In a move aimed at establishing its own Estera brand, Hualon Chemical & Textile Co Ltd will introduce new yarns and fabrics made from Corterra fibers to more than 25,000 textile buyers and sellers at the Taipei International Textile & Apparel Show 2000 (TITAS 2000) in Taiwan this week.

Hualon uses Corterra to manufacture a variety of yarns, and has also developed knit and woven fabrics for the textile market.

"The comfort properties of Corterra fibers are well-suited to a range of apparel fabrics including casual, swimwear, activewear and innerwear," said Tom S Shiau, general manager of Hualon Chemical & Textile Co Ltd. "Fabrics made with Corterra fibers have great appeal in the fast-growing stretch market. These easy-care fabrics offer a combination of features that include the softness of nylon, beautiful drape and brilliant colors."

Hualon and Shell are working jointly to promote the "Easy Wear, Easy Care" theme for Corterra fibers that is appearing at TITAS 2000 in 14 different upstream and mid-stream textile manufacturing exhibits. In addition to samples of the yarn and fabric, Hualon will use models wearing garments fashioned from its materials to demonstrate the capabilities of Corterra in a range of applications.

In addition to their good stretch and recovery, drape and softness, fabrics made from Corterra fibers are said to offer long-lasting brilliant colors that resist fading. They also dye well at low temperatures, blend well with other fibers, and are less expensive and easier to weave than spandex.

For more information on Corterra fibers, visit the website at or the Shell Chemicals web site at .