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TTRI launches annual joint textile and application show

The Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI, 紡織綜合所) yesterday launched at Nangang Exhibition hall a joint event of the 2012 Textile International Forum and Exhibition (TIFE, 紡織科技國際論壇暨研發成果展) and the 2012 Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show (TITAS, 台北紡織展), a three-day event lasting until Oct. 18.

TTRI Executive Vice President Lien Jung-shen (連榮盛) said that the theme of the joint exhibition is safety, environment and protection. He explained that the LED yarn developed by TTRI provides a luminous effect for children's raincoats and bike jackets, offering additional protection and safety. Additionally, TTRI's Aquatimo products — clothes made of modified hydrophilic nylon — offer a stylish clothing option that also keep wearers cool and comfortable. These products allow for decreased indoor electricity consumption as fans and air-conditioners will not need to be used as often.

Instead of focusing on polyester-related products as in the past, Lien said this year the TTRI presents to visitors its new nylon options, including Aquatimo products. Compared with polyester, nylon is more soft and suitable for making fabric that comes in contact with skin, such as underwear or sportswear, Lien stated.

The TTRI's Aquatimo products won the platinum award in the 2012 Taipei International Invention Show & Technomart (台北國際發明暨技術交易展). According to TTRI Department of Raw Materials and Yarns Deputy Director An Ta-chung (安大中), the advanced nylon fiber features a cotton-like moisture absorption ability and the moisture desorption property similar to wicking shirts. The Aquatimo fiber can be used to produce nightgowns, underwear, polo shirts, T-shirts, sportswear and formal attire, as demonstrated in the exhibition.

According to Lien, TITAS displays end products such as digital printing flocking bags, wind jackets and home textiles featuring Chinese cultural themes, demonstrating the integration of non-film digital printing technology and product design techniques. Moreover, TITAS also features essential parts for the textile process, allowing local companies to acquire technologies that they could only gain from abroad in the past.

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Taiwan Textile Research Institute (TTRI, 紡織綜合所) Executive Vice President Lien Jung-shen (連榮盛), second right, two models with Aquatimo products, left, and one male model with a heart rate sports vest, pose for photos in Taipei, yesterday. (Akie Ang, The China Post)

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