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Unifi Opens Concept Development Center Introduces New Yarns

Unifi, Greensboro, N.C., is preparing to open a new 34,000-square-foot Concept Development Center located within its Yadkinville, N.C., facility. The center will be the centerpiece for Unifis product development initiatives and will allow the company to triple the number of weekly samples in development without interfering with day-to-day operations.The concentration of development activities within the Concept Development Center will result in the speed, synergy and idea-sharing that is so critical to innovation, said Lee Gordon, senior vice president, product development. It will also allow us to involve our strategic partners in a more meaningful way, which will ultimately increase the speed-to-market of new technology and innovation introduced to the marketplace.Unifi plans a more aggressive approach to new products. At the 44th Expofil in Paris, the company showcased nine new yarns that represent the latest and best innovations from its development programs.Sparkle and Novva are ideal for todays modern, contemporary looks. Sparkle is an easy-to-process and cost-effective textured yarn offering the glitter of a true metallic yarn. Novva offers brightness with the improved coverage of a flat yarn.Myriad is a yarn with the ability to create a range of highly striated to soft, heathered looks. The yarn offers flexibility through the ability to fuse several high-quality filament yarns into one powerful, fashionable yarn, Unifi claims. The yarns are suitable for a variety of end-uses, including casual wear, intimate apparel, hosiery and swimwear.Eclypse and Donegal combine the richness of wool with the easy-care performance of synthetics. Both are intended for career and casual apparel.Augusta, Sultra and Sirrus were developed to combine the hand and feel of natural fibers with the modern versatility of polyester.The last introduction is a yarn called Repreve, a durable, textured yarn made through the conversion of post-industrial content. The yarn was developed with a desire to contribute to the preservation of the environment.

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