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Toray Unveils Qticle, a Biomimetic Fabric

Toray Industries, Inc. has developed Qticle, a polyester filament fabric that combines the structure of hair and wool with a smooth and supple texture and functionality.

The Tokyo-based company said it will offer Qticle for a range of merchandise, from casual medium-weight fabrics for men’s and women’s outerwear to cut-and-sew items. Toray aims to commercialize the fabric for Spring-Summer 2023 collections. It has targeted annual volume of 200,000 meters in fiscal 2022 and 500,000 meters by 2025.

Qticle is a biomimetic fabric created by employing Toray’s proprietary Nanodesign composite spinning technology to create an eccentric yarn with an ultrathin shell layer with which it combined fiber processing technology to create a crimped structure and fine surface irregularities. An eccentric yarn has a cross-section with two different polymers, each with different centers of gravity.

Qticle is meant to mimic the properties of hair and wool, which comprise numerous protein layers. Their properties and structure deliver strong elasticity and luster.

Toray has developed Qticle, a polyester filament fabric that combines the structure of hair and wool with a smooth, supple texture.
The Qticle fabric. Courtesy

Toray said its technologies have enabled it to attain natural, lustrous and deep colors, a smooth and supple feel, and functional stretch for comfort and easy care. In the years ahead, Toray aims to also offer a range with polymers made from recycled materials to cater to growing sustainability needs.

Toray said it will continue to explore new possibilities for fashion through research and technological development that scientifically re-creates the attributes of natural materials.

For the six months ended Sept. 30, Toray’s fibers and textiles division saw a marked increase in demand in Japan and abroad. Some apparel applications continued to be affected by Covid-19, while sports and outdoor performed strongly. In the industrial applications, automotive recovered with increased sales volume.

As a result, revenue of the overall Fibers & Textiles segment increased 21.6 percent to 401.5 billion yen compared with the same period a year earlier and core operating income rose 53.9 percent to 24.3 billion yen.