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Freudenberg presents nonwoven crimping material at Lineapelle

The innovative crimping material optimally combines high permanent moldability and shape retention with flexibility and suppleness

17th February 2020

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Weinheim


© Freudenberg Performance Materials.© Freudenberg Performance Materials.

Freudenberg Performance Materials (Freudenberg) will be presenting an innovation that meets the increasing demands of manufacturers and consumers alike in the footwear market at Lineapelle. Made from nonwoven fabric, the innovative crimping material optimally combines high permanent moldability and shape retention with flexibility and suppleness.

According to the company, the unique crimping material enables manufacturers to reduce their production costs while consumers benefit from increased comfort. The leading supplier of innovative technical textiles will present the innovation for the first time at the Milan Lineapelle trade show from 19-21 February in Hall 9, Booth F1/F3. 

“Consumers are increasingly looking for ever softer, more flexible and at the same time fashionable shoes. This in turn places greater demands on shoe manufacturers in terms of production technology. Freudenberg’s innovative nonwoven-based crimping material succeeds in reconciling the demands of consumers with the associated technical challenges for manufacturers,” Freudenberg says.

Multi-directional stretching properties

In contrast to knitted linings, the material’s multi-directional stretching properties enable uniform longitudinal and transverse stretching over the entire vamp area. The direction-independent pattern grading this enable results in up to 10% less cut waste.

Lower production costs

Compared to conventional knitted fabric-based crimping materials, faster thermoplastic moldability means shorter production times and thus significantly reduced manufacturing costs.

Improved fitting

The crimping material offers better shaping, last-true vamp mould retention and optimum shape and stability. Even after more than 72 hours of wear, the moulded vamp still retains 100 percent of its true lasted shape.

Optimum wearing comfort and greater design freedom

The material’s extremely fine fibres allow shoes to be designed that are very soft in character and provide optimum comfort. At the same time, the exceptionally high cutting-edge stability increases the range of creative design possibilities.

Reduced weight

The significantly lower weight-to-area ratio of the nonwoven-based crimping material reduces the weight of the shoe while at the same time ensuring better shape retention.

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