Swiss knit fabrics manufacturer Eschler and Austrian textile finishing specialist Grabher Group, have joined forces to engineer a new generation of functional fabrics for sports and workwear using cutting edge plasma finishing technology.
Plasma, known as the fourth state of matter, is created by applying electrical fields to pure gas or gas mixtures in a vacuum chamber. The gas is then ionized and leads to a chemical reaction on the surface of the respective material. From a textile perspective, the right combination of gas mixture composition, frequencies and gas flow, results in the systematic surface modification of fabrics. Durable effects such as hydrophilicity, hydrophobicity and dirt repellency are achievable.