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Performance Apparel Markets
Issue 78:
September 2023

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Fast track: seamless knitting continues to shape the sports shoe market (13 pages)
Performance apparel markets: product developments and innovations, September 2023 (19 pages)
Textile and clothing brands face pressure to innovate as legislation builds against the use of PFASs, or "forever chemicals" (52 pages)
Profile of Polartec: a pioneer in synthetic fleece materials and innovator in performance fabrics for the textile and clothing industry (30 pages)
Performance apparel markets: business update, September 2023 (14 pages)

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Profile of Polartec: a pioneer in synthetic fleece materials and innovator in performance fabrics for the textile and clothing industry

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Polartec is a company based in the USA which specialises in the manufacture of a range of performance textiles. The best known of these is Fleece Series--a 100% polyester fabric and successor to the original Polarfleece fabric. Polartec manufactures a variety of products which fall under five key categories, namely base layer fabrics, insulation materials, treatments and finishes, weather resistant fabrics, and flame resistant fabrics. It caters to a broad range of markets, and supplies fabrics to more than 220 brand partners--including leading sportswear brands such as adidas, Nike and Under Armour. Furthermore, it considers itself to be a trailblazer in the implementation of environmentally sustainable practices. In particular, it is committed to using recycled materials--particularly recycled polyester derived from post-consumer polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles--and it seeks to employ distribution methods and production methods which have a low impact on the environment. The company operates production processes which are less resource-intensive than conventional processes, it captures and repurposes textiles waste generated by its production lines, and it uses energy-efficient compressors, ventilation and lighting systems at its facilities. In addition, Polartec has established several initiatives aimed at reducing microplastics pollution and eliminating the use of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs), also known as "forever chemicals".

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    SUMMARY

    INTRODUCTION

    BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

    ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

  • Eco-Engineering
  • Shed Less
  • Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs)
  • PRODUCT INNOVATIONS

  • Base layer fabrics
  • Insulation materials
  • Treatments and finishes
  • Weather resistant fabrics
  • Flame resistant (FR) fabrics
  • OUTLOOK

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    Four times a year, Performance Apparel Markets provides intelligence, expert analysis and insight on the performance apparel industry.

    Performance apparel represents one of the fastest growing markets in the global textile and clothing industry--and market growth is being fuelled by an emergence of new fibres, fabrics and innovative materials. The market's growth prospects are also being spurred by increasing demand for performance properties in mainstream fashion.
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    Each issue provides an authoritative source of information on key industry topics, including: antimicrobial textiles; biomaterials; biomimicry; chemical protective clothing; circularity; compression and shapewear; cosmetotextiles; environmental sustainability; finishes; flame resistant clothing; footwear; graphene; insect repellent apparel; insulation materials; medical protective clothing; military clothing and equipment; moisture management; mono materials; outdoor apparel; personal protective equipment (PPE); smart textiles; sportswear; thermoregulation; waterproof breathable textiles; wearable technology; and workwear.

    A single issue of Performance Apparel Markets includes:

      an editorial think-piece on a topical issue from an industry expert

      a round-up of the latest product innovations

      a main feature on a new or established market

      insight and analysis of a key market leader or fast-growing start-up

      a round-up of the latest business developments

    An annual subscription to Performance Apparel Markets is a cost-effective way to keep informed about trends and developments in the global performance apparel industry.

    Subscriptions are available in printed and/or digital formats. Printed and digital subscribers receive each issue in printed format in addition to a digital PDF file, which is available immediately on publication.

    Subscribers also receive a complementary digital subscription to Performance Apparel Update, delivered directly by email once a month. This free supplement contains essential information on business news and the latest product developments.

    Like all Textiles Intelligence publications, Performance Apparel Markets is a reliable source of independently sourced business information, and it does not carry advertising.

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