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Texon’s 75th anniversary showcases

Heritage components already form the backbone of shoe construction for many world-leading brands.

5th July 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  USA


Texon will celebrate its 75th anniversary at the NE and NW Material Shows this August, as the events return to the footwear industry’s exhibition circuit after a two-year absence.

The NW Material Show takes place from August 10-11 2022 at the Oregon Convention Centre in Portland and the NE Material Show August 17-18 2022 at the Hynes Convention Centre in Boston.

The restarting of these high-profile events gives Texon the chance to showcase its most recent sustainable solutions for footwear, accessories and functional apparel. As well as highlighting new additions to its product portfolio, Texon will also be celebrating some of its more established, heritage components, which already form the backbone of shoe construction for many world-leading brands.

Since the last shows took place in 2019, Texon has made significant progress in rethinking its offering with a clear commitment to zero waste by 2025.

Key new developments include:

-The Reform 2.0 heel counter which now contains up to 66% sustainably sourced content, with no compromise on performance.

-ProWeave, a patented, jacquard weaving technology that makes it possible to seamlessly integrate functional and design weaving into a single upper and is proving popular with big brands.

-Sportflex Eco and Bio box toe products with increased recycled content. Made from a minimum of 69% sustainably sourced material, including sugar cane which locks in carbon as it grows, Sportflex Bio toe puffs are completely carbon negative, while Sportflex Eco is created using industrial waste and made from at least 63% sustainably sourced material.

-Verde, a new biodegradable, circular cellulose solution which contains up to 90% bio-based content and is designed specifically for use in sustainable, luxury fashion and homeware accessories.

The company will also be displaying a wide range of its longer-established products.

“Nothing beats being face-to-face with our customers and we’re ready to bring everyone up to speed on what we’ve been working on as we celebrate 75 years of sustainable innovation,” said group sales director Bryan Whitfield. “As well as developing new innovations that offer the footwear industry game-changing possibilities, we’ve re-engineered more of our established solutions – making them even more sustainable, without compromising their performance.”

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