Huntsman and German fashion footwear maker Ara developed a series of polyurethane-based prototype shoes, at a production facility opened in Portugal in 2013.
They used Desma’s RGE 400 four station roundtable and TPU casting/injection unit along with the D522/30 Amir direct soling injection machine. The set-up was prototyped at Huntsman’s footwear development centre in Belgium.
According to Huntsman, European suppliers to the footwear industry have adopted a more automated approach to manufacturing, a factor that is narrowing the cost differential between the regions.
It’s a philosophy that athletic shoemaker New Balance bought into a long time ago. The company has number of manufacturing sites within the US, a…