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Performance Apparel Markets
Issue 6:
3rd Quarter 2003

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Fast track: BIOMIMICRY
Performance apparel markets: product developments and innovations, 3rd quarter 2003
Flame resistant fibres and fabrics
Profile of Sparco: a leader in professional motor racing apparel
Performance apparel markets: business update, 3rd quarter 2003

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Flame resistant fibres and fabrics

published in Issue 6, 3rd Quarter 2003  

Flame resistant fibres and fabrics are used in the manufacture of garments which provide protection against such hazards as fires, electrical arcs and molten metal splashes. They are designed primarily for use in outer garments for three key applications: industrial workwear; firefighters’ apparel; and professional motor racing apparel.

The introduction of tough legislation regarding the provision of flame resistant apparel, and the growing use of such apparel, has contributed to a drop in the number of fire-related injuries and fatalities in recent decades. Fire departments which issue high-tech turnout gear to their employees have seen a decline in the number of burn injuries. In some cases the decline has been dramatic. Similarly, the number of fatalities in professional motor racing has fallen sharply since the 1960s when it became compulsory for drivers to wear flame resistant garments.

Stricter regulations regarding fire safety and changes in market requirements have spurred the development of new fibres, treatments and fabrics. These new products have joined established names such as DuPont’s Nomex; Indura, made by Westex; Kermel; and Proban, which is produced by Rhodia.

In fire resistance applications, asbestos fibre and glass fibre have been replaced by high-tech protective fabrics which are comfortable and which fulfill stringent performance criteria. Multi-functional fabrics have become increasingly available. These combine flame resistance with other protective characteristics such as chemical resistance, anti-static properties and high visibility.

New generations of flame retardant treated (FRT) cotton offer improved durability, low shrinkage, better colourfastness and easy care characteristics. The introduction of such materials has stimulated overall demand in the market. It has also paved the way to new application areas for FRT cotton such as underwear, T-shirts and sweatshirts.

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Four times a year, Performance Apparel Markets provides an overview of the sector for performance apparel and corporatewear. It provides market data and analysis of new and established markets for performance fibres, fabrics and clothing, and is essential reading for executives who are working in (or supplying) this fast growing sector. It is also an invaluable one-stop-shop where people who are not involved in the industry on a day-to-day basis can find an authoritative source of relevant information which helps them to quickly gain an understanding of the key issues facing the companies in this sector.
Reports in Performance Apparel Markets include:
 reports on major developments in the global performance apparel market, focusing on new products and technologies, innovative fibres and key players;
 detailed, independently-researched reports on one of the following topics: antimicrobial fibres and fabrics, anti-static technology, flame resistant fibres and fabrics, high strength fibres and fabrics, high visibility apparel, microencapsulation, moisture management fabrics, performance swimwear, seamless knitting and stitch-free seaming technologies, smart and interactive textiles, stain protective apparel, stretch fibres and fabrics, surfwear and surf-inspired clothing, temperature regulation, UV protective fibres and fabrics, and waterproof breathable fabrics;
 company profiles, outlining the business, product, market and manufacturing strategies employed by key players in the performance apparel industry; and
 business news and developments affecting global performance apparel markets, majoring on innovations, mergers and acquisitions, investments, joint ventures, and financial performances.
Performance apparel represents one of the fastest growing sectors of the international textile and clothing industry – and market growth is being fuelled by the emergence of new fibres, new fabrics and innovative process technologies. The market is also being boosted by changes in consumer lifestyles. People are living longer and spending more time on leisure activities. New high-tech fabrics are being developed for a wide range of active sports such as aerobics, athletics, ballooning, cycling, hiking, mountaineering, parachuting, sailing, skiing, snowboarding, swimming, and windsurfing.
Exciting innovations are emerging in smart textiles and nanotechnology – and the sector’s growth prospects are helped by the trend in increasing demand for performance features in mainstream fashion.
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