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Lot uniformity in navy blue

Colour consistency crucial for components of military uniforms and gear.

16th January 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Las Vegas

Sports/​Outdoor, Protective

Cordura Advanced Fabrics and Pennsylvania-based HLC Industries are launching a navy blue Cordura TrueLock fabric at the SHOT supplier showcase in Las Vegas this week (January 16-17).

The new nylon 6.6 solution dyed (SDN) fabric has been designed to provide unparalleled lot-to-lot colour consistency and long-lasting durability, with stewardship benefits for the military, tactical and law enforcement markets.

It meets a call for the expansion of navy colourway options in these markets and is based on a multifilament fibre that locks in colour at the molten polymer extrusion level to provide durability throughout the entire fibre structure. Key properties are colour fastness, UV-fade and abrasion resistance, extended UV strength and long-lasting colour vibrancy. Colour consistency is crucial when pairing fabrics with other materials such as webbing and elastic to create uniform garments and gear.

Additionally, compared to conventional level acid piece dyeing, the SDN process uses less water and energy and emits fewer greenhouse gases.

“Throughout our 55-year brand 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,” says Cindy McNaull, Cordura brand business development director. “We continue to invest and expand our capabilities to include solutions that are not only durable but more sustainable.”

“Navy Blue is one of the most commonly used colours in law enforcement, military, tactical and workwear applications,” adds HLC’s executive vice president Marnie Landau, added. “This new addition to the Cordura TrueLock Fabric portfolio offers shade uniformity across the components of apparel and gear, and is durable enough to stay true after exposure to the elements and intense military/outdoor missions.”

The new fibre is produced at Invista’s plant in Camden, South Carolina, which has been expanded in recent years to increase US capacity of high-tenacity, nylon 6.6.

“Together with HLC Industries we are dedicated to meeting the evolving needs in critical protective applications such as ballistic vest covers, bags, packs, and outerwear,” says Erik Walker, the plant’s global military segment leader.

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