LEVERKUSIN - Isotex Engineering and Covestro – formerly Bayer Materials Science – have launched a joint venture to develop and market technologies for polyurethane (PU) synthetics, technical textiles, films and foams based on Insqin waterborne polyurethane technology. Insqin uses waterborne polyurethane technology instead of potentially polluting solvents and is part of Covestro's drive to replace PU-based textile coatings and artificial leather with a more sustainable option.
A new line of Isotex Engineering machines will be designed for using Insqin technology, with process innovation from Isotex Engineering, to produce waterborne PU synthetic materials and other coated textiles. Nicholas Smith, global head of textile coatings at Covestro said: "Continuous innovation in textile machine technology is just as important for the industry as innovation in chemistry. For this reason we are delighted to collaborate with Isotex."
Stefano Gallucci, CEO of Isotex Engineering and Santex Group – owner of Isotex - said: "We believe waterborne products are the future. Technology and chemistry are ready after years of R&D efforts. We are very honored of this partnership with Covestro and working worldwide with our Clients to help them with this new rich market opportunity."
Covestro is among the world's largest polymer companies. Business activities are focused on the manufacture of high-tech polymer materials and the development of innovative solutions for products used in many areas of daily life.
Previously, the production of polyurethane (PU) synthetic leather and textile coatings has resulted in the emission of dimethylformamide (DMF) vapour, which has been linked to both cancer in humans and birth defects. However, Insqin uses water-borne polyurethanes chemistry in a 'dry process' that does not require any DMF.