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Maibao Technology Company, an innovative materials company from Keqiao, has garnered significant acclaim, including prestigious awards in Japan. As an emerging leader in the tech materials industry, Maibao is poised to become a key partner for Thirty-Five Future Brands. Their cutting-edge fabrics are set to become the cornerstone of Thirty-Five's signature products, shaping the brand's future offerings.

What is Corn Fiber?

Corn fiber, often referred to as PLA (polylactic acid) fiber, is derived from the sugars in corn starch and can be used to make fabric. The process involves several stages, from extracting the raw material to spinning it into fibers that can be woven or knitted into fabric. The resulting PLA fabric from corn fiber is biodegradable and has properties similar to conventional synthetic fibers such as polyester, but with a lower environmental impact due to its renewable origin and potential for compostability under certain conditions. Corn fiber fabrics are used in various applications, including clothing, home textiles, and even nonwoven materials like wipes and filters.

Manufacturing Of Fabric Made With Corn Fibre


Extraction of Sugars
Corn kernels are harvested and processed to extract starch.
The starch is then broken down into glucose through a process called hydrolysis.


The lactic acid molecules are chemically bonded together in a process called polymerization, forming long chains of polylactic acid (PLA).


The glucose is fermented using bacteria to produce lactic acid.


Spinning into Yarn
Staple fibers are spun into yarn using traditional spinning methods. Continuous filaments can be twisted together to form filament yarns.


Fiber Production
The PLA is melted and extruded through a spinneret to form continuous filaments. This process is similar to the production of other synthetic fibers like polyester.
The extruded fibers are then cooled and solidified.


Fiber Processing
The PLA fibers are stretched and oriented to improve their strength and elasticity.
These fibers can be cut into staple fibers (short lengths) or kept as continuous filaments, depending on the desired end use.


Weaving or Knitting
The PLA yarns are woven or knitted into fabric. Weaving involves interlacing two sets of yarns at right angles, while knitting involves creating loops of yarn that interlock with each other.


The fabric undergoes various finishing processes to enhance its properties. This can include treatments for softness, strength, color, and water repellency.

Benefits Of Fabric Made With Corn Fibre

Renewable Resource:
Corn fiber is derived from corn, a renewable agricultural resource. This contrasts with conventional synthetic fibers like polyester, which are made from non-renewable petroleum-based resources.

PLA fibers are biodegradable under industrial composting conditions, meaning they can break down into natural substances like carbon dioxide, water, and organic matter. This helps reduce landfill waste and environmental pollution.

Reduced Carbon Footprint:
The production of PLA fibers generally emits fewer greenhouse gases compared to petroleum-based fibers. The use of biomass (corn) for PLA production can also sequester carbon, contributing to a lower overall carbon footprint.

Energy Efficiency:
Manufacturing PLA fibers can be more energy-efficient compared to traditional synthetic fibers, depending on the production process and technology used.

Corn fiber can be blended with other natural or synthetic fibers to enhance the fabric's properties, such as durability, stretch, and breathability.

1. Environmental Sustainability
Renewable Resource

2. Comfort and Feel

3. Performance

4. Durability and Care
Wrinkle Resistance
Color Retention

5. Additional Properties
UV Resistance
Low Flammability

6. Eco-Friendly Profile
Low Carbon Footprint

Properties Of Corn Fiber Clothing

- Machine wash cold or warm (max 40°C/104°F)
- Gentle cycle
- Use mild detergent
- Do not bleach
- Tumble dry low or air dry
- Cool iron if needed
- Do not use fabric softeners
- Professional dry clean recommended

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