Southeast Asia’s exports on the rise

July 29, 2016

India, Bangladesh and Pakistan are seeing an increase in textile and apparel exports as those from China, Vietnam and Cambodia decline in the U.S., according to a report by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA). Exports from India increased by 15.3 percent in March 2016 compared with February 2015; Bangladeshi …

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Reinforcement of seismic proportions

A Japanese fabric manufacturer reinforces its showroom against future earthquakes, making a provocative visual statement. With the four main islands of Japan perched atop a convergence of three major tectonic plate boundaries, the country has a history of earthquakes and seismic activity. The ongoing seismic impact on buildings, infrastructure and population is significant, requiring some …

Who’ll mind the store?

Internship programs are an untapped resource for finding the next generation of leaders for specialty fabrics businesses. After decades of building businesses within the textile industry, entrepreneurial baby boomers are entering a new phase of life. As CEOs, business owners and managers consider transitioning out of their leadership positions, they’re dealing with a lot of …

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Safety gear protects workers

Innovative materials help meet multiple safety requirements on the job to protect workers. Protective apparel and safety gear for industrial workers are evolving rapidly as advances in fiber, fabrics and comfort move beyond the traditional focus on fire and flame retardant (FR) materials. Personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers, firefighters and military personnel now includes …

American Hospital Association endorsement for medical textiles

AHA endorsement begins with the identification of hospitals’ most significant market challenges. Insurance, data-driven services and management software comprise the bulk of the 32 “solutions” endorsed by the American Hospital Association (AHA). Among the field, only one company, Vestagen Protective Technologies Inc. of Orlando, Fla., manufactures textile products. In 2015, the AHA issued an endorsement …

ISO updates for medical applications

July 28, 2016

Certification and regulatory compliance verification can be key for medical field customers. Organizations involved in the production of textiles used in medical applications may wish to become certified to ISO 13485 in order to ensure the effectiveness of their processes and demonstrate to customers their commitment to safe products, as well as compliance with regulatory …

New divisional president for Huntsman

Huntsman Corp., The Woodlands, Texas, a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals, has promoted Rohit Aggarwal to president of the Textile Effects Division. Aggarwal succeeds Paul Hulme, who is retiring after 17 years with the company. Aggarwal was formerly vice president and managing director of the Indian subcontinent, and has more than 20 years …

Spoolex Group acquires RSPI

July 27, 2016

Spoolex Group, a Roche la Moliere, France-based producer of slitting, rewinding/spooling and ultrasonic splicing technologies, has acquired RSPI, a French specialist in tailored handling and packaging solutions. The partnership will help customers increase productivity and safety while providing innovative solutions for slitter-rewinders, spooling lines, ultrasonic cutting and welding, and technical low-inertia rollers. The acquisition strengthens Spoolex Group’s market position …

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July 26, 2016

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National Safety Apparel® acquires DRIFIRE®

National Safety Apparel®, Cleveland, Ohio, has acquired DRIFIRE® from Optimer Brands, Chicago, Ill. DRIFIRE advanced performance safety apparel was born on the battlefield to protect military personnel; the DRIFIRE line of products is utilized in a variety of industries, including power generation, petrochemicals and IndyCar racing. The acquisition increases National Safety Apparel’s portfolio of flame-resistant brands and adds another …

Mogul recognized for entrepreneurial achievement

July 25, 2016

Mogul Nonwovens, an international company headquartered in Gaziantep, Turkey, was recognized for “Entrepreneur Achievement” at the IDEA 2016 conference in Boston. It was the second win for the company in this category. Each year, IDEA recognizes companies and products in the nonwovens industry that exhibit market leadership and create innovative products. Recent and significant investments in new and higher …

Marlen Textiles adds distributors

July 22, 2016

Marlen Textiles, a New Haven, Mo., manufacturer of outdoor textiles, has announced that Covin Sales, Huntington Park, Calif., and Sailrite, Columbia City, Ind., will be full-line distributors of their products. Stock of most products in the two states are available now, with the intention that all products and colors will be in the two companies’ local warehouses soon. …

Kohler Awning expands

July 21, 2016

Kohler Awning is building a 12,000-square- foot addition to its 38,000-square- foot Cheektowaga, N.Y., facility. The expansion will provide the residential and commercial fabric awning manufacturer with more space for production, welding and storage. It will also result in the hire of an additional fabric installer. Currently, Kohler has 53 employees. Erie County Industrial Development Agency approved over $107,000 …

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Adding lighting to outdoor attractions

To make outdoor fabric structures and displays stand out, integrated lighting systems are setting new standards. No matter what the fabric structure or whether it’s installed outdoors or inside, illumination adds the finishing touch, transforming the extraordinary into something even more unforgettable and making an ordinary tent or display much more memorable. Lighting invites people …

Fabtac open for business with new owners

July 20, 2016

Fabtac, the disposable adhesive-backed stencil material, is available for purchase on the company website. The Edenton, N.C.-based company is currently producing 28-1/2- inch by 10- yard rolls to meet the needs of as many customers as possible from their first limited supply of raw materials. Fabtac expects to begin selling 28-1/2- inch by 25-yard rolls in the fall. …

Epson acquires Robustelli

July 19, 2016

Epson Group company Epson Italia S.p.A. has agreed with the Robustelli family to acquire the capital of Fratelli Robustelli S.r.l., a Villa Guardia, Italy-based leader in the textile printing industry. The agreement will expand the scope of the two companies’ longstanding collaboration in digital inkjet textile printing. It will allow Robustelli to leverage Epson’s manufacturing capability to bring the …

USIFI/NFI Lobby Day

July 18, 2016

The U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI) held their annual Lobby Day on June 22, 2016. The day began with meetings with the Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) regarding trade issues impacting the U.S. textile industry. The day continued with five meetings with Representatives and Senator’s offices. Representative Walter Jones …

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Equipment purchasing: price and value

ROI is still an important factor in buying decisions, but qualities like reliability, durability and customer service are moving to the forefront. The return on investment (ROI) and how long it might take to achieve it is always a key consideration in most purchasing decisions, particularly during the Great Recession when pricing and ROI moved …

Sciessent’s Lava XL™ awarded ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX®

July 15, 2016

Sciessent LLC, a Wakefield, Mass.-based provider of antimicrobial solutions, announced that Lava XL™, its odor control technology, has been awarded the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification. ECO PASSPORT helps brands achieve or maintain a high standard for health and safety by assisting in the sourcing and use of OEKO-TEX compliant materials. Textiles and textile ingredients that are OEKO-TEX …

AATCC Flammability Symposium

July 14, 2016

Shining a Light on Flammability in Textile Applications will be held September 21–22, 2016 in Cary, N.C., to address numerous topics on textile flammability. Textile combustion can originate from electric arc, flame or a variety of other sources of heat. There are many textiles that do not contain “flame retardant” chemistries and the differences in inherent fiber and …

Tips for building a strong management team

Training staff to be empowered, involved and empathetic means success in the present and in the future. Although it was years away—10 to be exact—from when Jerry Grimaud, president of Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc., St. Louis, Mo., became the company’s sole owner in 2005, he didn’t waste any time considering an exit plan. …

Futureguard partners with Draper

July 13, 2016

Futureguard Building Products Inc., an Auburn, Maine, manufacturer and distributor of retractable and aluminum awning products, has teamed up with Draper Inc. to add retractable solar and insect screens to its dealer offerings. According to Ed Keough, Futureguard’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, “The Draper product line of exterior zip retention shades is a perfect fit …

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Revealing the romance of sailcloth tents

Trendspotting online shows tent renters and manufacturers what brides are looking for. If you want to know what’s trending in fashionable apparel, look to Paris, France. If you want to know what’s trending in automotive design, look to Torino, Italy. If you want to know what’s trending in cuisine, look on either coast of the …

Changes in denim sourcing

July 12, 2016

According to a report by the International Trade Administration’s Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA), denim brands and retailers made marked changes in sourcing in the first quarter of 2016. Denim imports from China were 24.6 percent of the total for the period, down from 24.9 percent a year ago. Imports from Mexico fell from 30 percent of …

Delaney joins Auburn Manufacturing

July 11, 2016

Auburn Manufacturing Inc., a Mechanic Falls, Maine, producer of high-performance textiles for extreme temperature protection, has named Matt Delaney to its business development team. Delaney will focus on building the company’s customer base throughout New England with its Ever Green® modular insulation kits. Delaney brings more than 30 years of sales experience to the position, having represented a number …

India anticipates Free Trade Agreement

July 8, 2016

The Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between India and the European Union (EU) is expected to be signed given the fact that the dialogue between the two entities has been revived, according to Rashmi Verma, secretary of India’s Ministry of Textiles. Verma also hinted at taking steps to get an FTA with the U.S. ratified as well. Apparel exporters …

Honduras seeks to be more sustainable

July 7, 2016

The government of Honduras is investing $3.4 billion to make its textiles sector more sustainable. The money will be used to improve infrastructure, provide training programs, address energy sector issues and reduce environmental impacts. $1.6 billion will be set aside for the textile industry to invest in new equipment and technology. Better working conditions for …

Casey joins Rose Brand

July 6, 2016

Bob Casey, a long time veteran of the entertainment industry, has joined Rose Brand at the company’s new Florida location. Rose Brand, a provider of theatrical fabrics, custom stage drapery, custom sewn creations and production supplies for the entertainment industry, recently expanded its operations to the Orlando area with the purchase of Swag Decor, Florida’s …

American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act is law

July 5, 2016

The U.S. Senate passed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 by unanimous consent, following the passage of an identical bill by the House of Representatives (H.R. 4923). President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on May 20. Endorsed by the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), the legislation reforms the process by which …