Unifi Textiles (Suzhou) Co. continues to evolve its array of premium value-added product offerings with its latest development, Sorbtek staple fiber, which provides permanent moisture management through a proprietary “Catch, Move, Release” technology.

The Sorbtek technology works by absorbing moisture, moving it away from the skin, and releasing it for quick evaporation. It is incorporated into the staple fiber, making its moisture-management properties permanent.

This allows the wearer of garments made with Sorbtek staple to remain cool, dry and comfortable. In addition to moisture management, Sorbtek staple fiber provides inherent soil release properties to protect against everyday soils, such as sweat and grass. Other benefits of garments made with yarn spun with Sorbtek staple include soft drape, enhanced color retention and wrinkle resistance, making it easier to create garments with the comfort of cotton in conjunction with the functional advantages of polyester.

“Sorbtek staple is an important part of UTSC’s commitment to providing customers with multiple options for value-added products,” said Ed Wickes, president of UTSC. “Most staple offerings focus on just the hand, but Sorbtek staple combines a cottonlike touch with moisture management and soil release properties.”

Sorbtek staple can be used in a variety of knit and woven apparel products, including T-shirts, pants, jackets, polo shirts, sweaters and socks. It is also available for use in heather colors.

Sorbtek staple is being launched this week at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics Show. UTSC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Greensboro, N.C.-based Unifi Inc., which holds the Sorbtek trademark, in addition to proprietary fibers such as Repreve and Satura.

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