Tokyo, Japan, December 21, 2016 — Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., Opening a new window the Teijin Group’s fiber products converting company, announced today that it has developed an indigo-like synthetic fiber, named INDI5, in collaboration with DAIICHI GOUSEN and MITSUKE SENKOU, Japanese long-established textile mills of heavy-weight fabrics and dyeing.
New Indigo-like Synthetic Fiber
INDI5 is a lightweight indigo-like fabric offering comfort, easy care and fade resistance. The colorfast indigo-like fabric combines Teijin Frontier’s polymer-modification technology, DAIICHI GOUSEN’s weaving technology and MITSUKE SENKOU’s dyeing technology.
Teijin Frontier has been working with these companies since 2012 to help them revitalize their domestic operations. The new fiber was developed in Mitsuke, Niigata Prefecture, one of Teijin Frontier’s main production regions for heavy-weight fabrics and well known as indigo dyeing.
INDI5 polyester fiber is made with a highly dye- and color-receptive polymer that bleeds like indigo-dyed cotton. It offers natural texture, and it can be partially bleached with a special process for color variation. Special weaving technology also achieves denim-like texture.
Features of INDI5 fabric
・Denim-like uneven coloring
・Soft, lightweight synthetic fiber
・No discoloration after washing
・Wrinkle resistance and fast drying
・Denim look combined with comfort
Teijin Frontier is now exploring marketing opportunities for INDI5 available in four color variations, including the ladies wear, outerwear and uniform segments. Annual sales are expected to reach 200,000m by the fiscal year ending in March 2021.
About the Teijin Group
Teijin (TSE: 3401) is a technology-driven global group offering advanced solutions in the areas of sustainable transportation, information and electronics, safety and protection, environment and energy, and healthcare. Its main fields of operation are high-performance fibers such as aramid, carbon fibers & composites, healthcare, films, resin & plastic processing, polyester fibers, products converting and IT. The group has some 150 companies and around 16,000 employees spread out over 20 countries worldwide. It posted consolidated sales of JPY790.7 billion (USD 7.4 billion) and total assets of JPY 823.4 billion (USD 7.7 billion) in the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016.