Kingwhale’s performance fabrics revolutionise Asia’s textiles and garments industry
The Taiwan company’s products offer benefits ranging from antimicrobial and odour control to temperature regulation and ultraviolet protection, and are attracting growing interest from global fashion brands
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Smart textiles – fabrics with value-added properties developed using new technologies – are changing the world. Performance fabrics, such as those made from recycled plastic bottles or infused with silver, offer additional benefits ranging from antimicrobial and odour control to temperature regulation and ultraviolet protection.
A leading Taiwanese developer of performance fabrics and garments for the global apparel industry, Kingwhale is a vertically integrated company that completely controls its manufacturing process, from fibre spinning and fabric weaving to final garment construction.
“Our brand vision is to offer technology, innovation, sustainability and good quality, beginning with a single thread,” says James Huang, president. “Our strength lies in our products and services, and the innovation from raw materials we work with is what sets us apart in the market.”
The company has attracted a number of prestigious outdoor brands including The North Face, Patagonia and Lululemon for its in-house design and engineering, rigorous testing, economies of scale and customer savings from design to delivery.
Kingwhale’s fabric technologies include Tau – an exclusive range of customisable, durable, comfortable and high-functioning performance fabrics that provide unsurpassed temperature and moisture regulation, and maximum protection. Kingwhale also manufactures its own nylon-blend stretch fabrics and original lightweight recycled polyester fleece. The company is looking to patent its Low Impact Technology, a fabric dyeing process that saves energy and water by at least 30 per cent.
With Asia-Pacific forecast to dominate the projected US$80 billion performance fabric market by 2020, global fashion brands targeting outdoor wear for local Asian markets could benefit from Kingwhale’s expertise and local manufacturing facilities in Taiwan and Vietnam.
The company also welcomes potential distributors and brand ambassadors in its quest to build on its growing global reputation for quality performance fabrics.
“We’re innovators of textiles,” Huang says. “We’re reliable. We care about the society and everything we do is always built around the mindset of sustainability.”