The new testing from the quality solutions provider includes fabric function and performance testing for popular athletic wear attributes like antibacterial or anti-mold properties, wind and water resistance, breathability, ultraviolet (UV) protection, thermal regulation, quick-dry capabilities, testing for PFCs (perfluorinated compounds), and stretch and recovery.
“Sports apparel and footwear sales have increased 42 percent in the past seven years, with expectations for continued growth through 2020,” Calvin Yam, global head of softlines at Intertek, said in a statement. “As consumer participation in athletic activity grows, as well as the popularity of athleisure fashion, the demand for comfortable, high-performing activewear is one that manufacturers strive to reach.”
Citing a Cotton Incorporated study, Intertek said consumers rank comfort above all else when it comes to activewear and then fit, with price coming in last in terms of affecting their purchasing decisions. Intertek’s activewear testing evaluates those performance qualities against promotional claims and industry benchmarks.
Those using the service will also have access to support from experts in high-performance fabrics who can consult on anything from raw materials selection to product development, production and delivery to market.
“With our new services, we can help clothing and footwear makers and retailers bring quality gear to the activewear market that delivers on consumer standards and offers an edge in the competitive market,” Yam said.