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      How can we create future wear for a fitter and healthier life?
      Sport & Leisure

      Workplace, home and health: decisive factors for the quality of life in the City of Sustainnovation. Innovative chemistry is already having a positive impact on what we do outside our working hours: running with smart wearables, benefiting from connected devices and enjoying more targeted medical treatment. The vision of “future wear, future care” can become reality through collaboration across the value chain to make sustainable concepts come true. Join us to help create and support a fitter and healthier life in the City of Sustainnovation.



      Impraperm® DL 5240 - DL 5310 for functional textiles

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      Water-borne, waterproof and water vapor transmittable (WVT) textile coatings are perceived to be very expensive because their chemical cost is 33% higher than solvent-borne systems and 14% more than TPU technology for compounders of WVT textile coating pastes, laminators and textile manufacturers. The challenge was to produce a high-performance water-borne WVT textile coating paste for tie and skin coats to replace solvent-borne ones.

      Covestro successfully tackled this challenge by developing Impraperm® DL 5249 as an anionic aliphatic polyester-polyurethane dispersion for tie coats, and Impraperm® DL 5310 as a nonionic aliphatic polycarbonate-polyether-polyurethane dispersion for skin coats. Both dispersions deliver an excellent water- and windproof performance, remarkable perceptual quality, good flexibility and durability, and a good WVT performance (HSH: >≈5000 mm H2O, 70% remaining after washing; vapor permeability: >≈5000 g/m2.24hr) once they have been properly coated textile substrates. Covestro recommends using both products for a two-layer coating system on textiles to maximize performance in all respects.

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      OP 56 – Impraperm® DL 5310 PDF
      OP 57 - Impraperm® DL 5249 PDF

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      Dispercoll® U 58-1 for footwear adhesives

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      Footwear adhesive manufacturers are looking for a more stable 1K polyurethane dispersion (PUD) that can withstand transportation and lengthy storage times in hot conditions. The challenge to be overcome: traditional 1K PUDs usually decompose if stored for a long time in high temperatures.

      The solution Covestro has come up with, Dispercoll® U 58/1 PLUS, ensures reliable processes, consistent quality and longer storage stability in shoe manufacturing. Dispercoll® U 58/1 PLUS remained stable in storage for 200 more days at 23° C. and 30 more days at 40° C. than standard products. Moreover, it is an easy drop-in solution.

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      OP 25 - Dispercoll® U 58/1 Plus PDF

      2D Printing for automated adhesive applications

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      Footwear manufacturers need to automate shoe-cementing solutions in order to stay competitive. Unfortunately, no automated process with liquid systems was available and although hot-melts can be automated, the standard hot-melts cannot deliver the required performance.

      To overcome this challenge Covestro developed a new 2D printing technology featuring an adhesive that can be integrated into automated processes but offers the same performance as standard water-borne adhesives. This 2D printing solution ensures high initial bonding strength, a long open time and high final bonding strength – plus automation capability.

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      INSQIN® for electronics

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      Functionality and sustainability are two of today’s key requirements in textiles and electronics, two industries that meet up in wearables and smart wear. In these application areas water-borne solutions are obviously preferable, especially as solvent-based coated textiles are facing increasing regulatory pressure from governments, NGOs and brand owners. However, water-borne resins for coated textiles are more expensive than existing solvent-borne ones and manufacturers may also have to invest in new machines that are not subject to water corrosion.

      That was why Covestro developed INSQIN® as an acceptably priced alternative technology, where lifecycle analyses have shown it can reduce process water consumption by up to 95%, energy consumption by 50% and the carbon footprint by 45%.

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      Covestro contributes to the UN SDGs through our product portfolio and ambitious sustainability targets. Learn more by clicking on the UN SDG icons.

      Breathable smart patches based on Baymedix® and Platilon®

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      Healthcare wearable will only become more popular if they are more convenient, comfortable and integrated. Users increasingly want to get rid of rigid devices and go for improved smart solutions, e.g. smart patches, printed electronics, etc. Smart patch converters and OEMs in the healthcare and wearables industries are keen to meet this demand.

      A lightweight, flexible, (almost) invisible and comfortable design concept offering an integrated solution for patches and their fixation was needed, and Covestro was the first player to offer materials supporting the entire design concept from film and foam to adhesive. Covestro is collaborating with customers in initial developments in this field.

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      83543 - Baymedix® Film PDF
      83544 – Baymedix® Foam PDF
      74126 – Platilon® Medical PDF

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