INVISTA Launches New Navy Blue CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric at SHOT Show 2023

INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand announces a total of 21 award wins across 13 categories and 19 fabrics, at ISPO Textrends, the Functional Fabric Fair and PERFORMANCE DAYS® 2021.

In partnership with HLC Industries, CORDURA® Advanced Fabrics will debut new nylon 6,6 Navy Blue Solution Dyed (SDN) CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric that provides unparalleled lot-to-lot color consistency plus long-lasting color durability and Stewardship benefits for Military, Tactical and Law Enforcement Markets.

Kennesaw, GA, USA – January 13, 2023 Set to propel and underscore its commitment to best-in-class solution-dyed nylon 6,6 fiber technology innovation and its commitment to developing the durable, sustainable fabric solutions of tomorrow, the exclusive new Navy Blue CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric offered by Pennsylvania based HLC Industries, a premium long-term supplier of CORDURA® Advanced Fabrics will debut at SHOT Show Supplier Showcase in Las Vegas (January 16-17, 2023).

This new CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric offering leads the pack of the brand’s next generation of solution-dyed nylon 6,6 (SDN) colors and answers the call for expansion of navy colorway options into Military, Tactical, and Law Enforcement applications. If you are visiting the show, stop by both the CORDURA® Advanced Fabrics (#52400) and HLC Industries (#51700) booths.

CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric is engineered with high-tenacity nylon 6,6 multi-filament fiber that locks in the color at the molten polymer extrusion level to create deep, durable color throughout the entire fiber structure. CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric has excellent color fastness, UV-fade and abrasion resistance, extended UV strength stability, and long-lasting color vibrancy.  Color consistency is crucial when pairing fabric with other materials such as webbing and elastic to create uniform garments and gear.

A summary of the fabric’s tangible benefits include:

  • Excellent resistance to abrasion, tear, and tensile strength 
  • Lot-to-lot and multi-component color consistency (fabric, webbing, cordage, and trims)
  • Locked in color – resists “frosting” under abrasion 
  • Dull Matte – non-shiny appearance
  • Inherent low NIR reflectance capability
  • Resists color loss after UV exposure or washing 
  • Retains strength after extended UV exposure 
  • 100% high tenacity nylon 6,6 filament fiber

Additionally, compared to conventional level acid piece dyeing to SDN, the process used to make CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric uses less water, energy and emits fewer greenhouse gases*.

“Throughout our 55-year brand journey, we’ve worked to establish a foundation built on durable and long-lasting fiber technologies, including our legacy of solution dyed, high-performance nylon 6,6 offerings. As we advance on this journey, we continue to invest and expand our capabilities to include solutions that are not only durable but step lighter on the path to sustainability”, explains Cindy McNaull® brand business development director.

“The launch of our latest Navy Blue CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric is a testament to the strength of supply chain collaboration between INVISTA and HLC Industries – together listening to the voice of our customers, identifying unmet needs, solving problems and inventing cutting-edge solutions; designing with true purpose,” explains Tina Rogers, CORDURA® strategic military account manager.

HLC Industries Marnie Landau, Executive Vice President added: “Navy Blue is one of the most commonly used colors in law enforcement, military, tactical, and workwear applications. This new addition to the CORDURA® TrueLock™ Fabric portfolio offers shade uniformity across the components of apparel and gear, and durable enough to stay true after exposure to the elements and intense military/outdoor missions.  Partnering with the CORDURA® Advanced Fabrics team to develop a crucial high tenacity, solution dyed nylon 6,6 navy blue offering was the natural choice.”

“The launch of CORDURA® Navy Blue TrueLock™ fiber is a major milestone for INVISTA’s Camden, S.C. facility which we have expanded with new equipment in recent years to increase U.S. capacity of high-tenacity, nylon 6,6 specialty fibers for Military, Tactical, Law Enforcement, Workwear and Outdoor end-uses,” explains Erik Walker, Global Military Segment Leader.  “Together with HLC Industries we are dedicated to meeting the evolving needs in critical protective applications such as ballistic vest covers, bags, packs, and outerwear.”

In addition to Navy Blue, Berry Compliant CORDURA® TrueLockFabrics are also available in Desert Sand, Tan-499, Coyote-498, Ranger Green, Camo Green-483, Wolf Gray and Black**.

Learn more at CORDURA® – TrueLock™ Fabric.  

 *2013 LCA study based on the average comparison of conventional level acid Piece Dyeing to SDN at 3 independent/3rd party dyeing and finishing mills.

** Numbers denote US Military color specification.

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