Westex by Milliken and Cone Denim are teaming up to launch flame resistant denim apparel fabrics for the workwear industry.

For workers in outside elements, denim is often the fabric of choice. However, research revealed a need for guaranteed flame resistant (FR) denim to provide the same comfort and style of everyday denim clothing, including reduced shrinkage and a very soft hand.

Partnering with Cone Denim, the expanded fabric offering from Westex by Milliken will provide end users a selection of stylish denim apparel with a broad array of options for color and performance qualities, without sacrificing safety.

"Cone Denim fabrics are known for both style and performance and a move into technical denims is the next logical step in our product evolution," says Steve Maggard, vice president product development at Cone 3D.

Westex by Milliken has more than 50 years of experience manufacturing flame resistant fabrics for global utilities, electrical maintenance, oil and gas, and metals industries.