Unifi adds Repreve product, launches online certification  

Greensboro, N.C. – Textured yarn producer Unifi Inc. has extended its Repreve line of recycled fibers with the new Repreve polyester staple fiber.

The Repreve polyester staple fiber is made from 100% recycled materials for use in spun yarns, including open-end, ring and jet spun, the manufacturer said. The new product “can be used as a ‘drop-in’ replacement for fabrics and products currently made with virgin polyester staple fibers or other eco-friendly products,” Unifi noted. 

The new fiber joins the Repreve polyester and nylon products from Unifi.

“Based on the success that our customers have had using our REPREVE filament products, they began encouraging us to expand our recycled product offering to include polyester staple fibers,” said Roger Berrier, evp, Unifi.

“In 2008, estimated global polyester staple fiber consumption was approximately 20 billion pounds,” Berrier pointed out. “Based on this global consumption opportunity, Unifi accelerated the introduction of this new environmentally-friendly fiber.”

In another development, Unifi has launched a TEXbase-designed online certification program for all Unifi branded goods.

The TEXbase system will expedite the certification of fabrics, streamlining the product development process, the company said – and “will provide brands and retailers with a global online fabric library” for Unifi certified products.

“Our partners are always interested in ways to shorten the product development cycle,” said Berrier. “The TEXbase system allows us to provide our partners a direct link into the certification portal and fabric library for real-time data input, searching and collaboration.”

With TEXbase software, Unifi manufacturing partners can input fabric specifications online to a centralized database for data consistency and accuracy. Along with retailers, they can search previously certified fabrics by construction, fiber, weight and technical features. Customers can also check fabric certification status and request samples, logos and hangtags, the company said.

The system was designed and installed by TEXbase, a software firm located in Bozeman, Mont.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, FurnitureToday

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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