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Tuesday 16th October 2018


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Polartec® were at the A + A and used the event to highlight its renowned range of high-quality and high-tech fabrics. Known for its high quality next-to-skin, thermal and weather protection products, the brand has scooped a number of high profile contracts over the last six months.

Polartec® has been a key ingredient in the uniform for ground staff and baggage handlers at British Airways for the last seven years. A renewal this year sees the contract to supply Polartec® Classic 200 Series extended. A traditional fleece fabric, Polartec® Classic 200 Series which is warm, breathable and durable making it an ideal mid layer has been treated with a Durable Water Repellent treatment which makes it suitable as an outer layer in light showers.

With half zip pull-overs supplied by Belgium manufacturer Seyntex, the Belgium Police have opted for Polartec® Thermal Pro®, a state-of-the-art fabric which is available in many forms like ribbed sweater look, deep pile and flame resistant as well as sporting a traditional fleece face. Polartec® Thermal Pro® makes for a great mid-layer because it is breathable, comfortable and provides outstanding warmth to weight ratio. Water repellent and quick-drying this durable fabric will prove to be an essential part of the uniform during the cold spells.

Polartec® were also thrilled to announce at the A + A that it is to supply Polartec® Wind Pro® fabric to the Scottish Police Polartec® Wind Pro® makes for a great mid and outer layer because this fabric eliminates the longstanding Achilles heel of traditional fleece by offering four times the wind resistance whilst still providing a lightweight, breathable warm and durable fabric. A High-tech, multi-purpose thermal fabric it’s perfect for active and static pursuits, Polartec® Wind Pro® is versatile enough as an insulating layer or worn as stylish outerwear.

Perhaps it’s not such a surprise that the Spanish Air Forces have gone for a Polartec® fabric that has four times the wind resistance of a traditional fleece fabric. Kitted out with zip-in Polartec® Wind Pro jackets made by Italian clothing manufacturer Grassi, the Spanish Air Forces won’t have to worry about getting drafts or getting hot under the collar.

Recent clothing contracts include the Czech Army, British Airways, Belgian Belgium Police, Spanish Air Forces, Scottish Police and D-Bah, German Rail.

Polartec® is also pleased to have been awarded the contract for the Spanish Guardia Civil for the third time. Clothing manufacturer, Fecsa of Spain, will be supplying the Guardia Civil with jackets made from Polartec® Classic 200 Series which has been treated with a Durable Water Repellency making the jackets resistant to showers.

The Spanish Direccion General de Trafico (DGT have selected Polartec® Power Stretch® for the turtle neck pull-over requirement of its uniform. Manufacturer Induyco of Spain has chosen Polartec® Power Stretch® because the fabric takes the superior breathability and wicking of Polartec® Power Dry® and adds the mobility of stretch along with increased warmth. Its durable nylon outer surface is wind and abrasion resistant while the soft polyester inner surface keeps you warm and comfortable.

On top of all this Polartec® are keeping busy with US Workwear manufacturer, Workwrite, who specialises in flame resistant products for the emergency services has launched its Polartec® Fleece Jacket made from Polartec® Thermal Pro® with Nomex® fibres which won’t melt or drip under intense heat, a perfect addition to the wardrobe of any personnel working in the emergency services.

Polartec® will, for the first time, supply the Czech army with fabric for jackets and pants made from Polartec® Classic 200 Series. A tried and tested fabric, Polartec® Classic 200 has long been a favourite among the outdoor industry. With jackets and pants made from the thermal fabric the army can be safe in the knowledge that they will be kept warm at all times.
Author: Catherine Christie
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