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Performance apparel markets: business update, June 2018

Performance apparel markets: business update, June 2018

This report provides information, analysis and valuable insight into developments relating to the performance apparel industry in the following categories: acquisitions, divestments and mergers; corporate strategy; joint ventures, cooperation, licensing and distribution; and research facilities. Brands, companies and other organisations and individuals featured in this report include: AI SILK Corporation (AI SILK), Altra, Aquafil, Asics Ventures Corporation, Billabong International Limited, Boardriders, Coats, Columbia Sportswear, Columbia Sportswear Commercial (Shanghai) Company, Endura, Finish Line, Genomatica, Invista, JD Sports Fashion, Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Lenzing, Mitsui & Co (USA), Myant, National Spinning, the Otto Group, Patrick Yarn Mill, Pentland Brands, PurThread Technologies, Stoll, Sympatex Technologies, Teijin Frontier, Unifi Manufacturing and VF Corporation


SUMMARY
ACQUISITIONS, DIVESTMENTS AND MERGERS
Aquafil has acquired certain assets relating to Invista’s nylon 6 business activity in the Asia-
Pacific region
Asics Ventures Corporation has acquired a stake in AI SILK Corporation in order to develop innovative sports apparel products
Brand owner Boardriders has acquired Billabong International Limited
Coats has acquired the performance yarn manufacturer Patrick Yarn Mill
Columbia Sportswear has announced its intention to acquire Columbia Sportswear
Commercial (Shanghai) Company
JD Sports Fashion has acquired the branded athletic footwear, apparel and accessories retailer
Finish Line
Pentland Brands has acquired the cycling apparel brand Endura
High-tech functional materials company Sympatex Technologies has been acquired by the owners of Otto Group
Unifi Manufacturing has entered into an agreement to acquire the dyed yarn business and assets of National Spinning
VF Corporation has acquired the performance footwear brand Altra
CORPORATE STRATEGY
Kraig Biocraft Laboratories has successfully registered a new subsidiary in Vietnam
Lenzing has developed new branding for its lyocell and Modal fibres
JOINT VENTURES, COOPERATION, LICENSING AND DISTRIBUTION
Aquafil and Genomatica have entered into an agreement to develop environmentally sustainable caprolactam for use in the manufacture of nylon
Mitsui & Co (USA) and PurThread Technologies have entered into a distribution agreement relating to the incorporation of PurThread’s products in soft textile goods in Japan
Myant and Stoll have entered into a partnership to help commercialise “functional computing textiles”
RESEARCH FACILITIES
Teijin Frontier has opened a new research facility in Thailand

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