The autumn 2017 edition of Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics is warming up its engines and will take place October 11-13, 2017 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai.
This international trade show specialized in offering new apparel fabrics and accessories will host, among others, the Functional Lab area. This pavilion will present a selection of new eco-friendly developments and feature a wide selection of innovative yarns and fibers, fabrics, accessories, finishes and coatings, membranes, particularly devised for athleisure, sports and outdoor wear.
Debuting for this edition will be a new pavilion–the Extended Taiwan Pavilion–located inside the Functional Lab area in Hall 5.2 and presenting an additional selection of Taiwanese forward-thinking fabric manufacturers in addition to the already established main Taiwan Pavilion located in hall 6.2.
SI got a preview the most innovative developments to be showcased at the event.
Most interesting is a new development launched by Superwill combining specialty yarns and a special knitting process. This new fabric’s thickness decreases from top to bottom. Thanks to such technology, for instance, a shirt could be heavier at the top for added UV protection and lighter at the bottom for increased breathability. Similarly, a pair of leggings could be thicker at the top for enhanced body shaping and thinner at the bottom for greater ease of movement.
Singtex is offering eco-friendly materials employing oils extracted from used coffee grounds. Among them there are the S.Café Airnest insulation foam and the S.Café Airmem membrane. Also part of this selection is S.Café Sefia, a natural functional fabric employing Lyocell and S.Café yarns.
Italian manufacturer Aquafil is launching a selection of fabrics employing Dryarn, a fiber that claims to be the lightest one in the natural world. A garment made of Dryarn would weigh approximately 32% less than an equivalent garment made of wool, and 34% less than one made with polyester. Such garments also guarantee high thermal comfort and breathability which makes them ideal for various uses including fashion, sports and outdoor wear.
Also new is Sheng Ye’s new generation, eco-friendly, lightweight composite fabric. It contains a special high-tech film with pores that are extremely small and have an irregular curved arrangement, giving it high permeability and resistance to water pressure. This fabric developed for outdoor wear and outdoor supplies is PFC-free and biodegradable.
Vetex, a Belgian specialist in coatings and laminations for textiles, has developed an ecologically friendly solution to replace dimethyl formamide (DMF) as a solvent in polyurethane coatings. It will also present its special seam seal tapes that can be fixed to shoes, garments and outdoor products through a unique seam sealing process employing hot air that ensures they maintain their specific properties during the manufacturing process.
The Chemours Company will showcase Teflon EcoElite, a durable water-repellent, highly sustainable, renewably sourced and non-fluorinated treatment for fabrics. It contains 63% renewably sourced content, is up to three times more durable than existing non-fluorinated repellents and is guaranteed to keep its high water repellency for at least 30 washes.
Unifi Textile is betting on eco-friendly fibers such as its Repreve brand of fibers made from 100% recycled materials, including post-consumer water bottles and pre-consumer waste. It will also release an updated version of its Sorbtek moisture-wicking and thermal-regulating fiber.
The specialist Evermore Chemical Industry is launching its new Kirintex polyurethane film with enhanced elasticity and breathability. This fiber guarantees zero ozone depletion and a lower greenhouse effect. Its foam has special properties including over 90% recovery, higher than high-stretch knitted fabric and woven cloth, and air permeability far more than TPE foam and neoprene.
Kong You Industrial is launching a new waterproof, microporous polyurethane membrane with enhanced breathability and a special four-way stretch technology.
For more information on trade shows check out DFV Group’s expocheck.com.