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NexTex to unveil TurboDry fabrics at Outdoor Retailer
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NexTex Innovations will unveil TurboDry technology for high-performance fabrics at the Outdoor Retailer Show during January 29-31. The technology is based on the principals of biomimicry – design inspired by nature. It transports moisture in one direction, away from the wearer’s skin to its exterior. The process keeps wearers dry and is more durable.
TurboDry patent-pending high-performance fabrics use the physics of contact angles and capillary action. The process is sustainable in comparison to chemically-coated alternatives.
“TurboDry gives wearers unprecedented comfort through improved sweat management,” said Chad Lawrence, NexTex’s CEO and a 22-year veteran of the textile industry. “The technology can be used in just about any activewear apparel or accessory imaginable. From shirts, to base layer, to shorts, to underwear, to leggings, beanies, seamless, the possibilities are vast.” TurboDry technology works with not only filament yarns, but also spun fibres and various fibre blends, including chief value cottons (CVCs) and regenerated cellulosic materials.
TurboDry is the creation of Dr. Jason (Jun-Yan) Hu, a former senior research fellow at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University who is currently the chief technology officer (CTO) of NexTex Innovations. After many years of researching how trees draw water from their roots to their leaves, Dr. Hu was able to mimic that ability and translate it into warp-knit, weft-knit, narrow elastics, and seamless fabrics.
NexTex Innovations, an Atlanta-based technology hub that leverages strategic partnerships with researchers, brands, universities and manufacturers, has exclusive rights to launch TurboDry into the international market.
“We’re eager to introduce TurboDry at Outdoor Retailer in January,” Lawrence remarked. The NexTex Innovations booth will feature a large-scale model of capillary structures and hands-on demonstrations of TurboDry fabric’s one-way moisture transport capabilities.
Lawrence shared, “I’m particularly excited about the sustainable aspects of our fabrics. TurboDry moisture transportation processes are physical and will not wash out, extending the life of the garment. TurboDry can be made with recycled polymers. It can also be produced using same-type polymers (for example, 100 per cent polyester) which could allow for future recyclability when the garment has reached its end-of-use.” All TurboDry fabrics are bluesign and Oeko-Tex certified.
TurboDry not only delivers great performance but is also a technology that does not rely on chemicals to achieve its superior one-way moisture transport. TurboDry offers the best of both worlds – exceptional drying performance with carefully considered environmental impact.