Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd. has developed a polyester high-gauge knitted fabric laminated with a breathable film. The company plans to sell its new thin, lightweight and breathable fabric mainly for spring/summer 2019 sportswear.
Fabrics laminated with breathable film are widely used for highly functional sportswear due to their breathability, waterproofness, light weight and stretch. Soft stretch knitted materials laminated with film meet growing demand for comfortable and functional wear for multi-use, but conventional double-layered knitted materials made with crimped yarn have limitations when relatively light or thin materials are sought. Teijin Frontier has solved these problems with new dyeing and lamination technologies to produce a high-gauge knitted material using non-crimped yarn.
The new material is thin, lightweight and compact as well as stretchable, form-stable and moisture-permeable. It has a glossy, translucent appearance, smooth texture and beautiful drape.
Teijin Frontier is 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 made with recycled polyester.
Annual sales are expected to reach 300,000 meters by the fiscal year ending in March 2021.