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Performance Apparel Markets
Issue 14:
3rd Quarter 2005

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Fast track: tracking the leading players in sporting goods
Performance apparel markets: product developments and innovations, 3rd quarter 2005
Performance apparel markets: anti-static technology in performance apparel, 3rd quarter 2005 (21 pages)
Profile of W L Gore: a leader in performance outerwear fabrics (10 pages)
Performance apparel markets: business update, 3rd quarter 2005

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Profile of W L Gore: a leader in performance outerwear fabrics

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W L Gore & Associates uses its expertise in working with the polymer polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) and its applications to develop and manufacture a diverse range of around 1,000 products. These products fall into four main categories: fabrics; medical; industrial; and electronics. Applications range from dental floss to guitar strings, and vacuum cleaner bags to performance wear fabrics.

The company is best known for Gore-Tex, its breathable, waterproof material. Gore-Tex was first discovered in 1969, and the first commercial order for Gore-Tex fabric was placed in 1976. The material is made from expanded PTFE and has changed the standard of performance outerwear.

Gore-Tex has now grown into a family of performance wear fabrics worn by soldiers, hikers, firefighters, golfers and many others. The range includes Gore-Tex’s anti-static workwear which was launched in 2002.

W L Gore has almost 7,000 employees spread throughout 24 countries. Its annual sales are close to US$2 bn. Continual innovation in fluoropolymers for performance outerwear fabrics has generated a large proportion of the company’s sales.

In its 50-year history, W L Gore has taken advantage of its first-mover advantages in Gore-Tex and built a reputation for good quality and innovative products. As competition intensifies, W L Gore will need to play to these strengths more than ever.

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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

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    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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