There are many variations of comfortemp®, the latest development being comfortemp® flexx. What is it?
How did you develop comfortemp® flexx?
Two years ago, I found a material on our shelves of collectibles that made my heart beat faster. I had in mind an elastic padding with extraordinarily good physiological properties that could be used for high activity sport level.
The goal was to bring together our expertise in nonwovens and stitch reinforced technologies in order to build up a technology platform for different apparel applications in the future. This will help us fulfill different customer needs. This material was made with a combination of technologies that can create something unique.
Together with the team, we reactivated the possibility to produce like this, as it was not a standard. The first result was overwhelming. With the post-treatment, I had the material in hand, as I had imagined.
In order to test the clothing physiological and adaptive properties for proving uniqueness, the wadding was tested at the Hohenstein Institutes. The adaptive, lightweight, elastic padding was tested for insulation capacity and breathability. With the results we were able to prove that during movement the breathability is higher. The athlete will feel more comfortable with FLEXX at high activity levels.
Are there other developments in the pipeline for comfortemp®?
We will continue to focus strongly on customer requirements and always have an eye on the sustainability. Our goal is to make the 3 R's - reuse, recycle and repair - possible for the customer and end-consumer. But more important are our developments in the field of bio-based and biodegradable materials. A combination of such fibers, binders, adhesives and the appropriate technology fill our pipeline.