Developments in robotics and automated machinery may have been the focus of this year’s Desma house fair but polyurethane was the material of choice for its innovative QuadWrap trainer.
Jane Denny reports.
Around 50 exhibitors used the 2014 Desma House Fair to promote innovative applications for polyurethane and developments in processing materials or equipment for shoe manufacturing.
Desma showcased its revolutionary QuadWrap trainer, a new kind of footwear made from two different Bayer MaterialScience (BMS) polyurethane systems.
It was around 2012 that the machinery maker approached Bayer MaterialScience with its idea of creating a shoe. The chemical giant considered its range of thermoplastic polyurethanes before engineering newer grades of existing products for the shoe.
BMS’ Baytec is a polyurethane-urea material used to protect wastewater tanks from corrosive compounds and as such, its durability is assured. According to Bayer, a Norwegian fishing boat deck sprayed with Baytec in 1967 was intact and corrosion-free 17 years later. Recently, a new Baytec grade was chosen for the Volvo car hood. According to publicity material produced for the hood, the two-part PU system increases elasticity, which can cushion the impact in the event of a collision.
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