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DuPont Introduces New Performance Fibers Fabrics

Wilmington, Del.-based DuPont Performance Fabrics has teamed up with Glen Raven Mills, Glen Raven, N.C., to introduce a collection of woven fabrics containing DuPont CoolMax® polyester and DuPont Cordura® nylon and treated with a specially designed DuPont Teflon® water-repellent stain-release finish. The fabrics are available in top and bottomweight fabrics for use in athletic and professional career uniforms, general outdoor recreational apparel and activewear.The fabrics are constructed so that CoolMax lies next to the skin to wick moisture to the outer surface, while Cordura nylon on the outside gives added strength, toughness and abrasion resistance. The Teflon finish forms a protective nano-size layer around each fiber to provide stain and spill resistance, without affecting the fabrics moisture management properties. The fabrics are also fast drying and breathable.Simpson Performance Products, Mooresville, N.C., the first garment manufacturer to use the new fabrics, is introducing a line of pit crew uniform shirts for the motor sports industry.We were looking for something that was durable and could withstand the rigors of the sun and heat, undergo multiple washings and help the crews stay cooler out on the track, said Doug Doolen, vice president, sales, Simpson Performance Products. The new uniform shirts are ideal for use in the racing industry because they are so multi-functional and high performing.DuPont has also introduced a new continuous filament fiber that expands its CoolMax® Alta portfolio of fibers. In addition to low pilling properties, softness and wicking performance, the new fiber has a semi-matte luster and is cationic-dyeable, allowing it to be more easily combined with Lycra®-brand elastane and making it possible to create engineered stripes in knit fabrics or to use it as a styling tool to combine with other performance fibers.Products using the new fiber are expected to be in full-scale production by mid-year.

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