Moisture Management Fabrics New Niche
Textile Industry News Article Posted November 14, 2008
Since cycling has become one of the most popular outdoor activities, the market for performance bike jersey has significantly expanded in recent years and is expected to grow in the next several years.
Cycling jersey was originally made from wool, which is nice and warm for cold conditions however it's definitely not a good idea for heavy activities. Besides, it will become so heavy when it gets wet.
Man-mad polyester fibers changed cycle jerseys which has better moisture absorption. Riders may enjoy cycling more and feel comfortable in any temperatures.
An analysis published by Just-Style concludes that performance sportswear has risen 19.4% over the last four years and will continue to be so. Among the hottest selling knitting fabric was moisture management fabric (MMF) sportswear and is expected to continue growing.
The knitting fabric technology, skills and design capability are well developed which stimulate MMF sportswear continue growing. Manufacturers shift their attention to the high-end moisture management fabrics and introduce sophisticated materials, such as carbon fiber, far infrared fiber, UV-cut fiber, anti-bacteria fiber and minus ion fiber are used in making performance sportswear, e.g. cycling jerseys. On the other hand, a great number of consumers place increasing importance on the performance of apparels as well.
Performance jersey is an issue
for the serious athlete but for the majority of
Basically, it's better to have a good condition of MMF cycling clothes because rider gets hot and sweats while biking. Unbreathable bike clothing keeps perspiration inside the fabric and sticks on skin which is really annoyed riders. In terms of MMF bike clothing, it should keep rider cooler, cleaner and drier after a long hour cycling.
So, what is MMF? It's defined as the ability of fabric's hygroscopicity and keeping dry. High-end moisture management fabrics are decided by sophisticated materials such as fiber or yarn. A fiber is the smallest visible unit of any textile product. Fibers are flexible and may be spun into yarn and made into fabrics.
There are many factors would affect performance of fabrics, such as fiber shape, yarn structure, weaves structure, density of fabric per square meter and after dye process are major factors. The fiber industries developed various special sections for different purposes.
Most MMF has special knitting designed structure on two surfaces, which fabric is able to transfer moisture from inner surface to outer surface and keep the skin dry and comfortable.
As MMF has become one of the key performance criteria in today's sportswear industry, a new method called the moisture management tester is developed to evaluate textile moisture management properties. This new method can be used to quantitatively measure a fabric's one way transport capacity and its overall moisture management capacity.
Taiwan, the King of Knitting Fabrics has a long history in manufacturing and exporting fabrics and fibers. Even though Taiwanese suppliers have faced price competitions from neighboring countries in the recent years, its good quality is stand out for word of mouth.
The market growth is being fuelled by the emergence of new fibers, new knitting fabrics and innovative process technologies. New high-tech fabrics (jerseys) are being developed for a wide range of active sports such as cycling, hiking, mountaineering and skiing.
C&F Textile Corp., a Taiwan-based manufacturer of knitting fabrics announced its latest "single jersey moisture management fabric" which is made from performance fibers and yarns. It is especially developing for high-end performance sportswear and has already designated by well know brand for their sportswear.
The single jersey moisture management fabric remains soft, breathable, wrinkle resistant, moisture absorbing, quick dry out, fine elasticity, UV-cut, good durability, anti-bacteria and easy to care. It can be machine washed and dried. Use warm water and add a fabric softener to the final rinse cycle. Machine dry at a low temperature and remove articles as soon as the tumbling cycle is completed. Moderately warm iron is also available
C&F Textile Corp. 9F., No. 100, Sec. 1, Wunhuaer Rd., Linkou Township, Taipei County, Taiwan, R.O.C. Tel: 886-2-26003998 Fax:886-2-26003198