SALT LAKE CITY – At the ongoing Outdoor Retailer Summer Market held in Salt Lake City, Utah, four of Taiwan’s leading textile manufacturers are showcasing new products including petroleum alternatives and filaments for sports apparel at a launch hosted by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA).
The launch covered fabric printing technology, wearable textiles and introduced new sustainable procedures which reduce water and chemical use during processing.
Synthetic fibres manufacturer Far Eastern New Century demonstrated TopDry, what it claims to be is the world’s first PFC-free DWR polyester filament.
Other technologies from the Taiwanese firm include TopClean, a PFC-free filament for easy soil removal, and DynaFeed which is integrated within sports apparel and can measure a wearer’s heartrate.
Singtex displayed its coffee-inspired sustainable petroleum alternative. The company has replaced petroleum-based products in fabric production with the membrane of coffee beans with its Airmem technology. The company’s Airnest technology integrates coffee oil as a potential component in fabric development.
Activewear manufacturer QMI Industrial Co. has launched its ‘Roam Anywear’ hood, said to be ideal for outdoor garments, which can also transition to a portable pillow when inflated.
Yarn manufacturer Tex-Ray presented a series of non-toxic dyes and shared its work to reduce water and CO2 emissions during raw materials production.