Running shoes and polyurethane: a successful match
A passion for running and polyurethane can be unexpectedly connected. People may not notice and pay attention to it, but polyurethane is deeply present and used in our everyday life in different forms and applications. As a matter of fact, its use in running footwear and sport industry in general is much more common than known. Versatility is indeed one of the most important qualities of this material making it the first-choice for many sectors. Leveraging and allowing for such adaptability, Ekosystem provides an extensive selection of polyurethane processing equipment suitable for footwear and sport industry too.
We are going to introduce you a member of our team and show you how its sporting life is connected to polyurethane. Keep reading to know more about it!
Meet the runner of our team
Let’s introduce one of our specialized technicians, Cristian. He has been part of our production team since 2017 and has been working with passion and enthusiasm since then, mainly dealing with machine manufacturing and testing, as well as installation and service at our customers’ production sites.
Outside of the work environment, Cristian is a running expert and enthusiast! In his free time, he enjoys running and he takes part to many marathons and running events. We asked Cristian to think how polyurethane can be related to his love for running and he came up with a simple answer: running shoes.
Well, if you were thinking that his passion for running had nothing to do with polyurethane, read the rest of the article and find out why it is not so.
Improve running performance with polyurethane equipment
Whether training for a marathon or just for one’s personal wellbeing, running shoes are the most important parts of a runner’s equipment. The right shoes can help support and cushion feet and avoid any damage during and post running. Now that polyurethane equipment is a fixture in sport, this material is also used in many forms in running shoes to grant great performance. Shoemakers keep choosing it because of its design flexibility which make it easy to change shoes design or meet new customers’ needs on a short notice. Also, among the many attributes, it has a very good impact absorption, resistance to abrasion and compression set.
Polyurethane is used in all parts of shoes, but especially in shoe soles. What makes this material indicated for such application is the possibility of direct soling process which in turn allows to reduce costs and reach the maximum effectivity. PU soles are practical, waterproof and resistant, cushioned and lightweight. Also, they can be shaped in different ways according to the wished design.
Thanks to its many benefits and versatility, the use of polyurethane is not limited to running shoes. Footwear industry uses it as main material to style different types, including safety shoes where durability and performance are essential. This material can provide lightness, flexibility, absorption and resistance to slipping, qualities which are fundamental for safety shoes to be used in heavy and light industry production sites.
Get started with Ekosystem polyurethane processing equipment
Ekosystem can work closely with footwear and sport industry to determine the right polyurethane equipment and machinery for the production of shoes and other sport items. Our priority is to make our customers’ projects a reality, developing solutions able to meet their polyurethane processing goals. If you already have a project in mind or just want to identify the right solution for your needs, Ekosystem is here to support your next success.