eVent fabrics Collaborates with Vegam on Footwear Laminates for Europe

GE announced today a collaboration with VEGAM—an Italian maker of laminates and fabrics—to bring air permeable and bi-component waterproof footwear fabrics using its award-winning eVent waterproof membranes to the European market.
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New Air Permeable, Waterproof Fabrics to Provide New Styles for Outdoor and Professional Customers

KANSAS CITY, MO.—November 26, 2012—GE (NYSE: GE) announced today a collaboration with VEGAM—an Italian maker of laminates and fabrics—to bring air permeable and bi-component waterproof footwear fabrics using its award-winning eVent waterproof membranes to the European market.

This new collaboration will allow customer brands to use a wide range of VEGAM laminates combined with eVent fabrics technology to create unique footwear laminates for the European outdoor and professional markets.VEGAM will make both 3-layer and 4-layer footwear laminates using both eVent waterproof and eVent protective membranes. GE’s technology is known for its high level of air permeability combined with 100 percent waterproofness, while VEGAM—based in Northern Italy—is known for technical, high-quality footwear laminates.

“We’ve been looking for a proven technology to pair with our fabrics, and eVent membranes are regarded as the best in the industry for their combination of air permeability and waterproofness,” said Nadir Santagiuliana, R&D Manager for Spac S.p.A. Division VEGAM. “By pairing our footwear laminates with eVent membranes, we can create unique new styles that brands and outdoor enthusiasts are looking for. If you’re looking for high performing products you can find them here.”

The collaboration is part of GE’s strategy for its eVent fabrics waterproof breathable product line, which gives customers the flexibility to pair proven GE membranes with a range of laminates and fabrics. New footwear styles are now available for brands to use.

“Collaborating with VEGAM gives us the ability to create both consumer and professional laminates that meet exacting customer demands,” said Chad Kelly, Global Product Manager for eVent fabrics. “Our proven eVent technology is the perfect addition to their wide range of technical, high-performing footwear laminates. I look forward to introducing new styles that the marketplace is clamoring for.”

About Spac S.p.A VEGAM Division

With more than 30 years of experience, and diverse lamination methods, we offer a wide range of solutions. Our goal is to meet our customers’ needs by developing high performance products. We’re always looking for the best technology and most innovative products. Technical fabrics, felts, foams are basic products we can combine with the eVent membranes for the future of outdoor activities in sport, safety, and professional applications. The possibilities are limitless. For more information, visit www.vegam.it.

About eVent membrane technology and fabrics

Since 1999, eVent fabrics have set the standard for truly air permeable and waterproof membranes in textiles. The technology used to create eVent membranes was invented in the 1990s to improve the pollutant-capturing performance of air filtration systems and give superior protection to industrial machinery such as gas turbines. eVent fabric membranes—with billions of pores per square inch—are now widely used for filtration, venting and as a waterproof breathable barrier for products used in the automotive, industrial, apparel and other markets.

eVent fabrics—found in outdoor, protective and military apparel and footwear—were the first waterproof performance fabrics on the market that “let the sweat out”* through direct venting technology. GE, through GE’s Air Filtration business based in Kansas City, Mo., manufactures both the eVent membranes and waterproof fabrics and collaborates with worldwide suppliers to offer a broad selection of textiles to manufacturers. For more information, visit http://www.ge-energy.com/eVentfabrics.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and curing the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company's website at www.ge.com.

About GE Power & Water

GE Power & Water provides customers with a broad array of power generation, energy delivery and water process technologies to solve their challenges locally. Power & Water works in all areas of the energy industry including renewable resources such as wind and solar; biogas and alternative fuels; and coal, oil, natural gas and nuclear energy. The business also develops advanced technologies to help solve the world’s most complex challenges related to water availability and quality. Numerous products are qualified under ecomagination, GE’s commitment to providing innovative solutions that maximize resources, drive efficiencies and help make the world work better. Power & Water’s seven business units include Aeroderivative Gas Turbines; Gas Engines; Nuclear Energy; Power Generation Services; Renewable Energy; Thermal Products and Water & Process Technologies. Headquartered in Schenectady, N.Y., Power & Water is GE’s largest industrial business.Follow GE Power & Water on Twitter @GE_PowerWater.

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Media contacts:

Boo Turner, Footloose Communications

boo@footloose-communications.com

+1 206.462.5294

Cristian Massignani

Spac S.p.A. div. VEGAM

+39 0444 451701

marketing@vegam.it

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