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Covestro unveils waterproof and breathable coating

Polymer Company Covestro has developed new products under its Insqin brand that enable the effective waterproof and breathable coating of textiles using waterborne technology.

Covestro's new products for waterproof textile coating
Figure: Covestro’s new products for waterproof textile coating.

The new coating is applied in a two-layer system using newly developed polyurethane dispersion products Impraperm DL 5249 and Impraperm DL 5310.

The company said that they help enhance the performance of outdoor sportswear and provide increased functionality and comfort and the innovation is multi-faceted providing practical advantages like durability and better sustainability.

This latest Insqin solution does not use solvents, making textile production more eco-friendly and easier to handle, which is unlike conventional solvent-based technology for waterproof and breathable textile coating.

Due to the new products, an excellent and homogeneous waterproofing performance can be achieved, even in heavy rain and after repeated washing. The coated textiles are soft and breathable and thus provide much comfort.

Dr. Torsten Pohl, Global Head of Textile Coatings at Covestro, said, “This new development gives manufacturers and consumers considerable benefits. Textile manufacturers can switch quickly and easily to a more sustainable solution that offers flexibility in design and functionality.”

He also hoped, “Consumers can have a sustainable alternative with products that help to deal with extreme weather scenarios in breathable comfort.”

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