THE PERFORMANCE FORUM FABRICS

December 2021

Ten categories of sustainable fabrics, the accessories and the awards constitute the PERFORMANCE FORUM, carefully selected by a jury of experts from universities apparel brands, purchasing teams and fabric technologists from across the industry. The perfect platform to introduce and to view the latest textile innovations and trends from selected suppliers. Check out the trend fabrics below and the accessories and special stories here.

 

FOCUS TOPIC

JURY´s PICK “THE SUSTAINABLE FUTURE OF NYLON”


It’s been 80 years since nylon conquered the market as the first synthetic fiber. But unfortunately, we are aware meanwhile that this extremely lightweight, durable, water-repellent fabric is not produced in a particularly sustainable manner. Nevertheless – there are and will be many, environmentally friendly alternatives available today and in the future where neither performance nor appearance is sacrificed. Among others, the focus here is onorganic nylons, Econyl, nylons made of sugar or on a castor oil basis (some even with Tencel) as well as biodegradable nylons. Firstly, plastics have their origin in fossil raw materials, and secondly, polyester, polyamide, polyacrylic and other synthetic textile fibers contribute to the microplastic problem. Dupont is well aware of this, resulting in the US enterprise developing a corn-based textile fiber called Sorona. Scientists and businesses are currently working intensively to make synthetic fibers more environmentally friendly. There are now companies that have developed bio-based polyamide which can be partially processed into fibers. Bio-based implies that the starting material is of natural origin, such as corn or sugar. This year’s Focus Topic takes an in-depth look into which alternatives manufacturers have in store for us and what the possibilities for today and in the future offer to improve nylon’s negative reputation. These range from cross-industrial streaming to recycled alternatives and to bio-based solutions. The future holds combinations of biodegradable nylon with spandex, recycled marine waste from used buoys, a range of plant-based bio-nylons, nylon fibers made from recycled car tires and recycled computer chips. Castor oil or coconut shells often serve as a basis to enhance the antibacterial effect without the use of ions. The milk protein casein makes fabrics softer to the touch. BASF presents a great new variant – nylon 6.0, which is fully recyclable.

P&E Textile

Schoeller GmbH & Co

Everest

Amaterrace

Radici Yarn

BenQ Materials

Gamateks Tekstil

Amaterrace

IBQ

Carvico | Jersey Lomellina

JSRTEX

Ho Yu

JSRTEX

Utenos

Alto Milanese

New Wide

Long Advance

P&E Textile

Carol

Carol

JSRTEX

Pontetorto

Tiara

Tessitura Taiana

Alpes

NILIT

Baselayer

There is not a lot of innovation for the coming F/W 23/24 season in terms of baselayers. Nevertheless: the new fabrics continue to convince with great eco-friendly alternatives. Open 3D-structures with 90s construction are particularly trending. With the launch of Optimer, Dri-Release has developed a fabric that combines the wearing comfort of cotton with the functions of synthetic fibers while also providing a new, hip look. Dri-release dries four times faster than cotton, has a soft, natural feel and is pilling resistant and colorfast. Alpes showcases a unique flat knit made from a combination of recycled acrylic and a blend of merino wool. Penn excels with a blend of organic cotton and roica, an elastane fiber produced by Asahi Kasei at Chempark Dormagen that can be fully degraded without releasing any pollutants. Utenos impresses with its 100 percent merino wool with extreme breathability and fabulous soft feel. Natural fibers such as hemp, bamboo or organic cotton are supplemented with plant fibers from banana or pineapple leaves. The use of zinc or ginger lends the fibers an antistatic effect, blocks UV rays and provides an antibacterial effect. Super-technical alternatives for sports such as biking and running fit like a second skin and offer optimal body regulation qualities. The category is rounded off by blends of polyester and Tencel. 

A. Sampaio

Luher Textile

Penn Textile Solutions

Hung's Fortune

Fieratex

Hyperbola

Utenos

Hyperbola

Omniteksas

Luher Textile

Suedwolle Group

Rich Colour

Alpes

Aesthetictex

Evertex

Omniteksas

Luher Textile

drirelease

Cifra

Effe Pi

Piave Maitex

Polartec

Brugnoli

drirelease

Eurotex Tekstil

Crowning

Sheico

brrrº

Midlayer

Loft is making a major comeback in the midlayer category. Manufacturers are spoiled for choice for Winter 23/24 – the variety ranges from teddy loft to wool loft to structured loft. The puffy construction of Polartec High Loft creates air chambers in which body heat is stored in fluffy fibers. The open mesh fabric wicks away excess heat during great exertion for enhanced breathability. The fabric is both lightweight and quick drying. Because of its solution-dyed dyeing method – color pigments are added to yarns during the fiber production process, making them indelible – the lightfast fibers are protected against UV rays and yellowing from age. Pile in cuddly teddy look makes a comeback in winter.

Grand Textile

LMA

Tough Knitting

Zeynar

Evertex

H-One

Thygesen & Birk

Weichert

Tiba Tricot

Kingwhale

Polartec

Liongtex Innovation

Utenos

Henitex

Aesthetictex

ECOSENSOR by AsahiKASEI

Rih Jan

Pontetorto

Lanificio Becagli

Polartec

Lanificio Becagli

Komatsu Matere

Weichert

Yuantex

Lanificio Becagli

Premiere Fashion

Lanificio Becagli

Sheico

Pontetorto

Polartec

Softshell & Outer Midlayer

Classic Softshells appear in winter with a new look. With its Softshell e3 made of recycled polyester, Schoeller has come up with the ideal material for cool, trendy ski jet pants a la Kitzbühel or Frauenschuh. Kingwhale presents 100 percent recycled polyester with reduced microplastic emissions when washed. Sherpa fleeces, often also made from recycled polyester, are still in trend. They are water-repellent, yet breathable and impress with an extremely soft feel.

Balas Textile

Wisher

Windtex Vagotex

Bristex

Trans-Textil

Hypole

Windtex Vagotex

Wisher

Windtex Vagotex

Erictex

Schoeller Textil

Hyperbola

Dry-tex

Kingwhale

Hui Liang

H-One

Dry-tex

Grand Textile

Thygesen & Birk

ASF

Rih Jan

ALIC

Pontetorto

Jessia and Jean

Tessile Fiorentina

Amaterrace

Sitip

Komatsu Matere

2.5 & 3Layer

In view of the fact that 2025 will see the banning of fluorocarbons, many brands and manufacturers are consequently already looking for a new membrane alternative that makes sense. The focus is on a sufficiently high water column which does not have to suffer function loss even with frequent washing, as well as its pleasant feel. Excellent constructions demonstrate how function can be applied to fabric without chemical treatment. At Performance Days in 2020, Sympatex had already presented a Fibre2Fibre functional article as a 2-layer laminate with a single-variety PES outer fabric made from 100 percent used textiles. And now we see the same fiber experts come up with STX Banff Spring CO, produced in the same “Closing the loop” process from chemically recycled fabric scraps and other leftover materials. The ASF Group presents a 20d pre-consumer nylon ripstop, ideally suitable for outdoor-, hiking- or biking jackets. BenQ showcases for the first time a 2.5 to 3-layer fabric made from 100 percent recycled polypropylene. The result is a highly technical fabric that is not only environmentally friendly, but also breathable and water repellent. The P&E Textile Company has managed for the first time to combine 100 percent repreve, a fabric made from recycled PET bottles, with a biogenic TPU lamination made from bio-based ink derived from corn or wheat.

Concordia

Huamao

BenQ Materials

Trans-Textil

ASF

Wisher

BenQ Materials

P&E Textile

Synnix

Teijin Frontier

TaeOh

Shinkong

WidePlus

Sympatex

Komatsu Matere

Men-Chuen

TaeOh

Sympatex

Dry-tex

P&E Textile

Monotex

Itttai

TaeOh

BenQ Materials

2Layer

Manufacturer innovations in the 2-layer category managed to scoop a total of seven jury likes, proving itself to the jury as the most exciting segment with great innovations that exceeded all previous standards. These included, among others, a new fabric from Sympatex that is 100 percent in keeping with the theme of textile recycling, or a plant-based membrane as sustainable ripstop made from recycled polyester that refrains from the use of petroleum in processing. Furthermore, there are naturally dyed plant-based fabrics, blends of organic cotton and nylon, recycled polyester knit, bio-based polyurethane, recycled fibers from PET bottles to old fishing nets. The combination with castor oil provides for an antibacterial effect. 

Flying Tex

Maxland

Shinkong

Rich Colour

Flying Tex

Sympatex

Rich Colour

Irabbit

Technow

ALIC

Weichert

Komatsu Matere

Technow

Sympatex

Yuantex

Sympatex

Green Threads

Sympatex

New Wide

Green Threads

ECOSENSOR by AsahiKASEI

ASF

Komatsu Matere

Grandetex

Komatsu Matere

Flying Textile

Synnix

Yuantex

TDI

JSRTEX

Lightweight & Downproof

The jury also found little innovation in the lightweight segment. The trend continues towards the ultra-light, breathable, yet thermally insulating.  Fiber manufacturers are increasingly striving for lighter variants, which is hardly technically feasible. However, the new materials do appear in bold color tones and patterns, including stripes, crushed structures and finishes. The choice ranges from downproof fabrics, bio-based ultra-light materials (7d recycled), and cotton and wool textures to various natural fibers.

Synnix

Silkytex

Amaterrace

Premiere Fashion

FOV

J&B

Flying Tex

Green Threads

Plptex

J&B

Weichert

Plptex

ALIC

JSRTEX

Teijin Frontier

Silkytex

Concordia

Concordia

Maxland

Green Threads

FOV

Green Threads

Hyperbola

Silkytex

Shirts

Reminiscent of summer, the trend here towards fabrics of natural origin is clearly apparent. The selection on show includes 100 percent organic cotton, hemp, new plant fibers from pineapple and banana or hemp blended with Cordura for the casual canvas look. Sturdy jerseys surprise in new qualities and with extreme stiffness in a casual look. Natural dyeing techniques will gain in importance in the future. Plant-based dyes include e.g. chlorophyll, indigo, bluewood, saffron, turmeric, alizarin and madder. Long before synthetic dyes were developed, natural dyes enabled people to dye clothing and other textiles. Indigo, probably the best-known natural dye, has been used for over 6,000 years.

Brookwood Companies Inc.

Synnix

Cordura

Amaterrace

ECOSENSOR by AsahiKASEI

Hoba Textile

Toyoshima

Everest

Burlington

Hans Global

Shinkong

brrrº

ALIC

Irabbit

Right Sports Apparels

Alto Milanese

Pants & Tights

In the pants segment, various fabrics impress with their special look & feel and pleasant feel. Woven Tencel materials are setting new standards in the pants segment. Brookwood has Sequoia on show, a plant-based fabric with a touch of elastane made from a blend of various Tencel fibers. The combination of hemp with corduroy is particularly soft, yet extremely robust. Recycled graphene is blended with grapheme stretch, with woven materials such as organic cotton, hemp or viscose setting the tone. 

Techtera

IBQ

M.i.t.i.

Dry-tex

Penn Textile Solutions

Dry-tex

M.i.t.i.

Liou Long Tai

ECOSENSOR by AsahiKASEI

Hemp Fortex

Carvico | Jersey Lomellina

Hemp Fortex

NILIT

Brookwood Companies Inc.

37.5 Technology / Cocona Labs.

Bristex

Function Meets Fashion

The Lifestyle Category will be continued in the F/W 23/24 season under the name “Fashion meets Function”. The reason being, that fabrics from the Activewear segment impressively demonstrate how sports fashion fits to the current zeitgeist. While the materials follow current trends, they always take into account functional properties that support performance. Winter highlights include recycled cashmere, bio-based nylon fleeces, recycled fibers derived from textile waste, eco-friendly variants of spacers, plant fibers derived from pineapple or banana leaves or printed jacquard fleeces. A particular eye-catching highlight are the colored reflectors that provide better visibility and a fashionable touch.

Tepar Tekstil

Teijin Frontier

TaeOh

Hypole

Ashford

Irabbit

Hypole

Aesthetictex

Getzner Textil

Super Textile

Hyosung

Hyperbola

Hans Global

A. Sampaio

E. Boselli

Pontetorto

Evertex

Hemp Fortex

Ashford

Toyoshima

JRC

Alpes

NILIT

Alpes

JRC

Schoeller GmbH & Co

Eurotex Tekstil

Schoeller GmbH & Co

Fieratex

Schoeller GmbH & Co

Safety, Health & Durability

Durability, abrasion protection, tear-resistance, elasticity, breathability, wearer comfort – workwear fabrics are reliant on high technical performance. Workwear, a rethinking: many materials impress in Winter 23/24 with great robustness without sacrificing any lightness or soft, smooth feel. New recycled options, including repeatedly recycled nylon or recycled polyester, point to new directions in this segment. A particular highlight is a new knit that is flame-resistant due to its yarn.

Hemp Fortex

Stotz

Monotex

Hi-Tex

Henitex

JSRTEX

Shinkong

Hi-Tex

NILIT

Hi-Tex

Cordura

NILIT

Cordura

Cordura

Hyperbola

Merryson

Eurotex Tekstil

BenQ Materials

Rih Jan

Tiara

Bags

For the F/W 23/24 season, the Shoes & Bags segment will be included for the first time as a new category in the Forum. The focus here is on robust fabrics that can be applied in the bag and shoe sector. Stotz introduces a fabric made from 100 percent recycled cotton, GRS certified. The material manages to be extremely water repellent without the use of PFC. By means of the application of Ventile fabrics, which are spun so that the tightly woven fibers create a finished fabric, the material stands up to the harshest weather conditions. Most significantly, Ventile now offers a selection of certified organic, recycled and PFC-free options. Taiwan Axroma Technical Textile also boasts a fabric without PFC coating. Thanks to so-called “Mackintosh” technology, the fabric requires no additional lamination and treatment while remaining water repellent. 100 percent polypropylene, meanwhile derived from industrial waste, is extremely lightweight and is considered single-component. Merryson is also showcasing 100 percent recycled nylon, which can ultimately be returned to the textile cycle.

Merryson

Fone-Tai

Cordura

Stotz

Axroma

Axroma

tvb

Cordura

Axroma

Taiwan Functional Textiles

Fone-Tai

Liou Long Tai

Fone-Tai

Radici Yarn

Axroma

Brookwood Companies Inc.

Axroma

Ho Yu

Footwear

For the F/W 23/24 season, the Shoes & Bags segment will be included for the first time as a new category in the Forum. The focus here is on robust fabrics that can be applied in the bag and shoe sector. Stotz introduces a fabric made from 100 percent recycled cotton, GRS certified. The material manages to be extremely water repellent without the use of PFC. By means of the application of Ventile fabrics, which are spun so that the tightly woven fibers create a finished fabric, the material stands up to the harshest weather conditions. Most significantly, Ventile now offers a selection of certified organic, recycled and PFC-free options. Taiwan Axroma Technical Textile also boasts a fabric without PFC coating. Thanks to so-called “Mackintosh” technology, the fabric requires no additional lamination and treatment while remaining water repellent. 100 percent polypropylene, meanwhile derived from industrial waste, is extremely lightweight and is considered single-component. Merryson is also showcasing 100 percent recycled nylon, which can ultimately be returned to the textile cycle.

Vanbestco

Fone-Tai

Lenzing

Fone-Tai

Vanbestco

Fone-Tai

 

Divided into the 10 most important functional fabric categories the PERFORMANCE FORUM Fabrics offer the first look at current trends, textile innovations and sustainable options. The categories JURY'S PICK, BASELAYER, MIDLAYER, SOFTSHELL & OUTER MIDLAYER, 2.5 & 3LAYER, 2LAYER, LIGHTWEIGHT & DOWNPROOF, SHIRT, PANTS & TIGHTS, ACTIVE STYLE, SHOES & BAGS, SAFETY & DURABILITY and provide a comprehensive overview of the highlights and innovations!

Besides the current PERFORMANCE FORUM items, previous items can be found in the product search and producer search.

 


Exhibitor List December 2021

eVent Fabrics
Premiere Fashion Corp.
Hugin Int. Co., Ltd.
Monotex Corporation - Shin Heung
Jia Meir Industrial Co., Ltd.
Tiara Textile Co., Ltd.