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Charlotte, NC â€“ In POLARGUARDÂ® brand is celebrating 35 years as the leading brand for synthetic batting used as insulation in sleeping bags and outerwear. Established in 1973 as a premium polyester fiberfill batting out outdoor products, POLARGUARDÂ® continuous filament fiberfill continues to set the standard for durability, loft and thermal efficiency in bags and cold weather apparel. Through the years POLARGUARDÂ® fiberfill product line has included POLARGUARDÂ® Classic, the original product; POLARGUARDÂ® HV, the high void hollow fiberfill; POLARGUARDÂ® 3D, a finer denier and most compressible product; and POLARGUARDÂ® Delta super void fiberfill.
POLARGUARDÂ® continuous filament fiberfill is manufactured by INVISTA, one of the world’s largest producers and marketers of premium fibers, resins, and intermediates. INVISTA has recently completed a multi-million dollar investment in the continuous filament fiber operation, and has installed state-of-the-art equipment to convert the fiber into batting. â€œWe are now fully integrated from polymer to fiber to batting,â€ said Paul Latten, vice president of INVISTA Textile Fibers. â€œWe are excited to enter this new phase as a lead supplier of continuous filament fibers and batting to the outdoor industry and the U.S. Military.â€
POLARGUARDÂ® batting is produced from continuous polyester filament, which gives it a distinct advantage over cut staple batting. POLARGUARDÂ® batting has great warmth per unit weight and is resistant to separating, which can produce lumps and cold spots. Sleeping bags and apparel filled with POLARGUARDÂ® batting offer exceptional durability and thermal efficiency, even in cold, wet conditions.
â€œThis is an important milestone for the POLARGUARDÂ® brand,â€ said Latten. â€œINVISTA is committed to the brand and polyester continuous filament. We are positioned to grow the business with new and innovative products.â€
INVISTA is an integrated fibers and polymers business with a global presence. It operates four major businesses: Apparel; Intermediates; Performance Surfaces and Materials; and Polymer and Resins. INVISTA delivers exceptional value for its customers through market insights and technology innovations, along with a powerful portfolio of some of the most recognized global brands and trademarks in their respective industries including: ADI-PUREÂ®, ANTRONÂ®, AVORAÂ® FR, INVISTAÂ® C12, COMFORELÂ®, COOLMAXÂ®, CORDURAÂ®, CORFREEÂ®, DACRONÂ®, INVISTAÂ® DBE, DYTEKÂ®, ESPÂ®, FRESHFLEXâ„¢, CORDURAÂ® NYCO, LYCRAÂ®, PERFORMAÂ®, POLARGUARDÂ®, POLYSHIELDÂ®, POLYCLEARÂ®, SOLARMAXÂ®, STAINMASTERÂ®, SUPPLEXÂ®, SUPRIVAâ„¢, TACTELÂ®, TACTESSEÂ®, TERATEÂ®, TERATHANEÂ® and THERMOLITEÂ®. More information on INVISTA can be found at www.INVISTA.com