INTIMATE NOTES

TEFRON TAPS SHIRAN: Israeli-based Tefron Ltd., one of the world’s biggest producers of seamless intimate apparel, has appointed Yosef Shiran as chief executive officer, effective Jan. 1. He succeeds Sigi Rabinowicz, who has been named chairman and president.
In taking over the post of chairman from Arie Wolfson, Rabinowicz noted that Wolfson notified the board that he would leave Tefron when his contract ended Aug. 31, 2000, to “devote more of his time to the role of chairman and chief executive officer of Macpell Industries Ltd., Tefron’s leading shareholder.”
Shiran has more than 14 years of managing experience. He most recently spent six years as the general manager of Technoplast Industries, an injection molding and extrusion firm traded on the London and Tel Aviv stock exchanges.
Rabinowicz noted that Tefron has “experienced exceptional growth in recent years with the strong management team that we have.”
“As we continue to grow our operations globally we recognize the importance of highly qualified professionals with international experience to insure that we have the necessary personnel,” he added. “We are excited to have found someone with Yosef’s background and experience.”
Tefron manufactures everyday seamless intimates for brand-name marketers such as Victoria’s Secret, Gap, Banana Republic,Target, DIM, Cacharel, Schiesser, DKNY Underwear and Nike.

DUPONT’S NEW LINERS: The DuPont Performance Fabrics division has released findings of a new research study showing panty liners made of CoolMax performance fabrics outperformed 100 percent cotton liners and the popular Ultimair liners in the Wundies line of underwear.
The two-part study tested panty liners for performance and stain resistance. For uniformity and objectivity, the same types of panties were compared in all trials — a pair of 100 percent cotton panties with a 100 percent cotton liner in a plain jersey construction; a pair of Wundies with an Ultimair liner; and a pair of panties made of CoolMax and Lycra spandex with a CoolMax liner in a mesh construction.
The DuPont laboratory in Charlotte, N.C., measured wicking and drying rates, as well as air permeability. After 40 minutes, the CoolMax liner was 88 percent dry, while both the Wundies liner and the cotton liner were 61 percent dry. Although the CoolMax liner was 25 percent lighter and thinner than the other two liners, it was found to have more than twice the breathability.
The research was also conducted by the Textile Innovators Corp. for stain resistance. Roseann Beutel, intimate apparel segment manager for DuPont CoolMax, said, “CoolMax has real performance benefits, which is why it is the number one fabric lining used in sports bras, and the results of these studies provide us with excellent data that will help us expand our CoolMax and CoolMax Alta offerings in intimate apparel. The increased adoption of CoolMax in intimate apparel will provide women with technologically superior and long-wearing garments.”
Numerous women’s health professionals and agencies have cited moisture as one of the leading factors in the cause of vaginal and yeast infections.
Contacted at the Wundies offices in New York, Michael Fitzgerald, chief executive officer, said, “As far as moisture, this could be possible. Our claim is that moisture breeds bacteria. Even if the moisture is there in an Ultimair product, the bacteria doesn’t grow because it’s antibacterial.
“An antibacterial product should resist stains. The breathability issue probably means there’s a different knit construction. So, we have to look into how the [DuPont] product is knit.”

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