“Our stand is showcasing our whole product portfolio,” says Marco De Silvestri, marketing director of RadiciGroup Comfort Fibres, a business area that is part of the larger Synthetic Fibres & Nonwovens Business Area. “We are presenting our entire range of products, from more conventional (polyamides, polyesters, etc.) to specialty products, such as those obtained from materials of biological origin (Biofeel and CornLeaf), enriched with additives or produced with bico-technology. The focus is naturally going to be on technical applications, which have always been the center of attention at RadiciGroup: outdoor, workwear, automotive and sport, to mention just a few of the target sectors for RadiciGroup high performance products.”
RadiciGroup Comfort Fibres aims for product sustainability: under the brand name Biofeel, the group sells bio-based yarn made with polymers obtained mostly from renewable source materials instead of petrochemical products. Furthermore, RadiciGroup offers solution-dyed yarn, which allows for considerable water savings, since the dyeing process occurs in the extrusion phase.
Recently, the Comfort Fibres Business Area has received important recognition for the work done by the Group on sustainability. Textile Exchange certified the post-consumer recycled polyester yarns, r-Radyarn and r-Starlight, to the Global Recycled Standard (GRS). The two certified product families are raw and yarn-dyed 95% r-PET and solution dyed 85% r-PET.
At Techtextil 2019, the Group’s Extrusion Yarn Business Area is presenting Dylar nonwovens manufactured on its recently installed production line. These products are made using bicomponent technology, which improves their technical characteristics. The possibility of using at least two different polymers for the external sheath and the core of the yarn opens up new markets, as well as the opportunity to offer customer-tailored solutions by optimizing performance and efficiency. More specifically, the polymer combinations are:
- PP/PP for enhanced mechanical resistance
- CoPP/PP and PE/PP for greater softness
- PP/PET for better heat stability in extreme conditions
For the Performance Yarn Business Area, Radici is showcasing both high-tenacity PA 66 yarns (Raditeck Double Six), used mostly for car airbags and tyre reinforcement, and solution-dyed PA6 Radifloor Automotive yarns, used for car carpeting.