The suitcase industry continues to be a highly competitive one. Soft-sided suitcases have been dominated by Nylon fibers for as long as I can remember. As "green" products catch on however, people are beginning to look into polypropylene solutions so that their bags can be recycled easier. Breakthroughs in fiber and lamination technology have allowed PP fibers to take on a very expensive look and feel when laminated with glossy, soft-touch materials.
The hard-sider market has been dominated by PC, ABS, and PC/ABS suitcases because of their exceptionally high gloss and stiffness. Recent breakthroughs in high-gloss PP has subsequently began eating away at this market as well due to considerable cost savings and weight reduction. As high end-luggage continues to be able to fetch ever higher prices, compounders have an ever greater incentive to get creative in the industry's quest for the holy grail of luggage manufacturers: A cheap material with a MFR, high stiffness, low density, and high gloss. Some makers like
used innovative technologies such as Milliken's
to produce pricy luxury suitcases (USD$595-$895) while Samsonite has produced it's own line of
luggage utilizing their proprietary Flowlite material (PP).
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And if you're still not convinced, there is always a large selection of videos showing suitcases doing things they were never intended to do!