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New tech and advanced materials transform textiles

Fashion & Beauty

A producer of ultra-durable tights is cutting down on manufacturing waste while promoting traceability

Spotted: Political disagreements continue to hamper the adoption of rigorous supply chain transparency regulations, with the EU’s corporate sustainability directive passed in March 2024 considered a watered-down version of what had been agreed upon in earlier negotiations.

Rather than wait for government directives, Canadian material science and manufacturing automation experts SRTX has created an automated production process that provides full transparency. Best of all, the manufacturing innovations made by the company came about during the process of designing and producing a new hosiery material that is nearly unrippable.

SRTX’s first product was Sheertex tights, an incredibly strong and durable piece of clothing that revolutionised hosiery. Sheertex transformed hosiery from a single-use product to a year-round staple that stands up to regular wear and tear. The tights are made from a polymer that was previously only used in high-performance and military apparel. As part of the development of the material, the company built an in-house manufacturing facility and quickly realised the benefits of applying technology to outdated processes.

Cortex is a tailored manufacturing solution that SRTX offers as an SaaS product. The smart factory software automates operations, providing real-time, step-by-step updates and alerts along with complete oversight of every stage of production. Such information can then be passed on to consumers as part of an organisation’s commitment to providing supply chain transparency.

Now, with a new product called Watertex, SRTX offers another polymer for further textile improvements throughout the fashion industry. Watertex is incredibly water resistant, yet free of toxins and forever chemicals. Both the Sheertex and Watertex polymers have the potential to transform textiles of all kinds and designs.

Other ways Springwise has spotted manufacturing and other industries decarbonising their processes include upcycling raw materials and building modular, chemical-free systems.

Written By: Keely Khoury




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