July 14, 2008
Unifi, Inc. (NYSE: UFI) continues to evolve and expand its Repreve® product offering with the introduction of Repreve® nylon 6,6 at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2008. Repreve® nylon, like Repreve® polyester, is a first quality yarn made from 100% recycled materials.
Unifi has partnered with Burlington Worldwide, a division of International Textile Group, Inc. (ITG) and United Knitting in the development of new woven and knit fabrics using Repreve® nylon. ITG will feature Repreve® nylon under the GENERATIONS Collection, targeting technical sportswear. United Knitting will introduce Repreve® nylon in a series of new eco-friendly knit fabrics for activewear.
"Our partnership with Unifi will allow ITG to offer eco-friendly, high-performance fabrics that exceed our customers' performance expectations," said Dale Arnold, executive vice president for ITG. "Unifi is the leader in synthetic yarn development in the U.S. and our partnership will allow us to transfer products and technology globally."
"United Knitting is committed to growing our line of sustainable products," said Jerry Miller, president and COO for United Knitting. "Repreve® nylon will allow us to further expand our environmental product offering to further satisfy our customers’ needs in providing innovative fabrics with recycled content."
"Repreve® has been a product of evolution for Unifi and the introduction of Repreve® nylon further represents our commitment in offering sustainable textile solutions," said Roger Berrier, executive vice president for Unifi. "United Knitting and ITG have been great development partners and we are excited to commercialize this new product with them."
The production of Repreve® offsets the need to produce virgin polyester and nylon, conserving petroleum–based resources. On average, current annual production of Repreve® is estimated to conserve the equivalent of 6 million gallons of gasoline.
Please visit Unifi at booth 62021 at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, being held August 8-11, 2008 at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. Or to learn more about Repreve®, visit the new website www.repreve.com