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The Application of Thermal Conductive Textile Technology in the Market

The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) and Hong Kong Polytechnic University have developed an innovative technology, Thermal Conductive Textiles. The formation of this new conductive fabric is achieved by using a combination of textile-based technologies to knit together conductive fibres. The technology, which is applicable to both general and lifestyles apparel, won a silver award of the 42nd International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva. Fung Fat Knitting Manufacturing Limited, a Hong Kong based manufacturer, has licensed the technology and applied it into their thermal products.

Mr Stephen Ng, Director of Fung Fat Knitting Manufacturing Limited, believes that technology advancement is able to foster the development of the industry, noting that it is important for the industry to keep abreast with technology developments in order to keep a competitive edge.

Mr Ng further commented that the number of mobile phone users has been rapidly increasing in recent years and overusing mobile phone may cause eye fatigue and wrist pain. Therefore, Fung Fat has applied the thermal conductive yarn into its brand Knitawarm. A series of products such as Eye Mask, Smart Knee Sleeve, Wrist Wrap and Warmerchief have been developed to help relieve pain and stress, and the Knitwarm wrap has just won a "Red Dot" award in the Fashion Category at the Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2018.

During the product development stage, Fung Fat tried similar products in the market and explored the technology’s applications. They also balanced the function and outlook of the product, improving the thermal performance and product design.

A product presentation to customers requires understanding of both the merchandise and its functions. On 11 July, Fung Fat provided training to a group of shop assistants who are going to sell the Knitwarm products in a retail outlet. Mr Stanley Kwok, another Director of Fung Fat, introduced the products, functions and applications through a presentation, role plays and games.

An enthusiastic response was received from the training. Ms Kitty Cheung, one of the participants, pointed that the clear explanation, product testing and interactive games helped her to have a better understand of the products’ benefits and functions. It gave her the confidence to introduce the products to her clients, and it also helped strengthen her belief that the products help improve our daily life.

Fung Fat is now exploring other applications of the thermal conductive yarn. One is the calf wrap which addresses the pain and cramp in the lower leg area and improves blood circulation. Another is thigh wrap which helps relieve capillarectasia. A wear trial has been carried out, and if the response is positive, the company will also launch it in the market.

 
Mr Stanley Kwok introduces the products in the workshop
Ms Kitty Cheung agrees that the workshop helps her better understand the products
 
A participant tries on the eye mask
Smart Knee Sleeve
Warmerchief with different designs