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Intelligent and multifunctional rubber compounds/adhesives for the shoe industry (INNORUBBER)

Objective

Surface treatments used at footwear factories usually involve mechanical and/or the use of solvent and chemical treatments which can be harmful for the workers, mainly when working with rubber, which is one of the main polymeric materials used in as soling material. Being a critical stage to produce adequate bonding parameters, this treatment is generally done by hand competitiveness to the concurrence from countries with low labour costs. In order to reduce labour cost and improve competitiveness of European footwear factories, This proposal suggest an alternative in order to avoid the problems related to the sole to upper bonding process in footwear. The main objective is the development of modified rubber compounds for outsoles and adhesives, with similar properties than the conventional material currently used, in order to avoid the surface preparation of soling bonding process. The advantages of the elimination of the surface treatment are obvious as there is an important reduction of production times and production costs, which implies a reduction in labour costs and thus the improvement of the European footwear companies competitiveness. The foreseen tasks to be developed in order to accomplish the objectives are the following: A. State of the art and technical limitations, characterisation of commercial materials in order to determine the most suitable characteristics to be required from new materials and to obtain a correlation between rubber properties and adhesion properties. B. Development of intelligent materials (rubber and adhesives); Modifications of polymeric materials (rubber and adhesives) in order to pre-activate sites: formulation, functionalisation polymer blending and synthesis of base polymer. C. Industrial validation of the new rubbers and adhesives developed. In this task all partners will participate. D. Dissemination and exploitation of results and commercial promotion. In this task all partners will participate. E. Management of

Coordinator

ASOCIACION DE INVESTIGACION PARA LA INDUSTRIA DEL CALZADO Y CONEXAS - INESCOP
Address
Poligono Industrial Campo Alto, S/n
253 Elda (Alicante)
Spain

Participants (11)

ANALCO AUXILIAR CALZADO, S.A.
Spain
Address
Carretera De Crevillente, Km 3
Elche (Alicante)
C.F. SRL
Italy
Address
Via De Gasperi 4
Ferentillo (Tr)
CAUCHOS RUIZ ALEJOS, S.A.
Spain
Address
Avenida De Quel, 26
Arnedo (La Rioja)
DIAP S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Vepre S/n
Cerreto D'esi
ELKEDE TECHNOLOGY AND DESIGN CENTER S.A.
Greece
Address
12Th Km Athens, Lamias National Road,
Metamorphosi
ENECOL ADHESIVOS S.L.
Spain
Address
Poloigono Industrial Campo Alto. C/grecia, 71
963 Elda (Alicante)
GEORGIOS TIGAS & SIA SP
Greece
Address
Peykon Parodos Ag. Polykarpou 49
Votanikos
JOAQUIN GALLARDO E HIJOS S.L.
Spain
Address
Carretera De Elche S/n
Aspe, (Alicante)
P. ALYSANDRATOS & SIA OE
Greece
Address
Alonistra-koropi Industrial Zone
Koropi
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA
Spain
Address
Camino De Vera S/n
Valencia
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PERUGIA
Italy
Address
Piazza Dell'universita 1
Perugia