News-Releases Index | Sympatex Technologies, Inc.
Conquering the 3rd dimension – Sympatex to introduce its revolutionary UTMOSPHERIC™ shoe technology at the Lineapelle Milan trade show (9/11//18)
Thanks to a thermal moulding process, elaborate manufacturing processes are now a thing of the past.
Sympatex UTMOSPHERIC™ adapts perfectly to any foot shape, without seams and creases.
Munich, Unterfoehring, 11 September 2018. Using a sophisticated, innovative process, Sympatex
Technologies has developed a manufacturing technology that allows lasting three-dimensional shape
forming of their laminates. Sympatex *UTMOSPHERIC™ is produced by means of a thermal moulding
process, and is a liner that adapts perfectly to the shape of the foot, without seams and creases and
without compromising the quality and functionality of the laminate. Combined with appropriate textiles,
the sustainable polyester-based high-performance membrane from Sympatex is the perfect base
material for this. UTMOSPHERIC™ will be presented to the general public for the first time at the
Sympatex booth (Hall 22P M11-M19/N12-N20) at this year’s Lineapelle trade show (25 to 27
September 2018, Milan).
With UTMOSPHERIC™, the traditional process involved in producing a liner can in future be made
redundant when manufacturing a waterproof outdoor shoe. Today, a shoe of this nature is pretty much
expected to be not only waterproof but also breathable to ensure that your feet stay dry and
comfortable even during strenuous hikes and ascents. Manufacturing the interior of such a shoe is,
however, generally still a complex manual process. Since the necessary membrane-based functional
laminate has until now only been available in two-dimensional form, it takes a great deal of time and
effort to create a three-dimensional foot shape. At the same time, the cuts and seams required to
achieve this inevitably damage the membrane, which means that water impermeability properties then
have to be re-created in the final steps by means of tape. While this has been an accepted method in
the industry so far, these times are now finally over. Instead, a thermally moulded three-dimensional
UTMOSPHERIC™ liner is optimised to fit the required final shape and can directly be integrated in the
existing manufacturing processes.
“It can reasonably be expected that this innovation will open up a completely new chapter in the
development of outdoor shoes, as it offers significant improvements both for the manufacturer, on the
process side, and for the customer, in terms of added comfort”, says Dr. Rüdiger Fox, CEO at Sympatex
Technologies. “We were guided by lean principles in our innovation process, and simply refused to
accept that you first have to perforate and cut up waterproof materials, only to then seal them again by
means of complex handicraft”, adds Fox.
Prototype series for the first pilot customers have already been in the development phase for several
weeks, and will be launched during the course of next year. Due to the overwhelming feedback,
production machine development has also already been started, with a view to going into full series
production by the end of 2019 at the latest. Plans for modular production facilities in the
manufacturing countries are also already in place.
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