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FibeRio and VF Corporation to work on next generation fabrics with nanotechnologyFibeRio Technology Corporation, the nanofibre solutions company, has announced a strategic partnership with VF Corporation, a leader in branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories, to develop and commercialize next generation, performance apparel fabrics leveraging FibeRio’s proprietary nanotechnology.
The partnership is based around the FibeRio’s Forcespinning technology platform and its ability to produce unique nanofibre material in high volumes.
VF Corporation intends to incorporate FibeRio’s capabilities and expertise across its three Global Innovation Centers, which focus on advancements in performance apparel, footwear and jeanswear.
High-performance nanofibre materials
“VF’s Global Innovation Center strategy is centred on the pursuit of disruptive design and materials that will meaningfully redefine the future of apparel and footwear for our consumers,” said Dan Cherian, Vice President, VF Global Innovation Centers.
“Our partnership with FibeRio is a great step toward the co-development of proprietary, high-performance nanofibre materials that will help push the boundaries of performance and explore the creation of new apparel and footwear market categories.”
Ellery Buchanan, FibeRio CEO, commented: “We are excited to partner with VF Corporation on our Forcespinning-based advanced nanofiber textiles. VF’s long history of brand strength and operational excellence along with our leading commercial scale nanofibre production expertise creates an excellent opportunity to proactively shape the competitive landscape.”
Lighter weight and lower cost
Nanofibres’ higher surface area and smaller pore size is said to improve the characteristics of fibrous material. This, according to the companies, enables performance levels in any given application to be improved using significantly less material in the end product, which also allows for lighter weight and lower cost.
FibeRio’s Forcespinning technology is capable of both commercial scale melt and solution spinning nanofibres. This is said to provide a more sustainable method of production because melt spinning does not require solvents.
Additionally, Forcespinning can be used to solution spin with vastly smaller amounts of solvents than traditional nanofibre production processes, such as electrospinning.
Performance layer expert
FibeRio is the efficiency and performance layer expert offering composite media improvement services, including nanofibre membrane development, pilot production for limited launches and performance layer supply.
The Fiber Engine series delivers on the industry’s need for high output, versatile, yet economic nanofibre production solutions, the company reports.
Branded lifestyle apparel
VF Corporation is a leader in the design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of branded lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories.
The company’s diversified portfolio of 30 brands spans various different product categories, consumer demographics and sales channels. The company's largest brands are The North Face, Vans, Timberland, Wrangler, Lee and Nautica.