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ISPO Tex Trends highlights key trends

ISPO Tex Trends was held in Germany, February 5 to 8, 2017. The latest textile and trim developments were revealed at the expo. Overall a sense of optimism shone through for fall/winter 2018-19 colors, visual appeal and touch. There were more than 2,800 visitors at the expo. The three main themes were: PFC-free, natural and visibility.

The importance of a cleaner textile process was evident throughout the new developments, especially in the area of PFCs. Among the hazardous elements in the supply chain of the textile industry are PFCs.

A wide range of PFC-free products was displayed. Global Merino offered a hybrid blend of merino wool/polyester in a double-sided spacer structure with a PFC-free DWR. Nanomembrane’s plasma DWR PFC-free laminate provides eco-friendly laminates with thermal regulation, breathability, waterproofing and windproof function to fabrics.

The second key theme was natural rather than eco. There is a return to 100 per cent natural as well as to hybrid blends. On the natural fiber front, wool, silk, cotton, kapok and cashmere featured alongside bio-based developments.

As for visibility, reflective products came to the forefront. There was barely a sector within ISPO Tex Trends that didn’t have reflective products, from zippers to trims, to street sports and outer layers. Everest offered printed reflective products, with a rainbow printed reflective print on a polyester/spandex base. Safe Reflections exhibited reflective coating that can be applied to textured fabrics.