Burlington Named Woven Partner for Eastman Avra™ Performance Fibers

Greensboro, NC – Burlington, a global diversified provider of textile solutions, is pleased to announce that it has partnered with Eastman Chemical Company for the development of woven fabrics with Eastman’s Avra™ performance fibers.


Avra’s ultra-thin polyester fibers are extruded and held together by a proprietary removable polymer that can be easily woven or knit into fabrics.  Once the fabric is made, the removable polymer washes away in hot water creating ribbon-like fibers that are smaller than traditional polyester fibers, resulting in a distinctly silk fabric that keeps the wearer drier and more comfortable.


“As a leader in innovative performance fabrics, wicking, cooling and comfort are attributes found throughout Burlington fabrics,” says Nelson Bebo, vice president technical sales development.  “The unique size, shape and performance of Avra™ fibers provide opportunities to take fabric performance to the next level with faster wicking, shorter dry times and a greater cooling sensation, while the superior drape and softness provide enhanced comfort for the active outdoor enthusiast.”


“Burlington is the perfect woven partner to explore the possibilities of Avra™ performance fibers in woven fabrics,” says Jon Woods, general manager of Textiles and Non-wovens at Eastman.  “Their expertise in R&D, fiber technologies and performance innovations offers a wealth of knowledge to advance the application and performance benefits that AVRA provides today and new possibilities for the future.”


Burlington will feature garments powered by Avra™ at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, July 23 – 26. Available at both the Burlington booth MR#204 and the Avra™ booth 5019-LL. Come explore our many performance fabric technologies and discover what Burlington fabrics can do for you.


About Burlington

Celebrating 95 years of textile leadership, Burlington is a global diversified provider of textile solutions across performance & specialty apparel fabrics, active wear, advanced uniform fabrics, and technical fabrics.  Burlington operates as part of the International Textile Group, Inc. (ITG) with worldwide operations in the United States, Mexico, and China.  ITG’s business units include: Burlington, Cone Denim, Safety Components, and Carlisle Finishing.  Burlington is proud to partner with its new sister company, American & Efird (A&E), providing expanded textile solutions to customers. To learn more visit www.burlingtonfabrics.com or www.amerfird.com.


About Eastman Chemical Company

Eastman is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in more than 100 countries and had 2017 revenues of approximately $9.5 billion. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA, and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world.  For more information, visit www.eastman.com.