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VICOTE® Coatings' Excellent Release and Durability Properties Enhance Shoe Mold Performance

Published on 2009-08-06. Author : SpecialChem

To enhance the performance of its shoe molds, Du Wei Enterprise Company of Taiwan, chose VICOTE Coatings, a tough, high wear-resistant coating that is proven to outperform traditional mold release agents. Based on VICTREX® PEEK™ polymer, a high performance thermoplastic, VICOTE Coating has a lifetime of up to 1.5 months (about 5, 000 cycles) which is 30 times greater than PTFE.

Used to produce shoes made of Ethylene Vinyl Acetate (EVA) resin, the 2-color shoe molds are subject to extreme high temperature and aggressive environment, placing added demands on materials, including high temperature resistance, high wear and abrasion resistance, easy to clean, easy to remove, easy to recoat, durability and high compressive strength. With the continuous use temperature of 260°C (500°F) and the ability to maintain mechanical properties in high temperature operating environments, VICOTE Coating can address the challenges facing shoe mold manufacturers.

"When we were seeking innovative ways to achieve technical breakthrough on the 2-color EVA shoe tools, we turned to VICOTE Coating. With its unique combination of properties, especially its high temperature resistance, high compressive strength and durability, VICOTE Coating greatly outperforms the traditional mold release agents and other products of its kind, demonstrating its solid leading position in the industry," said James Chui, Vice President of Du Wei, "In addition to technical advantages, the other factor that drives our success is the collaboration with a strong Victrex technical team who is committed to excellence."

"VICOTE Coating is tough resilient and high wear resistant coating with varying levels of lubricants to provide good release properties. It is the material of choice for shoe mold and many other types of applications to improve performance and reduce system costs," said Gary Li, Senior Market Development Manager of Victrex. "Victrex has pinpointed commitment to technology innovation, with its mission of providing the highest quality products and solutions available and helping our customers sharpen their competitive edge. We believe it's just a start of the cooperation with Du Wei and we are eager to see more cooperative projects in the near future."

About Du Wei Enterprise Co., Ltd:

Du Wei Enterprise Co., Ltd., established in August 1987, is a professional shoe mold manufacturer. It applies an advanced 3D CAD/CAM System to facilitate the process of shoe mold production. This system insures consistent high quality and timely delivery of shoe molds. For more than 15 years of experience & effective teamwork, our products have established a good reputation in quality and performance. Du Wei's products have been shipped to over 25 countries in the world.

About Victrex:

Headquartered in the UK, Victrex plc is an innovative leading manufacturer of high performance materials, including VICTREX® PEEK™ polymer, VICOTE® Coatings and APTIV™ film. These materials are used in a variety of markets and offer an exceptional combination of properties to help processors and end users reach new levels of cost savings, quality, and performance. All Victrex material production comes under Victrex's ISO 9001 quality registration.

Source: Victrex


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