INVISTA’S CORDURA® brand expands performance line with air flow technology (AFT) fabric
High performance fabric designed for excellent abrasion, tensile strength and snagging performance
In collaboration with Taiwan-based Tiong Liong Corporation, INVISTA’S CORDURA® brand team expands its Air Flow Technology (AFT) fabric collection with new knit constructions featuring enhanced abrasion and snagging resistance combined with an excellent strength-to-weight ratio. Targeted primarily for outdoor, athletic and safety footwear, these highly breathable fabrics are also used in durable mesh applications often found in backpacks, as well as in performance apparel such as motorcycle jackets. The CORDURA® AFT fabric collection has now been expanded to include both high tenacity polyester and nylon 6,6 offerings in a wide array of knits capable of foam or felt lamination and 3D spacer fabric constructions which are particularly suited for sports footwear applications.
CORDURA® brand fabrics have a strong legacy in footwear. Abrasion resistant woven CORDURA® Classic fabrics have traditionally been targeted for applications such as outer shell fabric systems in military, safety and hiking boots. In the last ten years, innovative warp knitting developments by leading European mills have led to durable, lightweight, highly breathable knit CORDURA® AFT fabric solutions being provided particularly for footwear manufacturers. The latest CORDURA® AFT fabric innovations by Tiong Liong Corporation provide new styling and footwear construction options in polyester and nylon, with the addition of 3D spacer fabric technologies.
Over the last 45 years, the CORDURA® brand team has strived to bring forth best-in-class durable fabric solutions. “Our markets continue to demand light, breathable fabric solutions that don’t sacrifice durability, and CORDURA® AFT fabric answers that call, particularly for footwear. Ultimately, our aim is to improve the end-user experience by supporting the development of lightweight products designed to withstand extreme conditions.” said Cindy McNaull, CORDURA® brand global brand and marketing director. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Tiong Liong, a leader in footwear fabric technologies, on this exciting addition to the CORDURA® fabric portfolio.”
The new collection of CORDURA® AFT fabrics introduced by Tiong Liong are lightweight, breathable solutions primarily designed for the outer shell footwear market particularly outdoor (hiking/trekking) and athletic footwear. The collection includes a 150-250 gsm PU coated polyester range for good rigidity and a 200-350 gsm range designed for felt lamination ideal for breathable outer shell fabrics often used in conjunction with inner membrane waterproof boot technologies.
Other authorized mills producing CORDURA® AFT fabrics include Vela Technologies, Italy offering a varied collection of fabric laminate systems; Sitip Industrie Tessile, Italy and Karizma Tekstil Limited in Turkey.
For more information about the CORDURA® AFT fabric collection by Tiong Liong or to request samples, please visit http://www.cordura.com/en/fabric-technology/aft-fabric.html or www.tioliong.com.tw. CORDURA® AFT fabrics will be featured at OutDoor 2013 Friedrichshafen, July 11-14, in Friedrichshafen, Germany, and at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, July 31-August 3, 2013, in Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information visit CORDURA® brand at stand B4-204 in Hall B4 at OutDoor 2013 Friedrichshafen and booth 39213 at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market.
About Tiong Long Industrial Co., Ltd.
Tiong Liong Industrial Co., Ltd. (TLC) was founded in 1976 as a small-scale laminating factory and has transformed into an organized corporation with many subsidiaries such as textile manufacturing, dyeing, hi-tech coating and lamination. TLC provides its customers with comprehensively integrated services and its innovation and technology has attracted many leading brands worldwide. Tiong Liong Industrial Co. Ltd. has been awarded certificates of ISO9001, ISO14001, OEKO-TEX Standard 100, UL, EN471, and bluesign® standard. For more information about Tiong Liong Corporation please visit www.tioliong.com.tw.
About CORDURA® brand
INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand essence celebrates individual durability: As Long As The World Is Full Of Durable People, We’ll Keep Making Durable Fabrics™. Known for its resistance to abrasions, tears and scuffs, CORDURA® fabric is a primary ingredient in many of the world’s leading high-performance gear and apparel products ranging from luggage, upholstery and backpacks to footwear, military equipment, tactical wear, workwear and performance apparel. The CORDURA® brand is a registered trademark of INVISTA, one of the world’s largest integrated polymer, intermediates and fibers businesses. To distinguish the CORDURA® brand, the word “CORDURA®” must be spelled out in all caps, used with an ®, and followed by the word “brand” or “fabric.”
To learn more about INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand, end-use products, and marketing tools please visit www.CORDURA.com.
Howard, Merrell & Partners