Functional finishing agents incorporate epoxy polyether lateral chains and water-soluble polysiloxane & polyether. They are mixed with organic properties, anti-inflammatory substances, and antimicrobial catalysts to formulate textiles with specific properties.
Radical innovations and surface modification processes can drastically alter the performance and appearance of the fabrics. Crease & flame resisting agents, stain repellents, soil releasing agents, and water repellents are the primary examples of functional finishing agents. Consumer preference for protective fabrics triggered by awareness regarding health & hygiene can impel their demand in the near future.
Wrinkle & Water Resistant Clothing
Ministry, a Boston-based fashion brand recently launched “Easier Than Silk” shirt collection. The material of these shirts looks and feels like silk, but it is made of the innovative Japanese technical fabric. This engineered functional textile is wrinkle-resistant and it protects the wearers from excessively hot weather. The breathable and moisture-absorbent fibers of these shirts are flexible and they allow free body movement without the fear of sagging. This clothing is machine washable, wrinkle free, and easy to maintain.
Hypoallergenic Bedding Linen
DermaTherapy are the bedding products developed by Precision Fabrics Group Inc.; based in Greensboro. These products including pillow cases, under pads, and sheets are FDA approved. The unique cleared-fabric technology keeps these products clean, dry, and lint-free. This technology reduces friction and allows more comfort. These innovative products are hypoallergenic, which makes them ideal for bed-bound patients, skin diseases, and menopausal women suffering from night sweats.
According to Grand View Research, Inc.; the worldwide functional textile finishing agents market is anticipated to grow at over 6.1% CAGR during the forecast period (2014 to 2025). It is expected to surpass USD 4.52 billion by 2025. Growing health & hygiene concerns can drive the market demand. High disposable income in developing economies can further impel the growth in the forthcoming years.
BASF SE, Dow Chemical Company, Bayer AG, and Evonik Industries, are some of the major players in the market. Most companies engage in new product developments and strategic business alliances to expand their product portfolios and business on the global scale.
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