Velcro USA Unveils Evaptex™ High-performance Fabric

Velcro USA Inc., Manchester, N.H., a global conglomerate of companies offering a range of products
including its well-known Velcro® hook and loop fasteners, now offers Velcro Evaptex™ woven fabric
that combines breathability and moisture-wicking properties, allowing air circulation through the
fabric while also maintaining a neutral temperature for the wearer.

“In response to feedback from the medical and emergency responder markets about heat
retention, moisture, weight, comfort and thickness of the fabrics currently available, we set out
to create a new type of fabric that addresses all of these concerns and virtually disappears from
sensory perception when worn,” said Daryl Pfaff, senior marketing manager, who oversaw the
development of Evaptex.

The machine-washable fabric, comprised of two layers laminated together, features a
patent-pending evaporation technology and silver ion-based antimicrobial properties. The
next-to-skin surface has a very soft, comfortable hand, and the outer loop surface is compatible
with Velcro hook materials to facilitate fastener placement and adjustment.

Targeted applications include orthopedic braces, sleep apnea headgear, tracheotomy straps and
other medical devices; as well as turnout gear and fire protection suits and other emergency
responder applications. According to the company, Evaptex is competitively priced for these

October 6, 2009