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Outdoor Solution

SCFTI uses Unifi's Satura™ solution-dyed polyester yarn in its WeatherMax™ fabric for outdoor and other recreational products.

Janet Bealer Rodie, Assistant Editor

S afety Components Fabric Technologies Inc. (SCFTI) - a Greenville-based manufacturer of air bags and other technical fabrics for niche applications, including structural fabrics for firefighting applications - recently launched its WeatherMax™ line of high-performance fabrics that protect against sun and rain for outdoor and other recreational applications. The fabrics are made with Greensboro, N.C.-based Unifi Inc.'s new Satura™ solution-dyed polyester filament yarn.

"WeatherMax is the result of our collaboration with Unifi on yarn and fabric characteristics and finish," said Jacques Cantin, market development manager, SCFTI. "Unifi, with its commitment to the project and to high quality, offered us the best partnership."

Satura is available in a broad range of saturated stock and custom-matched colors. Unifi says it exhibits superior color consistency and lightfastness - more than 1,000 hours - and is bleach-cleanable.

Unifi ensures Satura's color consistency through its predictive color-matching process, which provides an accurate prediction of color shift from sample batch to production across a range of yarn counts. The process also halves the time required to approve solution-dyed yarn color.

"Fabrics made with Satura are a less expensive alternative to acrylic fabrics, and offer comparable tenacity and colorfastness with less pilling," said Kimberley Lewis, Unifi's manager of brand and retail marketing. Other possible end-uses include automotive upholstery, home furnishings, contract fabrics, narrow fabrics, hosiery and apparel, as well as industrial and medical applications. It is available as set, stretch or beamed; and in deniers ranging from 70 to 300. Satura can be made from post-industrial recycled partially oriented yarn chip for end-users that specify it.


WeatherMax™ offers ultraviolet protection, color consistency, water and oil repellency, mildew and abrasion resistance, and breathability in a strong fabric that is lighter-weight than acrylic.

Bringing It All Together
"WeatherMax is a high-performance, cost-effective solution to a wide variety of outdoor and recreational applications," said Joey Underwood, senior vice president, SCFTI. "Satura provides outstanding ultraviolet capability with superior color consistency. Our HydroMax™ finish gives the fabric excellent water and oil repellency, high hydrostatic performance and mildew resistance, along with great breathability. WeatherMax is a strong fabric, but it is lighter-weight than acrylic. It also offers good abrasion resistance because it uses a filament rather than a spun yarn."

SCFTI offers WeatherMax in a variety of weights and weaves depending on the end-use application. "There is no coating on the fabric, so either side can serve as the face," Cantin said.

WeatherMax is now available to manufacturers. Products will be offered to consumers by December of this year.

For more information about WeatherMax™, contact Jacques Cantin (864) 240-2670.
For more information about Satura™, contact Kimberley Lewis (336) 316- 5588.

October 2003