Sympatex Technologies, a leading global supplier for high-tech functional materials in clothing, footwear, accessories, protective workwear and technical applications, will debut new laminates made from recycled and recyclable polyester (PET) materials for corporate wear at the A+A 2015 trade fair in Dusseldorf, Germany Oct. 27-30, 2015.
The laminates will be used in an extensive modular garment system that includes rain and soft shell jackets, pants, fleece products, headgear, gloves and safety and work shoes, to provide head to toe protection and comfort for the workwear sector.
Sympatex’s customers—which include OBB (Austrian Federal Railways), RATP (public transport in Paris), USTRA (public transport in Hannover, Germany) and the Modeinstitut Berlin, a Germany based fashion company— have expressed a preference for eco-friendly fabrics that provide high level protection and comfort for their corporate wear products. In answer to that, Sympatex developed two-layer and three-layer laminates, which are produced using yarn made from recycled PET bottles.
According to Sympatex, a high-level of functionality in workwear is critical. Multi-layer functional materials offer protection against overheating or cooling and optimize moisture-wicking capabilities, helping to keep a balanced body temperature and preventing viruses and bacteria.
“In combination with our 100 percent waterproof and windproof as well as optimally breathable Sympatex membrane, the recycled PES outer layers offer a top performance,” said Hervé Clerbout, director of contract and workwear at Sympatex.
Clerbout added, the recycled PES outer layers meet customer demands for weather protection, while also maintaining the same quality level as newly produced PES materials. These products are produced in Europe, made of 100 percent recyclable polyester and are free from polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and perfluorinated chemicals (PFC).
At the tradeshow, Sympatex will also showcase its Moisture-Tech technology, which provides maximum comfort in safety shoes, as well as partner products that have used the technology in a variety of ways.
According to Sympatex, the material is extremely absorbent, helping to transport moisture away from the foot by using an outward suction effect and providing comfort and dryness in all kinds of weather. Workwear and safety shoe brands that use the technology include, Blaklader, Maxguard and Volkl, among others.
Safety shoe company, Baltes uses Moisture-tech 360°, an insole that is combined with Moisture-Tech laminate, to maintain moisture in its new firefighting boots.