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Flame resistant fibres, fabrics and apparel: balancing protection, comfort and durability
published in Issue 65, June 2019
Flame resistant fabrics play a crucial role in providing protection from hazards such as heat, flames, electric arcs and molten metal. As such, they are widely used in the manufacture of protective apparel for personnel working in a number of industries as well as for firefighters and military personnel. Manufacturers of flame resistant fabrics have a broad range of flame retardant finishes and inherently flame resistant fibres from which to choose when developing their products. Furthermore, the range of flame resistant fabrics available is extremely diverse, and includes denim style fabrics, fleece fabrics, heavy duty fabrics, knitted fabrics and lightweight shirt fabrics. Manufacturers of flame resistant fabrics are continuing to innovate, and there is a trend towards the development of flame resistant fabrics which incorporate additional properties such as breathability and moisture management in order to improve comfort. Overall, global demand for flame resistant fabrics is forecast to grow at a healthy pace in the coming years, reflecting the implementation of stricter safety standards and a spur in infrastructure projects in developing markets. However, the market faces some challengesnotably those associated with environmental sustainability. This report provides a wealth of information on recent developments in the market for flame resistant fabrics, and discusses the opportunities and challenges facing the market. Topics explored in the report include: markets for flame resistant fibres, fabrics and apparel; the flammability of different fibres; factors affecting the flammability of apparel; measuring flame resistance; flammability testing of fabrics for use in the manufacture of consumer products; different types of flame resistant fibres, fabrics and apparel; flammability regulations; standards for flame resistant personal protective apparel; key producers of flame retardant finishes and additives and their products; and key producers of flame resistant fibres, yarns and fabrics and their products. Also, it provides an outlook for the future.
Four times a year, Performance Apparel Markets provides an overview of the sector for performance apparel and corporatewear. It provides market data and analysis of new and established markets for performance fibres, fabrics and clothing, and is essential reading for executives who are working in (or supplying) this fast growing sector. It is also an invaluable one-stop-shop where people who are not involved in the industry on a day-to-day basis can find an authoritative source of relevant information which helps them to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues facing the companies in this sector.
Reports in Performance Apparel Markets include:
reports on major developments in the global performance apparel market, focusing on new products and technologies, innovative fibres and key players;
detailed, independently-researched reports on one of the following topics: antimicrobial fibres and fabrics, anti-static technology, flame resistant fibres and fabrics, high strength fibres and fabrics, high visibility apparel, microencapsulation, moisture management fabrics, performance swimwear, seamless knitting and stitch-free seaming technologies, smart and interactive textiles, stain protective apparel, stretch fibres and fabrics, surfwear and surf-inspired clothing, temperature regulation, UV protective fibres and fabrics, and waterproof breathable fabrics;
company profiles, outlining the business, product, market and manufacturing strategies employed by key players in the performance apparel industry; and
business news and developments affecting global performance apparel markets, majoring on innovations, mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, and financial performances.
Performance apparel represents one of the fastest growing sectors of the international textile and clothing industry – and market growth is being fuelled by the emergence of new fibres, new fabrics and innovative process technologies. The market is also being boosted by changes in consumer lifestyles. People are living longer and spending more time on leisure activities. New high-tech fabrics are being developed for a wide range of active sports such as aerobics, athletics, ballooning, cycling, hiking, mountaineering, parachuting, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, and windsurfing.
Exciting innovations are emerging in smart textiles and nanotechnology – and the sector’s growth prospects are helped by the trend in increasing demand for performance features in mainstream fashion.
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