API and ICM to jointly develop sustainable textile solutions
API and ICM (Industria Chimica Mediterranea) have announced their collaboration in the development of innovative and sustainable technical fabrics.
According to the companies, the joint development will facilitate the design, manufacture and marketing of environmentally sustainable textile solutions for the fashion and footwear industries. The development’s textile products will be produced in a solvent-free and plasticiser-free manufacturing process. ICM and API will provide a first glimpse of their new textile solutions at the Pitti Immagine Uomo 2018, an international fashion fair, which takes place from 12 – 15 June 2018 in Florence, Italy. VIP buyers at the trade fair, as well as a selection of VIP press members, will receive an exclusive shopping bag made of the partnership’s new fabrics. Designer Sergio Colantuoni together with Pitti Immagine conceptualised the bag’s exclusive pattern and texture.
“Joining forces enables us to accelerate technical innovation time to market and to reduce our product’s environmental footprint,” said API’s Business Unit Manager Giancarlo Busa. “Our partnership is the outcome both of an important research and development program and a substantial technological investment.” ICM’s General Manager Roberto Palmieri added: “We have had great success in building this partnership. It enables us to pair decades of technical knowledge in the plastics, leather goods & footwear industry.”
The Italian company API is specialised in the production of thermoplastic elastomeric compounds and bioplastics, and was acquired by Trinseo in July 2017. ICM is a leading manufacturer in the footwear and leather goods industry.