California-based circular knitter SAS Textiles has developed a new line of synthetic performance fabrics developed for today’s athletic, outdoor, and lifestyle customers.

The circular knitter will utilise its wide range of equipment to offer a fully merchandised line of performance apparel knits including fine-gauge stretch fabrics, technical top weights, and novelties for post-workout comfort. The company stocks some 3m pounds of yarn, including premium synthetics with unique performance attributes, from domestic and NAFTA/CAFTA qualified suppliers. Eco-friendly fibres, including recycled polyester, organic and recycled cotton, and Tencel, are also featured.

"Our knitting capabilities, including single and double jerseys, stripers, electronic jacquards, mini-jacs, fleeces, terries, and sweater knits, allow us to create performance fabrics that go beyond the basics, including hard-to-find structures such as meshes and spacers," said company president and CEO Sean Sassourian. "We are fully engaged in innovation."

In addition, SAS is a partner in a cut-and-sew facility in Tijuana, Mexico, which is capable of shipping some 50,000 sportswear pieces per week, made from SAS fabrics.

"Our made-in-the-USA fabrics are ideal for CAFTA programs as well as for super-quick turns at our Tijuana facility, which is only 100 miles away from our headquarters," added Uwe Heintel at SAS. "Brands and retailers today want to work closer to season, and can’t deal with the increasing costs of shipping, lost time, and compliance issues implicit in overseas supply chains."

SAS Textiles provides textiles and finished apparel for the fashion and performance apparel trades. The company recently moved to a new facility, and currently has 133 circular knitting machines, capable of producing half a million pounds per week at full capacity.