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Unifi Introduces Repreve® 100-Percent Recycled Polyester Staple Fiber, Offers Online Fabric Certification

Greensboro, N.C.-based Unifi Inc. — a producer and processor of multifilament nylon and polyester textured yarns and related raw materials — has added a first-quality, 100-percent recycled polyester staple fiber to its Repreve® family of products. The fibers can be spun on open-end, ring- or jet-spinning equipment.

“Based on the success that our customers have had using our Repreve filament products, they began encouraging us to expand our recycled product offering to include polyester staple fibers,” said Roger Berrier, executive vice president, Unifi. “In 2008, estimated global polyester staple fiber consumption was approximately 20 billion pounds. Based on this global consumption opportunity, Unifi accelerated the introduction of this new environmentally friendly fiber as part of the company’s mission to provide the industry with sustainable textile solutions.”

In other Unifi news, the company now offers an online fabric certification program for its branded products, intended to streamline the process and increase speed-to-market for its customers. The program was developed in conjunction with Bozeman, Mont.-based TEXbase Inc., a collaborative material management and development software company. TEXbase’s Web-based platform automates the certification process and eliminates the need for e-mails and spreadsheets. All product specifications are stored in a central database where customers may check the status of their certification or request logos, hangtags and samples. In addition, retailers may search for certified products by fiber, construction, weight and technical features.

“Our partners are always interested in ways to shorten the product development cycle,” said Berrier. “The TEXbase system allows us to provide our partners a direct link into the certification portal and fabric library for real-time data input, searching and collaboration. In response to our customers’ needs, we’re making it easier for them to develop innovative, quality products more efficiently.”

January 20, 2009