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Techtextil Focus | July 2019

Trevira’s latest functional textiles

Trevira, the specialist for functional fibres and yarns, presented its products for a wide range of applications in the area of technical and functional textiles. Trevira appeared at Techtextil 2019 together with other exhibitors owned by parent company Indorama Ventures. Sustainability played a key part in Trevira’s display and across the entire Indorama joint fair booth, which revealed a number of new developments.

One sustainable product that was viewed at the fair was a pillow by its Portuguese customer Carlos Manuel Salgado Costa. The filling for the pillow consists of 95 per cent biopolymer PLA. PLA fibres from sustainable raw materials offer a sustainable alternative to petroleum-based fibres, and PLA is recyclable and 100 per cent biodegradable with industrial composting.

To create high-performing, attractive textiles for outdoor use, Trevira now offers a new range of 23 UV-resistant, spun-dyed filament yarns.

Aeropowder, a start-up company based in London, has launched a new sustainable product, pluumo– a biodegradable, innovative packaging material that harnesses the power of feathers. Trevira developed special binding fibres – bicomponent fibres consisting of two different biopolymers. This productive collaboration between Trevira and Aeropowder has resulted in the creation of a completely biodegradable insulating material, which was displayed at Techtextil.

Some examples of products made from PLA filament yarns are knitted massage gloves by Italian firm MDD di Maddaleno Massimiliano; an interior lining fabric that protects against the sun, by Spanish company Vertisol; and a woven 100 per cent PLA fabric by French firm Chamatex, all of which was part of Techtextil.

At the joint fair booth, Trevira also presented a piece-dyed fabric by Schmitz Textiles, made of flame retardant Trevira filament yarns from recycled materials. Another innovation in the area of filament yarns for flame retardant polyester home textiles can be seen in the use of Trevira CS fabrics for the outdoor sector. The hotel, restaurant, and shipping sectors rely on fabrics that are equally suitable for outdoor and indoor use. Indoors, fabrics must comply with stringent fire safety legislations. Outdoors, they must meet safety requirements while also offering high fastness to light.

To create high-performing, attractive textiles for outdoor use, Trevira now offers a new range of 23 UV-resistant, spun-dyed filament yarns. These are characterised by very high fastness to light, which is retained in textiles made of these yarns. Besides colour radiance and fastness, spun-dyed yarns also have an additional advantage. They are more sustainable than yarn-dyed products, as they do not require an additional dyeing process. This saves energy and helps protect the environment.

Trevira CS, in collaboration with PHP Fibers, have also developed a new type of pillow. The interior of the pillow consists of a new PHP fibres product, Breathair – a material created to provide breathable upholstery and filling solutions. The structurally innovative Breathair textile, based on a thermoplastic elastomer, is highly water repellent and unusually breathable. As it also offers excellent stretch qualities and durability, and is lighter than polyurethane but with equal rigidity, it is ideal for use in seat upholstery.

Furthermore, multi-layered, glass and carbon fibre materials for composites are in demand, and Trevira has now added special bonding filaments to its range. At the fair booth, Trevira presented a multi-layer fabric produced using modified textured yarn. The demand for hybrid yarns also shows no signs of letting up, and yarns with a low-melt component play an important role in a number of sectors, including the automotive industry. The fair booth revealed a special fabric development, which incorporates our low-melt yarn in the weft, deployed for example in covers for car boots. Another new textile developed especially for the automotive industry is the fabric ‘Suede’ by Adient. This soft material is manufactured with Trevira multifilament yarns.

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