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Sciessent launches Pilltec anti-pilling technology

Applied at the finishing stage, Pilltec forms a soft matrix around the fibre bundle, providing greater stability and resistance to abrasion.

11th November 2021

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Beverly, MA, USA


Pilltec anti-pilling technology is the latest addition to the  product portfolio of Sciessent, a specialist in antimicrobial, anti-odour and water repellent technologies based in Beverly, Massachusetts.

Fabric pilling is the result of normal abrasion and friction which loosens fibres that then tangle together and form unsightly ‘pill balls’. Less expensive open-end yarns are more susceptible because they are made using shorter sections of fibre that come loose and tangle together more easily.

Pilltec anti-pilling technology makes open-end-yarn fabrics less prone to pilling by reducing friction and holding these shorter fibres together. Not only is it environmentally friendly and safe for the skin, but it also cuts down on manufacturing costs associated with using ring-spun yarns. It can be used in conjunction with other Sciessent technologies to provide multi-functional benefits.

“Solution-based innovation is important here at Sciessent, as it enables us to provide the answer to legitimate problems our customers have”, said Sciessent CEO Paul C. Ford. “Not only is Pilltec a great example of that, but it offers a great opportunity for textile and apparel manufacturers to further differentiate their products through the combined usage of our products.”

Early trials completed with current customers elicited positive feedback and results showed significantly minimised pilling in fabrics made with open-end yarns.

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