Outlast presented the second generation of its PCM acrylic fiber at the Techtextil trade show in Frankfurt, on May 4-7. Using a new production process, the company said it gets the Outlast acrylic fiber to perform four times better than the existing version. In particular, the spinning and dyeing properties are enhanced, this being especially helpful to obtain darker tones of color.

PCM stands for “phase change materials,” which absorb, store and release heat for optimal thermal comfort under proprietary technology. Outlast was recently named among the Top 10 Textile Innovation Award winners of 2014-2015 by FabricLink Network (FLN) for its filling material Outlast Universe, a recent development where PCM viscose fibers are blended with down. This cost-effective solution keeps the body warm while reducing overheating and moisture.

Also at Techtextil, Tencel presented the first application of its ecological, wood-based Lyocell fiber to shoes, indicating that it can be used in the sole or the upper to absorb moisture and ensure tenacity. The Austrian company said that several brands have already produced prototypes, but did not want to reveal their names. An Austrian children's footwear brand, Legero, is about to launch its “botanical shoe” in the market.

Nylstar told a Spanish reporter at the Frankfurt fair that it plans to launch a new nylon yarn for outdoor sports at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City in August and at Ispo Munich early next year. Called Meryl Techno, it will offer a high degree of tenacity and abrasion-resistance. The yarn will be made with a special, patented polymer at Nylstar's facilities in Spain.

According to Diffusion Sport, a Spanish company, IBQ, will be the first producer of technical fabrics to use Nilit Innergy, a polyamide fiber that accelerate blood circulation by absorbing the human body's radiations.