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Advanced nonwovens for leather goods

Range of products for reinforcement and footwear components on display in Milan.

23rd August 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Colmar, France

Clothing/​Footwear, Industrial

Freudenberg Performance Materials will present its Evolon eco-friendly microfibre reinforcement material at the Lineapelle international trade show for the leather industry which takes place in Milan, Italy, from September 20-22.

Evolon is manufactured in Europe without solvents or chemical binders and contains 80% recycled PET from Freudenberg’s in-house bottle recycling plant. It is produced in Colmar, France, where the manufacturing process is highly sustainable. It is certified to STeP by Oeko-Tex and also fully complies with the Detox To Zero by Oeko-Tex criteria. Shorter transport routes from Colmar help to secure supply chains for players in the European leather goods industry.

The company will also showcase a binder-free shoe upper strobel material made from 100% recycled PET which is GRS-certified for reliable traceability. The GRS certification recognises the share of recycled materials in the strobel material which allows customers to calculate the total amount of recycled material in shoes. In addition, the mono-component material itself is fully recyclable and in terms of performance is lightweight and demonstrates a high tensile strength.

Also on display will be a nonwoven crimping material combining high permanent mouldability and shape retention with flexibility and suppleness. The material enables manufacturers to reduce their production costs, while consumers benefit from increased comfort. Compared to conventional knitted fabric-based crimping materials, Freudenberg’s nonwoven offers multi-directional stretching properties, improved fitting, greater design freedom and reduced weight.

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