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Taiwan unveiled sustainable performance textiles at Functional Fabric Fair Portland

Source: Taiwantrade | Updated: 04 November 2019

The Taiwan Smart & Functional Textiles Press Conference was held at the Functional Fabric Fair in Portland, Oregon on October 22. Hosted by TAITRA, the event featured presentations from three of Taiwan’s leading manufacturers of sustainable functional fabrics – including Singtex Industrial Company, Ltd., Men-Chuen Fibre Industry Co., Ltd. and Hyperbola.

The Taiwan Smart & Functional Textiles Press Conference fostered discussions around sustainable practices, performance textiles and functional fabrics. Experts expect the percentage of fabric made from recycled materials to increase to 60-70% in the next few years, highlighting the industry’s shift towards making sustainability a stable of textile production. From revolutionary woven fleece to water-free dyeing and 100% recycled fashion fabrics, Taiwan is at the forefront of eco-friendly textile innovations.

“Taiwan's textile production remains one of the most significant sectors of the manufacturing industry – accounting for 70% of the global output value of all functional fabrics,” said Alex Fan, Director General of Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle. “As the 11th largest trading partner of the U.S., we hope our partnership will create more economic prosperity for both countries.”

As a major provider of performance fabrics for popular sporting goods and outdoor companies, Taiwan’s textile industry is respected and well-recognized across the globe. Presenters at the Taiwan Smart & Functional Textiles Press Conference included:

Singtex Industrial Company, Ltd., one of Taiwan’s most prominent fabric manufacturers, introduced attendees to STORMFLEECE™, a single layer woven fabric that combines the traditional two layer soft-shell and fleece into one without the need for a laminated membrane. This method reduces the chemical use and energy consumption at the production phase. This water-repellent, wind-resistance fabric is widely used by many well-known outdoor brands.

Men-Chuen Fibre Industry Co., Ltd., a renowned textile knitting and dyeing & finishing manufacturer, showcased its computer jacquard, which allows the company to offer custom designed fabric that’s comfortable, breathable and supportive.

Hyperbola, a fresh but creative textile company, walked attendees through the process of finding the sweet spot where the elements of fashion and trends meet the technical performance features of functional textiles.

As PERFORMANCE DAYS® first West Coast trade show, the Function Fabric Fair hosted 146 exhibitors — including 63 Taiwanese companies — offering performance textiles and accessories for outdoor, sports and lifestyle apparel companies. To learn more about Taiwan’s industry-leading companies, visit TaiwanExcellence.org.

Wayne Lin (waynelin@taitra.org.tw)

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