Lorpen Signes Partnership Agreement With Lenzing

Lorpen, a leading designer of high performance socks for athletes, outdoor enthusiasts and professionals, today announced that they have signed an agreement with Lenzing AG making them the exclusive supplier of Lyocell and modal fibers for Lorpen’s 2009 sock collection.
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Toronto, Canada – Lorpen, a leading designer of high performance socks for athletes, outdoor enthusiasts and professionals, today announced that they have signed an agreement with Lenzing AG making them the exclusive supplier of Lyocell and modal fibers for Lorpen's 2009 sock collection. Lenzing will provide three fibers for Lorpen - Tencel®, Lenzing Modal® and MicroModal®. Tencel, a naturally hygienic, anti-bacterial fiber made of Eucalyptus wood pulp, is able to hold significant amounts of moisture making it ideal for the high performance Lorpen Tri Layer collection. Lenzing Modal and MicroModal fibers, made from Beech tree pulp, are extremely soft making them a perfect component for the Lorpen Comfort Life collection.

“With Lenzing's superior fibers, Lorpen will have the unique ability to combine natural and synthetic fibers to make a better performance sock,” said Colin Sanders, VP of sales and marketing at Lorpen North America. “We have used Lenzing fibers in Lorpen socks for a few years now, and the time has come to make them an exclusive supplier based on the product's performance. Lenzing's fibers are made from natural resources that result in yarns that are soft as silk, as strong as polyester, as cool as linen, and more absorbent than cotton. We are always searching for components that can help us make a superior sock and we have found that with Lenzing.”
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“Being a component brand, we have to align ourselves with companies that we feel are going to use our product to its best potential,” said David Adkins, regional director at Lenzing Textiles Americas. “We feel that Lorpen will be a perfect match for us. They have a history of making great socks and utilize the most up to date and innovative knitting techniques that will maximize the benefits of Lenzing's fibers. We are looking forward to working with them on an exclusive basis.”

About Lorpen
Founded in 1985, Lorpen is based in Etxalar, Spain, located at the base of the Pyrenees. Lorpen has been selling performance socks in the U.S. since 2004 and Canada since 2001. Lorpen's philosophy is that comfort is the guiding principle to everything they do, and as such, creates high performance socks for athletes, outdoor enthusiasts and professionals. Lorpen socks are now available in 55 different countries around the world, including a variety of independent and major retailers across the U.S. and Canada. For more info, go to www.lorpen.com (under construction, will be available in late July 2008)

About Lenzing AG
The Lenzing Group is an international group of companies with its headquarters in Austria, with production sites in all major markets and a global network of sales and marketing offices. Lenzing provides the global textile and nonwovens industry with high-quality cellulose fibers. The company is the leading supplier in many business-to-business markets – from special cellulose fibers to high-tech plastics polymers. Lenzing quality and Lenzing innovative power set standards for man-made cellulose fibers world-wide. Seventy years of fiber production expertise make them the only world-wide producer of all three man-made cellulose fiber generations, from classic Viscose to Modal and Lyocell.

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