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Performance Apparel Markets
Issue 70:
February 2021

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Fast track: biomaterials—the key to sustainability? (15 pages)
Performance apparel markets: product developments and innovations, February 2021 (25 pages)
Cosmetotextiles: beauty and wellness are ready to wear (49 pages)
Profile of Devan Chemicals: a leader in functional textile finishes (18 pages)
Performance apparel markets: business update, February 2021 (20 pages)

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Fast track: biomaterials—the key to sustainability?

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The textile and apparel industry has long been under pressure to reduce its reliance on virgin synthetic fibres—including acrylic, nylon and polyester—which are derived from non-renewable resources. At the same time, consumers are increasingly demanding and apparel products which are environmentally sustainable. Biomaterials are assumed to be environmentally sustainable because they are associated with renewable natural resources or living organisms as opposed to non-renewable resources such as petrochemicals. As a result, there is much interest in the development of biomaterials, including synthetic fibres derived from bio-based resources, artificial silk fibres, and artificial leather materials. However, the route to sustainability using biomaterials is far from straightforward, and there is even some confusion regarding terminology associated with such materials. Furthermore, the textile and apparel industry is served by highly fragmented supply chains, thereby making the transition away from fibres derived from petrochemicals all the more complicated. However, significant progress is being made in the development of innovative and sustainable biomaterials, and some major programmes have been established to drive development in this area. This report explores the opportunities for biomaterials, describes the classification of biomaterials, and provides an overview of innovations in this area. Also, it discusses the work of the BIOTEXFUTURE programme which, led by adidas and the ITA of RWTH Aachen University, is working to accelerate the widespread use of biomaterials in the textile and apparel industries.

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Product Overview   

Four times a year, Performance Apparel Markets provides an overview of the sector for performance apparel and corporatewear. It provides market data and analysis of new and established markets for performance fibres, fabrics and clothing, and is essential reading for executives who are working in (or supplying) this fast growing sector. It is also an invaluable one-stop-shop where people who are not involved in the industry on a day-to-day basis can find an authoritative source of relevant information which helps them to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues facing the companies in this sector.
Reports in Performance Apparel Markets include:
 reports on major developments in the global performance apparel market, focusing on new products and technologies, innovative fibres and key players;
 detailed, independently-researched reports on one of the following topics: antimicrobial fibres and fabrics, anti-static technology, flame resistant fibres and fabrics, high strength fibres and fabrics, high visibility apparel, microencapsulation, moisture management fabrics, performance swimwear, seamless knitting and stitch-free seaming technologies, smart and interactive textiles, stain protective apparel, stretch fibres and fabrics, surfwear and surf-inspired clothing, temperature regulation, UV protective fibres and fabrics, and waterproof breathable fabrics;
 company profiles, outlining the business, product, market and manufacturing strategies employed by key players in the performance apparel industry; and
 business news and developments affecting global performance apparel markets, majoring on innovations, mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, and financial performances.
Performance apparel represents one of the fastest growing sectors of the international textile and clothing industry – and market growth is being fuelled by the emergence of new fibres, new fabrics and innovative process technologies. The market is also being boosted by changes in consumer lifestyles. People are living longer and spending more time on leisure activities. New high-tech fabrics are being developed for a wide range of active sports such as aerobics, athletics, ballooning, cycling, hiking, mountaineering, parachuting, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, and windsurfing.
Exciting innovations are emerging in smart textiles and nanotechnology – and the sector’s growth prospects are helped by the trend in increasing demand for performance features in mainstream fashion.
Performance Apparel Markets is available on subscription – either in printed format only, or in printed and electronic format. If you choose the printed only option, you will receive 4 printed publications a year. Each issue contains five reports (as above).
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In addition, you will be able to download PDF files containing the same information – but the PDF files will be available immediately on publication, so you don’t have to wait for the printing and mailing. You also have all the benefits of electronic files: instant access even when you are away from the office; convenient storage in your PC or laptop; portability; electronic search facility; and copy/paste facility.

You will also receive "Performance Apparel Update" delivered to you by email, free of charge, every month. This free supplement contains an update of business news as well as the latest product developments and innovations.

A subscription to Performance Apparel Markets will support your decision making, and provide the information you need to expand into new markets.

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