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Nexar polymers to breathe new life into high performance textiles

Kraton Polymers LLC (Kraton), a leading global producer of engineered polymers, has introduced Nexar polymers, a new family of polymers which offer a unique set of key performance attributes that Kraton says can be used in a myriad of applications, ranging from water desalination, to industrial separation applications, to improving high performance textiles and clothing. Kraton says that the unique permselectivity of Nexar membranes allows for a tremendous flow of mo

6th September 2009

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Houston

Sports/​Outdoor, Protective, Clothing/​Footwear

Kraton Polymers LLC (Kraton), a leading global producer of engineered polymers, has introduced Nexar polymers, a new family of polymers which offer a unique set of key performance attributes that Kraton says can be used in a myriad of applications, ranging from water desalination, to industrial separation applications, to improving high performance textiles and clothing. Kraton says that the unique permselectivity of Nexar membranes allows for a tremendous flow of moisture in one direction while blocking other substances such as potentially harmful chemicals.

“We are pleased with the positive customer responses we have received since we introduced Nexar polymers,” commented Jim Dieter, Vice President of Marketing Development. “The early success of Nexar polymers is a good indication of the interest in an innovative moisture management system that is compatible for high performance athletic apparel, outdoor survival equipment (tents, sleeping bags etc.), military uniforms and biochemical garments. We strongly believe Nexar polymers’ superior performance is unmatched by the competitive materials currently available in the marketplace.”

Kraton’s most recent innovation breathes new life and opportunity into a market that it says has not experienced a real change in quite some time. Nexar membranes and coatings could provide unique solutions to the textile industry. According to Kraton these polymers allow large amounts of moisture to be moved away from the skin very quickly to maintain a comfortable microclimate for the human body. As the human body’s temperature rises, the Nexar polymers’ breathability performance allows the membranes to work better and become more efficient. Kraton claims that unlike other membranes that clog and lose performance, Nexar nonporous membranes maintain constant performance over an extended period of time.

Kraton’s new innovation allows the user to select the application process and equipment that best suits the products. Nexar membranes have been engineered to provide superior performance in commercial application equipment.

Key benefits of Nexar polymers in breathable fabrics are excellent moisture transmission rates. flexible processing freedom (easily applied using current commercial equipment), high strength in wet and dry environments, performance improves as temperature increases and can be applied as single or multi-laminate process.

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