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Cordura expands TrueLock fibre platform

The expansion represents a significant commitment to SDN technology and supports the company’s Cordura Cares sustainability programme.

31st July 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Wichita, KS

Sports/​Outdoor, Sustainable

Cordura TrueLock fibre is created from Invista nylon 6,6 multi-filament fibre that is solution dyed, locking the colour in at the molten polymer extrusion level to create deep, durable colour throughout the entire fibre structure.

Major milestone

The announcement is a major milestone for Invista’s Camden, SC facility, which expanded last year to increase US capacity of high-tenacity, specialty fibres for Cordura fabrics. The Camden investment has accelerated progress in the development of new SDN capabilities – which complement the facility’s existing high tenacity nylon 6,6 filament fibre manufacturing processes. Plans currently being put into action at Camden include expansion of the Cordura TrueLock filament product line to introduce additional standard colours and deniers, as well as the flexibility to work to smaller minimum order quantities and custom colourways.

MMI Textiles, a premier supplier and one-stop shop supplying fabric, webbing and elastics in the textile marketplace for more than 21 years, is the exclusive North American provider of fabrics and webbing made with the new Wolf Gray Cordura TrueLock fibre, now through December 2018. Solution-dyed Cordura TrueLock fibre is also available in six classic colours designed to not fade or diminish over time – Desert Sand, Tan, Coyote, Ranger Green, Camo Green and Black.

CaresSM initiative

Cordura TrueLock fibre is a key component of the Cordura CaresSM initiative and aligns with Invista’s efforts to communicate its commitment to conserve resources, reduce emissions, protect the environment and increase the utility and durability of its products, with the end-goal of providing long-term value to its customers and society.

Since its launch in 2009, the Cordura CaresSM Program remains committed to supporting efforts that promote environmental, health and safety excellence and corporate citizenship. Anchored by its tagline Sustainability Begins with Products that Last, the programme pursues goals in four key pillars: responsible manufacturing, sustainable performance, enduring materials, and corporate citizenship.


The process of colour encapsulation used in Cordura TrueLock fibre offers several environmental benefits such as reduced water and energy consumption, and reduced dye and chemical usage in textile processing. The fibre is also said to deliver additional tangible benefits, including: abrasion resistant colour; UV fade resistant colour; inherent stain resistance; colour that doesn’t bleed or crock; lot-to-lot colour consistency/colour uniformity; colour consistency across different textile components (ex., fabric and webbing); and option for fibre with inherent Near-Infrared (NIR) capability.

“Throughout our 50-year journey, we’ve worked to establish a foundation built on durable and long-lasting fibre technologies, including our legacy of solution dyed, high-performance nylon 6,6 offerings,” said Cindy McNaull, Global Cordura Brand and Marketing Director.

“As we advance on this journey, we continue to invest and expand our capabilities to include solutions that are not only durable, but step lighter on the path to sustainability. Our recent Camden facility expansion will allow us to provide enhanced nylon 6,6 fibre offerings with added performance and eco-efficiency benefits, opening our doors to the next generation of durable fabrics.”

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