Covestro @ Techtextil : Focus on waterborne a...
Covestro @ Techtextil

Focus on waterborne and efficient coating systems

More sustainable polyurethane coating systems and films, including for such synthetic products (source: Covestro)
More sustainable polyurethane coating systems and films, including for such synthetic products (source: Covestro)

The new polyurethane (PU) coating systems and films from Covestro are more sustainable and environmentally compatible in terms of raw materials, processing, and properties. For example, new PU dispersions as binders for digital textile printing and a new 2-component (2K) PU high solid system of the Insqin technology for textile coating will be presented.
In addition, Covestro AG, Leverkusen/Germany, will focus on variants of Dureflex TPU films, which are skin-compatible and guaranteed free of harmful substances according to the Oeko-Tex Standard 100.
Digital textile printing enables economical production of small batches, shortens time-to-market, and reduces waste volumes by up to 85% compared to analog printing technologies. PU dispersions are currently establishing themselves in the production of inks for digital inkjet printing processes because, among other things, they enable a stable printing process due to their low viscosity and particle size. With Impranil DL 1602, the company is launching a new anionic, aliphatic-based PU dispersion that can be used to formulate water-based pigment inks for digital inkjet printing. The dispersions show very good stability at high shear rates. They produce very finely divided ink dispersions with good jetting behavior that are characterized by high re-solubility. This minimizes the risk of the pressure nozzles becoming clogged. Long and therefore economical runtimes in printing are the result. Other strengths of PU-based inks include good abrasion and rub resistance and high color and wash fastness.
The new Insqin 2K PU system consists of Impranil HS 1062 and Imprafix IO 3330. It mainly targets synthetics for car interiors. The high solid system does not require blocking agents. Nevertheless, it is characterized by long pot lives during processing. This means, for example, that the processor does not necessarily have to use PU mixing heads. It also gives the grain a high degree of stability and is particularly resistant to hydrolysis. Potential applications include instrument panels, seats, door panels, or steering wheels.
Several thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) films in Covestro’s Dureflex product line have now been certified to Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex. The films are breathable, waterproof, tear-resistant and, above all, kind to the skin. That makes them the material of choice for sports articles and outdoor clothing, but also for furniture and seat covers for cars. In 2019, several Platilon brand TPU film grades have already been certified to the standard.
Covestro will also be showcasing its partially bio-based Platilon H2 EC hotmelt film at Techtextil. It has very good adhesion during lamination, is very heat resistant and easy to process. Applications include textile labels, sealing strips, laminates made of glass and aluminum, and conductive tracks for the textile and automotive industries.

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