TenCate Defender M Benefits from Permanent Waiver for Use of FR Rayon Fibres

10 January 2012

TenCate explain that the United States Congress eliminated future restrictions in the recently approved Fiscal Year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), for the use of FR (flame-resistant) rayon fibre by the US military.

According to TenCate, FR rayon fibre is exclusively used in a unique fibre blend for the TenCate Defender M fabric portfolio, and this FR rayon fibre is not available in the US.

A 'sunset clause' in a waiver included in the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) allowed the use of imported FR rayon fibres in protective fabrics for US Military uniforms, but this authority would expire in January 2013. TenCate say the US Congress has extended this expiration to 2015 in the 2011 NDAA.

TenCate explain that the positive effect of the elimination of future restrictions is that the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the American textile industry are now able to plan on a reliable, long-term supply of protective fabrics for so long as it is deemed to be essential to protecting American troops in crisis areas. They say this will enhance the visibility of future sales within the industry, which is also positive to better plan for future investments and employment levels.

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