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Malden Mills receives funding to create Star Wars-like fabric

Malden Mills secured $12.4 million in funding to supply Polartec products to the U.S. military, as well as conduct research and development on electronic textiles.


Malden Mills secured $12.4 million in funding to supply Polartec products to the U.S. military, as well as conduct research and development on electronic textiles. The majority of the money will ensure the delivery of the Polartec components that make up the Extended Cold Weather Clothing System used by the Army, Marine Corps and Special Operations Forces. The remaining $1 million is for R&D of rugged textile electronic garments for use in combat casualty care. Malden is working to create a Polartec fabric technology that incorporates sensor to monitor respiration, pulse rate, skin temperature and blood pressure, which can then be transmitted back to medics to perform remote first aid. Helping to turn fantasy into reality, Malden Mills has partnered with Foster-Miller of Waltham, Mass., Exponent of Irvine, Calif., and Eastern Carolina University.