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Basf, Mizuno improve training footwear

Nov '19
Basf has unveiled Elastopan polyurethane for Mizuno’s new training footwear. The shoes are meant to improve balance and athletic performance. The high-performance material solution enables Mizuno’s Centre of Balance (COB) technology that transmits information to the soles of the feet through activation bumps moulded into the surface of the midsole.

“Balance is a key requirement for a wide variety of sports. By improving balance, we have made a positive impact on athletic performance and shaped the future of footwear,” said Natsuki Sato, Global Footwear Product Division, Mizuno Corporation. “Mizuno has always emphasised the importance of product innovation as a key growth driver for our company. Using Basf’s advanced material solution in the midsole’s new geometries has been pivotal in helping us to successfully produce the new training footwear.”

The new optimised polyurethane grade introduced in Mizuno’s new training footwear - TC-01 and TC-02 - has high hydrolysis resistance and good bonding strength. Unlike conventional materials, Basf’s polyurethane materials can conform easily and seamlessly to the uneven shape of the activation bumps moulded into the surface of the midsole.

“Innovation is a key pillar of Basf’s growth. Basf has always been committed to exciting the market with the best innovations for footwear brands at every level, and we have effectively done that again for Mizuno’s new training footwear,” said Manfred Pawlowski, vice president, Consumer Industry, Performance Materials, BASF Asia Pacific. “Sharing a common goal of pursuing innovation and performance, we are confident that our polyurethane midsole, combined with Mizuno’s COB technology will maximise comfort and functionality in footwear applications.”

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