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B&O advances new DWR category

Bolger & O'Hearn has upped the ante for durable water repellent technologies.

20th July 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Fall River, MA


The team from Bolger & O’Hearn will be at Summer Outdoor Retailer next week, from 23-25 July, to meet and discuss how their new stormproof/breathable DWR technology can help brands develop stormproof performance apparel and gear for their consumers.

According to the company, its OmniBloq’s stormproof/breathable capabilities represent an entirely new DWR category for the performance industry. “Simply put, stormproof/breathable garments have been engineered to deflect heavy, wind-driven rain, yet are lightweight and allow perspiration to evaporate,” the company explains.

Stormproof/breathable OmniBloq meets AATCC Rain Test 35-2013 and is said to be suitable for all forms of performance apparel and gear including ski wear, hiking clothes, outer wear, tents, backpacks and more. Stormproof/breathable fabrics treated with OmniBloq also get high marks on the industry’s rigorous Bundesmann water repellency test, maintaining the highest Bundesmann rating after 30-Plus minutes of a treated fabric being exposed to the equivalent impact of full force rain.

In addition to being highly effective, stormproof/breathable OmniBloq does not compromise fabric hand, garment design, or wearer comfort, the company adds. Applied at the factory, this technology is also bluesign-approved, and products treated with OmniBloq are not only highly durable when laundered, but more easily recycled than laminates.

From its traditional beginnings in the textiles industry, Bolger & O’Hearn has expanded into paper coatings, nonwovens and other non-textile manufactured products, all of which find applications in a wide range of industries. Today its product line – totalling over 2,500 products – is sold and distributed globally. Committed to a zero-carbon future, B&O currently produces its products using renewable energy. The solar voltaic array on its facilities allow it to displace more than 100,000 pounds of carbon each year.

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