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Wealth of innovation on show at Intertextile’s Functional Lab

The Functional Lab feature at Intertextile Shanghai attracted around 50 exhibitors to the autumn 2017 fair (October 11-13).

Organiser, Messe Frankfurt, describes the Functional Lab as “the centre of innovation at Intertextile, featuring a wide selection of innovative yarns, fibres, fabrics, accessories, finishes, coatings and membranes for athleisure, sports and outdoor wear.

European participants included Aquafil from Italy, showcasing its Dryarn fibre, and Vetex from Belgium, which had on show its hot-air process for seam sealing tapes on garments and shoes.

Chemours and Unifi were among the North American exhibitors in attendance, showing, respectively, Teflon EcoElite durable water repellent finish and Repreve and Sorbtek fibres.

Messe Frankfurt also said that a large number of participating companies from Taiwan at the Functional Lab reflected that country’s position as “one of the industry’s powerhouses when it comes to innovation”.