Spartanburg, South Carolina-based industry supplier Milliken & Co. has added a new producttoits mattress textiles portfolio, SimplyFR, a fire-resistant knit mattress sock made without fiberglass, antimony or topical FR finishes.
Designed to fit most mattress types, SimplyFR does not contain a PFAS finish and exceeds all current regulations, including 16 CFR 1633 and 16 CFR 1632 compliancy, according to a news release. Made in the USA, the new mattress sock is developed from the same type of fire-resistant material trusted by firefighters.
“We have strong relationships with our customers because of our reliability. SimplyFR embodies what Milliken does so well — pulling together the right resources across the company to come up with the right solution,” said Will Ringo, bedding product manager. “With this specific product, we didn’t just look at what our customers wanted right now, but what they’re going to need in five, 10 years down the road. That’s the solution we delivered—a better product for consumers that’s safe.”
In recent years, market demand for fiberglass-free options has skyrocketed, the company said. With those requests coming in, Milliken began developing SimplyFR in late 2019. Milliken’s Rapid Prototype Center (RPC) played a critical role in bringing the product to market quickly, allowing the development team to do small-scale testing before finalizing the yarn structure. In the RPC, Milliken engineers can provide fiber-to-fabric solutions to customers in two and a half weeks.
SimplyFR made its debut at the 2022 ISPA EXPO and is available now for inclusion in upcoming mattress launches.