Material of the Month, August 2015: Valure

Material of the Month, August 2015: Valure

Posted 7 August 2015 by Angelique Blankson

BASF’s Valure® is a texture transfer coating technology that can replicate the feel of any surface; from leather to fish-scales applied to a variety of substrates through a specialised laminating process. The technology allows the film to be decorated with a design or texture in-mould. Valure® is capable of producing highly tactile, deep textures on a wide range of substrates. It could replace in-mould textures improving the grip and offering soft touch surfaces. Consider using Valure® to differentiate surfaces, giving users tactile cues for grips and interfaces, or simply for decorative purposes.

General properties of Valure

  • Rich and deep tactile textures with a soft, almost textile quality
  • Compatible with a wide range of substrates
  •  Durable and hard-wearing
  • Can be colour matched

Colour / Finishes

Valure® is available in a vast range of colours and can be colour matched to specific requirements. It is also available in rich, tactile textures with a soft, almost textile-like quality, and it can be used to replicate the feel of any surface, from leathers through to soft touchrubbers.

Main drawbacks

The surface can attract unwanted dust (dirt-repellent grades are available, though of course, at an extra cost).

The coating can only be laminated onto a 2D surface. Once Valure® has been applied to the substrate it can be formed into a 3D shape in a second stage.

Applications

So far, Valure® has been used mainly in automotive interiors, including seating fabrics and trim for high-end brands such as BMW, as well as premium packaging applications, but this relatively new technology is still eagerly waiting to be explored in various applications.

Valure® is capable of producing highly tactile, rich textures on a wide range of substrates. It could replace in-mould textures, improve grip and offer luxurious soft touch finishes.Consider using Valure® to differentiate surfaces, giving users tactile cues for grips and interfaces, or simply for decorative purposes. Consider using Valure® to differentiate surfaces, giving users tactile cues for grips and interfaces, or simply for decorative purposes. This high-quality coating technology does not wear off easily, reassuring users about the longevity and quality of the product.