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Tintex Joins CLASS to Highlight Fabric Innovations

Tintex, a Portugese fabric manufacturer with a high sustainability quotient, has joined the CLASS platform for smarter materials development.

Mario Jorge, chief executive officer of the 19-year-old company, was joined by CLASS CEO Guisy Bettoni at last week’s Premiere Vision New York trade show to explain and show off Tintex’s innovative materials.

Jorge said CLASS will help his company, based in the Porto region of Portugal, refine and amplify its approach to securing better value for its own business strategies and customers.

Tintex presented its fall 2018 collection aimed at the contemporary, athleisure and lingerie markets with a commitment to “eco-responsible processes and materials.”

Bettoni described the collection as “modern hybrid jersey fabrics made with precision and technology.” Newly crafted fabrics are delivered with Tintex’s expertise in specialized dyeing and finishing techniques, applications, equipment and processes.

Tintex originally specialized in dyeing and finishing before starting its own production of knitted fabrics. Annual sales are about $12 million.

Tintex produces 1,300 tons, or about 5 million meters, of fabrics a year, running some 30 knitting machines. Exports accounts for 70% of production, with strong growth in Sweden, Germany and France. The ready-to-wear and lingerie markets represent 80% of the company’s activity. Clients include Acne, Helmut Lang, Ralph Lauren, Burberry and Filippa K.

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Bettoni noted that the Tintex collection uses at least 60% sustainable materials, such as Tencel, organic cotton and linen, as well as recycled and recovered smart materials such as polyesters and nylon, and new recycled stretch elastane.

The collection has three focused jersey fabric concepts – a range of trans-seasonal jersey fabrics, a fashion group consisting of pale and neutral tones for intimates, darks mixed with optical effects, textured pieces, and sports-oriented colors.

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A new innovation is its B.Cork coating concept that uses pre-consumer cork waste from certified producer Sedacor that can be applied to knits and wovens. Other innovations include lightweight jerseys in Supima cotton, MicroTencel and MicroModal; luxury jersey base layers in natural blends with Tencel, silk and cashmere; “interactive” innovations incorporating UV sensitive, sparkling optics, and textured materials with a slippery hand counterpointed with a crisp, dry touch.

Bettoni noted that Tintex is transparent about its sustainability credentials and focuses on the environmental impact for all its resources, production and processing, where water and chemical usage is minimized.

Recycling research means 98% of all materials are recycled or reused. Tintex uses photovoltaic panels combined with solar energy systems to producing CO2 savings of 400 tons per year. Since 2010, this ongoing investment and increase in added value has helped lead to a 45% energy savings.

The company has ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and STeP certifications for operation, and GOTS, OCS, Oeko-Tex and Better Cotton Initiative certifications for materials.

CLASS, short for Creativity Lifestyle and Sustainable Synergy, is a Milan-based hub that specialized in environmentally friendly and sustainable fabric and yarn companies. CLASS “eco-smart” partners include Bacx by Centro Seta, Curpo by Asahi Kasei, Ecotex by Marchi&Fildi, Gruppocinque, Lanificio Zeignone, Organic Cotton Colours, Re.Verso, Roica by Asahi Kasei and Shinnaigai Textile Ltd.