KENNESAW, Ga. — December 12, 2022 — The INVISTA-owned CORDURA® Advanced Fabrics brand is celebrating 55 years of continuous advancements that have helped shape the world of military, workwear and outdoor products and gear with performance fabric innovations. The 55th year of the ingredient brand was a year celebrating milestones in innovation, exciting end-use applications and on-trend collaborations. Overall, the CORDURA Advanced Fabrics portfolio now consists of more than 15 different performance technologies, with 2,500-plus certified CORDURA fabrics available through its worldwide partner network.
“Since commercialization of the fabric in 1967, the CORDURA brand has worked hand-in-hand with its mill and supply chain partners to break molds and blaze new trails — with all signs, roads and paths leading to the next generation of durable solutions. Our continuous evolution of end-use apparel continues to generate demand for ingredient brands to diversify possible applications in end use products. By collaborating to innovate, we can work ever more closely with brands and mill partners to maximize on strengths and develop the next generation of sustainable solutions,” explained Malayka Erpen, Global Consumer Segment leader CORDURA® Brand.
Highlights of the 55th celebration year 2022 include:
New Fiber Technologies — CORDURA re/cor™ Recycled Nylon 6,6 (RN66) launched in January this year with one of the main goals to continue to deliver the performance expected of CORDURA Advanced Fabrics, while expanding our portfolio of responsible products. The CORDURA re/cor RN66 portfolio is ‘durable, responsible and innovated to last’ using 100 percent pre-consumer nylon 6,6 fiber material that is GRS certified. In terms of quantifiable benefits versus Virgin Nylon 6,6, the production of CORDURA re/cor RN66 fabric creates 83-fewer greenhouse gas emissions, uses 82-less energy and uses 57-percent less water.
Awarded — New CORDURA re/cor RN66 already awarded across ISPO Textrends, Functional Fabric Fair & PERFORMANCE DAYS®.
Expansion of CORDURA re/cor RN66 into workwear segment — C.F. Weber launches as first German mill to provide CORDURA re/cor RN66.
Expansion of CORDURA re/cor RN66 into footwear segment with Tiong Liong Corporation (TLC) — Starting collection consists of two versions of CORDURA re/cor RN66 rip-stop wovens in 4-way stretch and non-stretch.
Acceptance onto Material ConneXion library — Marking another milestone in the CORDURA re/cor Recycled Nylon 66 (RN66) platform launch, Material ConneXion, a leading material insights company, has accepted the CORDURA re/cor RN66 collection that features ten new CORDURA re/cor RN66 fabrics onto its platform.
Debut of CORDURA re/cor RN66 from US backpack company MYSTERY RANCH® – already available in 16 countries. German market entry coming soon.
Debut of Sapphire Finishing Mills Limited X CORDURA Advanced Fabrics Capsule Collection, marked a 5+ year working relationship. Inspired by iconic utility silhouettes, such as workwear overalls from the Gold Rush era, Americana inspired cowboy classics and vintage tactical, the latest Sapphire Finishing Mills Ltd. and CORDURA Advanced Fabrics partnership explores the versatility of CORDURA NYCO Fabrics re-imagined.
New workwear brand Schöffel PRO heralds new generation of workpants with CORDURA Naturalle™Fabrics – Lightweight, yet highly functional, tough and durable.
Debut of CORDURA re/cor RN6 into apparel – The iconic Skidoo jacket has been recreated using fully recycled CORDURA re/cor RN6 as part of Napapijri´s The Premium Collection.
CORDURA x Sapphire Finishing Mills Ltd. x Dovetail Workwear to produce the new Ready Set Cargo Pant. This latest Sapphire Finishing Mills Ltd. CORDURA NYCO Fabric innovation is designed for ultimate endurance. This third Dovetail Workwear x CORDURA Advanced Fabrics launch is yet again a testament to innovation through collaboration which has resulted in building durable relationships and products designed to withstand the test of time.
European launch of CORDURA re/cor RN66 with a Limited Edition tote bag from BACH EQUIPMENT – six different styles will be commercially available in 2024 collection
“At CORDURA® Advanced Fabrics, we stand behind the importance of products powered by performance-driven, built-to-last fabrics,” said Cindy McNaull, CORDURA Brand Business Development director. “With 55 years of delivering durable, reliable, and trusted solutions, we put our fabrics through rigorous laboratory testing and certification screenings. The CORDURA brand ethos has always been summed up in the belief that “Sustainability Begins With Products That Last™”. Our extensive CORDURA Advanced Fabrics portfolio is designed to challenge the throwaway mentality within the textile industry. This resonates in the marketplace now more than ever, and we are continuing to partner with our valuable authorized mills, brand customers and designers to push the limits of durability for the consumer of today and tomorrow”,
Sneak Peak on the new CORDURA brand family member, expected beginning of 2023
Stay tuned for exciting updates to the CORDURA fabric technology known for its unparalleled color durability. Innovative, sustainable color that stays true — engineered with high tenacity nylon 6,6 multi-filament fiber that is solution dyed, locking the color in at the molten polymer extrusion level with a manufacturing process that uses less water, energy and CO2 to help leave a lighter footprint along the path to sustainability.
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