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SOF Select 19 – Blue Force Gear Introduces Woodland ULTRAcomp

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Blue Force Gear is exhibiting a version of the upcoming PLATEMINUS Ver 4 made from the new Woodland camouflage pattern ULTRAcomp fabric.

Not only does Blue Force Gear use the laser-cuttable ULTRAcomp material for their own products, it is also available for other manufacturers.

SOF Select 19 – Lost Arrow Project 3-Season Uniform

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

Patagonia’s Lost Arrow Project is displaying a prototype 3-season uniform. The idea is to offer a single, multi-environment, multi-season uniform solution since there have been so many calls for hot weather, jungle and swimmers specialty uniforms.

The challenge wasn’t so much in the cut of the uniform as the material. LAP selected a board short-like material which dries quickly, is highly breathable and very durable.

The concept consists of three pieces, a common pant along with Combat and Field shirts. Wear either shirt based on preference.

What’s more, unlike existing cotton-based uniforms, it can be integrated with the other components of their Military Alpine Recce System clothing.

Currently undergoing user trials in multiple environments, LAP plans a commercial launch in 2020, integrating user feedback.

Wiring The Tactical Vest: SOFIC Debut

Monday, May 20th, 2019

Fischer Connectors continues to protect and defend special operations personnel with the Canadian debut of a new wired tactical vest at CANSEC 2019.  This fully-functional tactical vest on display in booth #525 features Fischer Freedom™ Series connectors sewn into the garment and connected to a distributed data and power bus that handles soldiers’ connectivity needs. The unique connectivity solution cuts weight from the vest while improving functionality.

Integrating a distributed data and power bus into the tactical vest eliminates the need for the external wires or break-out cables that currently weigh soldiers down.

Receptacles sewn into the vest and attached to the bus connect to devices and deliver power and signal, and a single battery pack powers all the devices. Communications gear, sensors, flashlights, cameras, viewfinders, GPS devices, and other essentials can be attached with matching plugs built directly into the device without the use of cables.

This approach to tactical connectivity is part of an overall trend to integrate more wearable technology into military gear to help reduce weight and simplify use.

Wim Vanheertum, Director of Product Management for Fischer Connectors says new connector technology is a critical element of the rapidly expanding market for wired tactical vests. “Rugged, low-profile connector receptacles sewn directly into the fabric and matching plugs built directly into devices can significantly reduce, or even eliminate, the use of cables. The award-winning Fischer Freedom™ Series connector used here has concentric rings on the receptacle that allow for 360° mating freedom, and a plug with a sealed membrane that protects the contact block with an IP68 rating.”

According to Vanheertum, sensors can be built into plugs, or plugs can be engineered directly into devices to eliminate cables entirely. The low-profile plug can also be cabled for communications gear and other devices such as cameras and video screens.

Several companies have already started building vests, devices, and sensors based on these concepts, and are testing them in multiple countries.

A SNEAK Preview of the smaller four-pin plastic version of the Fischer Freedom™ Series is available at SOFIC.. Please stop by to take a look at this unique connector series.

More information

Fischer Freedom™ Series | Fischer LP360™for Defense & Security

• Trend paper: Emerging Trends in Wearable Technology Across Several Markets

Warrior West 19 – Watershed Drybags

Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

Watershed Drybags has introduced a new material called Armathane to their line of waterproof bags.

Developed for their use by Trelleborg, it is highly abrasion resistant and can be laser cut and RF welded as well as printed.

Watershed Drybags products are available for agency and unit order through ADS.

HLC Industries Inc – Announces their latest Invista CORDURA Solution Dyed Color of Wolf Gray in 500 Denier, within their In-Stock Program

Thursday, April 25th, 2019

HLC INDUSTRIES INC announces its latest addition within their IN-STOCK Fabrics – Wolf Gray available now in 500D CORDURA® TrueLock™ fiber solution-dyed nylon (SDN) 6,6 fiber technology from INVISTA’s CORDURA.


HLC provides the following colors within their IN-STOCK Fabrics collection in both 500D and 1000D:
• Coyote 498
• Black
• Tan 499
• Ranger Green
• Wolf Gray (1000D will be available in August 2019)


For further information, please contact:

Elevate Textiles Names Per-Olof Loof as President & CEO

Friday, April 5th, 2019

Provides key leadership to drive company’s advancement as leaders in innovation and sustainability

April 4, 2019, Charlotte, NC – Elevate Textiles, a global provider of advanced, high quality products and mission critical textile solutions, announced today the appointment of Per-Olof Loof as President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Launched earlier this year, Elevate Textiles was born out of the integration of American & Efird (A&E) and International Textile Group under the leadership of Platinum Equity. Elevate Textiles and its distinguished collection of portfolio brands, including A&E, Burlington, Cone Denim, Gu?termann and Safety Components, serve 25,000 customers in over 100 countries and across six continents via a global footprint that includes 37 facilities and over 15,000 employees, representing a textile company without parallel in the industry.

Brandon Crawley, Principal at Platinum Equity who has been serving as Elevate’s interim Global CEO has seen firsthand the tremendous opportunity ahead for the company and the importance of finding the right leader to fuel growth.

“Over the last several months we have been working to form the new Elevate Textiles and aggressively drive growth and synergies within our brands. We see tremendous opportunity to leverage the company’s expanded global footprint and advance as leaders in innovation and sustainability. Per brings the right passion and drive to Elevate with more than 30 years of demonstrating strategic leadership to quickly and successfully drive business growth.”

Mr. Loof has served as CEO across multiple industries and sectors, with a focus on technology, innovation and multinational operations. He most recently served 13 years as CEO of Kemet Electronics Corporation, a leading manufacturer of electronic components. Additionally, he held prior CEO positions for Sensormatic Electronics Corporation and AT&T Istel and served as Sr. Vice President for NCR and Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Digital Equipment Corporation.

“Elevate brands and operations have tremendous market credibility and the right offerings with leading innovations, sustainable solutions and unprecedented product and operational expertise to advance our industry leadership,” said Loof. “I am thrilled to join the Elevate team and look forward to working with our employees, customers and other partners worldwide to build on our strengths and drive the company to even greater levels of success.”

Elevate Textiles offers a new, innovative approach to the textiles sector, providing premium fabric and thread solutions globally. As a consolidated platform, Elevate Textiles focuses on operational excellence, innovation, and environmental sustainability, with an integrated approach to supply chain, R&D, and procurement. Elevate Textiles is committed to growth through customer collaboration, innovative product development, and delivery of premium, mission-critical textile solutions globally.

Military VELCRO Products Available Through MMI Textiles

Friday, April 5th, 2019

MMI Textiles offers a full range of Berry compliant VELCRO BRAND Mil-Spec hook and loop products in solid military colors as well as Mil-Spec loop printed in MultiCam® and ATACS.

They offer VELCRO BRAND A-A-55126 certified fasteners in widths up to 6” (50-yard rolls) and VELCRO BRAND ONE-WRAP fasteners (25-yard rolls) in popular military colors, including:

Coyote Brown
Ranger Green
Wolf Gray
Foliage Green (limited basis)

Most of their Mil-Spec hook and loop products are stocked and distributed out of their Cleveland, OH warehouse.

All fasteners are sold by the case, with a one case minimum order.

On top of the Mil-Spec options, they also stock a wide range of VELCRO BRAND commercial products (mainly in white or black).

D3O Expands North American Operations Following Significant Business Growth

Monday, April 1st, 2019

D3O is delighted to announce two significant appointments to our North American team: Shawn Connor, VP of Sales for North America, D3O LLC, leading the D3O LLC Sales function, and David Jackson, Program Manager for US Defense, covering US DoD Programs, OEM Projects for the DoD Marketspace and partner brand relationship business development.

These appointments come off the back of standout growth for the brand, specifically in its military and industrial applications in North America. These have been driven by partnerships with 3M to rethink personal protection in the Defense arena, and also with the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) alongside Industrial PPE manufacturers to deliver a new industry standard for back-of-hand impact protection, ANSI/ISEA 138.

Bill VanMullekom, Executive Vice President of D3O LLC, says: “These appointments demonstrate D3O’s business growth and commitment to ensuring we remain the number one impact protection brand worldwide.

“D3O is seeing substantial growth in North America across each of our sectors including Consumer Electronics, Defense, Sports, Motorcycle, and Industrial PPE.  We’re committed to installing the right team on the ground to meet these demands.  Adding Shawn and David to our expanding US team, as well as our ongoing efforts to expand our Berry compliant production capabilities (including products such as the TRUST Stealth Helmet pads, TRUST LP2 kneepads and Decell Trust Sheet material used in back of hand protection, Load Carriage and Ballistic Plate Strike Face Protection) underscores our commitment to supporting our partners and growing new business.”

Connor brings over 25 years of experience in sales and sales leadership across multiple markets including consumer and long-term government development programs, with the last 18 years dedicated to the Defense and Industrial Workwear sectors. Most recently Connor was VP of International Sales at National Safety Apparel, and prior to that was VP of Sales at DriFire for more than eight years leading commercial and military sales.

Jackson has over 25 years of Defense experience, ranging from end user (8 years USMC Infantry), to law enforcement (7 years with SWAT K9), and after that a distributor to US DOD Ballistic / Electronics / and PPE Manufacturing. Jackson will focus on bringing technical expertise and end user insight to partner brands who seek to deliver the highest level of blunt trauma protection available in the market place.