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Celanese Acetate And Milliken Introduce Triacetate To The Americas

Celanese Acetate's versatile triacetate fabric makes its debut in New York.

By Michelle M. Havich, Associate Editor

fabric1_58C elanese Acetate, New York City, and Milliken & Company, New York City, recently announced the introduction of triacetate fabrics into the apparel and home fashions markets in the Americas.

"We are pleased to announce the rebirth of triacetate for the Americas’ markets and delighted to be partnering with Milliken & Company," said Phil Cogbill, Celanese Acetate general manager.

According to the companies, the new triacetate and triacetate-blended woven fabric collection is aimed at women’s wear, men’s wear and home fashions end-use areas.

The collection includes luxurious stretch crepes, crepes with "fil a fil" tweed effects, mid- to lightweight satins, shirting fabrics and other variations.

Celanese triacetate is a manufactured filament fiber produced from cellulose triacetate in which at least 92 percent of the hydroxyl groups are acetylated during the fiber-making process. It has the same physical, mechanical and aesthetic properties as diacetate. Because they are processed from reforested trees and wood pulp, the fibers are environmentally friendly.

Triacetate Versatility

According to Celanese, triacetate has the soft, silk-like aesthetics of natural fibers and the performance required for today’s consumer. It is available in 100-percent forms or in a variety of blends, and is perfect for breathable lightweight knits.

Celanese Acetate says that the noticeable and marketable differences between triacetate and acetate is that triacetate embodies a thermal memory and can be dyed with higher-energy dyestuffs at higher temperatures, and can be heat-set for thermal stability. Because of the higher temperature in the dye process, triacetate can be dyed into a brilliant color range. Fabrics made with triacetate are also machine washable.

Triacetate can be constructed into fabrics with the aesthetics of acetate or silk. Like acetate, triacetate lends itself well to surface finishing. Because of triacetate’s lower tenacity, looped fabrics can be sueded or brushed to produce soft supple velvets, pannés and velours. It can be pin or air textured, knit-de-knit, combined or package dyed to produce unique and exciting knit and woven creations.

Celanese triacetate is produced exclusively at Celanese Acetate’s Lanaken, Belgium site. It is available in bright and dull lusters in a range of deniers from 60 to 300 denier in natural, 150 to 200 in black and 150 in a natural/black combination yarn.

For more information on triacetate fabrics, contact Ellen Sweeney, Celanese Acetate, at (212) 251-8050 or Ellen.Sweeney@Celaneseacetate.com; Grace Karl at (212) 251-8024 or Grace.Karl@Celaneseacetate.com; or Tom O’Neill, Milliken & Co. at (212) 819- 4368.
May 2000