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Teijin develops linen-like polyester fibre

Teijin Frontier will commercially launch the product in the 2019 Spring/Summer season.

11th September 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Tokyo


“Natural-like synthetic fibres are drawing attention due to their combination of functionality, easy care and cost performance at a time when natural fibre prices are rising due to an increasing demand for natural materials,” the company says.

“Moreover, high-functional linen-like materials are gaining popularity with the reprisal of certain 80’s retro styles. In response, Teijin Frontier has developed its linen-like polyester by utilising a special technique to capture the unique uneven feeling of linen. The fibre, in addition to offering the resilience, luster and natural appearance of linen, also boasts properties that natural linen materials do not offer, easy care and functions adding.”

For a fully natural look, the difference between the thickest and thinnest parts of the thread is about 1.5 times in diameter. The material is a slab yarn in which thin and thick parts appear alternately, with the thick parts measuring 100 mm or more in length. Thanks to its special structure, Teijin Frontier’s new fibre maintains its linen-like appearance even when circular knitting is used.

While natural linen is prone to wrinkling and bleaching, Teijin Frontier’s linen-like polyester is wrinkle resistant and retains its colour thanks to dimensional stability. Furthermore, the new fibre does not stick to skin, is stretchable, washable, can be tailored and is pleasingly comfortable due to its fine uneven surface, according to the manufacturer.

Teijin is a technology-driven group offering advanced solutions in the areas of environmental value; safety, security and disaster mitigation; and demographic change and increased health consciousness. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibres such as aramid, carbon fibres and composites, healthcare, films, resin and plastic processing, polyester fibres, products converting and IT. The group has some 170 companies and around 19,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide.

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