Performance textile manufacturer Burlington Industries is to supply micro denier polyester fabrics to the US army for use in physical training (PT) shorts in a deal worth US$8.4m. 

The company – a division of International Textile Group (ITG) – will produce the fabrics at its facilities in Cordova and Burlington, North Carolina. The new army physical training short uses an advanced micro denier woven polyester fabric that features Burlington's MCS, Moisture Control System, a proprietary wicking and absorption technology. 

According to Burlington, the fabric is lightweight with a soft hand and improved breathability, and offers inherent moisture management properties. It works by absorbing moisture, moving it away from the skin, and releasing it for quick evaporation, allowing the wearer to remain cool, dry and comfortable. 

"Our MCS technology foundation provides the performance needed to support the Army's renewed emphasis on physical training," says Burlington president Jeff Peck. "These shorts offer moisture management, durability and stain resistance, resulting in the most advanced PT uniform in the Army's history." 

He added that company continues to "explore new opportunities" to equip the US Armed Forces. Burlington's products range from basic innovations that elevate the performance of PT, battle and dress uniforms to advanced technologies in infrared, insect repellant, cold weather, fire, and ballistic protection.

Expanding its military business, several years ago ITG combined the resources from its Burlington, Safety Components and Carlisle business units to create an extensive military products platform of diversified fabrics to service the specific needs of the market. 

Products include fabrics for camouflage combat and utility uniforms, class a dress uniforms, physical training and extreme cold weather wear, flame resistant and fire fighting protective clothing, high performance equipment, ballistic fabric for body armour and load carrying equipment.