Arkema is exhibiting its range of performance materials at the ISPO trade fair in Munich from 3 to 6 February, including its latest developments in the area of bio-based, sustainable products.
Next to its flagship range of Pebax elastomers, which feature a unique combination of light weight, energy return, sturdiness and flexibility, the company will also display its Kynar fluoropolymer materials, used for example in textile fibers that combine extreme durability with anti-friction properties. These polymers are well recognized by major global sports brands, in particular in outdoor shoes and equipment.
Further, Arkema will feature the latest advances in bio-based Pebax Rnew materials derived from sustainable castor oil.
SCARPA, a leading brand in ski touring boots, has selected the Pebax Rnew range for its latest MAESTRALE and GEA boots.
“We are very proud of our collaboration with Arkema, which has now spanned over twenty years,” said Massimo Pellizzer, SCARPA Ski Boots Product Manager. “The use of Pebax Rnew materials allows us to create a product that is respectful of the environment, as well as a boot that satisfies the needs of our skiers in terms of lightness, comfort, precision and durability.”
In addition, certain new grades in the Pebax Rnew bio-based range offer excellent waterproofing properties. Arkema is, therefore, developing with its partner VAUDE, a specialist in environmentally friendly outdoor apparel, a new waterproof, breathable membrane that is both high-performance and partially of natural origin.
"This development will introduce a new type of bio-based membrane with outstanding performance,” said René Bethmann, Innovation Manager at VAUDE. “It will be the first bio-based and recyclable membrane, a very good example of performance meeting ecology. Pebax Rnew products support VAUDE ?s goal of limiting our dependence on fossil resources.”
Arkema, stand 336, Hall C5