The sporting goods industry is under constant pressure to innovate. A good example of that is the manufacture of track shoes. Consumers expect new models with new designs that promise better performance, and every year! This demands high-quality processing of ever-changing material combinations, and more and more, consumers are also looking for environmentally responsible production without solvents.

The “green sneaker” was born – a sneaker produced without the use of solvents at any point in the manufacturing process. But to combine environmental responsibility with new material combinations requires high performance physical pre-treatment of the materials used.

For years, Openair® Plasma pre-treatment has proven its unique advantages to leading manufacturers of sneakers and track shoes, such as:

  • Purely physical plasma pre-treatment, without any additional chemicals;
  • Outstanding adhesion capability exhibited by components pretreated with plasma, especially true of new combinations of materials;
  • Large-area plasma activation for secure and fast sole bonding using Openair® Plasma rotary jets; and
  • Simple, cost-effective integration of plasma technology in shoe manufacturing lines.
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