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YKK Experts Talk about the Latest in Zipper Innovation at 2019 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

September 13, 2019
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YKK will showcase its expertise in zipper innovation at the 2019 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, to be held June 18 – 20, 2019 in Denver, Colorado.

On Wednesday, June 19 at 10:00 AM in booth 56030-UL, YKK will host a Tech Talk by John Holliday, Senior Product Development Manager, and Terry McCullough, Sales Engineering Manager.  YKK experts will discuss various aspects and advancements of some of YKK’s latest sustainable and technical products and advancements.  They will also be discussing their differing approaches to solving their customers’ challenges through innovation. The media is welcome to visit the YKK booth to speak directly with the company’s experts.

One of the innovations YKK will feature at the show is click-TRAK®, which is a newly launched zipper with open parts components that self-align and engage, allowing the user to close the zipper with one hand. YKK developed this zipper with the aim of enabling the elderly, people with disabilities, and other who have difficulty using zippers, to better enjoy fashion. YKK also aims to expand the application to the sportswear and childrenswear markets, which can take advantage of its easy-to-use features.

YKK QuickFree®YKK’s experts will discuss the two-way QuickFree® zipper, which will be available in August 2019. QuickFree® is a ne w YKK® product that has both Smart Insertion & Quick Release function in one zipper. This zipper can be easily and instantly opened by pulling the chain sideways, and you can release the QuickFree® zipper not only from the top but also from the bottom. The release function has been shown to reduce the risk of suffocation when clothing gets caught around the neck. (It does not necessarily guarantee accident or injury prevention.)

Visitors will also have the opportunity to check out AQUASEAL® Color Tape Zipper and AQUASEAL® Metallic silver/gold. Combining VISLON® technology with a new innovative seal between the zipper elements, AQUASEAL® allows a smooth and easy operation with perfect protection against the most severe weather conditions and extreme outdoor activities. AQUASEAL® zippers are made from a high quality plastic which is roughly half the weight of a conventional metal zipper.

Super Light Weight Tape, which is 40% lighter than the standard coil zipper, will also be on display.

“YKK has been at the forefront of fastening innovation for more than six decades. We are continuously developing new technologies to meet the constantly changing needs of our customers. We pride ourselves in our ability to utilize our vast R&D capabilities to create products that will elevate our customers’ products both in performance and sustainability. We are hosting our Tech Talk hour in order to share some our recent advancements as well as our unique approaches to solving our customers’ challenges through our substantial experience and innovation,” said Sean Coppage, Manager, YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. Global Marketing Group.