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Toray debuts a PET-recycled version of its Primeflex stretch fabric series

  • Monday, January 27, 2020, 11:58 am
  • ACROFAN=Jae-Yong Ryu
Toray Industries, Inc., January 24 announced a new iteration of its highly successful Primeflex™ series of flexible stretch fabric - Primeflex PET-recycled type. Available in spring/summer 2021, the new, Primeflex PET-recycled type is made with 50% recycled and 18% bio-based yarn, meeting the sportswear consumer's demand for sustainability without compromising stretch.

Primeflex PET-recycled type incorporates recycled polyethylene terephthalate (PET) that would normally otherwise be discarded as waste, retaining the signature bi-component yarn structure that delivers the trademark stretch and kickback of Primeflex.

The fabric itself is a composite of PTT (polytrimethylene terephithalate) derived partially from plant-based materials, and recycled PET waste. The bicomponent structure of the yarn provides stretch owing to the differing properties of its component materials. Toray developed new production technologies by combining its polymer quality control and spinning technologies, attaining a stretch that is comparable with that of virgin PET.

Toray is developing an array of woven and knitted textiles featuring the PET-recycled Primeflex aimed at markets from sportswear to casual apparel. Toray targets initial year sales of 500,000 meters of this fabric, rising to 3 million square meters by fiscal 2022.

The latest advances in sustainable production is another step in Toray's pursuit of materials development and diverse applications for its new Primeflex in the domestic and international markets.

*Note: LYCRA® T400® is a registered trademark of The LYCRA Company.