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Polyurethane leather on the rise

Bayer MaterialScience AG : 24 March, 2005  (Company News)
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At the forefront are developments formulated with raw materials from the Impranil®, Impraperm® and Desmoderm® product lines for applications in the automotive, furniture and shoe industries, for example. “A point of emphasis for us are raw materials for low-emission systems,” says Rolf Irnich, a specialist for textile coating and coagulation at the Coatings, Adhesives and Sealants Business Unit of Bayer MaterialScience. “Depending on the manufacturing process and the raw materials used, lower VOC contents or even solvent-free formulations can be achieved.”

One highlight of the Bayer MaterialScience exhibit is an automobile seat from Johnson Controls in the colors red and black. The contrasting colored surfaces are visually appealing, but they also represent two different polyurethane raw material systems from Bayer MaterialScience that were used to coat the seat. The red polyurethane synthetic leather was formulated using Imprani® high-solids products. The black upholstery is based on purely waterborne polyurethane dispersions. Both materials were microperforated by the firm WISTA to make them permeable to air and water vapor. A film about the coating of textiles under production conditions can also be viewed at the stand.

At last year’s Asia Pacific Leather Fair, Bayer MaterialScience presented the adidas Roteiro™, the official match ball of the 2004 European Soccer Championship in Portugal. The companies are continuing their long-running cooperation in the area of ball development for the Soccer World Championship 2006 in Germany. The official ball of the Soccer World Championship 2006 will also be produced using raw materials from Bayer MaterialScience.

The ability to recognize and implement trends is a fundamental requirement if a manufacturer of fashion articles such as shoes is to be successful in this market. Its long years of experience and global presence make Bayer MaterialScience a capable and reliable partner for its customers, with the ability to act quickly and flexibly to support these customers in responding to new market requirements. An important role here is played by the Bayer MaterialScience pilot-scale textile coating facility in Leverkusen. This facility is equipped with modern coating and coagulation systems as well as test equipment, allowing customers to optimize their processes under realistic conditions. This service enables customers to react more quickly to changing market requirements, enhancing their opportunities for success.
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