Teijin Produces New Knitting Material Laminated with Breathable Film

Tokyo, Japan, November 30, 2017 --- Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber-product converting company, announced today that it has developed a polyester high-gauge knitting material laminated with a breathable film to produce thin, lightweight and breathable textiles. Teijin Frontier will sell its new material mainly for spring/summer 2019 sportswear.

New Knitting Material

Textiles laminated with breathable film are widely used for high-functional sportswear due to their breathability, waterproofness, lightweight and stretchability. Soft, stretchable knitting materials laminated with film will meet an increasing demand for comfortable and functional wear for multi-use, but conventional double layered knitting materials using crimped thread have limitations when relatively light and thin materials are sought. But now Teijin Frontier has solved these problems with new dyeing and lamination technologies to produce a high-gauge knitting material using non-crimped thread.

Teijin Frontier’s new material is thin, lightweight and compact as well as stretchable, form-stable and moisture-permeable. Its glossy, translucent appearance and smooth texture drape beautifully.

Diverse Teijin Frontier technologies incorporated in the new material include:
Filament
• Polymer technology
• Ultra-fine denier filament extruding technology
• Dyeing and fluffing control technology
Knitting
• High-gauge knitting technology with non-crimped thread
Processing
• Dyeing technology for thinness and lightness
• Technology for laminating knit fabric with stretchable film

  New material Conventional
Cross-
section view
Thickness 0.11mm  0.36mm
Breathability 100,000g/m2/24h 30,000g/m2/24h
Fabric weight 33g/m2 80g/m2
Product weight 110 to 130g/piece 230 to 250g/piece

Teijin Frontier is now exploring sport and fashion marketing opportunities for two versions of its new material: a high-function type that using PASMO high-tenacity polyester and an eco-friendly type adopting recycled polyester. Annual sales are expected to reach 300,000m by the fiscal year ending in March 2021.


About the Teijin Group
Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of environmental value; safety, security and disaster mitigation; and demographic change and increased health consciousness. 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 170 companies and around 19,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY741.3 billion (USD 6.5 billion) and total assets of JPY 964.1 billion (USD 8.5 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2017.
 

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