Vancouver-based Garmatex Technologies is expanding its operations to the US to tap into new customers for its high performance fibres and fabrics - including its "ground-breaking" alternative to cotton.

The company is especially keen to raise the profile of its new Kotinu product, which it believes has the potential to replace cotton due in products ranging from T-shirts to jeans due to its softness and super-fast wicking properties.

Keith Gracey, Garmatex CEO and chairman, says the company's presence in Los Angeles "enhances our capacity to develop and commercialise our products tailored to the specific needs of our clients.

"With this expansion, we can now partner with some of the biggest name brands."

Garmatex currently sells its technologies and fabrics on three continents, with brands marketing into the sports, designer wear, military and workwear markets. It also plans to expand into hospital wear.