Mohawk Industries has unveiled its SmartStrand fiber made with DuPont's Sorona polymer. The fiber has been in development for more than two years, and features a chemical makeup from a family of polymers based on 1,3-propanediol, or 3GT.

SmartStrand fibers are readily dyeable, with as many as three different dyeing processes available for the product. The fiber is also inherently soft, with a good hand and very good tactile, according to Mohawk.

SmartStrand fiber can be used in standard textures, friezes, berber flecks, high-twist styles and other carpet constructions. Demonstrations are being set up at Mohawk's regional shows. A DVD of a typical demonstration will be available at retail.

SmartStrand fiber made from DuPont Sorona polymer is being introduced through a collection called New Generation, in the Horizon Collection by Mohawk line, as well as exclusive lines in Mohawk Floorscapes and ColorCenter stores. Products will be available in the second quarter of 2005, Mohawk says.