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Polartec enhances high loft fleece Michelle Russell | 20 May 20

US fabric maker Polartec has developed an enhanced version of its high loft fleece made of wool, featured in a new line by mountain sports brand Salewa.

Milliken appoints new president of Polartec business Leonie Barrie | 26 Jun 19

Steve Layton has been named president of the Polartec business, moving across from its new owner Milliken & Company where he worked on the Westex by Milliken flame resistant textiles business.

Fabric maker Polartec to be acquired by Milliken & Company Beth Wright | 12 Jun 19

US fabric maker Polartec is to be acquired by textile maker Milliken & Company, in a move that bolsters its capabilities to include fleece and performance textiles for consumer, workwear and military outdoor apparel.

Polartec 'Ready to Roll' fabrics meet need for speed Hannah Abdulla | 26 Apr 19

US fabric maker Polartec has launched a new 'Ready to Roll' programme offering first-quality fabrics, in stock and ready to ship, to meet customer demand for shorter lead times.

Performance apparel market to get first spider silk fabrics Beth Wright | 18 Apr 19

US fabric maker Polartec is building on its partnership with Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, the developer of spider silk-based fibres, to bring the first materials made from recombinant spider silk to the performance apparel market.

Nike, Target, Polartec lead uptake of recycled performance fibres Beth Wright | 31 Jan 19

US sportswear giant Nike, department store retailer Target, and fabric maker Polartec are among brand, retailer and textile companies that have used the equivalent of more than one billion plastic bottles each through their uptake of recycled fibres.

Polartec portfolio goes biodegradable Beth Wright | 30 Jan 19

US fabric maker Polartec has committed to using 100% recycled and biodegradable materials across its entire product line.

New Polartec fabric technology reduces fibre shedding Michelle Russell | 28 Nov 18

Fleece maker Polartec has developed what it claims is the first fabric technology engineered to reduce fibre shedding.

Polartec Power Fill insulation gets sustainable upgrade Michelle Russell | 14 Jun 18

Polartec says its Power Fill insulation has received a sustainable upgrade and is now made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials.

Polartec launches 'Power Fill' insulation Michelle Russell | 19 Jan 18

US fabric maker Polartec has launched what it claims is a "best-in-class fill insulation" for outdoor clothing, adding to its stable of temperature-regulating performance fabrics.

Polartec launches sustainable fill insulation Beth Wright | 31 May 17

Fabric maker Polartec has unveiled what is claims is a "best-in-class" fill insulation, made with 80% post-consumer recycled content, rounding out its range of temperature-regulating performance fabrics.

Patagonia and Polartec boycott US outdoor show Michelle Russell | 13 Feb 17

A number of US outdoor brands including Polartec and Patagonia have withdrawn from this year's Outdoor Retailer show in Utah in protest over the state government’s public land policy, which they say doesn't support conservation and ignores the industry's contribution to the economy.

Polartec reveals revamped NeoShell waterproof fabric Beth Wright | 25 Oct 16

US performance fabric maker Polartec has unveiled a new version of its NeoShell waterproof fabric, specifically designed for Japanese apparel brand Teton Bros.

Polartec and Open Style Lab team up on inclusive fashion Michelle Russell | 3 Oct 16

US performance fabric maker Polartec has once again joined forces with MIT's Open Style Lab on a research programme to create functional and stylish clothing for people with disabilities.

A resilient outdoor industry seeks to broaden its base Debra Cobb | 15 Aug 16

With 29,000 visitors and 1626 exhibitors, this year's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, which took place earlier this month in Salt Lake City, had its usual upbeat vibe. But there were signs that the outdoor industry is feeling the effects of 2016's "winter of our discontent," along with several retail bankruptcies, stock market disruptions in China, and the Brexit uncertainty in Europe.

Outerwear faces up to the challenge of climate change Debra Cobb | 18 Jan 16

Faced with downward pressure on demand from unseasonably warm weather, the outdoor industry is broadening its appeal to work across multiple end-uses. New product introductions at the recent Outdoor Retailer trade show included innovations in outerwear, performance denim, and wool.

Polartec develops cooling performance fabric Michelle Russell | 8 Jan 16

US performance fabric maker Polartec has developed what it says is its first cooling platform, a permanent mechanical wicking fabric designed for athletes performing in warmer climates.

Polartec to re-locate Massachusetts textile mill Michelle Russell | 18 Dec 15

Performance fabric maker Polartec is to close down its Lawrence, Massachusetts, textile mill and relocate to plants in New Hampshire and Tennessee due to what it says are capacity and marketing pressures and customer needs. 

Fibres and fabrics: Innovations in sports textiles Kitty So | 7 Oct 15

Sportswear innovators are focusing on growing demand for environmentally-friendly fibres and fabrics and lightweight materials that can keep sport consumers comfortable while optimising performance.

Fibres and fabrics: Multi-functional wool for outdoor wear Kitty So | 7 Oct 15

Apparel and textile companies worldwide are increasingly demanding lightweight wool for outdoor wear that can perform a variety of functions.

New fibre and fabric innovations for outdoor wear Leonie Barrie | 20 Feb 15

New eco-friendly fibre and fabric concepts that not only offer more sustainable choices for sportswear and outdoor apparel, but in many cases give improved functionality too, were on show at this month’s ISPO Münich trade fair. The natural performance of wool, plant-based laminates, ultra lightweight insulation and advanced temperature regulation were among the highlights.

ITALY: Pontetorto denies Polartec patent infringement lawsuit Michelle Russell | 14 Jul 14

Italian fabric manufacturer Pontetorto and Christian Weichert International Textile Agencies have denied claims they have had a patent infringement case filed against them by US performance fabric maker Polartec.

US: Polartec claims "first" breathable insulation technology Leonie Barrie | 3 Oct 13

Performance fabric maker Polartec has launched a new synthetic insulation technology that can be used to create what it describes as the "first-ever breathable 'puffy' garments."

Komafram apparel brand taps made-in-America trend Debra Cobb | 9 Aug 13

"Something new, something brilliant," is the tagline for Komafram, a sustainable line of base layer apparel launched at last week's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show by Daniel Feuerstein, son of Malden Mills former owner Aaron Feuerstein.

US: Polartec hires VP of product management Katie Smith | 4 Jul 13

Performance fabrics manufacturer Polartec has appointed Doug Kelliher as vice president of product management.

US: Nike promotes Spillane to head China operations Katie Smith | 2 May 13

Oregon-based sportswear giant Nike has promoted Michael Spillane to the position of vice president and general manager of Greater China.

US: Polartec appoints new CEO and CFO Katie Smith | 1 Nov 12

Performance fabric maker Polartec has appointed former Timberland president Gary Smith as chief executive officer and Joe Robinson as chief financial officer.

US: Polartec partner creates first 100% recycled garment Leonie Barrie | 21 Sep 12

Polartec partner brand Norrøna has launched its first sports garment made exclusively from returned and recycled bottles.

US: Polartec president Vecchione to step down Petah Marian | 17 Jul 12

Polartec president Andrew Vecchione has announced plans to step down on the appointment of a successor.

US: Unify to recycle fabric scraps into Repreve yarn Leonie Barrie | 29 Jul 11

Unifi Inc is taking its Repreve recycling scheme to another level by teaming up with fabric firm Polartec to turn polyester cut-waste back into its yarns.



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