South Korean textile giant Hyosung Corp. is partnering with China’s Best Pacific Textiles to launch new temperature-control fabrics with Hyosung’s Mipan Aqua x and Creora Fresh fibers.

The strategic co-operation aims to offer activewear brands and retailers a concept to meet consumer needs with fabrics that provide moisture management, UV protection, comfort, fit and freshness from odor-neutralizing technologies.

The new fabric collection includes technologies such as Mipan Aqua x cooling; UV and moisture management nylon with odor-neutralizing Creora Fresh elastane; odor-neutralizing Freshgear polyester; Creora Fresh Aerowarm elastane, a hollow core polyester for warmth without weight, and Creora Powerfit elastane.

“We are focused on delivering the newest innovations in fabrics, elastics, and seamless garments to active and outdoor customers,” said Kevin Zan, general manager of the Sports Division of Best Pacific Textiles. “The partnership with Hyosung allows us to deliver customer-oriented solutions integrated in our collection of various offerings.”

Ria Stern, global marketing director at Hyosung Textiles, said, “Consumers want versatility in their garments and want to be able to work out, stop at the grocery store or run an errand, all with comfort and confidence. We worked with Best Pacific to develop this collection of fabrics in various weights to go from performance underwear, sports bras, base layer applications.”

Stern said Best Pacific is one of the few knitters that can combine innovations in a wide range of fabric development categories in activewear.

Fabrics from the joint collection will be unveiled at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, set for Jan. 10 to 12.

Hyosung Corp. is one of South Korea’s largest multinational conglomerates, with annual worldwide sales of more than $12.6 billion. Hyosung maintains a network of more than 36 subsidiaries and international branch offices around the globe and operates in seven performance groups — Chemicals, Construction, Industrial Materials, Information & Communication, Power & Industrial Systems, Textiles and Trading.

Best Pacific is located in Guangdong, China, with fine gauge circular knit, warp knit and narrow fabric knitting production.