Topic: Bonding of textile composites. “Green sneakers.” Manufacturing track shoes without solvents. Environmentally responsible track shoes
“Green Trainers” – environmentally responsible manufacturing without solvents thanks to Openair® Plasma pre-treatment
The sporting goods industry is under constant pressure to innovate. A good example of that is the manufacture of track shoes. Consumers expect new models with new designs that promise better performance, and every year! This demands high-quality processing of ever-changing material combinations, and more and more, consumers are also looking for environmentally responsible production without solvents.
The “green trainer” was born – a sneaker produced without the use of solvents at any point in the manufacturing process. But to combine environmental responsibility with new material combinations requires high performance physical pre-treatment of the materials used.
For years, Openair® Plasma pre-treatment has proven its unique advantages to leading manufacturers of sneakers and track shoes, such as:
- Purely physical plasma pre-treatment, without any additional chemicals;
- Outstanding adhesion capability exhibited by components pretreated with plasma, especially true of new combinations of materials;
- Large-area plasma activation for secure and fast sole bonding using Openair® Plasma rotary jets; and
- Simple, cost-effective integration of plasma technology in shoe manufacturing lines.