Several faux fur manufacturers have made samples available to the Ministry of Defence. Between 1998 and 2004 the companies involved were:
N&MA Saville Associates
Dawson Fabrics (also known as Fleece Fabrics Ltd.)
After this date all samples were provided by People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). PETA has not given the Department the names of the companies they have used. The trial process is on-going. The faux fur has been unsuccessful for a number of reasons: it could not replicate the movement of real fur when tested on parade; there were problems with increasing weight experienced under normal wet weather conditions; it did not retain its shape; and it reacted adversely to atmospheric static.
The Department has no current timescale to phase out the use of bearskins but alternatives will be considered if and when they are found to be suitable.