INVISTA Announces A New Solution-Dyed Nylon Color For Use In Qualified CORDURA® Fabrics For Military Applications

INVISTA developed a new Solution-Dyed Nylon (SDN) yarn with built-in Near Infrared signature reduction for use in CORDURA® fabrics for the US military.  The new SDN Desert Sand yarn is engineered to match Natick's color (Desert Sand 503) and Near Infrared (NIR) signature reduction requirements. 

Initially intended as a background shade for printing, the new color can be used in a multitude of applications including broad woven CORDURA® fabrics, webbing/tapes, cordage/laces, elastic shock cords/webbing, and mesh fabrics. SDN based CORDURA® fabrics provide best-in-class color consistency and full compliance with military specifications for color and NIR signature reduction.

“The NIR signature reduction properties of this yarn have been exclusively developed for use in certain U.S. military fabrics,” says Bill Colven, global business director, CORDURA® brand. “By offering enhanced concealment, the yarn offers US forces an advantage over the enemy when used in combat gear such as the Interceptor outer tactical vest.”

To enhance concealment, the exact color and NIR signature are permanently built into the fiber.  SDN based CORDURA® fabrics utilize nano- and micro-sized particles to provide permanent long-lasting color and NIR durability.  SDN based CORDURA® Desert Sand fabrics and webbings are available in solid color fabrics or printed with Army Universal Camouflage pattern.

These SDN yarns are offered in both 500- and 1000-denier configurations and round out INVISTA’s military related CORDURA® fabric palette which currently consists of the following colors:  Foliage Green-504, Coyote Brown-498, Ranger Green, Camo Green-483 and Black.

About CORDURA® Brand

INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand essence celebrates individual durability: As Long As The World Is Full Of Durable People, We’ll Keep Making Durable Fabrics™. Known for its resistance to abrasions, tears and scuffs, CORDURA® fabric is a primary ingredient in many of the world’s leading high-performance gear and apparel products ranging from luggage, upholstery and backpacks to footwear, military equipment, tactical wear, workwear and performance apparel. The CORDURA® brand is a registered trademark of INVISTA, one of the world’s largest integrated polymer, intermediates and fibers businesses. To distinguish the CORDURA® brand, the word “CORDURA®” must be spelled out in all caps and used with an ®, and it must be followed by the word “brand” or “fabric.”

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With leading brands including LYCRA®, COOLMAX®, CORDURA®, STAINMASTER® and ANTRON®, INVISTA is one of the world’s largest integrated producers of chemical intermediates, polymers and fibers. The company’s advantaged technologies for nylon, spandex and polyester are used to produce clothing, carpet, car parts and countless other everyday products. Headquartered in the United States, INVISTA operates in more than 20 countries and has about 10,000 employees. For more information, visit, or our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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