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Functional Lab Returns to Intertextile Shanghai

With performance apparel now one of the fastest-growing sectors of the global textile industry, Intertextile Shanghai has announced several new initiatives to highlight performance apparel at its upcoming Autumn show.

Taking place from Oct. 11-13, Intertextile Shanghai has announced the return of the Functional Lab, as well as the debut of the Taiwan Pavilion, plus exhibitors from China, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan and Korea.

This year’s Functional Lab will feature an array of innovative textile products, including ‘SUPLI’ from Japanese firm Toyobo, an acrylate fiber that has pH control and humidity retention functionality.

Far Eastern New Century (FENC) from Taiwan will showcase their new, award-winning DynaFeed smart textile which was released earlier this year, while Zig Sheng Industrial, another Taiwan firm, will showcase their brand-new eco-friendly S.Café coffee gauze fabric. Boasting unique odor-control ability, S.Café is fast drying and features UV protection properties.

The Invista Pavillion is also set to return to the Functional Lab in Shanghai, promising to showcase innovative technologies in sportswear and athleisure bodywear.

“Last year, the majority of visitors were from active and sportswear brands and garment manufacturers, so it proved to be the right location to introduce our relevant technologies to these targeted visitors,” said Invista Greater China Commercial Director Steven Stewart.

In addition to the products on display, DuPont will be hosting a panel discussion titled ‘Get Ready for the Smart Textile Era’ on Oct. 11. With the recent development of smart wearable devices, such as Google Glass, VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality), this panel will discuss the influence smart wearable are having on the textile industry.