Yarns for novel technical textiles
In this area, the company relies convincingly on the same strengths as in its core business: crosstechnology know-how, an unconditional customer focus and reliable product quality.
Otto aims to use the forthcoming Techtextil trade fair to sound out further novel textile applications together with customers, interested parties and trade visitors.
Because technical textile solutions are so customer-specific, a kapok capsule will be on show at the Techtextil, representative of many innovative solutions. It belongs to the company’s core business, spinning yarn, and stands for the conviction that everything is possible. On the basis of kapok fiber, long thought to be unspinnable, the company developed a yarn that it markets under the brand name Piumafil. Kapok yarn also stands for sustainability.
Another example is the products knitted with its spin-knitting machine, which combines 2 previously separate processes – spinning and knitting – in one machine. In contrast to conventional knitting machines, it processes roving. The roving that Otto uses consists of meta-aramid fibers; the product is a fabric from which clothing with a protective function is made. Firefighting services are currently testing it in largescale field trials. The yarn from which the fabric is knitted is not twisted, a fact that has a positive effect on the finished product. The protective clothing feels so fine, fluffy and natural that everyone at first imagines it to be a cotton blend. ‘Air chambers’ also take shape between the straight fibers that for the same amount and weight of material increase the end product’s insulation capacity. In this way, increased wearing comfort and improved product properties can be achieved compared with alternative production processes.
The aramid jersey fabric is also treated so that it has smell-retardant properties; a factor that definitely contributes toward the clothing’s wearing comfort.