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New test kit for microfibre shedding

Hohenstein and Under Armour initiative will help companies to develop lower shed materials during product development.

20th December 2023

Knitting Industry
 |  B√∂nnigheim, Germany

Knitted Outerwear, Sports/​Activewear

In cooperation with testing provider Hohenstein, Under Armour has launched a new fibre-shed test kit, which will help textile companies along the supply chain to develop lower shed materials during product development. The companies carry out the test themselves in-house using the test kit or can commission Hohenstein as a testing service provider.

"As a leading research and testing lab for textile fibre release, this new method perfectly complements our current portfolio. We are proud to support Under Armour and its suppliers as a neutral, third party for testing and technical advice," emphasises Dr Timo Hammer, CEO at Hohenstein.

The kit is a one-off purchase, after which users can buy additional materials from project partner James Heal. By using the new kit, Under Armour can reliably assess the quality and shed rate of the materials from suppliers.

For Hohenstein customers, the test kit is a useful addition to their microplastics tests. It is a quick and relatively inexpensive preliminary test that ensures better early-stage results for the end product.

During the production, wear and laundering of synthetic and natural fabrics, fibre shedding occurs in varying degrees. Hohenstein and Under Armour expect that their test method will help the industry better understand and reduce its contribution to the microfibre problem.

“Until now, integrating fibre-shed testing into industry research and development activities has required a significant time and cost investment,” said Kyle Blakely, Senior Vice President of Innovation for Under Armour. “At Under Armour, we believe intervening early to mitigate shedding is critical, which is why our test method is designed to specifically address these time and cost barriers.”

A Hohenstein Academy video takes users through the process step by step, ensuring that everything is done correctly.

Hohenstein is a family-owned company with more than 75 years of experience in testing, certification and research. With roots in the textile sector, the Hohenstein testing spectrum today includes both softlines and hardlines. Around the globe, more than 1000 employees work on testing and service offerings such as testing for harmful substances, performance testing or fit testing.

Customers from all over the world receive everything from a single source: Hohenstein supports companies along the entire value chain, from the testing process and certification to the marketing of their products. The Hohenstein experts are competent contacts for more-sustainable materials, products and processes. As a founding member, Hohenstein is one of the most important laboratories for OEKO-TEX, the world's leading certifier of textile and leather goods. For training and further education, the Hohenstein Academy provides online and classroom courses.

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