Adhesive Raw Materials
Consumers are demanding quality and longevity from their footwear
- whether it is the latest pump or the season's hottest sneaker. To
help footwear go that extra mile, Bayer provides quality adhesive
raw materials that keep important parts together.
Footwear manufacturers realize consumers walk all over their products,
requiring footwear to have strength and durability. That's why manufacturers
are requesting adhesives made with Bayer raw materials. Bayer works
hand-in-hand with adhesive companies to develop high-performance raw
materials for footwear. Some of the performance properties Bayer adhesive
raw materials help provide are:
- Strong adhesion to leather and synthetic fibers
- Fast drying which aids productivity
Traditionally, many footwear manufacturers have used solvent-based
adhesive systems formulated with Bayer's DESMOCOLL
polyurethanes to bond leather uppers to shoe soles. Although these
systems are still widely used, environmental pressures have led many
manufacturers to convert to water-based systems. Bayer has been a
leader in developing waterborne technology as a real alternative to
help manufacturers lower volatile organic compound (VOC) levels while
maintaining performance standards. Bayer's waterborne adhesive systems
based on DISPERCOLL
C aqueous dispersions provide fast setting and long lasting bonds
for footwear applications. Bayer's DISPERCOLL
S silica gels are a new family of adhesive raw materials that
have value in footwear applications.
In addition to performance properties and VOC levels, footwear manufacturers
must consider and understand how to bond the numerous materials shoes
are made of these days. For example, today's high-performance athletic
footwear can be made with synthetic fibers and urethane elastomers.
To bond these materials, many manufacturers use adhesive systems based
on Bayer's DISPERCOLL
U aqueous polyurethane dispersions for outstanding adhesion.
Contact us and our technical
experts will be pleased to give detailed advice on specific applications
of Bayer products in the footwear industry.