26/06/2015 – A100-technology — auf Deutsch lesen
Lenzing: New micro fiber
Lenzing presents a new micro version of the A100 fiber type for knitwear applications.
Fabrics with superior quality properties which surpass other fabrics of conventional cellulose fibers are now possible with the A100-technology. “As a result of the innovative, micro A100 fiber type, new opportunities are opening up both in the lingerie sector and in upmarket fashion with a high quality standard,” Dieter Eichinger, Vice President of Apparel at Lenzing, comments.
“Superior color brightness combined with gloss and the best service values are what make the A100-fiber types a top choice. With this fiber a depth of color can be achieved which surpasses any other fiber. Our black is appropriately called perfect black.” The color intensity effect is based above all on the special fiber structure of Tencel.
An examination of individual fiber types compared to Tencel A100 shows that the depth of color between fibers such as cotton, Viscose, and Modal differs considerably. The greatest difference is evident when comparing with cotton: Tencel A100 is 38% more intensive in terms of the depth of color. Unlike other cellulose fibers, the Tencel A100-fiber types get top marks for gloss. The latter can be measured using a gloss meter and once again the test shows marked differences when comparing with cotton, Viscose, and Modal. Once again Tencel A100 quite simply has the leading edge and demonstrates the highest gloss.
“This means that knitted outfits can shine beautifully without the need for synthetic fibers,” Eichinger explains. The visual appeal of end products of Tencel A100 is still impeccable even after washing. Even wrinkles from washing, such as those which occur with Viscose, are not to be found in knitted tops of Tencel A100, a property which represents an important quality edge for premium brand suppliers.
The Tencel A100 fibers are used especially in blends with wool and synthetic fibers. They act as a softener in wool and as a moisture manager with synthetic fibers. “Lingerie for sportswear could be an interesting application for the new micro fiber. The latter is blended increasingly with wool and is the height of fashion. The legwear segment also promises ideas for developments. These possibilities are currently being evaluated,” Eichinger says.