Category: NEWZ – Technical Textile Updates

New on the market are fabrics where the Protex® fibre is blended with the Outlast® fibre providing flame retardant fabrics with a higher level of comfort, temperature regulation and moisture management not normally associated with protective clothing.

Outlast Technologies Inc., market leader in temperature regulating phase change materials (PCMs), and Waxman Fibres Ltd of West Yorkshire, UK, have developed a range of innovative flame retardant (FR) circular knitted fabrics where FR Protex modacrylic fibre is blended with Outlast viscose fibre, to bring new levels of comfort to FR workwear.

The new FR fabrics, which will be exhibited at the forthcoming Techtextil in Frankfurt in June, have been produced by the well known innovative Portuguese circular knitter A. Sampaio & Filhos – Texteis S.A., of Santa Tirso, and are made from 60% MAC Protex and 40% CV Outlast. The fabrics are Oeko-Tex Standard 100 compliant and certified by the European norm EN ISO 14116 Index 3, which specifies the performance requirements for the limited flame spread properties of materials, material assemblies and protective clothing in order to reduce the possibility of the clothing burning and thereby itself constituting a hazard.


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Christian Eschler, manufacturer of highly functional knits has recently gained promising reputation to emerge as a supplier of hi-tech knits to the hospitals.The company says it profits from its know-how in the active sports sector, gained over decades spent developing fabrics, and this valuable experience now benefits personnel in hospital operating theatres and in the nursing sector.

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Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc. has signed a ten-year CRAiLAR fiber supply agreement with Hanesbrands Inc. This will commercialize NAT’s proprietary fibers and establishes the foundation for continued adoption of its flax-based fiber.

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The leading Seamless knitting machine builder Santoni, showed a highly innovative range of sportswear at the recent Ispo show in Munich, the leading sportswear event in Europe.  Here, the Italian company’s marketing manager Patrick Silva explains the Brescia based company’s strategy with regard to outerwear and in particularl sportswear.

“While Seamless underwear has grown formidably, especially in China – both in its domestic and export markets, establishing itself on the world market as a solid and ever expanding classic, we were very pleased to see at the recent ISPO Show in Munich this February 2011 that our market forecasts, our continuous R&D and our commercial strategies towards expanding Seamless to the Outerwear sector are beginning to make important strides not only in China, but all over the world.

We received a very positive sign of this at the Munich ISPO by seeing the presence of an abundance of Seamless items in the booths of many of the most important sports brands.  These items were not only of the athletic type but also of the casual type. Moreover this trend was reflected in both Western and Chinese exhibitors’ garments.

On our Santoni booth, where we had a very conspicuous and constant flow of specialised and professional visitors from all over the world, we were able to show products made on our seamless machines, both of the Circular Seamless line and of the Compact Warp Seamless line (with an important addition of our Garment Length line in the traditional cut and sew systems).  We especially brought to the Munich ISPO a collection of these various sportswear ranges to illustrate what we believe to be the inherent advantageous features that the Santoni machines bring to this very important field of sports-specific clothing.

Circular seamless program

As everyone is aware, the Worldwide trends for apparel are increasingly requiring clothes that combine comfort with hygiene and well-being both in one’s leisurewear, daily workwear, and in the field of active sports and fitness exercise.

The old myth about seamless being only associated with synthetic yarns has been undoubtedly quashed by Santoni seamless circular technology successfully using all types of yarn – both natural and man-made.

Also the necessary technical targets, so simple and particularly suitable for sportswear, are now being achieved by meeting the modern and specific needs of the sporting fraternity, made in the Santoni Seamless Way.

In the collection of sportswear items we presented, we concentrated on showing not only the use of natural yarns as well as synthetic ones (including uncovered elasticated yarns) but also those for obtaining those required technical targets.  This demonstrated that Seamless is the ideal way to construct the garment including any of these following characteristics:

  • moisture management for evaporation of perspiration
  • compression areas that offer both body support and better temperature management
  • padding thicknesses for greater body protection while still maintaining the all important moisture and temperature management requirements
  • venting to remove heat from specific areas
  • thermal pockets strategically placed to trap body heat, again in specific areas

These products shown, made on our latest Outerwear models of seamless circular machines, received a tremendous amount of interest from the visitors to our booth. They can be detailed as follows:

SM8 -TR1 products


Of particular interest were our very fine and light garments made on this machine in natural yarns, especially in wool and cotton.  These are first layer items that have a soft handle, very pleasant in contact with the skin, have all the inherent technology typical of this machine in order to make openwork fabric to permit the effective control and management of perspiration, whilst maintaining an attractive garment appearance.

Excitingly, we also showed products knitted on this same model called second layer that were heavier items which incorporated body mapping technology.  Our collection showed these heavier items having all those technical characteristics mentioned above with special attention to mock felts and specific transparent areas.

SM6-Rib 2 products

Here our products emphasised the casual or leisurewear side of sport clothes.

We exhibited some polos and sweaters made in natural fibres of wool and cotton as well as in plated fabrics combined with synthetic yarns like polyester. These sweaters were of great interest because they were in the finest gauges and produced at a very high productivity rate with the possibility of fabric knit structures in the latest fashion trends.  In fact this machine was specifically designed for producing fine quality high production casual or sport knitwear in the most fashionable styles.

SM8 TOP 2, 40 gauge products

Part of the collection displayed at Ispo Munich was made with the brand new range of seamless fine gauge machines. This fine gauge possibility represents a technological breakthrough for a new dimension of seamless garment. The surface of the garment is smoother and lighter offering an incomparable feeling of comfort like a second skin.

Lightweight fit and seamless technology offer an increased feeling of well being to the final customer and new performance benefits for the sportswear market. A strong content of elastane in such products offer a new performance features in the field of functional activewear.

SM-DJ2T products

This machine is literally universal and can produce both classic casual wear as well as technical structured wear with floats and perspiration management zones as shown in some of our sample collections. It uses all types of yarn and has the added flexibility of being able to produce also underwear that can be worn indoors like outerwear, for example loungewear.

Seamless Warp Knits Program

We also demonstrated at the Munich ISPO one of our latest Seamless targets that we have been studying in the world of warp knitting, namely our compact warp knitting machine, model SWD 6/2J.


The major sportswear brands are always interested in warp knitted fabrics due to their two inherent fabric characteristics – breathability and non-run fabric structures.

Having now produced on our machine Seamless items with these fabric structures, visitors were especially interested to see these warp garments ‘free of any seams’ and produced in the futuristic ‘entire garment’ way with the least possible post-knitting finishing operations required.

Another feature of great interest in our sportswear warp collection was combination of mesh areas, body mapping with compression and support areas. All these features give a very promising potential especially in the specific Athletic and Active type of sport clothing.

In conclusion, this month’s Munich ISPO, has greatly encouraged our belief that Seamless and Sportswear go hand in hand and in many ways seem to be made for one another.  The presence of seamless items in so many booths of so many well-known brands and the keen interest of the large numbers of visitors on our booth make us confident that Seamless in sportswear is going to be an ever growing concern with beneficial results for all concerned.  So much so that we are also participating this month at ISPO China, which is Asia’s most important sportswear show, as ISPO Germany is the most important world venue for this field.

We were very grateful to the fine organisers of this exhibition and to all those visitors from all over the world that came to see Santoni Seamless Sportswear in our booth.”

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Hohenstein researchers carry out field study into the effect of antibacterial clothing on skin flora and microclimate. Trials show that the natural skin flora is unaffected even after long periods of wear.


In recent years, antimicrobial textiles have become enormously important, whether in the field of technical textiles for preventing infection, medical/therapeutic clothing to help in the treatment of atopic dermatitis or anti-odour treatments for sportswear and clothes for outdoor activities. Most of the antimicrobial garments in the market at present contain silver.

Scientists at the Hohenstein Institute say that even though silver has a very good image and has been used for decades with no problem in other areas such as for treating drinking water, purchasers of antibacterial clothing have been confused by, in some cases, highly controversial debate and reporting in the media.

Hohenstein says that in addition, until now there has been no scientific research into the question of product safety, especially with regard to the possible negative effects on skin flora and the skin’s microclimate. “Particularly where antibacterial chemical fibres are used in clothing worn next to the body, such as underwear, users have so far been very sceptical. Until now, there had been no scientific study of this question of safety,” The institute’s researchers say.  In a research project that has now been completed (AiF No. 15537 N), financed by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) via the Federation of Industrial Research Associations AIF, Hohenstein researchers were able to investigate this subject in a large-scale field study.

A total of 60 healthy volunteers took part in the trial for a period of 6 weeks. Special T-shirts were made for the survey, with an antibacterial treatment on one side (verum), while the other half served as a non-antibacterial placebo. For comparison purposes, researchers studied the effect of both an antibacterial spinning additive (polyester fibres containing silver) and an antibacterial finishing treatment containing silver. Before the survey, the antibacterial activity in the samples was tested in the laboratory using test bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumonia. Then the T-shirts had to be worn by the volunteers every day for at least 8 hours for a period of 4 weeks and various parameters for the skin flora and microclimate were investigated each week. For the entire period of the trial, the health of the volunteers in this placebo-controlled, intra-individual right/left survey was monitored by a dermatologist and the test sites on the skin were dermatologically assessed.


At the beginning of the trial and during and after the series of tests, researchers identified the types of skin bacteria that were typical of each of the volunteers’ natural skin flora and say that at no time did any pathogenic bacteria occur. The individual differences between the volunteers were all within a normal range when compared with data on skin flora in the literature. “No effect by the textile fibres on the skin flora could be detected either in individual volunteers or when the whole group or parts of it were considered. The results of this field study therefore confirm the data in the literature which suggest that healthy human skin flora are very stable. Most notably, there was no significant difference in the total number of bacteria between the functionalised side (verum) and the control side (placebo). Nor was there any variation in the individual range of bacteria specific to each volunteer which could be attributed to the functionalised textile fibres,” the research team says.

In addition to the skin flora, researchers also looked at the skin microclimate. This term describes the thin layer between the surface of the skin and the inside surface of the textile, which develops its own specific moisture level, air flow and temperature, depending on the fibres and construction of the textile, and which is said to affect not only the level of comfort that is experienced but also the living conditions for skin bacteria. Researchers studied three aspects of the microclimate relating to skin physiology: the vapour loss through the skin (trans-epidermal water loss or TEWL, as a direct measure of the barrier effect of the skin), skin moisture levels and the pH value. “No significant effect on vapour loss from the skin could be detected on either the functionalised (verum) side or the control side (placebo). This meant that the antibacterial fibres had no effect on the skin barrier,” the scientists say, adding:

“There was equally little change in the pH value of the volunteers’ skin or in the moisture levels in their skin. None of the trial participants showed any dermatological changes such as increased dryness or inflammation.”

“To summarise, in this field study the skin flora and microclimate of healthy skin remained unaffected by the antibacterial T-shirts that were worn next to the skin: no damage to the skin flora could be detected, i.e. no change to the total number of bacteria on the skin or variation in the range of bacteria. The antibacterial textiles could therefore be classified as safe. Nevertheless, the antibacterial textiles are effective against bacteria entering the fabric in perspiration, as shown in previous studies,” the researchers concluded. The researchers say they will now be able to submit their data for publication in an internationally regarded specialist dermatology journal.

IGF project no. 15537 N, run by the Research Association the Textile Research Council, was sponsored via the AIF as part of the programme to support “Industrial Community Research and Development” (IGF), with funds from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) following an Order by the German Federal Parliament. “We are grateful to the Research Association the Textile Research Council for its financial support for the research project. We must also thank the members of the project support committee who, with their specialist expertise and willingness to contribute to the discussions, helped ensure a successful conclusion to the project,” the Hohenstein Institute says.

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Tuff-N-Lite™ Hockey, based in Montreal, Canada, announced that its’ unique line of cut-resistant skate socks has received clearance for use in NHL games, by the National Hockey League.

The specialty protective equipment company has continued to grow, since launching an innovative line of high-performance, cut-resistant garments in 2009, that provide key protection for hockey players, that traditional equipment does not.

Tuff-N-Lite™ Hockey protective hockey socks are already being used by a number of NHL hockey players, including Travis Moen of the Montreal Canadians, who was protected from sustaining a potential career-ending injury last season.

Key benefits of Tuff-N-Lite™ Hockey skate socks include:

  • * The products essentially look, feel and stretch like athletic socks, while offering prevention of potential career-threatening injuries.
  • * Tuff-N-Lite™ Hockey skate socks use Tuff-N-Lite Cool™ patented technology, that
  • * Tuff-N-Lite Hockey: Protection- Reinvented
  • conducts heat away from players, keeping them comfortable and dry throughout the game.
  • * Tuff-N-Lite™ Hockey garments use light, breathable fabrics, which are not woven, so they stretch in all directions, increasing player comfort.
  • * Tuff-N-Lite™ Hockey is the first supplier in the industry to use Micro-Texpur® technology, which is an eco-green antimicrobial agent.

The innovative technologies and patents created and used to-date, for the first generation of protective gear are also currently being utilized to develop other leading protection for professional and amateur hockey players and hockey enthusiasts alike, including: wrist guards, goalie leg tubes and slash guards, among others.

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Dyneema® ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fibers can now be used in cut resistant gloves  for the food processing industry in Europe.

Gloves made with Dyneema® are ideal for use in the food industry, thanks to a combination of the very high level of protection they provide together with enhanced comfort and durability. Wearer comfort is equally as important as protection performance for safety managers and company’s employees, since it is a crucial factor in ensuring that gloves are actually worn. Durability is also important for the buyer. Gloves made with Dyneema® have very long service lives and withstand multiple laundering cycles, delivering cost savings without compromising on performance.

Within the European Union, materials and articles used in food contact applications need to comply with very strict requirements laid out in the Framework Regulation (EC) No 1935/2004 governing materials used in contact with food, as well as the GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) Regulation (EC) No 2023/2006. UHMWPE fiber of DSM Dyneema, has now been granted approval under these EU regulations.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval for UHMWPE fiber of DSM Dyneema in 2006 for use in food contact applications.

DSM actively pursues food contact approval status for high performance polyethylene fibers.

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Medically endorsed SIGVARIS is proud to announce the release of the SIGVARIS Performance Sock into the U.S. Market. The launch marks the latest addition to the Active Therapy line, designed for competitive athletes and weekend warriors.

SIGVARIS’ Athletic Recovery has been extremely popular since it launched last year. Now athletes will not only be able to improve their recovery time, they’ll also be able to peak their performance with the launch of SIGVARIS’ newest sock.

“Having been the global leader in medical compression therapy for the past 50 years, SIGVARIS is at the forefront of creating the most effective compression products,” says Jonas Thelin, director of marketing for SIGVARIS North America.

“It made sense for us to enter the sports market because the use of compression is such a huge topic in sports right now, and we had an opportunity to create truly superior sports compression socks. Our Active Therapy line was designed to optimize an athlete’s athletic performance as well as speed up post-workout recovery time.”

When a sportsperson slips on a SIGVARIS Active Therapy sock, he or she is benefiting from the science behind “true graduated compression” – compression that is strongest at the ankle and gradually diminishes as it goes up the leg.

Features of the Performance Sock include:

• True graduated compression (20-30mmHg)
• An extra-wide comfort band that stays in place without digging into the skin
• Safety reflectors for running at night
• Achilles Tendon protectors to reduce vibration on vulnerable ligaments
• A cushioned foot bed design to help keep feet blister free
• High-tech fibers for thermal and odor control – sock stays perfectly dry

SIGVARIS North America is part of an internationally active medical device group headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland that focuses on the development, production and distribution of medical compression garments, including hosiery and socks. With distribution in more than 50 countries on six continents, SIGVARIS is recognized as a global industry leader in the area of compression therapy for the management of venous disorders.

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adidas Golf, an industry leader in performance apparel and footwear, has introduced a new outerwear line to protect and deliver world-class performance against the game’s harshest elements. Available now, the expanded ClimaProof collection is offered in four categories to battle specific weather conditions: Storm, Rain, Wind and Wind-Warm.

What separates adidas Golf apparel and footwear from its competitors is the innovative technologies, including ClimaProof, which has helped adidas Golf become an industry leader in the category. ClimaProof all-weather protection is made of highly weather-resistant fabrics that provide protection from wind, rain, and cold. Additionally, the lightweight, soft fabrications result in a quieter, more comfortable garment.

In order to develop its latest outerwear evolution, adidas Golf launched a full-scale investigation to further discover and understand the performance needs of serious golfers. The process included extensive product testing in extreme conditions, as well as conducting extensive interviews and detailed feedback gathering from the adidas Golf Tour Staff. The result is a wide-ranging outerwear collection that looks, fits, feels and performs better than any other brand.

“adidas Golf takes pride in providing the golfer with apparel that is technologically advanced and fulfills every need,” said Tiss Dahan, Senior Director of Global Apparel. “The style and innovation that exists with all of our adidas Golf products is displayed in these outerwear pieces, and we believe that our innovation with ClimaProof will provide golfers with the ultimate outerwear protection so that they can continue to play golf year-round.”

The four ClimaProof categories are as follows:

After multiple rounds of extensive testing, adidas Golf has produced the ClimaProof Storm Ultimate Jacket and ClimaProof Storm Ultimate Pant. A similar version, the ClimaProof Storm All-Weather Caddy Suit, was selected as the official supplier of the Bandon Dunes caddy force who is challenged daily by the Pacific Northwest’s ever-changing weather conditions.

The ClimaProof Storm Ultimate Jacket and Ultimate Pant combines re-enforced construction, modern materials and industry-leading features to provide the best possible protection, and incorporates lightweight, reinforced double-layer shoulder inserts, 4-way mechanical stretch for easy movement and comfort, fully seam-sealed waterproof zippers, waterproof protection to 20,000mm and breathability of 26,700 g/m2/24hrs.

The ClimaProof Rain Provisional Jacket and ClimaProof Rain Provisional Pant are highly wind-resistant, fully seam-sealed, waterproof to 3,000mm and offer breathability of 3,000gm/m2/24hrs. Each includes a one-year waterproof warranty.

In addition to being highly wind- and water-resistant, the ClimaProof Wind products are lightweight and water resistant up to600mm.

The ClimaProof Wind-Warm outerwear maintains body heat without adding bulk or restricting the swing and is water-resistant up to 6,000mm.

As the climate moves from cooler summer evenings, to autumn, to winter, adidas Golf offers a variety of layering pieces in multiple weights and styling, all with performance elements such as wicking and breathability to maximize the golfer’s own unique microclimate.

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DRIFIRE Comfortable FR Wear, industry leader in comfortable flame resistant clothing for U.S. warfighters, proudly introduces its new 2-piece flight suit and combat shirt for NAVAIR, both of which have been designed by aircrew for aircrew. The garments feature fabrics that offer permanent flame resistance and superior moisture management properties, with innovative designs that improve wearer comfort and increase functionality.

“Our new flight suits and combat shirts have been designed and tested alongside active duty NAVAIR aircrew, have been approved by NAVAIR, and are available for immediate sale to the entire fleet,” said Steven Scheyer, CEO of Optimer Brands, which manufactures DRIFIRE.

In addition to the permanent, no-melt, no drip flame-resistance, superior moisture-wicking, fast drying, and antibacterial odor control properties delivered by all DRIFIRE FRC clothing, the new flight suits boast unique design features built specifically for NAVAIR personnel.

“As we tested our garments with end-users we identified some key issues. First, heat stress is a top concern for military aircrew. Second, even the smallest details, such as the design of a button, could have major consequences if a pilot faces a flight emergency,” said Rob Hines, Vice-President of Product Development for DRIFIRE. “Our new flight suits address these issues by delivering the best moisture management in the market to minimize heat stress, as well as incorporating design features that reduce issues such as snag hazards. Our new designs give wearers maximum comfort and protection in the air and on the ground.”

The new flight suits represent an important addition to the existing DRIFIRE product line.

“Adding these protective outerwear pieces to our already popular line of layering garments allow us to offer end-users a complete clothing system that maximizes comfort and safety,” said Scheyer. “Layering the flight suits with our short and long-sleeve shirts, boxer briefs and long-johns, and combining them with our head protection gear, such as balaclavas and skull caps, will ensure that warfighters will be protected while achieving maximum comfort. This is another great step that fulfills our company’s mission.”

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DRIFIRE, a premier developer, manufacturer and marketer of comfortable flame resistant clothes, offers garments that provide optimal comfort, moisture management and flame resistance to people working in the military, law enforcement, electric utilities, and other environments where flame and arc-flash are a concern. DRIFIRE’s superior drirelease technology and wide product selection have helped it quickly become one of the leading retailers of comfortable FR garments today.

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