In a co-development move that demonstrates the dynamism of fiber and fabric innovation taking place, Hyosung’s Creora unit and FiberVisions have blended CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene filament with Creora eco-soft spandex. And, like nearly all fiber and fabric introductions in today’s market, it has a sustainable element.

Functional fabrics featuring CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene filament have been designed with added benefits provided by Creora eco-soft, a low-heat settable spandex from global synthetic fiber manufacturer Hyosung. The new CoolVisions filament will be introduced on Wednesday at the three-day Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Susan Lynn, global sales and marketing manager for CoolVisions and U.S. marketing manager at FiberVisions, said, “CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene filament is among the lightest of all commercial fibers, with low moisture absorption and excellent moisture transport, making it ideal for fabrics worn next to the body. In addition, polyolefin fibers such CoolVisions polypropylene have the lowest carbon footprint of all synthetic fibers. By pairing CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene fibers with low-heat settable Creora eco-soft spandex, textile manufacturers can potentially reduce their CO2 emissions.”

The companies also described fabrics made with the new filament as having a silky hand, and easy to dye, and as a stretch fabric aimed at for activewear, competitive swimwear and intimate apparel.

“There is a trend for super quick-dry fabrics, which is delivered by CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene fibers,” said Ria Stern, global marketing manager for Creora spandex. “We recommend the addition of Creora eco-soft spandex to provide an additional level of comfort and fit, and have worked closely with FiberVisions to optimize the fabric development process combining their new CoolVisions dyeable polypropylene filament and Creora eco-soft.”

Stern said Creora eco-soft brings a better hand, improved whiteness and superior dimensional stability to stretch fabrics. The low-heat settable spandex also results in better molding performance and less curling in the high-gauge knits preferred by today’s intimate apparel, competitive swimwear and athletic brands.

FiberVisions is owned by Indorama Ventures Public Company Ltd., a global producer of polyethylene terephthalate, or PET, and purified terephthalic acid, or PTA, both used to make polyester. IVL is based in Thailand and operates 65 sites in 21 countries.

Creora is the brand name of spandex manufactured by Hyosung Corp., one of South Korea’s largest multinational conglomerates, with annual worldwide sales of more than $12 billion.