Innovative Fabrics

Numerous Heathcoat product releases

Published: May 8, 2024
Author: Fashion Value Chain

Heathcoat Fabrics showcased their new Drytec fabric at Techtextil 2024 in Frankfurt, specifically designed for military use. The fabric effectively wicks moisture away from the skin, keeping users dry and comfortable. This innovative technology enhances the thermo-physiological comfort of military personnel, especially when carrying heavy equipment.

Drytec fabric is made from a mix of polyester, monofilament, and cellulosic yarns, resulting in a soft, breathable, and durable material. It features an air gap structure for shock absorption and weight distribution, making it perfect for backpack straps and ballistic plate carriers.

Heathcoat has developed a new material called NeutraliZr for military chemical defense in collaboration with Guild Associates. This material contains zirconium hydroxide known for its quick adsorption and detoxification properties.

The Universal Decontamination Mitt (UDM) utilizes NeutraliZr technology to rapidly decontaminate equipment and unbroken skin. This mitt, made entirely from NeutraliZr, has shown significant efficacy in decontaminating military items and skin exposed to chemical warfare agents.

Heathcoat and Guild Associates have created a PFAS-free CBRN suit for the US military, offering improved chemical protection and detoxification capabilities. The new suit, developed for the UIPE program, provides defense against VX, GB, and HD agents, as well as aerosols, while also improving comfort, reducing heat stress, and increasing breathability.

Heathcoat introduced its Terra-Khrome dyed fabric range in Frankfurt, using natural dyes on recycled PA fibers to achieve vibrant colors with fastness comparable to standard synthetic dyes. The company’s color specialist explained that natural dyes may not be as vivid as synthetic dyes but offer environmental sustainability. Heathcoat is exploring natural alternatives to meet consumer demand for eco-conscious options, with plans to integrate natural dyes into its production process.

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