Huntsman PU used in custom Steitz Secura safety shoes
German safety shoe company, Steitz Secura, is using a polyurethane technology from Huntsman to pilot a range of specialist safety shoes that can be custom-made to fit an individual’s feet, using FitStation powered by HP.
According to Huntsman, its certified PU midsole technology for multi-section injection (MSI) offers state-of-the-art properties in terms of comfort and durability. The resulting customized shoes are made using a combination of FitStation’s 3D foot scanning, using RSscan pressure plate technology, and a 12-station, direct-on Desma MSI molding machine. Steitz Secura has recently demonstrated the production of its PU-based customized shoes at A+A 2017 – the four-day trade show and congress dedicated to workplace safety, security and health.
Working together, Huntsman, Steitz Secura, Desma, FitStation and partners have created a complete solution for the automated manufacture of tailor-made safety shoes. The material and machinery package that the companies have assembled reflects several key trends in the footwear industry. It fits with the continued push for automation and digital manufacturing. It also echoes increased demand for customized products – made-to-measure for individualized fit and function, said Huntsman.
Hugo Verbeke, Platform Manager Elastomers at Huntsman Polyurethanes, said: “We are delighted to be involved in this exciting project and to work alongside such a prestigious group of partners. Steitz Secura has a reputation for making safety shoes that are hardwearing, protective and comfortable – in equal measure. This project takes that work to the next level – enabling the creation of tailor-made safety shoes that can deliver a new level of personalized comfort and protection.”
Huntsman is a long-term supplier to Steitz Secura and has worked with the business for more than 40 years – providing a range of specialist PU-based footwear materials. Huntsman enjoys a similarly lengthy relationship with Desma; the two companies began working together in the 1970s.