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New standard for lightweight fabric technologies

With the brand’s focus ‘Durable Fabrics for Durable People’, Cordura Lite Plus fabric, the innovative new addition to the Cordura fabric portfolio, debuted at the world’s leading nonwovens and technical textiles trade fair Techtextil, that took place in Frankfurt from 11-13 June.

26th June 2013

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Wichita, KS

Packaging, Protective, Sports/​Outdoor, Clothing/​Footwear

With the brand’s focus ‘Durable Fabrics for Durable People’, Cordura Lite Plus fabric, the innovative new addition to the Cordura fabric portfolio, debuted at the world’s leading nonwovens and technical textiles trade fair Techtextil, that took place in Frankfurt from 11-13 June.

Improved tensile strength

Constructed from Invista’s family of highest tenacity Type 749 nylon 6,6 air bag technology fibres, Cordura Lite Plus fabrics are available in 210, 315, 420 and 525 denier (235, 350, 470 and 585 dtex) offerings. As compared with the brand’s current Type 725 Lite range, Cordura Lite Plus fabrics offer the increased filament density and lower denier per filament with increased/inherent higher coverage factor in weaving resulting in:

  • Smoother/softer more supple fabric hand
  • Tighter packing in weaving with less space/gaps for water or air leakage
  • Ability to achieve equivalent hydrostatic results with less coating
  • Ability to be packed or folded to fit smaller radius or seam

New fabrics also offer more than 12% improvement in tensile strength compared to current Type 725 based Cordura Lite fabrics and provide significant performance advantage in fabric tensile and tear strength compared to fabrics made with normal tenacity yarns.

Durable and reliable

“Our Cordura brand DNA is built around pushing the boundaries of fabric durability,” said Cindy McNaull, global Cordura brand and marketing director. “Based on consistent input from our global outdoor gear and travel customers, we know they are looking for lighter fabrics that won’t sacrifice durability and performance. Our technical team worked with our valuable fabric mill teams to create high-performance fabrics that meet these requirements and live up to our decades-long standard of durable, versatile, and reliable fabric performance.”

Current constructions of Cordura Lite Plus fabrics include lightweight rip stops, dobby, plain and ballistic weaves, and are targeted at end-use applications such as technical packs, daypacks, messenger bags and luggage. Products showcasing Cordura Lite Plus fabric are in development and will be available next year.

Cordura brand

The Cordura brand is the registered trademark of Invista for durable fabrics and is used under license to Nilit. Known for its resistance to abrasions, tears and scuffs, Cordura fabric is used in a wide range of products, including luggage, backpacks, boots, military, industrial work wear, and performance apparel.

Invista

With leading brands including Lycra, Coolmax, Cordura, Stainmaster and Antron, Invista is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibres.

The company’s advantaged technologies for nylon, spandex and polyester are used to produce clothing, carpet, car parts and countless other everyday products. Headquartered in the US, the company operates in more than 20 countries.

www.invista.com

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