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Performance apparel markets: business update, January 2017

Performance apparel markets: business update, January 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; corporate social responsibility (CSR); joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution; and new facilities. Brands, companies and other organisations featured in this report include: AND1, Arrow Uniform, Belgian Post Group (bpost), Body Glove, Directa Plus, Formosa Taffeta Company (FTC), Guirenniao, Marquee Brands, Osmotek, Patagonia, Polygiene, Sequential Brands Group, Under Armour, Unifi, UniFirst Corporation and W L Gore & Associates (Gore).


SUMMARY
ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
Directa Plus has acquired a 60% stake in Osmotek from Novaresin in order to commercialise graphene enhanced membranes for smart textiles
Marquee Brands has acquired the water sports apparel and equipment brand Body Glove
UniFirst Corporation has acquired Arrow Uniform
CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR)
Patagonia has announced plans to increase the number of its products which are manufactured in Fair Trade Certified factories
JOINT VENTURES, COOPERATION, LICENSING AND DISTRIBUTION
Polygiene has entered into a partnership with Belgian Post Group (bpost)
Sequential Brands Group has entered into an agreement with Guirenniao to launch the AND1 brand in China
W L Gore & Associates has announced new distribution and manufacturing partnerships relating to protective apparel products
W L Gore & Associates has extended the partnership between its Fabrics Division and Formosa Taffeta Company to include the manufacture of selected Gore-Tex consumer fabrics
NEW FACILITIES
Under Armour will open a new warehouse and distribution facility in Baltimore County, Maryland, USA
Unifi has officially opened its Repreve Bottle Processing Center in Reidsville, North Carolina, USA
W L Gore & Associates has opened two new fabric testing laboratories at its headquarters in Delaware, USA

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