YKK EUROPE Ltd. Germany Branch
A zipper, especially the front zipper, is really at the heart of functional outerwear. It must always close reliably in all kinds of weather and be easy to operate. It must be sturdy and lightweight at the same time and, it must never show signs of frequent use. Therefore it is not surprising that sport clothing manufacturers set high standards for zippers and use only quality products. YKK is a company known for the development of high-tech zippers and has been named the winner of this season’s PERFORMANCE AWARD for the innovative development of the “SOFLEX” Zipper. This is the first zipper that can be completely stretched with all components. SOFLEX can be stretched up to 10% in length and not just the band, but also the teeth that close in the final profile. The elasticity of the entire zipper permits improved processing and better looking high stretch outer fabrics, whether with laminates for the outer layer models or for warp knits or knitted fabrics for the midlayer. This is a terrific find not merely for high performance functional clothing, but also for the latest trend topic Athleisure.