DuPont Industrial Biosciences on Wednesday revealed a collaboration with Chinese sports brand Anta in the design of uniforms for Chinese Olympic team members using DuPont Sorona, a sustainable, patented fiber made with renewable, plant-based ingredients.
Sorona, which leverages innovation and sustainability to produce fibers that are soft, durable and have strong stretch and recovery, will be a key ingredient in the Chinese team’s “Dragon Uniform” at the next month’s Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Since 2009, Anta Sports has been an official partner of the Chinese Olympic Committee, collaborating with the Chinese sports delegations at the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Winter Games, London 2012 Olympic Games and more than 30 other international competitions. Anta provides a full set of medal award stand apparel to showcase the spirit and style of Chinese Olympic athletes.
Anta, based in Shanghai, said it’s dedicated to the application of sports science and innovation in the development of high-performance, comfortable sports apparel, and that its shared values with DuPont of innovation and sustainability are a strong connection between the two companies. As a result, the Chinese sports brand selected DuPont Sorona as its raw material partner four years ago.
“Sustainability is not just a concept, it also can bring real value to consumers by the brands that adopt sustainably sourced materials,” said Dennis Tsai, DuPont Sorona’s Asia-Pacific regional director. “Sorona brings unique performance innovations and properties to fabric mills and brand houses in a way that is on trend and meets market needs.”
DuPont, headquartered in Wilmington, Del., has a rich history in the textile market. DuPont’s inventions include fibers such as nylon, Lycra spandex, Kevlar and rayon. More recently, in addition to Sorona, DuPont’s biomaterials group has focused its innovations on creating high-performing, sustainably sourced materials that become ingredients in products consumers use every day.
As one of the leading branded sportswear enterprises in China, Anta Sports Products Ltd. primarily designs, develops, manufactures and markets sportswear, including sports footwear, apparel and accessories. The group has established an extensive distribution network and nationwide retail outlets throughout China under the management of distributors.
DuPont Sorona polymer contains 37 percent annually renewable plant-based ingredients by weight. It is used primarily in high-performance fiber applications, including textiles for apparel and home, office and automotive interiors.