German textile machinery company Terrot has created the Corizon Machine that combines air jet spinning and knitting into one process, and is coming to North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C., to test it out.

A “Demo-Focus Group” will be held at the college on July 18 to 22, where the machinery has been installed to promote research and development with U.S. industry.

A spokeswoman for the project said Under Armour, Lenzing Fibers and Patagonia, along with several other textile and apparel manufacturing executives have committed to attend.

Senior management of Terrot will be at the university to demonstrate the technology and answer questions. Companies that attend the event will be invited to join phase two of the focus group that will allow them to use the machine at no cost for R&D on any project of their choice and Terrot will provide any and all rovings and core yarn.

The Corizon technology essentially combines the spinning process directly with the fabric production via circular knitting. The Corizon-made fabric promises to be soft, light and opaque, aimed at products such sportswear and yoga fashion.

The potentially game-changing technology is also meant to be more sustainable and cost-effective.

Combing the spinning and weaving processes through the use of a “core yarn” leaves less of a carbon footprint, while offering the producer a significant cost advantage in comparison with conventional production methods, according to Terrot.

The savings are derived in various ways throughout the production process, including that the Corizon machines are compact, their energy consumption compares favorably with ring and rotor spinning, and combining spinning and knitting in one machine offers the possibility to operate with less staff.

In addition, much of yarn warehousing is eliminated given the benefit of manufacturing specifically to order in different yarn counts. Terrot estimated that overall savings can be up to 20 percent.

The Corizon Machine involves the production of knitted fabric with fibers directly from roving, which are long and narrow bundles of fiber, around a core filament using air-jet nozzles.