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Performance Apparel Markets
Issue 20:
1st Quarter 2007

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Fast track: ISPO Winter 2007--a platform for innovation (8 pages)
Performance apparel markets: product developments and innovations, 1st quarter 2007 (9 pages)
Moisture management fabrics (32 pages)
Profile of Ronhill Sports: a leading UK supplier of running apparel (15 pages)
Performance apparel markets: business update, 1st quarter 2007 (15 pages)

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Profile of Ronhill Sports: a leading UK supplier of running apparel

15 pages, published in Issue 20, 1st Quarter 2007  

Ronhill is one of the UK's leading suppliers of running and athletics apparel. The company was founded in 1970 by British athlete Ron Hill. Initially it operated as a mail order service for running apparel. But, following the success of this service, it diversified into retailing and the first Ron Hill Sports shop was opened in Hyde, Cheshire, UK, in 1975. Further growth was secured over the next 20 years by a boom in running in the UK during the 1980s and by the establishment of the London Marathon in 1981. In 1999 the company became part of the UK-based retail company OSC and in 2001 it was renamed Ronhill.

Today, Ronhill remains committed to the running and athletics market and operates through two services. One is a direct sales service which offers seven ranges for men, women, and children in high performance wear, low-impact activewear, accessories and high visibility wear. The other is its Ronhill Specials service, a bespoke service operated by UK-based Ridgeway Textiles which supplies over 500 clubs in the UK under a licence from Ronhill.

Each item produced by Ronhill is made using high performance fabrics. The properties imparted by these fabrics include moisture management, wind resistance, water resistance and freedom of movement. In developing these fabrics, Ronhill works closely with companies such as Cloverbrook — a UK-based sports fabric supplier.

The future looks promising for Ronhill. Sales in its 2006/07 financial year were healthy and a refocus on club running apparel should stand the company in good stead for further expansion into northern Europe and Eastern Europe. In addition, sales look set to be driven further by the company's recent extension into the women's and children's sports markets and the staging of the London Olympics in 2012.

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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.
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