Unifi adds Repreve product, launches online certification
Thomas Russell -- Home Textiles Today, January 16, 2009
The Repreve polyester staple fiber is made from 100% recycled materials for use in spun yarns, including open-end, ring and jet spun, the manufacturer said. The new product “can be used as a ‘drop-in’ replacement for fabrics and products currently made with virgin polyester staple fibers or other eco-friendly products,” Unifi noted.
The new fiber joins the Repreve polyester and nylon products from Unifi.
“Based on the success that our customers have had using our REPREVE filament products, they began encouraging us to expand our recycled product offering to include polyester staple fibers,” said Roger Berrier, evp, Unifi.
“In 2008, estimated global polyester staple fiber consumption was approximately 20 billion pounds,” Berrier pointed out. “Based on this global consumption opportunity, Unifi accelerated the introduction of this new environmentally-friendly fiber.”
In another development, Unifi has launched a TEXbase-designed online certification program for all Unifi branded goods.
The TEXbase system will expedite the certification of fabrics, streamlining the product development process, the company said – and “will provide brands and retailers with a global online fabric library” for Unifi certified products.
“Our partners are always interested in ways to shorten the product development cycle,” said Berrier. “The TEXbase system allows us to provide our partners a direct link into the certification portal and fabric library for real-time data input, searching and collaboration.”
With TEXbase software, Unifi manufacturing partners can input fabric specifications online to a centralized database for data consistency and accuracy. Along with retailers, they can search previously certified fabrics by construction, fiber, weight and technical features. Customers can also check fabric certification status and request samples, logos and hangtags, the company said.
The system was designed and installed by TEXbase, a software firm located in Bozeman, Mont.