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Polartec® Alpha® Wins 2013 Industrial Fabrics Foundation Innovation Award

(Lawrence, Mass.) – Polartec, LLC, the premium producer of innovative textile solutions, has been awarded the 2013 Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) Innovation Award for its Polartec® Alpha® technology, which is the first-ever breathable “puffy” insulation. 

The purpose of the IFF Innovation Award is to inspire companies from all over the world to come up with great ideas, make them happen, and tell these stories. Polartec Alpha was one of 19 entries from 18 companies around the world, and has been awarded a prize of $5,000. The top ten entries will be featured in the February issue of Specialty Fabrics Review

Unlike down and existing synthetic insulation batting, Polartec Alpha is a highly stable layer allowing for the use of open and breathable fabrics on the outer and inner layers of “puffy” style garments. As a result, Polartec Alpha provides active warmth that allows air exchange for breathability and comfort in more dynamic situations. Classic puffy garments require “down-proof” or high-density woven layers that create a vapor barrier. Although they work well in static conditions, these classic puffy garments trap moisture inside the garment during even minimal activity.

“We’re honored to receive more recognition for Polartec Alpha, which is a technology we developed for U.S. Special Operations Forces that’s just now becoming available to consumers,” says Allon Cohne, Polartec Global Marketing Director. “The technology has allowed us to introduce the concept of active warmth through a unique combination of insulation, breathability and weather protection, which is causing people to change the way they think about dressing for activity in cold weather.” 

IFF representatives announced Polartec as the recipient during the Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and Advanced Textiles Conference and Trade Show this past week in Orlando, Fla. 

About IFAI

The Industrial Fabrics Association International is the world’s leading and longest-running specialty fabrics trade organization since 1912, with nearly 1,800 member companies located in 55 countries. IFAI publishes seven market-specific magazines and organizes global industry events. More information can be found at

About Polartec, LLC

Polartec, LLC is the premium producer of innovative textile solutions. Since inventing modern synthetic fleece in 1981, the engineers at Polartec have continued to push the limits of fabric technology. Today, Polartec supplies the world with the most advanced fabric innovations. Polartec products range from advanced lightweight wicking fabric, to insulation and weather protection textiles and are utilized by leading apparel brands, the U.S. military and other global militaries, flame resistance, work wear, and contract upholstery markets. For more information, visit