BASF SE and AIM Filtertech have started production of valure in Pune, India. AIM Filtertech is the first company globally to receive a technology license for the commercial production of valure. The production plant, wholly-owned by AIM Filtertech, will have an annual capacity of about 1.7 million square meters of valure, serving both the local and global markets. BASF supports its licensing partner with the chemistry, technology knowhow, joint development with customers as well as application-oriented services.
valure technology is a special transfer coating technique that can be applied to a wide variety of high-quality flexible substrates like leather, fabric, cardboard, paper or plastics without impairing the air permeability of the material – helping to achieve surfaces with a distinctive character that are soft, warm to the touch, and visually attractive.
"This is an important step for BASF to bring an innovative solution like valure to the market," said Hermann Althoff, senior vice president, BASF Leather & Textile Chemicals. "As the leading chemical company, we believe in the power of innovation and its ability to shape our future. Through the collaboration with AIM Filtertech, we will be able to address the needs of the industry for flexible surfaces and develop pioneering products for their markets. We look forward to working together to leverage each other's strengths and deliver the most unique and sustainable solution for our customers."
The polyurethane dispersion sprayed onto the desired surface is microporous and air permeable, improving the comfort of the coated materials. The design freedom is almost limitless – regardless of whether technical, natural or soft-touch structures are involved. Quick design changes present no difficulties enabling customers to produce different sizes on a smaller scale. Textures from leather graining to the appearance of velvet and even geometric patterns and impressions can be achieved with minimum effort.