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Teijin to launch denim-like fireproof aramid fabric

Japanese manufacturers will start selling uniforms for fire corps made with Xfire DENIM in 2017.

14th December 2016

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Tokyo

Protective, Clothing/​Footwear

Sales of Xfire DENIM will begin this month and Japanese manufacturers will start selling uniforms for fire corps made with Xfire DENIM in 2017.

Made with Teijinconex meta-aramid fibre, Xfire DENIM is produced with a proprietary technology to realise a pliant texture similar to that of denim, a universally popular fabric. Xfire DENIM is also designed to offer comfort and design flexibility. The fabric’s appearance is also practical because it enables professional and volunteer fire corps to be easily distinguished when working side-by-side, the company explains.

Protective apparel

The launch of Xfire DENIM is expected to further strengthen Teijin’s leading position in the Japanese market for protective apparel, where the company is renowned for incorporating high-performance materials in innovative hybrid safety solutions. Looking ahead, Teijin forecasts global sales in its safety and protection field to rise to JPY 20 billion by 2020.

 Over the decades, Teijin’s durable, heat-resistant and flame-retardant aramid fibres have provided police, firefighters, and chemical-plant workers with high-performance clothing for added protection and safety. Teijin says it is the top-selling brand of protective apparel for professional firefighters in Japan, who highly value the heat-resistant and flame-retardant properties of Teijinconex.

Many volunteer fire corps in Japan, however, still use uniforms made of low-flame-retardant materials, so the demand for greater protection is increasing in this segment. Uniforms that also offer enhanced design flexibility, comfort and durability, as well as easy maintenance, are in demand.

Teijin's Aramid Fibers

Teijin is a leader in aramid fibres. Renowned for their strength, sustainability, safety, heat resistance and low weight, Twaron, Technora, Teijinconex and Teijinconex neo are used for applications including automobiles, ballistic protection, marine products, civil engineering, protective clothing, and oil drilling.

 Twaron para-aramid fibre is produced by Teijin Aramid in the Netherlands, while Technora para-aramid fibre is produced by Teijin Limited in Japan. Both can withstand temperatures of up to 400°C and offer strength for bulletproof and stab-resistant protective clothing. They are also suitable materials for automotive brake pads and reinforcement in tires and fibre-optic cables.

Teijinconex meta-aramid fibre produced by Teijin Limited in Japan is said to offer highly durable heat resistance and flame retardation for firefighting protective apparel and industrial uniforms. It is also used as a reinforcement material for heat-resistant filters, rubber belts and turbocharger hoses.

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