Eastman announces Avra™ performance fibers capacity expansion at Unifi Manufacturing plant in Yadkinville, N.C.


SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 9, 2017 – Following up on the introduction of Avra™ Performance Fibers last August, Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN) today announced that it is expanding its production capacity for the product.

Avra™ from Eastman is a family of performance fibers enabled by a proprietary spinning technology. The additional capacity will be situated at the Unifi Manufacturing facility in Yadkinville, N.C. “The construction work at Unifi is now complete, and we are proceeding with our plan to start up the new lines this month,” said Dawn Allen, Eastman business director. “This capacity will be used to satisfy current and anticipated demand in the North American performance apparel market.”

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Eastman launches Avra™ performance fibers, introducing a polyester fiber with a unique combination of size, shape, and performance to the active apparel market.


Salt Lake City, Utah, August 3, 2016 – The next generation of polyester fibers was introduced to the performance apparel market today when Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE: EMN) announced the launch of Avra™ performance fibers. Avra™ is a family of performance fibers enabled by a proprietary spinning technology. The first product enables a revolutionary ribbon-shaped synthetic fiber with a combination of shape and size never before seen, backed by a company with a 96-year history of manufacturing excellence.

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Making a better polyester

BY AMY JURRIES — NOV 20, 2017


Eastman Chemical Company believes they have created a better polyester fiber. Called Avra, the company claims it wicks better, dries faster, feels cool to the touch, and is more comfortable against the skin than regular polyester.

Avra is made through a combination of spinning capability and polymer chemistry, resulting in fibers that have a unique size and shape. Ultra-thin polyester fibers are forced out through the machine and held together by a removable polymer. Once the fabric is made from these fibers, the polymer is washed out in hot water, resulting in ribbon-like fibers that are smaller than traditional polyester fibers.

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Not your father's polyester

Eastman Avra™ is creating next-generation comfort in performance apparel

BY ROBERT GRACE — NOV 16, 2017


Jeff Edwards was thrilled when his Golden State Warriors won the NBA title this past summer. But the Fox Racing executive seems almost as excited by something seemingly more mundane—a new polyester fabric.

That's important to Edwards since, in his role as global director of hard goods for the Irvine, Calif.-based producer of motocross and mountain biking gear and apparel, he is always looking to upgrade the materials used in his firm's product portfolio. And now, he thinks he has found just such an upgrade—Avra™ Performance Fibers.

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New textile fibre aims to combine sustainability with performance.

BY EMILY O'DOWD — MAY 30, 2017


A supplier of filamenNaia 1.jpgt yarn to the textile industry for 80 years, Eastman introduces Naia cellulosic yarn as the newest offering for those seeking to focalise bio-based textiles in their next collection. Naia is the new textile material you might want to take note of. The exciting journey first began at the beginning of this year.

The specialist chemical company, Eastman developed the new material from wood pulp which can be used alone or in blends with other fibres to create fabrics that are suitable for a variety of clothing types. Soft to the touch, it is twice as breathable as nylon and can absorb moisture seven times better than polyester.

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Sustainability and performance: Eastman sets new standards in fibers

BY LOUISA SMITH — APR 11, 2017


There’s always a frisson of excitement when a new yarn enters the market, and the latest to make it debut is Naia from Eastman Chemical Company. This cellulosic fiber combines sustainability and performance with a natural touch.

It is the second product launch within a year from Eastman, a global specialty chemical company that has been a supplier of filament yarn for the last 80 years.

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At outdoor retailer, brands sell sustainability

BY SJ GUEST EDITORIAL — JAN 16, 2017


Outdoor is a crowded space. And never more so than today with the intersection of performance clothes and everyday wear. At last week’s Outdoor Retailer show in Salt Lake City, Utah, exhibitors focused on ways to keep their brands authentic and make their products desirable to their core crowd.

Many exhibitors agreed on one thing in particular: Their consumer is one who is as passionate about the outdoors as they are devoted to protecting it. This means companies must be responsible and transparent.

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Eastman chemical boosts Avra fiber capacity at Unifi plant

BY ZACKS EQUITY RESEARCH, ZACKS.COM — JAN 13, 2017


Eastman Chemical EMN said that it is expanding its production capacity for Avra Performance Fibers. The additional capacity will be located at the Unifi Manufacturing plant in Yadkinville, NC.

Construction work at the plant is complete and the company is making progress with plans to start up the new lines this month. The added capacity will be utilized to meet current and expected demand in the performance apparel market in North America.

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Eastman expands Avra performance fibres capacity in US

SALT LAKE CITY, US — JAN 13, 2017


Eastman Chemical Company said that it is expanding its Avra performance fibres production capacity, at the Unifi Manufacturing Inc’s facility in Yadkinville, NC (US).

Avra is a family of performance fibres enabled by a proprietary spinning technology. Unifi Manufacturing is a leading producer of multi-filament polyester and nylon textured yarns and related raw materials.

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Eastman to expand production capacity of performance fibers in North Carolina

BY MARY PAGE BAILEY — JAN 13, 2017


Following up on the introduction of Avra Performance Fibers last August, Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport, Tenn.; www.eastman.com) announced that it is expanding its production capacity for the product.

Avra from Eastman is a family of performance fibers enabled by a proprietary spinning technology. The additional capacity will be situated at the Unifi Manufacturing facility in Yadkinville, N.C. “The construction work at Unifi is now complete and we are proceeding with our plan to start up the new lines this month,” said Dawn Allen, Eastman business director. “This capacity will be used to satisfy current and anticipated demand in the North American performance apparel market.”

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Eastman introduces Avra™

KINGSPORT, TENN — SEP 27, 2016


Kingsport, Tenn.-based Eastman Chemical Co. recently launched Avra™ Performance Fibers, which are manufactured using proprietary spinning technology to produce an ultra-thin polyester fiber.

The Avra fibers are extruded with a removable binder polymer that can be washed away after the weaving or knitting process. The small, ribbon-like fibers that are left behind result in a silky fabric with soft hand and advanced moisture-management performance, according to the company.

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Knits embrace a natural aesthetic at outdoor retailer

BY DEBRA COBB — AUGUST 15, 2016


Outdoor apparel is all about performance; keeping us comfortable, dry, warm, or cool in any weather and during any activity. The industry relies on a raft of functional fibres and technologies to create fabrics with multiple performance attributes.

At the recent Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, held August 3 – 6 in Salt Lake City, brands and suppliers alike exhibited an innovative array of knitted garments, textiles, and fibre developments offering technical performance with a back-to-nature look and feel.

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Eastman launches Avra performance fibers

BY ARTHUR FRIEDMAN — AUG 8, 2016


Eastman Chemical Co. has introduced Avra Performance Fibers, which it's calling the next generation of polyester fiber aimed at the performance apparel market.

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Eastman's drone-shot VR campaign takes viewers up mountains, through canyons

Chemical Company Uses Virtual Reality to Promote 'Breakthrough' Avra Fabric

BY VICTORIA MORAN — AUG 5, 2016


Eastman Chemical Company is making use of the latest technology to introduce its own latest technology -- avra, an ultra-thin fiber that can be woven into unprecedentedly breathable, silky fabric that could be a breakthrough development in athletic apparel.

The "Never Before" campaign developed by Mekanism includes two virtual reality experiences captured with a drone carrying a Nokia Ozo, a 360 camera rig. Mekanism's executive creative director Ian Kovalik said the shop has been using drones to capture 360 degree film for two years.

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Eastman and Unifi partner on performance fibers

BY LYNDSAY MCGREGOR — AUG 5, 2016


Eastman Chemical Company, a U.S.-based producer of chemicals, fibers and plastics, announced the launch of Avra, a family of performance fibers created using a proprietary spinning technology.

“The apparel industry has known for decades that finer fibers create fabrics with softer hand and enhanced performance,” Tim Dell, Eastman vice president, said in a statement. “There is a limit, however, to how fine you can go and still knit or weave on conventional equipment.”

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Eastman launches Avra™ performance fibers

SALT LAKE CITY — AUG 3, 2016


The next generation of polyester fibers was introduced to the performance apparel market today when Eastman Chemical Co. announced the launch of Avra™ Performance Fibers. Avra is a family of performance fibers enabled by a proprietary spinning technology. The first product enables a revolutionary ribbon-shaped synthetic fiber with a combination of shape and size never before seen, backed by a company with a 96-year history of manufacturing excellence.

“The apparel industry has known for decades that finer fibers create fabrics with softer hand and enhanced performance,” said Tim Dell, Eastman Vice President.

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