McAllen, Texas-based nanofiber developer FibeRio Technology Corp. has joined VF Corporation—lifestyle apparel, footwear and accessories maker—to develop and market performance apparel fabrics leveraging FibeRio’s proprietary nanotechnology.
The partnership centers on FibeRio’s Forcespinning® technology which produces nanofiber material in high volume. With headquarters in Greensboro, N.C., VF will incorporate FibeRio’s capabilities and expertise across its three Global Innovation Centers, which focus on advancements in performance apparel, footwear and jeans. VF’s brands include The North Face®, Wrangler® and Nautica®, among others.
Nanofibers’ higher surface area and smaller pore size improve the characteristics of fibrous material, enabling less use of material in the end product, which also results in lighter weight and lower cost.