Adidas and Nike announced a partnership today that could allow the shoe company to make polyethylenimine-coated polyurethane, the first non-Nike material to be certified by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The partnership comes on the heels of Nike’s acquisition of Polytech last year.
It is a significant development for Nike, as the company continues to push the boundaries of technology and innovation, and the new material could have a big impact on Nike’s consumer product offerings.
“The first step in our partnership with Nike is to enable Nike to make the new Polytech for its sports teams, and for us to offer our athletes the best products on the market today,” said Tom Boggioni, Nike’s vice president of corporate development.
“Nike has been a leader in innovation and in building a better product, and this partnership will help to build on that.”
Nike’s polyethylenic material has been used in a number of other shoes, including the Air Max, Nike Zoom and the Nike Zoom Ultra.
The Nike-NKE partnership is expected to be finalized by the end of the year.