A fibre designed by US start-up company Optimer Inc that absorbs more perspiration and breathes better will go into production at Fuji Spinning Co this autumn.

The 85 per cent polyester Dri-Release fibre, which is made from 'Microblend' threads invented by a former researcher at EI du Pont de Nemours & Co, is said to take just 30 minutes to dry after washing - about four times faster than cotton.

Products made from the Dri-Release fibre will go on sale in Japan next year, and Japanese sportswear companies are showing great interest in its applications.

In North America, leading apparel makers including Nike Inc are said to have sold 600,000 Dri-Release T-shirts in just three months.

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