API, ICM collaborate in sustainable technical fabrics
API, an Italian company specialised in the production of thermoplastic elastomeric compounds and bioplastics, which was acquired by global materials company Trinseo in July 2017, and ICM (Industria Chimica Mediterranea), a key player in the footwear and leather goods industry, have joined hands to facilitate innovative and sustainable technical fabrics.
The joint development facilitates the design, manufacture and marketing of high-performance and 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.
“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 programme and a substantial technological investment.”
“We have had great success in building this partnership,” says ICM’s general manager Roberto Palmieri. “It enables us to pair decades of technical knowledge in the plastics, leather goods and footwear industry.”
ICM and API are provide a first glimpse of their new textile solutions at the 2018 Pitti Immagine Uomo international fashion fair in Florence, Italy. (SV)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India