A Flurry of Recent Industry Developments
With the intent of creating a face covering that can be worn comfortably during workouts, NexTex Innovations, an Atlanta-based textile technology and inventor of TurboDry, recently launched its new ParticleScreen face covering fabric. ParticleScreen is a patent-pending, 3-layer particle blocking system created by combining a TurboDry inner layer against the skin, a proprietary film in the middle and a protective outer layer. TurboDry technology uses biomimicry, a one-way moisture transport process, to keep users’ skin significantly drier than regular wicking materials, and comfortable for extended periods of time. Fabrics used are bluesign and Oeko-Tex certified. Athleta utilizes ParticleScreen, incorporating the TurboDry material into its new Activate mask.
Nilit Introduces Sensil WaterCare
Approximately 20 percent of global industrial water pollution can be attributed to textile dyeing and treatment. Nilit’s new Sensil WaterCare is pre-dyed so fabric and apparel makers save 100 percent of the water, energy, and chemicals involved in the traditional coloration process. In addition, Sensil WaterCare significantly reduces processing time, water treatment costs, and the risk of pollution to rivers, lakes, and oceans. Says Bernardo Staiano, NILIT CTO, “Sensil WaterCare can shorten the product development cycle, improve productivity, and reduce the burden of sampling and returns. These are tangible efficiency gains for the textile industry and also substantial benefits for the planet and people.” The product is part of the company’s comprehensive Planet Promise textile sustainability commitment.
brrr Debuts Advanced Cooling Fabric
The latest development from brrr targets the athletic and fitness markets with an advanced performance textile that features a more intense cooling sensation. brrr Pro has enhanced cooling fibers that are embedded with micro cooling minerals, plus hyper wicking and performance drying that work together to elevate the brand’s“Triple Chill Effect.” Under development for more than three years, brrr Pro Polyester outperformed competitors in cool-to-the-touch sensation as well as wicking and dry times, in independent lab tests, according to the firm.
Kingwhale Joins RE100 Global Initiative
Kingwhale has joined the RE100 global initiative, pledging to 100 percent renewable electricity by 2040. Kingwhale has become the first textile mill in Asia-Pacific to do so. RE100, led by the international non-profit The Climate Group, states its mission as, “To accelerate change towards zero carbon grids at scale.” Kingwhale has long placed an emphasis on sustainability, with its proprietary technologies resulting in manufacturing practices that minimize energy consumption, reduce waste, and utilize fewer resources.
Brookwood Names new CEO, Amber Brookman Departs
Frank Montie becomes Brookwood CEO effective January 1, 2021 as the company’s long-time CEO and textile industry veteran Amber Brookman departs. Montie currently serves as EVP. Brookman has been at the helm of the NYC-based firm for 30 years and remains on the company’s Board of Directors.