Polartec, the premium provider of innovative and sustainable textile solutions, has been selected for a 2019 R&D 100 Award for Polartec Power Air, the first fabric technology engineered to reduce fibre shedding. Honouring the latest and best innovations since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards identify the top technologies introduced to the market in the past year.
Polartec Power Air is an innovative new platform offering advanced thermal efficiency by encapsulating lofted fibres within a multilayer, continuous yarn fabric construction. Insulation that effectively regulates core body temperature has traditionally been achieved via lofted or high-pile knit structures that hold warm air. Any exposed fibre is susceptible to shedding as a function of normal wear, the company feels.
As the first fabric construction to encase air with a continuous yarn, initial versions of Polartec Power Air are proven to shed at least five times less than other premium ‘mid-layer’ weight fabrics. The foundational technology platform will eventually provide shedding reduction to all existing apparel categories (including insulation, lightweight next to skin, and extreme weather protection).
“It’s a great honour to receive a R&D 100 Award,” says Steve Layton, president of Polartec. “Polartec Power Air is a step forward in reducing the environmental impact of what we make and wear, and it’s also a whole new experience with its distinctive aesthetics and drag-free, lively performance.”
The R&D 100 Awards have served as the most prestigious innovation awards programme for the past 56 years, providing accolades for great R&D pioneers and their revolutionary ideas in science and technology. Honouring the top technologies of the past year, winners are selected for one of six categories. This year, Polartec Power Air won for the Mechanical/Materials category.
“These 100 winning products and technologies are the disruptors that will change industries and make the world a better place in the coming years,” says Paul J Heney, vice president, editorial director for R&D World.
The R&D 100 winners will be recognised at the annual black-tie awards dinner, to be held on December 5 in San Francisco.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (SV)