Bayer MaterialScience, Germany, now offers INSQIN™ technology for solvent-free production of polyurethane (PU) leather and other PU coated fabrics, which are used to make shoes, bags and apparel. Brand owners may work with Bayer technicians on the company’s pilot lines in China and Germany and use the INSQIN technology in the design and development of products with improved environmental performance.
Bayer expects INSQIN particularly will benefit Chinese PU fabric makers, which produce 90 percent of the 4 billion-plus square meters of PU leather produced annually. The solvent-free technology reduces coating process water usage by up to 95 percent and energy usage by up to 50 percent.
Bayer’s INSQIN Partner Manufacturer Program includes a list of manufacturers that comply with its technology application standards.