BASF resin aids Reebok shoe project | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 94 Issue 44 | p. 16 | Concentrates
Issue Date: November 7, 2016

BASF resin aids Reebok shoe project

Department: Business
Keywords: consumer products, Reebok, BASF, shoes
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Reebok’s new shoe is surrounded by a 3-D-drawn polyurethane support.
Credit: Reebok
A photo of Reebok’s new shoe.
 
Reebok’s new shoe is surrounded by a 3-D-drawn polyurethane support.
Credit: Reebok

Reebok plans to build a small factory in Rhode Island that will manufacture shoes incorporating a new polyurethane resin developed by BASF. Rather than rely on the traditional mold-based process, the factory will create shoe outsoles using a three-dimensional drawing technique. Robots squirt the liquid polyurethane in a lacey web that is wrapped around the rest of the shoe. Reebok currently produces all of its shoes at factories in Asia.

 
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