A new textile material that can blend in with the colour of its environment? This is the technical innovation achieved by Russian company Rostec which, could one day be transposed to the ready-to-wear industry.
From the army to ready-to-wear
Could we one day wear clothes that would allow us to become (almost) invisible? Long reserved for sci-fi movies, chameleon-like fabrics could well become a reality. Russian company Rostec has developed this new non-woven technical material for military needs.. A specific purpose, but one which could easily be expanded into the ready-to-wear sector, and, more particularly, smart clothing.
“We are talking about a unique innovation that could radically change how we design and produce clothing. These materials will be particularly in demand, especially for clothes that can withstand extreme conditions, be that in terms of temperature or sun exposure”, explains Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Viktor Yevtukhov.
Fabric of the future
Currently in a state of development, these new applications of Rostec’s fabric are the subject of considerable investments, estimated to be between 100 and 150 million dollars by sources close to the Russian firm. And for good reason; a real growth driver, these new technical fabrics would allow the leader of the former Soviet Union to compensate for their loss of speed in the traditional textile sector, which is still dominated by India, China and South-East Asia.
“Experience shows, for example in Germany, that technical textiles offer up to 70% of growth, turning this industry into one of the five high-tech sectors in the country,” explains Andrei Razbrodin, president of the Russian Association of Textile and Light Industry Producers. A strategic windfall that could revolutionise, by extension, the entire ready-to-wear industry.