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Performance apparel markets: business update, April 2017

Performance apparel markets: business update, April 2017

This report provides information, analysis and valuable insight on developments relating to the performance apparel industry in the following categories: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; business developments; capacity expansions; and joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution. Brands, companies and other organisations featured in this report include: Action Sports Sportartikel; Asics; Century Synthetic Fiber Corporation; Cherokee Global Brands (CGB); Directa Plus; European Regional Development Fund (ERDF); Fanatics; HeiQ; Hi-Tec Sports International Holdings (Hi-Tec); International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF); Kraig Biocraft Laboratories; Major League Baseball (MLB); Nike Swim; Novaresin; Perry Ellis International; Patagonia; Politecnico di Milano (the Polytechnic University of Milan); Proged Group; R1 Sports; Seiko; Soliani EMC; Superdeporte Plus Peru; TDK; Tennis Fashion; Toyota; Uldin; Under Armour; and Unifi.


SUMMARY
3ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
Cherokee Global Brands (CGB) has acquired Hi-Tec Sports International Holdings
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENTS
Directa Plus has been awarded a grant by the European Regional Development Fund to develop graphene-enhanced membranes
CAPACITY EXPANSIONS
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories has expanded its capacity for producing Dragon Silk fibre
JOINT VENTURES, COOPERATION, LICENSING AND DISTRIBUTION
Asics has entered into a multi-year partnership with the International Association of Athletics
Federations (IAAF)
HeiQ has entered into a research partnership with Patagonia to develop novel ways of making durable water repellent (DWR) treatments which are environmentally sustainable and breathable
Perry Ellis International has entered into new agreements relating to the distribution of Nike
Swim products
Under Armour, Fanatics and Major League Baseball (MLB) have entered into a ten-year partnership to provide uniforms for MLB teams and products for MLB fans
Unifi has collaborated with Century Synthetic Fiber Corporation in the establishment of manufacturing operations for its Repreve continuous filament yarn in Vietnam

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