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Wintersteiger goes solar


This spring Wintersteiger has decided to derive a substantial share of its electricity from the sun. Some 2,300 square meters of photovoltaic modules, spread over on seven roofs, are now churning out 300 kWp (kilowatt peak), or enough electricity for about 60 free-standing houses. The Austrian ski service and rental ...

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    YKK opens a digital showroom


    YKK has launched a digital showroom to improve contacts with its customers – virtually and interactively, without any time or space constraints. The Japanese zipper maker calls the concept behind the online showroom „connection,” a play on the brand’s expertise as a manufacturer of fastening products. The digital space, modeled ...

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    NPD sees the European market down by 8% in 2020


    Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the market for sports clothing and footwear fell by 8 percent to €28.3 billion in the five major European countries in 2020, according to revised estimates made available to us by the NPD Group. A previous, preliminary estimate by the market research company had set ...

  • New line brings ViralOff to retail customers


    An Italian company called Colors has channeled Polygiene’s ViralOff antimicrobial treatment into a line of products for retail customers. The Regenesis ViralOff Trigger Shield line of sprays and other products works on soft surfaces, hard surfaces and fabrics. It also meets the same ISO standards as regular ViralOff – eliminating ...

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    Opinion: How to understand and reduce logistic disruption costs

    2021-03-19T18:18:00+00:00By by Luigi Grosso

    by Luigi Grosso, Euro Brand Management

  • Polygiene's new Iberian distributor


    This month Polygiene will begin dealing with the distributor Ravago Chemicals in Spain and Portugal. Ravago Chemicals delivers chemical materials and specialty additives to about 15,000 customers.

  • Descente to sell Polygiene-treated training gear through Anta


    For the spring/summer 2021 season, Descente has added Polygiene’s Stays Fresh BioStatic Technology to a number of its men’s and women’s training products for the Chinese market. The Japanese brand will be selling them online and in stores through its local partner, Anta Sports Products. The brand entered China in ...

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    Polygiene reports record quarterly sales


    Polygiene said that the fourth quarter of 2020 was the best in its history, with sales rising by 40.0 percent from the year-ago quarter to a record 26.6 million Swedish kronor (€2.7m-$3.2m). The growth was largely due to the success of Polygiene’s ViralOff in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, ...

  • Ryder Cup Europe announces official suppliers


    Loro Piana, New Era, PRG and Titleist have been announced as official suppliers to the European Team for the next three Ryder Cups, starting with this year’s competition at Whistling Straits, Wisconsin, in September. Loro Piana has supplied the clothing to the European Ryder Cup Team since 2016, while New ...

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    NPD: The European market fell by 10% in 2020, with running down 3%


    We apologize for a mistake made in an article yesterday about the running market in Germany and the four other major European countries. We run the article here again with a different first paragraph:

  • Casall Sport collaborates with Polygiene


    Casall Sport is releasing a training glove treated with Polygiene’s ViralOff, which has received an ISO18184:2019 certification for its elimination of more than 99 percent of viruses (the SARS-CoV-2 virus behind Covid-19 included) within two hours. The glove went on sale on, at Casall’s concept stores and at selected ...

  • Record sales for Polygiene


    In a business update, Polygiene said its sales for the fourth quarter soared by 41.4 percent to a record 26.9 million Swedish kronor (€2.7m-$3.2m) in the fourth quarter of 2020. The company added that Addmaster, its newly acquired British subsidiary, had even stronger growth. Sales to Polygiene excluded, Addmaster’s revenues ...

  • EU updates supplier/wholesaler/retailer regulations


    The European Commission is sounding out companies involved in the sale and distribution of consumer goods and their trade associations to provide input for the reform of a set of guidelines governing dealings between suppliers, wholesalers and retailers. First issued in 2010 and called the Vertical Block Exemption Regulation – ...

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    Polygiene: How Covid-19 is changing our washing behavior

    2021-01-18T10:29:00+00:00In partnership with

    Many people wash their clothes for fear of viruses more often than before, the new study by Polygiene found. This, in turn, has an enormous impact on our environment. With the new ViralOff finish for textiles, viruses are killed within two hours - without any washing.

  • FW uses Polartec materials for new collection


    FW Apparel of France has made use of materials by Polartec for its autumn/winter 2020-21 collection. The alpine-style Manifest Tour Hybrid Pants PFL and Hybrid Hoodie PFL – retailing for about €200 and €370 respectively – employ a recycled material, Polartec Alpha, in their middle, temperature-regulating layers. According to FW’s ...

  • Polygiene's acquisition of Addmaster is approved


    The shareholders of Polygiene, the Swedish supplier of anti-viral solutions, have accepted a proposal to issue new shares to help finance the acquisition of Addmaster Holdings, its very profitable U.K.-based supplier of anti-microbial additives for hard surfaces, for SEK 374 million (€36.7m-$44.7m) in cash and shares. Polygiene, whose sales of ...

  • Reebok is now thought to become the next shirt supplier of AS Roma


    Nike’s ten-year sponsorship deal with AS Roma, which was supposed to end in the 2023/24 season, was prematurely terminated in July 2020. First Under Armour, then New Balance and Castore were announced as candidates to take over from Nike, as reported by SGI Europe on Oct. 12 and Oct. 14. ...

  • Adidas announces further progress on recycled materials


    In 2021, more than 60 percent of Adidas’ products will be made with sustainable materials such as recycled polyester or sustainable cotton, according to the company. By 2024, the brand will only use recycled polyester. All of the cotton it uses, the company adds, has been of the sustainable variety ...

  • Polygiene wants to merge with Addmaster


    Polygiene, the Swedish supplier of anti-viral solutions, is proposing the issue of new shares worth about 280 million Swedish kronor (€27.5m-$33.5m), subject to approval at an extraordinary shareholders’ meeting scheduled for Dec. 30, to help finance the acquisition of Addmaster Holdings, its U.K.-based supplier of anti-microbial additives for hard surfaces, ...

  • Austria is now fully covered by Recco’s search technology


    Recco, the Swedish rescue technology company, reports that Austria is the first country in the world to fully cover its entire territory with its RECCO SAR detectors. Searches will be carried out jointly by the Austrian Air Police (BMI) and the Austrian Mountain Rescue Service (ÖBRD). The detectors are placed ...

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    NPD: The sports market recovered in Q3 in Europe, but pure e-tailers lost market share


    The consumption of sports apparel and footwear declined by 11.5 percent in the first nine months of 2020 in the five major European markets – Germany, France, Italy, Spain and the U.K. – according to NPD, which has kindly agreed to share with us again some of the detailed market ...

  • Polygiene to treat Caterpillar apparel


    Polygiene has signed a deal with Caterpillar. The manufacturer of construction and mining equipment will be using Polygiene’s antimicrobial treatments in its casualwear as of 2021, with workwear to follow. According to Caterpillar’s senior vice president of apparel, Greg Gemette, this will “reduce the ecological footprint” of the apparel, “as ...

  • AMC to become the LTA’s apparel supplier


    AMC, the tennis brand founded by the British tennis champion Andy Murray and Castore, the growing British brand of teamwear, has signed a five-year deal to become the exclusive apparel supplier to the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the U.K.’s governing body for tennis. This includes LTA Performance, the LTA’s accredited ...

  • Polygiene reformulates ViralOff to meet ISO antiviral standard


    Polygiene is launching a new formula of its ViralOff antiviral treatment with a guarantee for what it calls a “lifetime” of washes. The actual number of washes covered is 30. According to the company, which tested the product against the ISO18184:2019 standard, the new formula will rid a fabric of ...

  • Best quarter ever for Polygiene


    Polygiene reported its “best quarter ever,” with sales rising by 11.7 percent to 22.9 million Swedish kronor (€2.27m - $2.63m) and the gross margin rising by 0.5 percentage points to 70.4 percent, leading to a financial turnaround. The results led to a financial turnaround for the Swedish ingredient brand company, ...

  • YKK wants to be climate-neutral by 2050


    At this week’s Copenhagen Fashion Summit, YKK, the leading manufacturer of fasteners and trims, announced its YKK Sustainability Vision 2050, which among other things is intended to serve as a roadmap for the company to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The five themes of the mission statement are (1) combating ...

  • New Balance may replace Nike as AS Roma’s shirt supplier


    According to reports in the Italian newspaper La Stampa, New Balance will take over from Nike as the kit sponsor of AS Roma, the Italian Serie A football club. The new four-year deal, which would start in the 2021/22 season, is now awaiting final approval from Dan Friedkin, the new ...

  • YKK and Polygiene collaborate on self-cleaning zippers


    YKK has incorporated Polygiene’s ViralOff into a line of zippers, making them “essentially self-cleaning.” The Japanese company – which has business lines in fasteners, architectural products, and machinery and engineering – is presenting its first zippers of this kind at the Lineapelle show, scheduled for Sept. 22-23 in Milan. ViralOff, ...

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    Bob Gore, inventor of Gore-Tex, has died


    Robert W. “Bob” Gore, chairman emeritus of the board of directors of W. L. Gore & Associates, died on Sept. 17 at the age of 83. Gore sat on the board of his family’s materials science company for 57 years, 30 of them as chairman, and served as president from ...

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    NPD: The global sports market grew by 5% in 2019


    A rise of 9 percent in retail sales of bicycles and accessories drove the growth of the global sporting goods market in 2019, according to the NPD Group. The consumption of sports shoes slowed down to 6 percent, compared with an estimated increase of 9 percent in 2018. Both apparel ...

  • Adidas’ former Yeezy boss will work for Shopify


    The mystery about the recent departure of the former head of the successful Yeezy business unit at Adidas is solved. Shopify has just announced that Jon Wexler will be joining the global, Canadian-based e-commerce company on Sept. 14 as vice president of its creator and influencer program. As he did ...

  • Peloton sets up a health advisory council


    Peloton has established a Health and Wellness Advisory Council to find ways to foster the “physical, mental and emotional wellbeing” of its subscribers worldwide. The council’s five members are doctors, researchers and other specialists in cardiovascular medicine, cardiopulmonary exercise, neurology and neuroscience. According to the company’s president, William Lynch, Peloton’s ...

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    Lloyds Fonds acquires 2.4% of Polygiene


    As we reported earlier, the Swedish fabric technology brand Polygiene, which was founded in 2006 as a spin-off of the Swedish chemical company Perstorp, was among the winners in the Covid-19 pandemic thanks to its new antiviral treatment, ViralOff®, which was launched in April. This success also aroused the interest ...

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    ViralOff helps Polygiene to thrive during pandemic


    Polygiene is at the center of media attention since it launched ViralOff, a fabric treatment with antiviral properties, in April. In the context of Covid-19 outbreak, demand for the garment has soared, and the group expanded its scope from initially treating protective clothing, face masks and other hospital products to ...

  • Polygiene is reorganizing the management


    Polygiene is strengthening its corporate management team due to increased demand for the company’s anti-viral technology, ViralOff.

  • Strong recovery and an award for Polygiene


    Polygiene is recovering strongly, thanks to its anti-viral technology. In a preliminary statement, the Swedish company indicates that its sales grew by 37 percent in the second quarter, keeping the gross margin at around 70 percent and generating breakeven operating results, compared with a loss of 4.2 million Swedish kronor ...

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    NPD measures the impact of Covid-19 in Europe and China


    The NPD Group estimates that there was a drop of around 24 percent in sales of sports shoes during the first half of 2020 in Germany, France, Italy and Spain – the four European countries where it uses a retail panel of multi-sport specialty stores, combined with sell-out data from ...

  • Polygiene announces ViralOff+ with lifetime washability


    Polygiene announced at a press conference that it is developing a new formula for its ViralOff technology that will provide a testable lifetime of virus reduction in garments. Products treated with the new ViralOff+ will continue to reduce more than 99 percent of viruses within two hours, even after 30 ...

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    Gore presents a new, ambitious sustainability framework


    (OIC) W. L. Gore & Associates has released a new Sustainability Framework for its Gore Fabrics Division. The framework reflects the evolution of the company’s sustainability strategy and provides a cohesive, tangible expression of the company’s diverse and long-term commitment. In particular, it demonstrates Gore’s commitment to protecting people and ...

  • More insulation options from Thermore


    Thermore has expanded its line of blow-in Ecodown fibers, offering five different options in terms of weights and thicknesses with its heat-regulating technology. That includes a new Ecodown Fibers Light version, which provides a soft, ultra-light and packable insulation that is said to be 20 percent warmer than comparable products. ...

  • Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof to centralize sports logistics


    While threatening to close about one-third of its department stores, Galeria Karstadt Kaufhof (or Galeria), the new holding company formed in 2018 from the merger of the Galeria Kaufhof and Karstadt department stores, has decided to centralize the logistics for its sporting goods segment, using some extra capacities at its ...

  • Hummel replaces Umbro as Everton’s kit supplier


    Hummel has agreed to a three-year deal as the new kit sponsor of Everton, the English football club that competes in the Premier League. The agreement is reportedly worth more than double the expiring contract with Umbro, which called for fees of between £4 and £5 million per year. The ...

  • Down supplier makes masks


    Allied Feather & Down, the down supplier and maker of bedding, is switching a large portion of its bedding production over to face masks. The company will be using the tightly-woven cotton that it normally employs for pillows and comforters to make washable two-layer face masks. Allied has also partnered ...

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