Japan Firms to Develop Sportswear Based on Fabrics for Space
Synthetic fiber maker Toray Industries Inc. and sportswear wholesaler Goldwin Inc. on Tuesday announced that they would collaborate with Professor Yoshiko Taya of Japan Women's University to develop sportswear based on fabric technologies developed for space.
Last year the two companies worked with Professor Taya to develop clothing for space on behalf of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. Since spaceships are filled with precision instrumentation, it was important to design a fabric that did not generate static electricity. It also had to be fire-resistant, heat-retaining and with antibacterial properties.
Using the technologies developed for clothing in the extreme environment of space, the partners will develop sportswear that can be worn here on earth for long periods of time without washing and still not smell. Another possible application is in uniforms worn by people like caregivers.
Toray and Goldwin will set up a research institute with Professor Taya in April with the goal of having commercial products ready within 12 months. Toray will take the main responsibility for developing fabrics and Goldwin will design and make the clothing.