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Kodak is looking at growing into the textile sector, it has just opened a textile test centre, following its launch of its Kodalux light-blocking fabric coating material five years ago.

Textiles testing: Kodak
Textiles testing: Kodak

The company says its new Textile Test Facility will provide a comprehensive range of testing services to textile developers, manufacturers and academic institutions to assess specific properties and performance attributes of fabrics.

It says the offering leverages Kodak's infrastructure and expertise in advanced materials and chemicals. The textile test facility is located in the company's Eastman Business Park in Rochester, New York state.

The new testing facility is ISO certified for providing NFPA 701 Fire Retardancy Testing for textile products. In addition, the facility will provide testing for colour fastness, light blocking or room darkening, tensile and tear testing, stiffness testing for objective characterisation of hand/drape properties and abrasion testing. Testing procedures are based on established ASTM and or AATCC methodologies.

"Our new service makes it easy for customers in the textile industry to access most sophisticated fabric testing procedures," said Terry Taber, Kodak's chief technical officer and senior vice president, Advanced Materials & Chemicals.

"Customers can rely on Kodak for the highest quality testing to help them meet the most exacting standards. Looking forward, we are committed to expanding the scope of this initiative with additional test resources to meet customer needs."

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