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Mount Vernon debuts new cotton-tencel blend FR fabrics

September 30, 2013

Mount Vernon FR has introduced its newest innovation in the flame resistant fabric industry, Amtex TC,  a collection of cotton and Tencel blends created to address the challenge of maximizing both comfort and durability in protective workwear fabrics.

Mount Vernon FR is officially launcing the Amtex TC collection at the 2013 National Safety Council (NSC) Congress and Expo, which is being held Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL.

The company says Amtex TC combines comfort, strength and a high level of protection so workers don’t have to make any trade offs. Currently offered in 7.9-ounce and 8.4-ounce twill, Amtex TC fabrics are unique in that they increase both comfort and durability without sacrificing the protection demands of the FR industry.

One of the primary fibers in Amtex TC fabrics, Tencel, is a cellulosic fiber similar to cotton, but with added strength to create protective fabrics that withstand tough jobs. Despite their strength, Amtex TC fabrics feel lighter than they actually are, which enhances the comfort of garments made with the fabric. Enhanced comfort increases the probability that workers will wear garments correctly, and reduces risk of injury due to improper wear.

“Innovation is key to success in this industry as our customers continue to demand more from their FR garments,” says Craig Tutterow, technical director of Mount Vernon FR Fabrics. “That means we have to continue to develop new fabrics that improve optimum physical performance and provide our customers with value-added products and benefits.”

In addition to comfort, Mount Vernon FR Amtex TC fabrics meet the standards for NFPA 70E, ASTM F1506 and NFPA 2112.

“We’re always aiming to provide new fabrics and finishes to our customers that provide solutions to industry demands, but as a manufacturer of flame resistant fabrics, our number one priority always has to be protection," says Mike Woods, vice president of FR fabrics for Mount Vernon FR. “We’re excited to launch Amtex TC because it not only meets protection needs, but also maximizes comfort, which is often overlooked in protective garments.”

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