Mattress fabric supplier Bodet & Horst, headquartered in Elterlein, Germany, has formed a partnership with Spartanburg, S.C.–based Milliken & Co. to market a line of sewn FR socks and sewn mattress covers in the United States.
The products use Basofil Alessandra technology to achieve their flame–resistant properties and will help mattress manufacturers meet U.S. open–flame mattress standards, according to the companies. The products are being sold under the Milliken brand name, Paladin, and will be introduced to the mattress industry at Interzum Cologne in mid–May.
The new FR barrier fabrics are chemical–free and can replace using two or more FR products to achieve compliance with the 16 CFR Part 1633 standard, said Jerry Pratt, president of Bodet & Horst USA in Mount Airy, N.C. The tubular knitted socks offer a second alternative for achieving FR compliance.
The mattress fabrics consist of an FR barrier backing layered with a decorative double–knit face. The decorative knits contain specialty yarns such as CoolMax, Tencel, bamboo and polyester and can be treated with anti–microbial and moisture–management products without affecting the products’ FR properties.