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Antimicrobial fibres and fabrics
published in Issue 7, 4th Quarter 2003
Antimicrobial-treated apparel is used to control the presence of microorganisms which are responsible for causing odour, infection and disease. It is just one of a number of apparel categories that has greatly benefited from the growing demand for functional textiles which provide strong performance, comfort and well-being.
Antimicrobial finishes have been available for many years but early versions suffered from two major drawbacks: their effect was not permanent, and their scope of antimicrobial action was narrow. The introduction over the past decade of more durable and more effective antimicrobial technologies has made their incorporation into performance apparel a more viable proposition. Moreover, the use of antimicrobial fibres and fabrics provides manufacturers of performance apparel with an opportunity to differentiate their products in the marketplace, often at no extra cost to the consumer.
The main consumer applications of antimicrobial fabrics are in apparel—where they combat odour and reduce the risk of infection and spread of diseases—and in household textiles, where they play a major role in reducing the population of dust mites which are responsible for allergies. In clothing, they are finding their way into an ever increasing range of apparel segments, from sportswear and medical use garments to casual wear and even fashion wear.
Over the past five years the consumption of antimicrobial-treated clothing has surged as a result of the growing awareness among consumers of hygiene and of the harmful effects of certain microorganisms. This has spurred suppliers into developing products which are not only more effective and more durable but can also meet stringent safety and efficacy standards imposed by government agencies.
Four times a year, Performance Apparel Markets provides an overview of the sector for performance apparel and corporatewear. It provides market data and analysis of new and established markets for performance fibres, fabrics and clothing, and is essential reading for executives who are working in (or supplying) this fast growing sector. It is also an invaluable one-stop-shop where people who are not involved in the industry on a day-to-day basis can find an authoritative source of relevant information which helps them to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues facing the companies in this sector.
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reports on major developments in the global performance apparel market, focusing on new products and technologies, innovative fibres and key players;
detailed, independently-researched reports on one of the following topics: antimicrobial fibres and fabrics, anti-static technology, flame resistant fibres and fabrics, high strength fibres and fabrics, high visibility apparel, microencapsulation, moisture management fabrics, performance swimwear, seamless knitting and stitch-free seaming technologies, smart and interactive textiles, stain protective apparel, stretch fibres and fabrics, surfwear and surf-inspired clothing, temperature regulation, UV protective fibres and fabrics, and waterproof breathable fabrics;
company profiles, outlining the business, product, market and manufacturing strategies employed by key players in the performance apparel industry; and
business news and developments affecting global performance apparel markets, majoring on innovations, mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, and financial performances.
Performance apparel represents one of the fastest growing sectors of the international textile and clothing industry – and market growth is being fuelled by the emergence of new fibres, new fabrics and innovative process technologies. The market is also being boosted by changes in consumer lifestyles. People are living longer and spending more time on leisure activities. New high-tech fabrics are being developed for a wide range of active sports such as aerobics, athletics, ballooning, cycling, hiking, mountaineering, parachuting, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, and windsurfing.
Exciting innovations are emerging in smart textiles and nanotechnology – and the sector’s growth prospects are helped by the trend in increasing demand for performance features in mainstream fashion.
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