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Taiwan launches new products at Outdoor Retailer show
Jul '17
Courtesy: Business wire
Courtesy: Business wire
The Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) hosted the Taiwan new Products Launch at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City. New products launched included cutting-edge fabric printing technology, smart textiles measuring heart rate and motion data, and textile innovations utilising fewer chemicals, water and raw materials.

Four of Taiwan’s leading textile manufacturers presented innovative products: Far Eastern New Century Corporation, QMI Industrial Company, Singtex Industrial Company, and Tex-Ray Industrial.

New product categories also included the world’s first PFC-free durable water repellant (DWR) polyester filament, PFC-free soil release polyester filament, and bio-based membrane and foam from coffee oil.

Simon Lai, executive director, Taiwan Trade Centre, San Francisco, said, “We are introducing breakthrough products and materials that represent the best of Taiwanese textile innovation. The Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is the perfect setting for new partnerships.”

Joseph C L Ma, director-general, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office, San Francisco remarked, “With a global growing trend in eco-friendliness, Taiwanese suppliers have devoted research and development to green technologies to meet customer demands and achieve goals of sustainability and corporate social responsibility.” Ma emphasised Taiwan’s competitive advantage in functional, environmental, and smart fabrics comes from its strong development of functional artificial fibres, which helps produce a wide variety of fabrics. Taiwan’s fabric industry also incorporates semiconductor, biomedical and cross-industry innovations. “This event provides a good platform for Taiwanese manufacturers and the global outdoor industry to foster more collaborations,” he concluded.

Melissa Wang, deputy director, Market Development Department, Taiwan Textile Federation presented “The Vision of Taiwan Textile Industry,” including product differentiation, design and creativity, function combined with eco-consciousness, and branding.

Four of Taiwan’s leading textile manufacturers presented innovative products.

Far Eastern New Century Corporation presented two world-first products. FENC TopDry Zero is the world’s first PFC-free DWR polyester filament. The polymer is intrinsically water-repellent, offering permanent and superior DWR performance. FENC TopClean is the world’s first PFC-free polyester filament allowing for easy soil removal. The polymer naturally eases removal of soil and stains when soaked in pure water, while offering superior nylon-like comfort. Additionally, the company showcased FENC DynaFeedTM which uses a highly durable ultra-thin organic matrix to seamlessly and sustainably integrate the textile world with the digital. The DynaFeedTM directly measures real-time performance information during training, which is then displayed in an app the athlete can use to fine-tune performance.

QMI Industrial Company presented the Aqua Terra fabric and the Roam Anywear Hood, two of the latest VAST Tech developments. Created with the user in mind, they allow active nature lovers to get closer to nature in their busy lives. Marrying function with form, the Aqua Terra fabric and Roam Anywear Hood offer minimalist designs, fusing multiple functions into singular products. They effectively limit the amount of production resources needed, making them environmentally friendly. Aqua Terra is a fabric for garments that go from the mountains, to the oceans, to the office. The Roam Anywear Hood easily inflates to become a pillow.

Singtex Industrial Company presented three products. The AIRMEM, the latest innovation from S.Café, pushes textiles to a new level. Twenty-five per cent of the material comprises coffee oil extracted from spent coffee grounds. Its membrane replaces petroleum-based materials with a more sustainable alternative. Twenty-five per cent of S.Café's bio-foam, the AIRNEST, is derived from the sustainable source of coffee oil. The AIRNEST presents a new alternative to petroleum-based ingredients, while providing a high-performance textile. The AIRNEST applies to a wide range of functionality and end-user markets. S.Café's innovation continues with its cutting-edge fabric printing technology, the P4DRY. Repurposed coffee grounds give the print layer four key attributes: it dries quickly, controls odour, reduces the rate of condensation, and is tremendously sustainable.

Tex-Ray Industrial by 2020 will improve its environmental footprint by reducing water usage and decreasing carbon dioxide emissions during raw material production. Texray Performance Green House supplies and presented a series of collections that maintain their beauty and performance while being non-toxic. The Eco series can be divided into three categories: less chemicals with more function, represented by T-Cool and T-Hot fabrics; less water with fancy colours, represented by the ECO-lor dyeing technology; less raw material usage, represented by Recycle Poly with Blue Dye products.

Exhibitors and attendees from the industry remarked it was impressive to hear the overview of Taiwan’s textile industry and learn about the innovative eco-products and materials discussed in the presentations and displayed in the demos.

According to estimates of the Taiwan Textile Research Institute's ITIS research team, the output value (including overseas production) of Taiwan's functional fabrics accounts for roughly 50 per cent of the global output value of functional fabrics, making Taiwan the world's largest functional fabric production base. (SV)

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