Covid-19 Spikes Demand For Surgical & Face Masks

The continuing novel coronavirus (Covid-19) scare the world over has resulted in high demand for surgical and face masks. There is also a steep rise in the price of the masks, along with a spike in raw material prices. Manufacturing companies are now working round the clock to cater to the rising demand for disposable masks in India and the world.

Seeing the huge demand-supply gap, many manufacturing units are investing in setting up additional machineries in their factories for producing masks from nonwoven fabric.

“Demand is too high; our workers are working day in day out to meet the demand. With our current manufacturing capacity, we can produce 2,40,000 masks every alternate day. We are also working on increasing our capacity by setting up another manufacturing machine, and with the installation of new unit we will be able to produce 3,60,000 masks every alternate day and hopefully we can contribute somewhat to fulfil demand in such a situation,” a Delhi-based manufacturer, who supplies to the international market, told Fibre2Fashon on condition of anonymity.

Krunal Patel, MD of DNP Enterprise, an Ahmedabad-based surgical products manufacturer who exports to places like Singapore and Malaysia, said: “Right now we are not able to meet the demand of surgical masks, as we don’t have that large-scale capacity to manufacture it. At present time, we are focused to supply to our routine customers. We have pending orders for next 8-11 months.”

“We are not taking any further orders for face masks, as we are running out of supply for the same. Everyday there are several queries and requirements from clients across India. We are receiving bulk orders for masks, but we are not getting any supply from our manufacturers to cater to the demand,” lamented a spokesperson from disposable face masks trader Arctelic Inc.

“Today morning we received supply of 100 masks, and within couple of hours all were sold. Even the prices have gone up for the same,” said a medical shop owner in Ahmedabad.

Zorlu Textile Sets New Goals in its Investments towards the Smart Textile Market

Through the vision of ‘Smart Life 2030’, Zorlu Textile sets its target to accomplish 50 percent of its textile turnover from smart textile products by 2025.

Zorlu Family, a group that expands step by step on the path set off with the textile sector, has weighed in priority and accelerated its smart textile growth strategies under the roof of Zorlu Textile. Zeki Zorlu, Co-Chairman of Zorlu Holding explained with his team at the Korteks facility of Zorlu Textile in Bursa about the vision of ‘Smart Life 2030’ and the cyclical economy-based smart transformation initiated in the company. New targets were discussed within the team, including Ömer Yüngül, the CEO of Zorlu Holding, Necat Altın, Group President of the Zorlu Textile, and Barış Mert, General Manager Korteks Company.

The smart textile market, which attained a total value of 160 billion dollars in the world, is targeted to accomplish 475 billion dollars in 2025 and 3 trillion dollars by 2030. Zorlu Textile, which procured 20 percent of its turnover from smart textile products in 2019, foresees that half of its turnover will be obtained from smart textile products by 2025.

Zorlu will continue and advance its investments in smart textiles

Zeki Zorlu, Co-Chairman of Zorlu Holding, declared that manufacturing in all aspects should keep on by following up the state-of-the-art technological developments despite the hardships encountered in the scope of industrial productions in Turkey.

Ömer Yüngül, the CEO of Zorlu Holding, explained that they are the leading company that creates the most employment opportunities in their respective sectors, and because of the smart investments in their factories, while the number of the employees has seemingly decreased, they have established fresh employment areas by carrying out additional investments.

Yüngül continued as follows: ‘‘As a group that focuses on the forthcoming trends and follows up innovations in the world in this aspect, we closely keep our eyes on the  Silicon Valley, which we see as the cradle of all innovations and the initiation point of many technological developments, and other similar technological hubs. We even established a company there. I think that the textile industry is especially very fortunate in this regard. Because the textile industry forms common intersection points and it is at the center of solutions for all fields from conductive fabrics to technical textiles, from wearable technology to energy, from security to the healthcare industry. The worldwide smart textile market, which was approximately 60 billion dollars before the 2008-2009 global economic crisis, has come very close to 160 billion dollars in size today. In this market, where China, the USA, and Germany are the driving forces, as a country, we achieved exports amounting to 1.7 billion dollars last year. However, when we consider the potential of the market and its foreseeable development, there are many possibilities that we can cover on this issue. As an innovative group that handles sustainability as a way of dealing with business and is live on technology, we will continue and advance our long-term investments in the smart textile area as a result of the conducted research efforts and the inspiration that we have gained from the Silicon Valley.’’

Exports Target Set to 200 Million Dollars

Necat Altın, Group President of the Zorlu Textile, Necat Altın stated that Zorlu Textile reached a total turnover of 605 million dollars last year while the exports amounted to 186 million dollars. Altın, further declared that they set their targets to 620 million dollars of turnover and 200 million dollars of exports for 2020, continued as follows: ‘‘We will build a more intelligent trade channel in the forthcoming period. Our purpose is to increase our turnover more than two times until 2025 through the smart transformation that we initiated.’’

Korteks Yarns for the Domestic Car

Zorlu textile division, being one of the ‘5 brave fellows’ of the Turkish domestic automobile project, also holds the position of the leading supplier of automotive companies in the world. Yüngül expressed that they are specialized in ceiling yarns of the vehicles, further declared that: ‘‘Korteks will also provide the ceiling yarns of the Turkish domestic car, and that task suits us well.’’ In addition, Barış Mert, General Manager Korteks Company, stated that they are in business with global brands in the automotive industry and they single-handedly provide 15 percent of the consumption in Europe by carrying out the exports of approximately 5 thousand tons of automotive yarn. Mert emphasized that Korteks provided ceiling yarns of the vehicles of Audi, Mercedes, and BMW, continued as follows: We have been manufacturing fountain pen yarns for 5-6 years now. In September 2020, the recycling machinery will be operational at the facility. Plastic bottles will be converted into yarn. We will initiate this process with 600 kilos daily at first. We made an investment of 5 million dollars for this business.

Kordsa Proceeds with Its Development Story

Kordsa, the reinforcement leader in Turkey, continues its investments in composite technologies and achieved to end another year with successful financial results. Kordsa increased its turnover by 30.2% in 2019 amounting to 5,137 million TL, compared to the previous year, and its net profit is increased by 11.8%, which amounts to 378 million TL.

The company accomplished a profit of 747 million TL before interest, depreciation, and taxes in the same period.

Kordsa, which is one of the affiliates of Sabancı Holding, continued its growth this year by incorporating 4 composite companies that are located in the USA in 2018 and 2019. The company desires to have a say with the technologies that it has developed in the composite industry and to rapidly observe the reflection of its investments on turnover. Therefore, Kordsa continued its development by investing in companies located in the USA, which is the center of the composite market and the aviation industry, and which have completed their approval processes. The contribution of these investments, which are located in the USA, to the turnover with an amount of 737 million TL, reflected positively on the financial indicators by the end of 2019. In 2019, the company’s total turnover reached 5.1 billion TL with an increase of 30.2% compared to the previous year, and the period profit increased by 11.8% to 378 million TL, and fundamental operating profit increased by 16.9% to 614 million TL. Kordsa increased its total export amount by 14.6% by realizing exports to 38 countries in 2019.

Ali Çalışkan, CEO of Kordsa, expressed his satisfaction with the growth they achieved and the sustainable technologies they developed in 2019, evaluated the year-end results as follows: ’‘As Kordsa, ‘‘Our Passion is Strengthening Life’’. As our growth continues, our efforts are in the direction of trying to develop sustainable technologies in order to add value to our country, partners, and investors and to guide the sectors we are in. As Kordsa Reinforcers, we have created the R&D platform named “Flexible Electronics” in partnership with Sabancı University in order to develop new generation flexible wearable sensors on account of using our knowledge and competencies in different fields. We carried our journey, which was initiated with tire reinforcement, into space with our investments in 2018 and 2019, and now we are ready to take our technological breadth further through with this new R&D platform and make an effort to produce the technology of the future. I would like to thank our employees and partners who contributed to all our successes.’’

At the beginning of the third quarter of 2019, the company took an important step in the journey of creating a second Kordsa by incorporating US Axiom Materials, which has an important place in advanced composite technologies and aviation industry, and has completed the original parts manufacturer approval processes. Hence, the company has become an important supplier of the Oxide ceramic composite market, which is durable against high temperatures and used in the engines of aircrafts. Kordsa, which reinforces one of every three automobile tires in the world and two of all three aircraft tires, has now started to strengthen the engines of the planes that it has strengthened its tires today after the wings, hulls and internal parts of them.

Kordsa, which sustains its leadership in the tire reinforcement industry as well as its development in the composite field, launched its new line in 2019, of which the investment decision was made in 2016 and will provide an additional 7 thousand tons of polyester yarn capacity at the Izmit facility in order to meet the increasing demand in this business sector. Through this new line, Kordsa gained the ability to produce new generation polyester yarn products with very high strength and better dimensional stability in addition to the standard HMLS polyester yarn.

Kordsa, which tries to manufacture “sustainable technologies” in every step and every investment it takes on its path with the goal of reinforcing life, has developed an innovation that will steer the tire industry in 2019 with an open innovation approach. Kordsa, which has developed a new and environmentally friendly adhesive standard called CoKoon for joining rubber-based compounds and textile reinforcement materials by combining the R&D forces with the tire manufacturer Continental, has created a free license pool for access to this new formula aiming to devise an alternative, which has been an industry standard for almost a century. Production of the first 250,000 tires with CoKoon bonding technology started within the last quarter of 2019.

Brückner Signed Contract for a Major Project with Dinarsu

Brückner, with a 70-year history of textile finishing, is known worldwide as a technology partner for all companies working in the drying, coating and finishing of web-shaped materials.

The variety of materials to be processed with Brückner technologies, from clothing fabrics to nonwovens to carpets, glass or coatings, has never been limited.

Brückner can offer new concepts in the field of continuous dyeing. Brückner, which also has new solutions in the field of multi-layer stenters, has invested a lot in the denim industry and has also increased its personnel. The German market leader offers integrated finishing systems for pigment dyeing, synthetic resin finishing and coating.

Verena Ruckh, Head of the Advertising and Marketing Department of Brückner

We interviewed Verena Ruckh, Head of the Advertising and Marketing Department of Brückner, for the ‘German Special Section’ of our Tekstil Teknoloji magazine. Saying that, “Turkey is one of our most important market for many years” Ruckh, continued as follows; “We signed a contract for a big project with the world-famous carpet manufacturer Dinarsu.”

How was 2019 for your company and what are the company’s plans for 2020? What are your expansion plans?

2019 was a year of division for us. The first half of the year was much quieter than the years before. Due to the global economic situation, many customers were cautious about new investments. The most constant thing at that time was uncertainty, which made a proper planning almost impossible for us. We were hoping for the ITMA in Barcelona in June. And the fair really gave us a boost again. Many visitors came with new and specific projects, others wanted to modernize or upgrade existing machines and everybody was of course interested in our innovations and highlights. In the meantime, we are back on course for further growth and are looking confidently into the year 2020.

Two years ago, our new production plant in Tittmoning in southern Germany was inaugurated. Here we have the possibility to build very heavy and also much larger machine components than before. The expanded space allows us to build machines for research and development purposes or to test customer systems before they leave our factory. In addition we are able to react much more flexible to the increasingly special customer requirements and this often gives us a considerable competitive advantage.

How important is the Turkish market to your company and how much business is carried out here?

Turkey has been one of our most important markets for many years. With our long-standing agency Inter Tekstil in Istanbul, we feel very well represented here and we also have a local team of installers and a large spare parts warehouse. So we are always on the spot when a customer needs support or a wear part needs to be replaced quickly. The year 2020 has just begun and we have already sold some machines to Turkey. Among others we finalized a contract for a major project with the world-renowned carpet manufacturer Dinarsu. Established in 1955 in Istanbul, DINARSU is today the number one company in the Turkish carpet industry. With targeted investments and a wide range of products the company takes solid steps towards being a world brand. DINARSU is the first tufting carpet manufacturer in Turkey holding CE certificate and the first and only manufacturer to offer a picture quality production with a 400 dpi resolution. The German machine manufacturer BRÜCKNER has already delivered some lines to DINARSU in the past years. Recently a further major order for several lines for the latex back coating of tufted carpets was finalized. The delivery of the first line is planned for summer 2020, others will follow at the end of the year and at the beginning of 2021.

What trends are you currently seeing in the textile machinery industry?

After the global economy weakened considerably last year, we are currently seeing an upward trend in the textile industry. There will be a lot of movement in the future, especially in the area of technical textiles or even nonwovens, as new materials and technologies are constantly developed in this sector. The coating or functionalisation of textiles will also be a major topic in the future. The term Industry 4.0 is also on everyone’s lips at the moment. We have developed a lot of new features in this area and presented it for the first time at ITMA 2019. Worth mentioning here, among others, is a new user-friendly visualisation of our machines, intelligent assistance systems for monitoring maintenance intervals or a new simulation tool for energy-optimised production.

What industrial and economic challenges are currently impacting your company and how is your company responding to them?

There are several challenges to be overcome, the most recent one is of course the spread of the corona virus. It is no longer just an issue in China, but in the meantime for the entire global economy, because China is a large market for the global textile industry. Our flexibility when travelling is currently limited, trade fairs in Asia are postponed or cancelled and therefore discussions and business transactions are also postponed to an uncertain time.

Another challenge is the increasingly complexity of requirements of our customers. Almost every order is a very special one and an individual project that we cannot pull out of the drawer. Here it is necessary to work very closely with the customer and in the end to present a solution that is perfectly suited to his needs. Fortunately, we have a large number of long-standing employees who contribute technological know-how and decades of experience. We therefore feel well prepared for the future and are looking forward to the coming challenges.

Interview: Dilek HAYIRLI

Ajman University Develops Garment System to Help Autistic People

Two lecturers at Ajman University (AU) have developed a smart garment ecosystem which can determine the wearer’s stress level and trigger clothes and accessories’ functionalities accordingly to help understand and better control overwhelming situations and emotions.

This may help in monitoring physiological parameters indicating stress in autistic people.

The system ‘Sensewear’, has been developed by Emanuela Corti and Ivan Parati, lecturers with the Department of Interior Design, College of Architecture, Art and Design, Ajman University.

“Through a comfortable, wearable and customisable tech solution embedding textile sensors, we will be able to constantly monitor selected physiological parameters revealing a stressful condition,” Corti said.

The system comprises a sensing unit, a smart t-shirt, embedding textile sensors connected to an electronic device and satellite garments that embed the therapeutic functionalities. “An app for smartphone and tablet will help in visualising the wearer condition facing different situations, record data and progress with the scope of monitoring the wearer,” Corti said.

Corti and Parati have been awarded the top prize at Gitex Future Starts for this pioneering product.

AU lecturers were inspired by the senses and therapies applied to the Sensory Processing Disorders (SPD) that is a common condition in autism where “the natural interface to the outside world is often impaired preventing a regular interaction with people and environment.” Anxiety, stress and panic attack – some of the autism’s symptoms – proved to be affecting a variety of people without disabilities, she added. “We realised that garments can have a positive impact on a bigger audience.”

The product has been and will be continuously developed in cooperation with autistic children, their families and their therapists, she pointed out. “Autistic children bear a load of emotions, but often find it difficult to control them and to make them understandable for the people who care about them.”

Unobtrusive measurement of physiological parameters will give indication of the stress level of the individual in real-time alarming guardians and therapist in case of detected emergency. They will also give an instant assessment of therapies’ benefits.

Bcnonwovens Expanding Capacity to Meet Growing Customer Needs

BCNonwovens is investing into a new production line, machine hall and warehouse at its Sant Quinti de Mediona (Barcelona) plant to meet growing needs from customers globally.

The investment comprises a state-of-the-art production line and necessary auxiliary equipment to position BCNonwovens for current and changing requirements in the market place. The investment is a logical next step in the company’s customer centric growth strategy to help customers succeed in their respective businesses with world class product quality, service levels and innovation.

The increased capacity will allow the company to further broaden the product portfolio and accelerate innovation for both high volume and specialty customers alike.

Expected start up for the new line is in early 2021.

VEOCEL™ Takes Initiative With ‘Hands On’ Motto To Draw Attention To Hidden Plastics In Wet Wipes

Intriguing information is shared regarding the plastics hidden inside wet wipes that are widely used in our everyday lives during the press conference held by Lenzing Group to raise environmental awareness.

Accordingly, less than 10% of the consumers are aware of the fact that most of the wet wipes have considerable amount of plastic material inside them. Lenzing introduced VEOCEL™ fibers in order to guide consumers who would like to make sustainable and environment-friendly buying decisions as well as the ‘Hands On’ initiative aiming to promote the consumers to purchase biodegradable products.

Manufacturing environment-friendly special fibers from renewable wood raw material, Lenzing Group held a press conference intending to increase environmental awareness to promote the usage of more sustainable raw materials.

Lenzing Global Nonwovens Business Management Vice President Jurgen Eizinger spoke at the press conference, in which notable information was shared regarding the plastics hidden inside the products that are widely used in our everyday livesand stated that they produced special fibers using environment-friendly and innovative technologies, and moreover, contributed to raise environmental awareness of the sector and consumers.

In this regard, Eizinger indicated that VEOCEL™ brand was released to the market as the new nonwoven brand of the Lenzig Group, adding “More people are using wet wipes in everyday life due to their being practical, hygienic and ready to use. However, studies reveal very few people know that most of these wet wipes contain considerable amount of plastic materials and would harm the environment if not disposed of properly. According to sectoral data, less than 10% of the consumers are aware of the fact that wet wipes have fossil based plastics in them. In the meantime, 9 out of 10 people stated that they would prefer to use a biodegradable alternative.”

Eizinger reminded that parallel to the efforts of the lawmakers who try to diminish global plastic waste amount, European Union (EU) recently released a directive regarding single-use plastic products proceeded with the following, “According to this new EU initiative, wet wipe packages will have to be marked concerning the negative effects to the environment and they will have to be disposed of properly. The wood-based, botanical-origin fibers of the Lenzing Group offers an alternative to the fossil based plastic materials inside the wet wipes. These botanical-origin fibers produced by renewable wood material with an environment-friendly production process are completely biodegradable in sea and land recycling to nature.

If the wet wipe package has VEOCEL™ logo on it, the product is 100% biodegradable

Miray Demirer Acar, Head of Turkey & Middle East and Africa Marketing Communication and Branding Department, expressed that the consumers could take a step forward by going for the biodegradable products in order to reduce the plastic waste in the sea and therefore had launched the ‘Hands On’ initiative. Acar indicated that, with the ‘Hands On’ initiative, they aimed to foster a dialog among the wet wipe customers with environmental consciousness, sustainability experts, and people sharing similar concerns to promote the usage of environment-friendly and more sustainable raw materials. Acar added “With this initiative, we wanted to raise awareness about the hidden plastic materials inside the wet wipes that are omnipresent in everyday life. Day by day, the amount of plastic waste in the sea increases which endangers both human health as well as the nature. If we pay attention to the contents of the products we use and prefer sustainable and environment-friendly ones, we can pass a better world on to the next generations. As a manufacturer, we try to fulfill our responsibility by producing sustainable and environment-friendly raw materials. The consumers should realize that their buying decisions are significant and therefore can realize a better future by going towards environment-aware choices.”

Acar also drew attention to the fact that the consumers who desire to make a sustainable shopping decision were in need of a good guidance and assurance. Acar concluded her remarks as: “Therefore, in the beginning of this year, we announced new certification criteria for our VEOCEL™ brand. Accordingly, only biodegradable botanic-origin fibers can be used in VEOCEL™ wet wipes. Consumers will be certain that their purchase is sustainable and environment-friendly when they see the VEOCEL™ logo as a ‘Trusted Brand’ on the packaging.”

IITD to Host Conference on Functional Textiles & Clothing

The second international conference on Functional Textiles & Clothing (FTC) is being organised by Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) from February 7-9, 2020, in New Delhi. FTC will be held in partnership with World University of Design, Haryana—a budding design university of India, and PSG Tech.

A biannual international conference, FTC provides a platform for leading academic scientists, researchers, designers and entrepreneurs to have in-depth exchanges on latest scientific developments, cutting edge technologies, innovations, trends, concerns, challenges and opportunities in the field of functional textiles and clothing.

“Functional clothing comprises clothing that is designed to deliver specific functionalities to users, over and above their usual functions. Functional clothing items can be classified as Protective clothing, Sports clothing, Medical clothing, Vanity clothing and clothing for military applications that performs multiple functions. Smart clothing items equipped with sensors and processors for monitoring of body parameters are a fast-growing segment of this market. The market for functional clothing is predicted to reach $244.6 billion by 2025,” the organisers said in a press release.

Functional clothing is driven by developments in the field of textile materials as well as apparel production processes. Conductive textiles, composites and membranes, new fabrics, surface functionalisation techniques, innovative finishes and coatings and nanotechnology are the emerging areas. CAD CAM technologies including those for 3D and 4D body measurement, pattern design, fit testing and mass customisation, clothing comfort, clothing for special groups and innovative fashion design are growing fields. Internet of things, artificial intelligence, deep learning and virtual reality tools are used to design clothing that is smart, responsive and closer to the needs of the user, the organisers said.

India is amongst the largest producers and consumers of clothing in the world. A large population and availability of raw materials is adding fuel to the production of apparel in the country. Rising aspirations of the middle class, increasing incomes and greater awareness of market trends amongst Indian consumers is providing a strong push to this market segment. The drivers for growth are employment generation, innovation, product development, entrepreneurship and contemporarisation of traditional textiles and crafts. Sustainability is an important consideration for all sectors of the textile and clothing value chain.

The FTC organising committee is inviting abstracts from students and researchers in the form of oral and poster presentations. Authors have to submit a one-page abstract.

A specialised 5-day pre-conference workshop titled ‘Anthropometry, Patternmaking and Clothing Fit’ would be held from February 2-6, 2020. The workshop would be conducted by Daisy Veitch, an experienced anthropometrist and pattern making professional who directed the Australian National Size and Shape Survey in 2002.

In addition, the organisers have planned some events that are specifically planned to encourage design, innovation and product development activities amongst students and young entrepreneurs. The textile product/process innovation contest invites students from round the world to showcase innovative textile products having application in medical, sports, defence or any other field. The fashion product innovation contest invites entries from innovative fashion products/clothing incorporating an innovative technology or performing an innovative function. For poster contest, students in different areas of functional textiles and clothing can submit poster abstracts.

Aalto University Uses Palm Wax For Water Resistance

Amidst concerns over use of c to make textiles waterproof, scientists from Aalto University have used an ecological method to make garments water-resistant with wax obtained from Brazilian palm tree leaves. The treatment is non-toxic and doesn’t impair breathability.

Aalto researchers have developed an ecological and water repellent wax particle coating suitable for wood cellulose fibres, which also retains the breathability and natural feel of the textile. The coating uses carnauba wax, which is also used in such things as medicines, foodstuffs, as well as the surface treatment of fruits and car waxes. The new coating is suitable not only for textiles but also for other cellulose-based materials.

During the processing, the wax is thawed and decomposed in water into wax particles that are anionic (negatively charged) just like cellulose. For the wax particles to adhere well to the cellulose surface, something cationic (positively charged) is needed as a buffer, since the oppositely charged particles attract one another. In previous studies, a natural protein called polylysine was used for this.

However, as Aalto University PhD student Nina Forsman points out, “Polylysine is very expensive so in our current study, it’s been substituted with a much cheaper, cationic starch that’s already commercially available.” Though cationic starch is not quite as effective as polylysine, two layers of the starch mixed with two wax particles are sufficient to make the textile waterproof.

The researchers compared the breathability of textiles treated with natural wax with textiles that had been treated with commercial products. Ecological wax particles made the textiles waterproof and also retained their breathability, while textiles treated with commercial controls had reduced breathability.

The multidisciplinary research team also included designer Matilda Tuure from the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and as part of her master’s thesis, she designed and manufactured three coats for which the wax coatings were put through their paces.

The wax coating can be applied to the textile by dipping, spraying or brushing onto the surface of the textile, and all three methods were tested. They found that dipping is suitable for smaller items of clothing and spraying or brushing is better for larger ones. In industrial-scale production, wax treatment could be part of the textile finishing process along with the colour pigmentation of the wax, which makes dyeing and waterproofing possible at the same time.

The team found that the wax coating is not resistant to detergent washing, so the product is best suited for less frequently washed outer garments such as jackets. For the sake of simplicity of use, the consumer could potentially apply the coating themselves to the textile after each wash, and this requires more research and development though.

The effect of the drying temperature after wax treatment on waterproofing was also observed, and it was concluded that the best water resistance is obtained when the drying temperature is lower than the melting temperature of the wax.

“We tested the coating on different textile materials: viscose, tencel, cotton, hemp and cotton knitwear. We found that the surface roughness of textiles affects how well it repels water – the rougher the surface, the better. This is because, on a rough surface, water droplets contact the textile surface in a smaller area,” says Forsman.

First Devan R-Vital® CBD-Infused Textiles Hit the Market

With the recent launch of Acabada ProActiveWear, the first CBD-infused textiles are officially hitting the market. The fabric treatment behind the CBD-infused textiles was developed by Devan Chemicals, a Belgian company specialized in functional finishes for the worldwide textile markets.

Devan launched its CBD (Cannabidiol) fabric treatment at Heimtextil 2019 in Frankfurt as part of their R-Vital® range of microencapsulated active ingredients. The range contains active substances like Aloe Vera, Q10, Vitamin E… with CBD being its latest addition. Now, only 8 months later, the first CBD-infused products are hitting the market.

High-quality organic CBD

Born in 2019, Acabada ProActiveWear is the world’s first and only CBD-infused activewear brand, committed to creating innovative, luxury apparel for the proactive woman. Conceptualized in New York and produced in Portugal, Acabada infuses luxury fabric with the highest quality organic CBD, to ensure that women will look, feel and perform at their best. Thanks to the close and intense cooperation between Acabada, Devan and the Portuguese production partner, goods were in store in less than five months starting from initial contact.

With over 30 years in the apparel industry, Acabada CEO and Co-Founder Seth Baum recognized the positive effects of CBD on pain and inflammation and the fact that top athletes embrace the active ingredient as a part of their training and recovery ritual. Baum assembled a team of experienced fashion designers, including Co-Founder and CCO Katrina Petrillo, and together they created a high fashion yet innovative product that is primed to disrupt the market. “While typical CBD products such as tinctures and edibles are growing exponentially in popularity, we began to envision a product that addressed health and wellness through a different lens. By physically infusing CBD into our garments, our product live at the intersection of fashion, fitness, and wellness,” says Baum. With Acabada ProActiveWear, recovery starts from the moment you get dressed by helping to fight soreness and promote healing before the first squat, lunge or crunch.

Each garment from Acabada ProActiveWear contains up to 25 grams of zero-THC, lab-certified, 99.9% pure CBD, which will allow the benefits to last through 40 high-intensity wear and wash cycles. As customers approach 40 wears and washes, they can choose to sustainably recycle their CBD-infused garments through Acabada’s upcycling program, where the recycled, synthetic fabrics will be repurposed where needed as commercial materials.

Microencapsulation

Through a scientific process called microencapsulation, CBD molecules are strategically infused into luxe, high-performance fabrics by wrapping microscopic droplets of zero-THC, hemp-derived CBD with a protective coating. Using Devan’s patented textile finishing treatment, the microcapsules bond to the fibres in the fabric. Strategically placed within the garments to align with muscle groups, the microcapsules gradually open over time as each layer meets with friction from your skin. When the individual capsules break open, the CBD is released and trans-dermally absorbed, where it interacts with your body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS) to help regulate and reduce pain and inflammation caused by physical activities. In the meantime, Devan has put together extensive research and testing documentation in order to accommodate questions from brands and retailers on this trendy subject.