Toray Industries has developed a new nylon textile that it says has high water repellency. The textile, made using the company’s Nanodesign composite spinning technology, has microscopic slits running lengthwise on the yarn which can be filled wth water repelling below the outside diameter of the yarn, making the treatment more abrasion-resistant.

Despite the slits, the textile has the strength and abrasion-resistance of other yarns and is processed the same way, Toray says. Fluorine-based water repellents used in the past do not easily decompose naturally because of its stable chemical structure.

Toray plans to market the textile in autumn 2020.

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