Advansa Introduces Thermo°Cool™ Thin, Soft’tech, And UPF; Northman Offers ThermoCool Socks

The Netherlands-based polyester fiber manufacturer Advansa has introduced three developments using
its thermoregulating, moisture-wicking Thermo°Cool™ technology.

The company has partnered with Hong Kong Non-woven Fabric Industrial Co. Ltd., a Hong
Kong-based fiberfill and insulation manufacturer, to debut ThermoCool Thin, a compact, high-density
insulation that inhibits condensation. The technology features 50- percent multi-channel fibers
that enable condensation to move quickly from the inside to the outside, improving the wearer’s
comfort and also retaining high insulation values owing to the combination of differently
engineered cross sections in the fiber mix. ThermoCool Thin was developed to be used as an
interlining, such as for use as a windbreaker insulator; and also is suitable for baffle
constructions, according to Advansa.

Advansa has teamed with its network of licensed yarn texturizing partners — Spain based
Dúctel S.A., Italy-based ContiFibre S.p.A. and China-based Shanghai Duwell Textile Co. Ltd. — to
employ the latest air-jet texturizing technology on ThermoCool fine fibers to create a man-made,
thermoregulating performance yarn that replicates cotton’s soft structure at a microscopic level.
Developed for use in performance sportswear apparel, ThermoCool Soft’Tech provides superior
evaporative cooling but feels like cotton and has a soft hand, Advansa reports. The yarn initially
was tested at the 2010 Winter Olympic games by the Czech National Olympic Team in first-layer
apparel and reportedly offered outstanding performance and comfort. Advansa will provide retailers
with exclusive Soft’Tech hangtags in addition to ThermoCool hangtags.

The company also has debuted ThermoCool with UPF, a fiber that not only offers cooling and
thermobuffering qualities but also provides ultraviolet protection. Advansa is offering a rating
system with ultraviolet protection factors (UPFs) of 15+, 25+ and 40+ for the fabrics, which are
tested according to various influencing factors and are then given one of the three labels,
according to the level of protection provided.

In other company news, Czech Republic-based Northman Outdoor Ltd. is offering a new line of
ThermoCool performance socks. The socks provide moisture-management and temperature-regulation
properties as well as enhanced air circulation.

July 6, 2010