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User demand in
performance apparel
Performance apparel with attributes
such as thermal regulation and durable
water repellency (DWR) is in high
demand by frontline workers as well as
everyday consumers. In response to a
growing movement in the fire service
industry to completely transition
away from products containing
perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl
(PFAS) chemistry, TenCate Protective
Fabrics (TCPF) is bringing to market
a new, high-performance DWR finish
completely free of PFAS chemicals.
FreeFAS™ from TenCate Protective
Fabrics offers high abrasion-resistance
and NFPA 1971-approved levels
of water repellency. The company,
headquartered in Union City, Ga.,
provides design and production of
protective fabrics globally for the
emergency response, industrial and
military markets.
" We place the needs of the end
user at the starting point of our
innovations, " says Michael Laton,
TCPF's vice president, global strategy,
marketing and innovation. " When
the emergency response market
approached us about manufacturing
a PFAS-free, water-repellant finish
for their outer shells, we answered
the call. The response to FreeFAS has
been overwhelmingly positive-from
garment makers, to distributors, to
end users. "
Materials that supply thermal
insulation are also increasingly
sustainable. Germany-based
Freudenberg Performance Materials
and Italian silk maker Ratti SpA have
partnered to incorporate recycled silk,
with its natural insulating qualities,
into a nonwoven material. Freudenberg
produces the wadding with a threedimensional
structure from Ratti's silk
products. The nonwoven insulation,
comprised of 70 percent silk, features
countless tiny air chambers, which
give it excellent thermal insulation
properties along with breathability.
Ratti markets the insulation to the
apparel market.
The initial launch
of Volar Bio was
furniture grade for the
architecture and design
market, but it became
quickly apparent that
multiple transportation
markets were also
craving a durable and
sustainable product
like this.
A. R. Swan
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