WILMINGTON, Del. — May 14, 2019 — DuPont Biomaterials hosted an interactive workshop series featuring its bio-based performance fiber, DuPont™ Sorona® fiber, for attendees of the Performance Days Functional Fabric Fair, held in Munich, Germany, May 8-9, 2019.
Sessions provided insight on Sorona® performance and sustainability data, mill partners, co-branding opportunities and new applications in 2019. Each workshop session also invited visitors to explore a distinct theme, with topics ranging from an introduction to the bio-based performance fiber to replacing elastane with Sorona® fibers to achieve long-lasting recovery performance. Sorona® fiber applications in breathable insulation, elegance in bio-based outerwear, and the performance benefits of combining natural fibers with Sorona® fibers were also be discussed.
The symposium was hosted by Hao Ding and Matthew Cole, DuPont™ Sorona® channel managers for EMEA and North America, respectively. Working closely with downstream brands to better understand their needs and goals, Ding and Cole connect those brands with the best resources and partners to drive their Sorona® initiatives to launch.
Each workshop had an intimate, roundtable approach with an in-depth look at the designated topic and samples available for participants. Stretch was the main focus of these opportunities, as experts showcased examples of swimwear, athleisure and other applications. Discussions also engaged attendees on the benefits of Sorona® stretch fibers to achieve long-lasting, mechanical stretch and excellent recovery with a better-for-the-planet profile.
“Seeing, and feeling, is believing when it comes to the quality of fabric, particularly when considering stretch fibers. We believe our interactive, hands-on approach to our workshop experience will give attendees firsthand insight on how Sorona® can accelerate their garments into the future of fashion, with a focus on sustainability, durability and recovery in stretch,” said Renee Henze, Global Marketing Director for DuPont Biomaterials. “We enjoyed welcoming guests and having meaningful conversations on how Sorona® can help meet and exceed their expectations when it comes to performance.”
The Performance Days Functional Fabric Fair, held twice annually for the sourcing of high-performance functional fabrics and accessories, attracts major international manufacturers in sportswear and active clothing as well as sportive fashion. With 297 exhibitors from 29 nations, Performance Days shows the latest trends in fabric development for the functional textile industry and serves as the place where tomorrow’s textile trends on display today. At the Performance Forum, visitors could touch the latest fabrics, accessories, trends and innovations in one of the most comprehensive and inspiring exhibitions in the world.
Sorona® polymer is derived, in part, from renewably sourced plant-based ingredients, allowing for a decreased dependence on fossil fuels and reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. In addition to sustainability, it offers unique performance benefits including: superior softness, stretch and recovery, and moisture management. Sorona® fibers can be used alone or combined with synthetic or natural fibers for different benefits and endless options. Sorona® is one of the first 11 products approved to use the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) new product label on certified bio-based products. It also received OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 Certification, the most stringent Class 1 certification.
Posted May 14, 2019
Source: DowDuPont Specialty Products, a division of DowDuPont