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Temperature control fabrics, finishes and materials: optimising wearer comfort

Temperature control fabrics, finishes and materials: optimising wearer comfort

Demand for clothing which helps the wearer to maintain a comfortable body temperature is increasing—reflecting a growing focus by consumers on comfort, health and well-being, and rising demand for apparel which helps them to feel comfortable while they are pursuing a broad range of activities. As a result, temperature control materials—which have traditionally been associated with sportswear and outdoor apparel—are being incorporated increasingly into a broad range of everyday products, including athleisure apparel, fashion apparel, sleepwear, underwear and workwear. A wide variety of temperature control fabrics, finishes and materials is now available, and the market is fiercely competitive. Innovation is key, and a number of companies are focusing increasingly on the development of dynamic temperature control technologies which can adapt their properties according to changes in environmental conditions and the body's microclimate. This report provides a wealth of information on the market for temperature control fabrics, finishes and materials, and discusses the latest innovations in this sector with specific reference to: dynamic temperature control; fabrics, finishes and materials which facilitate cooling; and insulating materials. Furthermore, the report includes information relating to: environmental sustainability; the physiology of temperature regulation; the role of clothing in temperature regulation; the thermal properties of fabrics; and applications of temperature control fabrics, finishes and materials.


  • SUMMARY
  • INTRODUCTION
  • PHYSIOLOGY OF TEMPERATURE REGULATION
    • Table Skin temperatures in different parts of the human body
    • HEAT LOSS FROM THE BODY
      • Conduction
      • Convection
      • Evaporation
      • Radiation
      • Respiration
  • ROLE OF CLOTHING IN TEMPERATURE REGULATION
    • INSULATION
    • BREATHABILITY AND MOISTURE MANAGEMENT
      • Table Clo values for different items of clothing and footwear
      • Table RETa values and wear comfort
  • THERMAL PROPERTIES OF FABRICS
    • FIBRE COMPOSITION
      • Table Moisture absorption of fibres
    • YARN CONSTRUCTION
    • FABRIC CONSTRUCTION
    • SPECIALIST FINISHES
  • MARKET FOR TEMPERATURE CONTROL FABRICS, FINISHES AND MATERIALS
    • FACTORS AFFECTING GROWTH
    • CHALLENGES AFFECTING THE MARKET FOR
      • Environmental sustainability
  • APPLICATIONS FOR TEMPERATURE CONTROL FABRICS, FINISHES AND MATERIALS
    • ATHLEISURE APPAREL
    • FASHION APPAREL
    • FOOTWEAR
    • MILITARY APPAREL
    • OUTDOOR APPAREL
    • SLEEPWEAR
    • SPORTSWEAR
    • UNDERWEAR AND HOSIERY
    • WORKWEAR
  • STATIC TEMPERATURE CONTROL: INNOVATIONS IN INSULATING MATERIALS
    • FREUDENBERG PERFORMANCE MATERIALS: COMFORTEMP CONTINUOUS PADDING INSULATION MATERIAL MADE FROM INTERCONNECTED FIBRE BALLS
    • HDWOOL: HDWOOL
    • INVISTA: INSULATING DENIM FABRICS
    • NIPI (NATURAL INSULATION PRODUCTS INC):
    • POLARTEC: POLARTEC POWER FILL
    • PONTETORTO AND VAUDE: BIOPILE FABRIC
    • PRIMALOFT: PRIMALOFT GOLD INSULATION WITH CROSS CORE AND PRIMALOFT SILVER INSULATION NATURAL BLEND
    • SYMPATEX TECHNOLOGIES: NEW HEATING SYSTEMS FOR WORKWEAR
    • TEIJIN FRONTIER: SOLOTEX THERMO FIBRE
    • THERMALTECH: THERMALTECH COPPER CORE YARN, THERMALTECH HEATING YARN AND THERMALTECH INTERLINING MESH
      • Thermaltech Copper Core Yarn
      • Thermaltech Heating Yarn
      • Thermaltech Interlining Mesh
    • THERMORE: THERMORE FREEDOM AND ECODOWN
    • YETI: CRYSTAL DOWN AND REDFLEX FIBRE
  • STATIC TEMPERATURE CONTROL: FABRICS, FINISHES AND MATERIALS WHICH FACILITATE COOLING
    • COOLCORE: NATURAL PERFORMANCE FABRICS
    • DEVAN CHEMICALS: BI-OME QUICK DRY AND TONES
    • NANOTEX: DRY INSIDE FOR COTTON FABRICS
    • TEIJIN ARAMID: TEIJINCONEX COOLNEX SUPER WICKING FABRIC
    • TEIJIN FRONTIER: KNITTED AND LAMINATED MATERIAL FOR SPORTSWEAR
    • THERMALTECH: THERMALTECH COOLING YARN
  • DYNAMIC TEMPERATURE CONTROL
    • COCONA: 37.5 TECHNOLOGY
    • DEVAN CHEMICALS: THERMIC
    • DIRECTA PLUS: G+ (GRAPHENE PLUS)
    • HEIQ: HEIQ SMART TEMP
    • OUTLAST TECHNOLOGIES AND THAI ACRYLIC FIBRE: OUTLAST ACRYLIC FIBRE
    • THERMORE: THERMORE THERMAL BOOSTER
  • OUTLOOK

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