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Exceeding the needs of mattress manufacturers

Milliken’s Rapid Prototype Centre played a critical role in bringing the product to market quickly.

12th April 2022

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Orlando, FL. USA


Milliken & Company has added a new product to its mattress textiles portfolio – SimplyFR, a fire resistant mattress knit sock made without fibreglass, antimony or topical FR finishes.

SimplyFR made its debut at the 2022 International Sleep Product Association Conference from March 8-10 in Orlando, Florida, and is now available for inclusion in upcoming mattress launches.

Designed to fit most mattress types, it does not contain a PFAS finish and exceeds all current regulations, including 16 CFR 1633 and 16 CFR 1632 compliancy.

In recent years, the market demand for fiberglass-free options has skyrocketed, the company reports. After years of sub-par options – many imported without the attention to quality – top mattress manufacturers began searching for superior products that addressed both the compliance standards and comfort end users expect. With these requests coming in, Milliken began development of SimplyFR in late 2019.

“We have strong relationships with our customers because of our reliability,” said Will Ringo, bedding product manager for SimplyFR. “SimplyFR embodies what Milliken does so well – pulling together the right resources across the company to come up with the right solution. With this specific product, we didn’t just look at what our customers wanted right now, but what they’re going to need in five and ten years down the road. That’s the solution we delivered – a better product for consumers that’s safe.”

Milliken’s Rapid Prototype Centre (RPC) played a critical role in bringing the product to market quickly, allowing the development team to do small scale testing before finalising the yarn structure. At the RPC, Milliken engineers are able to provide fibre-to-fabric solutions to customers in just two and a half weeks.

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