BASF showcased its innovative solutions for the fashion industry at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics Autumn 2020.
BASF showcased its innovative solutions for the fashion industry at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics Autumn 2020.
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BASF unveiled innovative solutions for the fashion industry at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics Autumn 2020 edition. The booth themed “Athleisure” showcased solutions that help the fashion industry fabricate comfortable body-shaping apparel with improved durability and elasticity.

These solutions were designed for a multitude of applications, such as sportswear, streetwear and underwear. This is in line with an increasing trend of consumers looking for clothes they can wear to a workout, as well as fashionably on the streets and in the workplace. At the event, BASF also revealed its “PolyTHF Inside” brand for soft spandex and Freeflex fiber for streetwear collections.

PolyTHF Inside: Outstanding elastic fibers

When applied to soft spandex, “PolyTHF Inside” offers superior elasticity and enhanced comfort, making apparel, such as sportswear, underwear and ready-to-wear clothing, easy to wear while offering improved body-shaping attributes. It also enables softness of the materials even at extremely low temperatures of -30ºC when compared with generic spandex.

At the same time, apparel manufacturers can benefit from the materials’ high performance and stable production process while reducing carbon emissions.

“We are extremely thrilled to be cooperating with our long-term partner – Hangzhou Banglian Spandex (“Banglian”). They will use our PolyTHF (Polytetrahydrofuran) in the production of their spandex yarn for apparel manufacturers,” said Dr. Bei Hu, Vice President of Business Management for Intermediates Greater China, BASF.

Freeflex: Good outlook and functionality in everyday style

The booth also featured the Freeflex fiber made from Elastollan thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The versatile fiber provides a significant breakthrough in the fashion and footwear industry with its eco-conscious manufacturing techniques. It permits intricately crafted and stitched designs that ensure premium quality.

Freeflex’s rigid and thermal moldable fiber, which is perfect for shoe upper applications, was featured exclusively in this event. This fiber is not only known for its strength and rigidity but also its versatility. Freeflex can conform to any shape or style while ensuring sensorial comfort for the wearer. Also, the all-purpose material can change the colors and appearance even for the most complex textile designs.

Enchi Shen’s latest streetwear collection, “Hybrid”, which used Freeflex’s elastic fiber, was showcased in the event too. The fiber’s low heat setting temperature has set the standard in energy-efficient manufacturing processes, enabling fabrics to dry quickly and saving energy in its production process.

Owing to the textures and patterns that Freeflex possesses, such as transparent and opaque effects, geometric embossing, as well as its broad color palette, the “Hybrid” collection is edgy, vibrant and adheres to the latest fashion and color trends.

In addition, Freeflex is also featured in BASF’s athleisure shoe – X-Swift, where the material conforms to the foot using minimal seams and stitch lines to provide superior comfort and maximum performance.

“We are very excited to showcase our latest Freeflex material used for shoe uppers and athleisure apparel at Intertextile,” concluded Minli Zhao, Vice President of Consumer Industry for Performance Materials Asia Pacific, BASF. “We will continue to provide offerings that bring tangible value to footwear and garment manufacturers and meet consumers’ active lifestyles.”