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Polartec enhances high loft fleece

20 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more

Milliken appoints new president of Polartec business

26 June 2019 | Leonie Barrie

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.... read more

Fabric maker Polartec to be acquired by Milliken & Company

12 June 2019 | Beth Wright

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.... read more

Polartec 'Ready to Roll' fabrics meet need for speed

26 April 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

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.... read more

Performance apparel market to get first spider silk fabrics

18 April 2019 | Beth Wright

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.... read more

Nike, Target, Polartec lead uptake of recycled performance fibres

31 January 2019 | Beth Wright

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.... read more

Polartec portfolio goes biodegradable

30 January 2019 | Beth Wright

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

New Polartec fabric technology reduces fibre shedding

28 November 2018 | Michelle Russell

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

Polartec Power Fill insulation gets sustainable upgrade

14 June 2018 | Michelle Russell

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

Polartec launches 'Power Fill' insulation

19 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more

Polartec launches sustainable fill insulation

31 May 2017 | Beth Wright

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.... read more

Patagonia and Polartec boycott US outdoor show

13 February 2017 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more

Polartec reveals revamped NeoShell waterproof fabric

25 October 2016 | Beth Wright

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

Polartec and Open Style Lab team up on inclusive fashion

3 October 2016 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more

A resilient outdoor industry seeks to broaden its base

15 August 2016 | Debra Cobb

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.... read more

Outerwear faces up to the challenge of climate change

18 January 2016 | Debra Cobb

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. ... read more

Polartec develops cooling performance fabric

8 January 2016 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more

Polartec to re-locate Massachusetts textile mill

18 December 2015 | Michelle Russell

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. ... read more

Fibres and fabrics: Innovations in sports textiles

7 October 2015 | Kitty So

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.... read more

Fibres and fabrics: Multi-functional wool for outdoor wear

7 October 2015 | Kitty So

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

New fibre and fabric innovations for outdoor wear

20 February 2015 | Leonie Barrie

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.... read more

ITALY: Pontetorto denies Polartec patent infringement lawsuit

14 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more

US: Polartec claims "first" breathable insulation technology

3 October 2013 | Leonie Barrie

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."... read more

Komafram apparel brand taps made-in-America trend

9 August 2013 | Debra Cobb

"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.... read more

US: Polartec hires VP of product management

4 July 2013 | Katie Smith

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

US: Nike promotes Spillane to head China operations

2 May 2013 | Katie Smith

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

US: Polartec appoints new CEO and CFO

1 November 2012 | Katie Smith

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

US: Polartec partner creates first 100% recycled garment

21 September 2012 | Leonie Barrie

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

US: Polartec president Vecchione to step down

17 July 2012 | Petah Marian

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

US: Unify to recycle fabric scraps into Repreve yarn

29 July 2011 | Leonie Barrie

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.... read more

just-style management briefing: BRICM countries offer new retail potential

1 June 2011 | just-style.com

The BRICM countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and Mexico) have long been regarded as sources of cheap quality fabrics and clothes. But as they grow wealthier they are increasingly being regarded as vital international export markets too.... read more

US: Polartec to make use of Unifi recycled fibres

14 January 2010 | just-style.com

Performance fabrics maker Polartec LLC is to use recycled yarns from Unifi Inc as part of plans to shift much more production to recycled content by 2011.... read more

US: Nike names Michael Spillane as new Converse CEO

12 October 2009 | just-style.com

Sportswear giant Nike Inc has named company executive Michael Spillane as the new CEO of its Converse unit, replacing Jack Boys who is retiring at the end of the year.... read more

SWITZERLAND: Outdoor groups coordinate sustainability efforts

29 September 2009 | just-style.com

The European Outdoor Group (EOG) and the Outdoor Industry Association(OIA) in the US have agreed to work together to co-ordinate their sustainability projects.... read more

SWITZERLAND: Industry group seeks ‘End of Life’ solution

18 September 2009 | just-style.com

Work is underway to set up what is thought to be the first industry-wide ‘End of Life’ solution to limit the environmental impact of products designed and produced by fashion and footwear firms.... read more