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Performance apparel markets: business update, 3rd quarter 2010
published in Issue 34, 3rd Quarter 2010
The global workwear market is forecast to be worth US$29 bn in value by 2015. Growth will be driven by a revival in several end use sectors, including construction, health care and hospitality.
TaylorMade-adidas Golf has become the world's biggest golf company with sales reaching US$308 mn in the first half of 2010, while Aquascutum has agreed to develop its first golf wear collection in collaboration with TPD Luxury Solutions. Williamson-Dickie Manufacturing and Exquisite Apparel have signed a licensing agreement relating to Dickies branded performance apparel, and NanoHorizons has entered into an agreement with J2LFA relating to the distribution of SmartSilver treated yarns and fabrics in South Korea.
In another development, LaCrosse Footwear has received an order worth US$8.6 mn for its Danner Combat Hiker boot from the US Army. Furthermore, the company has opened a new facility in Portland, Oregon, USA, for the production of Danner footwear.
In other news, Asics America has acquired Agence Quebec Plus while its parent company Asics has entered into an agreement to buy Haglöfs. Billabong International has completed the acquisition of West 49, and has entered into two separate agreements to acquire RVCA and Rush Surf. In more acquisition news, Columbia Sportswear has signed an agreement to purchase OutDry Technologies, and P2i has acquired 100% of the shares in Surface Innovations.
Several companies have reported increases in their quarterly results, including Adidas (up by 19%), Columbia Sportswear (up by 24%), Perry Ellis International (up by 2%), Puma (up by 3%), Timberland (up by 5%), Under Armour (up by 25%), Unifi (up by 27%) and VF Corporation (up by 7%). Among those which recorded falls were Nike (down by 8%) and Quiksilver (down by 12%).
In other developments, Unifi is planning to invest in a new recycling facility for the production of polyester chips. The chips will be used in the manufacture of Repreve polyester fibres and yarns.
Haglöfs has opened its first ever branded retail store, in Sweden. Intersport has opened its first store in Saudi Arabia, and Patagonia has opened its second store in Hawaii. In the field of online retailing, Adidas has opened its first online Adidas retail store for Chinese consumers on Taobao's retail website. In the USA, Mizuno USA has opened an online store dedicated to the sale of running products to US consumers. Mountain Hardwear has also opened an online store for US consumers.
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Joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution agreements
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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