Tokyo, Japan, December 17, 2015 --- Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group's fiber-product converting company, announced today that it has developed Octa Neo, a multilayer fiber that combines the company’s proprietary Octa hollow, eight-fin polyester fiber with various chemical and natural staple fibers for diverse applications.
Teijin Frontier plans to release Octa Neo in time for 2017 spring/summer sportswear and underwear applications. Octa Neo is also an ideal fiber for uniforms, bedding and various industrial materials. Annual sales of 500,000 meters are targeted by the fiscal year ending in March 2020.
Octa Neo is a sheath-core fiber that uses Octa filament as its core material. Octa has a unique cross section comprising eight projections, or fins, aligned in a radial pattern around a tube-like fiber. Octa Neo combines the low weight, high bulkiness, water absorption and water diffusion of Octa with the texture and softness of staple fibers selected for each application. Octa Neo also offers stiffness, stretchiness and breathability.
Octa Neo, in addition to its own excellent properties, can be integrated through combined weaving with other highly functional fibers from Teijin Frontier for expanded applications, such as T-shirts, polo shirts, underwear or denim.
Although chemical fibers are already used widely for highly functional sportswear, there are strong demands for materials offer better textures that are not achievable with conventional fibers. Staple fibers offer the desired texture, but they lack sufficient strength and stretchiness. To combine the attractive features of both fibers, Teijin Frontier leveraged its original technology to develop Octa Neo, which combines Octa fiber and other chemical or natural fibers.
About the Teijin Group
Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 16,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY786.2 billion (USD 6.6 billion) and total assets of JPY 823.7 billion (USD 6.9 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015.
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