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Teijin develops water-repellant stretchable fabric

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Aug '18
Courtesy: Teijin
Courtesy: Teijin
Teijin Frontier, the Teijin Group’s fibre and products converting company, has developed a new, highly water-repellent fabric incorporating enhanced elastic properties. It plans to market the new product from the beginning of the 2019 spring/summer season. Teijin, headquartered in Japan, is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions.

The new fabric is designed primarily for trousers and outer-clothing applications requiring medium thickness materials. Teijin Frontier is targeting annual sales of JPY one billion ($ 9 million) by the fiscal year ending March 2021, according to a press release.

Based on the company’s existing water repellent fabric, the new design incorporates a convex structure with horizontal surface tension which is smaller than waterdrops, allowing water to run off the surface smoothly.

The fabric achieves a grade four out of five in water-repellent rating initially, and a grade three rating after being washed 20 times. It is able to stretch by 10 per cent, and maintains water-repellency when stretched, thanks to its flexible structure; conventional water-repellent fabrics are unable to achieve similar levels of stretchablility because of the high density of their yarn arrays.

The demand for highly water-repellent apparel, including stretchable clothes such as trousers and outer-clothing applications, is growing in response to the increased frequency of heavy rain in Japan. (GK)

Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India


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