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Combining the benefits of polyester and nylon

Multifilament yarn provides the best of both worlds in performances properties.

19th December 2023

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Japan

Sports/​Outdoor, Sustainable

Teijin Frontier’s new Microft MX high-performance fabric is made from highly-deformed cross-section multifilament yarn which is based on a uniform mixture of single filaments of polyester and nylon, using a unique spinning technology.

The evenly mixed polyester and nylon filaments produce deep colours and Microft MX has the appearance of a finely woven chambray due to difference in dyeing effect of both fibre elements.

The raw yarn has a gently V-shaped highly-deformed cross-section, which provides bulkiness and a spun-like, soft texture. Uniformly mixing polyester and nylon on the surface and in the structure of the woven fabric produces a combination of desirable features from both materials, such as the abrasion resistance and colour development capabilities of nylon and the water absorption, quick-drying properties and shape stability of polyester.

In recent years, fashions that combine the practicality of sports and outdoor apparel with lifestyle have been expanding in popularity, Teijin reports, and there is a growing need for fabrics with superior functionality and new looks and textures. However, little progress has been made in developing materials that combine the texture and functionality of polyester and nylon.

Teijin Frontier will begin promoting Microft MX fabric for 2025 spring and summer outdoor clothing and sportswear collections. Applications will then be expanded to include functional innerwear and fashion clothing, with the aim of selling 500,000 metres per year by 2026.

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