Unifi Inc., through subsidiary Unifi Textiles (Suzhou) Co. Ltd., will expand global availability of its Repreve recycled fiber with the signing of Korteks as a licensed manufacturer of Repreve in Turkey, and Sun Chemical as a distributor of Repreve in Taiwan.
Unifi said these collaborations will greatly expand global distribution channels for Repreve, helping to shorten lead times and broaden options globally. UTSC will also introduce Repreve products with additional performance options at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics show in Shanghai next week.
Korteks, based in Turkey, is among the largest fully integrated polyester continuous filament yarn manufacturers in Europe. Sun Chemical, established in 1957 and serving the fiber industry in Taiwan since 1970, will be the sole distributor of Repreve fiber in Taiwan and will work to meet the growing demand for Repreve in the region.
“Globally expanding our Repreve manufacturing capabilities highlights our commitment to the Repreve brand and allows us to better serve our customers worldwide,” said Roger Berrier, president and chief operating officer of Unifi, based in Greensboro, N.C. “This expansion into new global markets underscores our dedication to remaining a leader in sustainable solutions and recycled products around the world.”
In addition, Unifi continues to increase the versatility and offerings in Asia and Europe of its flagship Repreve product by combining more premium value-added performance benefits with sustainable options. UTSC will highlight several new product offerings at the Intertextile show, including Repreve with Augusta CL, which provides the natural look and feel of cotton and the superior performance of synthetics. UTSC will also introduce a longer staple Repreve fiber for wool blends, Repreve filament with cationic-dyeable and disperse-dyeable polyester blended for heather effects, and Repreve with Reflexx, a high-stretch fiber for improved fit, comfort and performance. The company will continue to offer Repreve with Sorbtek, a moisture-wicking management yarn in filament and staple fiber versions.
“We are focused on providing our customers with eco-friendly products with the added performance benefits that consumers expect in products they wear and use every day,” said Ed Wickes, president of UTSC. “Our goal is to be a global resource for our customers no matter where they choose to do business.”
Unifi is a multinational manufacturing company that produces and sells textured and other processed polyester and nylon yarns and PVA yarns with enhanced performance characteristics. Its yarns are found in the products of major brands in the apparel, hosiery, automotive, home furnishings and industrial markets. Unifi has net income for the 2015 fiscal year of $42.2 million on net sales of $687.1 million.