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Hyosung Chairman Hyun-Joon Cho Targets Heat-Generating Underclothing Market with Localized Material Nov.12, 2019

Hyosung TNC is teaming up with “Musinsa,” a Korean online fashion brand, to target the heat-generating underclothing market that was previously dominated by Japanese products.

Recently, Korean fashion companies are aggressively targeting the winter clothing market by introducing products to replace Japanese products amid the boycott of Japanese products.

Musinsa’s heat-generating underwear “My Heat”, launched in collaboration with Hyosung, is made of Hyosung's exothermic polyester, “aeroheat EX”. Minerals contained in fiber absorb light from the sun and lighting and radiate thermal energy. The product boasts outstanding heat retention in winter and is also excellent in absorbing and discharging sweat (sweat-absorbing and quick-drying) from the body, making it comfortable to wear. Aeroheat EX can generate heat permanently even after being used by a washing machine and dryer.

According to the Korea Fashion Industry Association, the Korean underclothing market size is about KRW 2 trillion, of which the heat-generating underwear market accounts for more than KRW 700 billion. Thanks to sleek design, superior functionality, and comfortable fit compared to traditional underwear, the market is growing by 10% every year.

Hyosung is planning to solidify itself as a global chemical textile manufacturer by promoting the excellence of Korean materials through collaboration with overseas fashion companies based on experiences of working with Korean fashion brands such as Musinsa.

Chairman Hyun-Joon Cho said, “Hyosung’s technology will prove its value in the domestic heat-generating underclothing market, which has been led by foreign companies. We will play a pivotal role in creating Korea a material powerhouse with our relentless commitment to securing original and proprietary technologies such as spandex, tire cord, and carbon fiber.

*About Hyosung : Hyosung Corporation is a South Korean industrial conglomerate, founded in 1966. It operates in various fields including heavy Industrial machinery, advanced materials, chemical industry, and textiles. Its CEO is Hyun-Joon Cho and the headquarter is in Mapo-gu, Seoul. Hyosung has a global network of about 90 sites in the U.S., China, Europe and other parts of the world, with about 30,000 employees. Tire reinforcements, spandex, and seatbelt yarns are No.1 in global market share.

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