability terms, Covestro said it has developed a range of waterborne, bio-based polyurethane dispersions. Up to 65% made from renewable content, Covestro said its Impranil eco contributes to a further reduction of CO2 emissions.