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AUSA 19 – WL Gore & Assoc Integrated Cabling for Soldier Systems

Wednesday, October 16th, 2019

I first saw Gore’s Integrated Cabling for Soldier Systems at DSEI last month in London. I was quite pleased to see that they had brought the technology across the pond to the US. Gore’s cable systems are across the board, lighter, more flexible and less prone to breakage than alternatives, thanks to the ePTFE exteriors. Using them to provide power and databus within an armored vest, was a logical step.

The armor vest itself was manufactured by WL Gore partner brand Costas Siamidis, which is based in Greece. The actual Gore cabling is inside of this vest. They are connector agnostic, which is important considering there are at least four different connectors on the market.

This is what their cable bundles look like and they will configure them how needed. Compared to other systems, they are less than half the weight and much less bulky.


See TenCate Protective Fabrics at AUSA 2019

Wednesday, October 9th, 2019

Heading to AUSA? Join TenCate Protective Fabrics for a reception at their booth (#3715) beginning at 3pm on Monday, October 14th for a fun-filled afternoon of good drinks and great friends. During that time, TenCate Protective Fabrics will be giving out Free TechT4™ T-Shirts (Booth #3715 *while supplies last).

Designed with the wearer in mind, TechT4™ is an all-new, t-shirt-like fabric that performs similar to top-of-the-line athletic wear, while at the same time providing inherent FR protection. Engineered with COOLDERM™ Technology, TechT4™ keeps wearers dry, comfortable, and safe thanks to sweat-wicking and evaporative technology built right into the fabric.

Checkout TenCate Protective Fabrics at booth #3715 to see their full lineup of innovative fabrics designed to keep you comfortable and protected in the field and on the job.

Here’s a quick look at Coolderm™ Technology


Elevate Textiles Announces Sustainability Commitments

Monday, September 30th, 2019

Portfolio brands A&E, Burlington, Cone Denim, Gutermann and Safety Components drive meaningful change

Charlotte, NC (September 24, 2019) – Elevate Textiles, a global provider of advanced, high quality products and mission critical textile solutions, announced today its commitment to achieve specific sustainability targets by the year 2025 across its portfolio brands including American & Efird, Burlington, Cone Denim, Gutermann and Safety Components.

Elevate Textiles announced these commitments in conjunction with their exhibiting at the Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Show September 25-27, Booth 4.1-G21, Hall 4.1 National Exhibition and Convention Center.

Elevate brands are committed to achieving sustainability milestones by the year 2025 in three key environmental areas – fibers, water and greenhouse gases.

Elevate’s 2025 commitments are:

-Responsibly sourced fibers –

o Elevate brand products will be produced using at least 80% sustainably sourced cotton and 50% recycled polyester content.

-Reduced water consumption-

o Elevate manufacturing operations will reduce its water intensity by 25% per unit of production.

-Reduced greenhouse gases –

o Elevate will join other pacesetters within the industry to join the Science Based Target (SBT) Program and set a specific greenhouse gas target of achieving a 2.5% per year reduction trajectory.

“We are excited to take this next step in the advancement of eco-friendly manufacturing and sustainable products,” says Per-Olof Loof, CEO of Elevate Textiles. “As innovators, our brands are driven to explore new possibilities and look for ways to offer our products with an eye to preserving the future and a focus on minimizing their impact to the environment today, while providing performance technologies and aesthetics that lead the industry. Our 2025 sustainability commitments build on the sustainability improvements we have already attained and solidify our pledge to responsible manufacturing and sustainable innovations fueled by our passion for excellence in all aspects of our operations, products and service to customers.”

Elevate Textiles Vice President Environmental, Health, Safety & Sustainability, Jimmy Summers and Allen Smith, President Burlington, will present and share more details about Elevate’s commitments at Intertextile’s 2020 Sustainability Garment Supply Chain Symposium and panel discussion on September 25th.

Under Armour Announces New Collection Featuring Polartec Fabrics

Friday, September 6th, 2019

Under Armour announces a new collection featuring Polartec fabrics, pairing its outdoor performance heritage with current style elements for a complete head-to-toe assortment including performance apparel made with 100-percent recycled Polartec® technical fleece.

Inspired by workouts in outdoor environments, the products utilize premium temperature-regulating Polartec® fleece for the modern athlete to traverse both cityscapes and the great outdoors with equal confidence. 

Engineered to provide comfort throughout a wide range of conditions and activity levels, premium 100-percent recycled Polartec® Micro fleece features a lofted structure with thermal air pockets to retain warmth without inhibiting breathability. Highly durable Polartec® Micro fleece is also hydrophobic and fast drying. 

The collection is the first drop from Under Armour’s “Street to Summit” range of men’s and women’s footwear and apparel for Fall/Winter 2019. For men and women, the collection includes jackets, a vest, mock necks, crew sweatshirts, a 2-in-1 tee, a bodysuit, pants and shorts. The pieces will retail for $45-120 (USD) and release globally on UA.com and UA Brand Houses beginning September 13. 

Under Armour teamed up with marathon runner Chase Carter, a Bahamas native who grew up running around Nassau, to capture the collection’s lookbook

More information is available here

The second delivery of Under Armour’s “Street to Summit” collection with release in December 2019. 

Burlington Awarded $1.6 Million U.S. Marine Corps Physical Training Trunk Contract Continuing Its Tradition of Supplying the U.S. Military for More Than 55 Years

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

August 15, 2019, Greensboro, NC – Burlington Industries LLC, a division of Elevate Textiles, announced today it has been awarded a $1.6 million contract to supply the U.S. Marine Corps with micro denier polyester fabrics for use in their physical training (PT) trunks. These fabrics will be produced at the company’s facilities in Cordova and Burlington, North Carolina.

This lightweight woven 100% micro denier polyester fabric utilizes Burlington’s Moisture Control System® (MCS®) technology for advanced breathability and moisture management. MCS® technology increases the hydrophilic properties of fabric by allowing moisture to dissipate, transporting along the yarn faster. MCS® keeps the wearer dry and comfortable by absorbing moisture and moving it away from the skin as it evaporates off of the surface of the fabric.

Burlington Labs®, Burlington’s in-house Research and Development incubator, engineers advanced fabrications and technical finishes that are applied to protect and enhance performance while providing troops advanced functionality in diverse environments.

“We take pride in making fabric that serves those who serve our country,” says Allen Smith, President of Burlington. “Our MCS® technology for the general purpose trunk provides the ultimate comfort and durability to withstand the rigors of the U.S. Marine Corps physical training. As we continue to develop innovative fabrics and technologies aimed at equipping and protecting the U.S. Armed Forces, our focus is delivering the same unmatched performance, protection, and service that has defined our business since 1923.”

For more than 55 years, Burlington has been an integral part of the defense supply chain as a global textile leader with core competencies in worsted wool and performance synthetics. Burlington® Military Solutions offers a diverse range of vertical manufacturing capabilities, fiber and fabric blends, and is proud to provide high quality fabrics for United States Military personnel.

Burlington® Military Solutions specializes in meeting the specific needs of the military market. The combination of resources from the company’s Burlington, Safety Components, and Carlisle Finishing business units creates an extensive platform of diversified military fabrics. These products include fabrics for physical training, extreme cold weather wear, Class A dress uniforms, camouflage combat and utility uniforms, flame resistant and protective clothing, and other high performance materials.

Milliken Joins Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide, Sponsors Global Summit

Thursday, July 25th, 2019

2020 PCIAW Summit and Awards will be in partnership with Milliken& Company

SPARTANBURG, S.C.– As a global leader in performance and protective textiles, Milliken is pleased to expand its industry engagement by joining the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW®), an association created to strengthen the influence of the clothing industry through collaborative leadership and strategic advocacy. Milliken boasts a diverse textiles portfolio, including a range of apparel fabrics that serve various industries like workwear, protective, military and outdoor markets.

The 2020 PCIAW Summit and Awards, to be held in London, will be in partnership with Milliken & Company. The event brings together industry professionals from around the world in corporate wear, workwear and personal protective equipment (PPE) to address emerging industry topics and current affairs. With the U.S. serving as the host country, Milliken will help to preside over one of the largest gatherings of global apparel executives and influencers, and further industry collaboration.

“Aligning with PCIAW is a natural extension for Milliken,” commented Jeff Morris, senior vice president of Milliken’s Uniform and Protective Textiles business. “Our reach spans the globe as we provide the apparel industry with a broad range of innovative textiles built on our legacy of quality and expertise. We look forward to connecting and collaborating with the global industry through PCIAW.”

Driven by award-winning research and design capabilities, Milliken’s global textile portfolio includes leading brands like the respected Westex by Milliken flame resistant fabrics and the recently acquired Polartec business, among other superior fabrics for protective, workwear, fire service, military, retail and outdoor apparel. Milliken’s R&D capabilities uniquely positions them to collaborate with customers to solve their complex textile needs, and more than 154 years of textile knowledge underpins its reputation as one of the most cutting-edge fabric manufacturers. In addition, Milliken textiles incorporate intentional sustainability measures, including responsible resource management and landfill diversion, to create responsible textiles that help create a positive impact on the world.

“PCIAW is the first and only worldwide organization developed to represent the global companies of the professional clothing industry,” states PCIAW CEO and founder, Yvette Ashby. ‘We encompass the entire supply chain from buyers, suppliers, manufacturers and distributors and understand that our buyers and procurement managers sit at the heart of our industry. Milliken’s recent membership of the PCIAW is set to strengthen the PCIAW’s international presence. Their support as sponsors of our 2020 PCIAW Summit and Awards will be beneficial not only to other members, but to the industry as a whole, and we are thrilled to add their extensive knowledge and innovation to our collective work.’

New Materials from Whiskey Two-Four

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2019

ACRONYM fabric now available in 58″ wide ranger green

WTF are pleased to offer solution dyed ranger green as our latest color in 58″ wide ACRONYM (Advanced Composite Rugged Optimized NYlon Material) 500D / 500D nylon laminate fabric.

ACRONYM laminate fabric was developed specifically for laser cut applications.  Black, ranger green, and coyote brown are made with solution dyed, milspec fabrics.  Multicam ACRONYM is made with genuine Multicam fabrics.

Made in the USA from USA made materials.  Berry compliant. Ships rolled. 18oz / sq yard

5 inch elastic MIL-W-5564 milspec solution dyed Berry compliant Type II Class I

WTF are excited to add 5″ MIL-W-5564 milspec, solution dyed, Berry compliant type II class I elastic to our offerings.

Manufactured with Invista Cordura nylon; this elastic is IR compliant, abrasion resistant, and will color match beautifully with other textiles made from Invista Cordura.

In stock and ready to ship

WTF’s ACRONYM Laminate Fabric is Now Available in 58″ Wide MultiCam Black

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2019

WTF are pleased to offer Multicam Black as our latest color in 58″ wide ACRONYM (Advanced Composite Rugged Optimized NYlon Material) 500D / 500D laminate fabric.

ACRONYM laminate fabric was developed specifically for laser cut applications.  Black, ranger green, and coyote brown are made with solution dyed, milspec fabrics.  Multicam is genuine Multicam pattern fabric.

Made in the USA from USA made materials.  Berry compliant.  Ships rolled.