Schoeller, the Swiss developer of high-tech functional fibers and fabrics, is introducing its latest technology, Coldblack, at the OutDoor show, providing better temperature management and protection against UV rays. This innovation had its sneak preview at last year’s show, but this time it has been incorporated into the first branded outdoor products being presented in Friedrichshafen, ready to be marketed.
The first two users presenting Coldblack technology at the OutDoor show are Mammut with its new “Mountain Guide Pants,” and Tatonka with a new black tent.
The technology especially targets dark textiles which usually absorb heat and UV rays to a much higher degree than lighter ones. According to tests at the EMPA institute in St. Gallen, Switzerland, the temperature under a Coldblack shirt is up to 5°C cooler than under a normal black polo shirt.
Like other Schoeller products, the new technology is approved by Bluesign Technologies, the environmental, health and safety certification institute that it helped to found in 2000. Just before the OutDoor show, it was announced that SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company, has acquired a 50 percent stake in Bluesign Technologies from Albis & Co., parent of Schoeller, which will retain the other half.
This will help expand considerably the activities of Bluesign, which has a staff of only ten persons, as SGS employs more than 50,000 people and has a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world. Companies certified by Bluesign include Patagonia, Mountain Equipment Co-op and, most recently Eschler and Sympatex.