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Product Developments and Innovations in Textiles and Apparel, September 2015

Product Developments and Innovations in Textiles and Apparel, September 2015

This report analyses some of the latest developments and innovations in the global textile and apparel industry, including: biodegradable textiles; denim fabrics; dyes, dyeing technology and auxiliaries; environmentally friendly polyurethane (PU) dispersions; environmentally friendly water repellent treatments; fabrics for performance apparel; fibres; fibres and yarns for performance apparel; flame resistant jeans; knitting technology; laser finishing processes for garments; medical textiles; moisture wicking jeans; performance fibres; and testing equipment. The report includes news from the following innovative companies, other organisations and individuals: the Advanced Scientific Technology and Management Research Institute of Kyoto (ASTEM), Archroma, Artistic Fabric Mills, Asahi Kasei, the Belgian Textile Research Centre (Centexbel), the Centre for Graphene Science at the University of Exeter, Carhartt, Chemours, Covestro, DyStar, Eurojersey, Freudenberg Interlining, HeiQ Materials, Huntsman Textile Effects, INESC Microsistemas e Nanotecnologias (INESC-MN – the Institute for Systems and Computer Engineering, Microsystems and Nanotechnology), Invista, Lenzing, Mount Vernon FR, Outlast Technologies, Polartec, Professor Tomohiro Kuroda, Stoll, Teiken Limited, Tonello, Thai Acrylic Fibre, Universidade de Aveiro (the University of Aveiro), Universidade de Lisboa (the University of Lisbon), Versaperm, Wrangler, and YKK Fastening Products Group.


  • SUMMARY
  • BIODEGRADABLE TEXTILES
    • Freudenberg Interlining: the first polyester lining to be made from 100% biodegradable fibres
  • DENIM FABRICS
    • Artistic Fabric Mills: stretchable denim fabric collection
    • Invista: Lycra Beauty fabrics for denim jeans
  • DYES, DYEING TECHNOLOGY AND AUXILIARIES
    • Archroma: dyes for use in the coloration of denim fabrics
    • DyStar: Levafix ECO Black dye
    • HeiQ Materials: DyeFast auxiliaries designed to improve the polyester exhaust dyeing process
    • Huntsman Textile Effects: Avitera Black SE dye and Terasil TC disperse dyes
    • YKK Fastening Products Group: Eco-Dye dyeing technology for zips
  • ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY POLYURETHANE (PU) DISPERSIONS
    • Covestro: Impranil eco range of environmentally friendly polyurethane (PU) dispersions
  • ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY WATER REPELLENT TREATMENTS
    • Archroma: water repellent treatments for outdoor apparel
    • Huntsman Textile Effects and Chemours: Zelan R3 durable water repellent finish made from renewably sourced materials
  • FABRICS FOR PERFORMANCE APPAREL
    • Eurojersey: Sensitive Sculpt Light fabric for shapewear, sportswear and swimwear
    • Polartec: Polartec Power Wool fabric collection
  • FIBRES
    • Asahi Kasei: new versions of Roica, including an environmentally friendly version, and fine Cupro fibres
  • FIBRES AND YARNS FOR PERFORMANCE APPAREL
    • Invista: high tenacity polyester yarns for use in the manufacture of Cordura fabric
    • Lenzing: microfibre version of Tencel A100 fibre
  • FLAME RESISTANT JEANS
    • Mount Vernon FR and Carhartt: Flame Resistant (FR) stretch jeans
  • KNITTING TECHNOLOGY
    • Stoll: new knitting technique called Stoll-weave-in
  • LASER FINISHING PROCESSES FOR GARMENTS
    • Tonello: new laser finishing process for colouring fashion garments
  • MEDICAL TEXTILES
    • ASTEM, Teiken Limited and Professor Tomohiro Kuroda: textile which incorporates electrodes for electrocardiogram (ECG) measurements
  • MOISTURE WICKING JEANS
    • Wrangler: Cool Vantage moisture wicking men's jeans
  • PERFORMANCE FIBRES
    • Researchers in five institutes and universities: technique for embedding graphene into textile fibres
    • Outlast Technologies and Thai Acrylic Fibre: new version of Outlast acrylic fibre
  • TESTING EQUIPMENT
    • Versaperm: testing apparatus for measuring the permeability of a fabric

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