Flame-retardant, UV-resistant fabric in the pipeline

They are polyester fibres with a plus. After perfumed textiles introduced in its Vimal range, Reliance Industries is looking at flame-retardant and UV-resistant yarns.

Research and development (R&D) at Reliance Industries (RIL) has found new ways to make these protective fabrics, generally used in flame-retardant children’s clothing, decorative fabrics for the home textiles industry, seat covers and the hospitality sector.

For a company that has been in the flame-retardant textiles business for some time with its Recron FR, a special group of flame-retardant fibres and yarns, RIL has gone a step ahead.

Instead of treating the fabric with the usual protective polymer coating that can lose effectiveness after repeated washing, RIL’s R&D has embedded the polymers that make up the fabric with various additives, according to an official. The flame-retarding component is attached to the molecular structure itself.

Another in-house technology innovation has taken shape in odour-inhibiting socks and shirts, as well as perfumed textiles that do not lose their scent even after up to 30 washes.

The latter has been introduced in RIL’s flagship textile brand, Vimal.

According to Anand Parekh, President, RIL Textiles Division, the versatile fabric has multiple functions and benefits.

It does not allow dust to adhere to its surface for 20 home washes, and facilitates an easy clean-up of coffee, tea, ketchup and oil stains.

The fabric also resists pollen adhering to the fabric, reducing the chances of allergies, and works against bacteria and stops the production of bad odour for around 100 home washes, he said.

amritanair.ghaswalla@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on April 22, 2013)
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