Thanks to the material’s micro-garter structure, tiny convex bulges reduce horizontal surface tension to enable raindrops to slip smoothly off the surface in a vertical direction

Thanks to the material’s 'micro-garter' structure, tiny convex bulges reduce horizontal surface tension to enable raindrops to slip smoothly off the surface in a vertical direction

Textile and fibre company Teijin has developed what it says is a new highly water-repellent outerwear material, that combines the usefulness of umbrella-quality fabric and the practicality of high-function wear.

Teijin Frontier Co, the Teijin Group's fibre products converting company, says it will release Minotech in time for 2017 spring/summer, targeting the Japanese and Chinese markets. The company expects annual sales to reach JPY2bn (US$20m) by the fiscal year ending in March 2019.

The new fabric, inspired by the design of straw raincoats made in ancient Japan, enables raindrops to slip smoothly off the surface in a vertical direction thanks to the material's micro-garter structure with tiny convex bulges to reduce horizontal surface tension. It also has high moisture permeability due to its non-laminated structure, allowing sweat vapour to escape and keeping the inner surface dry. 

According to Teijin, Minotech is Grade 4 water repellent, durable for up to 30 washes, and pressure resistant to over 300mm.

Last month the company also unveiled a new version of its Solotex fabric, specifically designed to provide cushioning, a smoother texture, and improved elasticity for sports apparel.

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