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API and ICM develop textile solutions

API and ICM have announced joint development in 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.

Italian company API, specializes in the production of thermoplastic elastomeric compounds and bioplastics. ICM is a key player in footwear and leather goods industry. It produces solvent borne and water borne adhesives, toe puffs, counters and interlinings for leather goods. Since 2015 the company has focused on developing films and TPU plates.

The development’s textile products will be produced in a solvent-free and plasticiser-free manufacturing process. Joining forces with ICM enables API to accelerate technical innovation, time to market and reduce its product’s environmental footprint. For ICM the partnership enables it to pair decades of technical knowledge in the plastics, leather goods and footwear industry.

ICM and API will provide the first glimpse of their new textile solutions at the 2018 Pitti Immagine Uomo international fashion fair in Italy, June 12 to 15. A selection of VIP press members and buyers at the trade fair will receive an exclusive shopping bag made of the partnership’s new fabrics. The bag’s design was inspired by this year’s event theme – P.O.P. Pitti Optical Power, a visual and virtual celebration, presenting a pop vision and full color graphic world.