Herzogenarach, Germany — Puma is using Covestro's Insqin technology in its evoPOWER Vigour 1 range of football boots.
Insqin waterborne polyurethane technology is being used because it offers Puma "greater supply chain transparency and has allowed the firm to meet design and sustainability goals at the same time," Covestro said.
Insqin technology is used in conjunction with Puma's Accufoam technology. This consists of three-dimensional, diamond-shaped dots called Topaz-DOTS, applied on both sides of a spandex upper material.
Topaz-DOTS, was developed by a company called Trans-Textil and is based on Insqin waterborne polyurethane technology, and gives the shoe its unique design and planning features, Covestro said.
“The Accufoam upper enables exceptional comfort and outstanding precision when kicking the ball powerfully," said Mathias Hartmann, teamhead material engineering innovation footwear at Puma. "It also contributes to the innovative styling of the boot," he added.
Covestro and Trans-Textil developed the coating formulation and textile processing technology together and have developed a "broad portfolio of technical properties and design options.”
Manfred Hansch Trans-Textil managing director said: "Colouring, patterns, wear and temperature resistance, waterproofing and breathability can be defined as required."
Insqin improves sustainability, said Covestro and, the firm added, enables the upper materials to be produced using 95% less water and 50% less energy compared to conventional polyurethane coating materials.