Interview with Michelle Lea, Nilit: Productiv...
Interview with Michelle Lea, Nilit

Productive collaboration and sustainable product development

Michelle Lea (Source: Nilit)
Michelle Lea (Source: Nilit)

Now the Techtextil and Texprocess is finally taking place in person in Frankfurt/Germany, what do you hope/expect from this fair?
At Nilit, we are very happy to be able to attend this event in person. We will have many samples and garments made with our full range of premium PA 66 products that customers can actually touch and feel – something that was truly missing from online-only interactions. Our premium PA 66 products are very high quality, super soft, and create wonderful fabrics and garments. We expect collaboration with our partners at the show to be much more productive face-to-face and our sample assortment will bring ideas to life.  

What will you present at the Techtextil?
We will present our full portfolio of sustainable Sensil premium PA 66 products, including our newest addition, Sensil ByNature, the industry first premium PA 66 replacing fossil fuel with renewable resources through the BioMass Balance Approach, resulting in a lower carbon footprint. Our other Sensil performance products will also be on display as will our full assortment of technical fibers including Nilit Toughtex, Cordura, Tactel, and Supplex.

At the moment, every new development, every new product should also be sustainable and environmentally friendly. What is your approach to a greener world?
Nilit is absolutely committed to a more sustainable and responsible textile and apparel industry. All of our products are manufactured according to our Total Product Sustainability guidelines, which require energy conservation, responsible consumption of natural resources, and elimination of waste including GHG emissions.

We have also heavily invested in sustainable product development. We evaluate all of our products on an LCA basis and ensure that products meet exacting quality and performance criteria as well as contribute to overall well-being. We have products that incorporate recycled content, biodegrade in seawater, and require significantly fewer resources in the manufacturing process. We are partnering with like-minded brands to educate consumers on the importance of textile sustainability to help move the industry forward more rapidly.

What are the biggest challenges for the textile industry in times of pandemic and war in Europe?
Our global manufacturing facilities and solid network of vendor partners have helped us weather the industry’s supply chain challenges. Nilit has enjoyed a stable position that has allowed us to focus on innovation and sustainability, both within our facilities and our product portfolios.  
The pandemic and the war have certainly affected consumer attitudes. Well-being is a high priority as never before. Our Sensil products deliver performance benefits that help people feel more comfortable, more empowered, more confident in today’s uncertain environment. Consumers are prioritizing quality and longevity now more than ever, too. They expect clothing to perform and to last and they’re willing to pay a little more for garments that meet those demands. We design our products with that same outcome in mind – premium apparel that is loved and used for years.

SENSIL, NILIT Toughtex, Cordura, Tactel, Supplex = registered trademarks
The interview was conducted by our TextileTechnology team with Michelle Lea, VP Global Marketing, Nilit Ltd., Migdal Haemek/Israel.

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