“When we launched the first generation of Core Construction technology, there was so much excitement and speculation about where the technology could go. From Outside Magazine’s vision for membranes in everything we wear, to Wired magazine deeming it the biggest advancement in Outerwear in the last 40 years, the opportunities out there felt boundless. What followed was a multi-year development project aimed at realising the full potential of core-knitted textiles,” Timm Smith, CTO at Voormi, said in a media statement by the company.
According to Smith, while the first generation of Core Construction products were designed to bring superior performance and weather protection to fleece and other thermal layers, the long-term vision has always been to enable the insertion of even more complex functional substrates into the broader knitwear market, as well as the explore the vast world of opportunities beyond apparel.
“From the beginning, fine-gauge knits, technical yarns, and the insertion of advanced substrates have all been key areas of focus for us. As is the case with most new ‘methods of make’ – it ultimately came down to equipment limitations. This Gen2 machinery truly opens up the world for us in terms of capability. With brand new patterning and multi-core insertion capabilities, there's no reason why every yard of knitted fabric in the world shouldn't contain a multi-functional core,” Smith said.
“Given that textiles and apparel surround us in every aspect of our lives, it’s our belief that they should provide functionality to meet tomorrow’s expectations. This machinery, and the multi-million-dollar investment we’ve made around it, finally provides the tools to enable truly new levels of performance in fabric. We’re so excited for where this goes next,” Dan English, CEO at Voormi, said.
In addition to a host of new products to be released over the coming year under the Voormi brand, the company has kicked off a number of pilot projects in non-apparel sectors, providing enhanced functionality in industries ranging from automotive applications to e-textiles.
Fibre2Fashion News Desk (GK)