Oxco expanding operations

February 21, 2017

Oxco Inc., a light manufacturer and supplier of nonwoven materials for a variety of markets and end-use applications, is launching new operations in York County, S.C., to accommodate the company’s growth. The project is expected to create more than 130 new jobs and bring approximately $13 million in new capital investment. Located in Fort Mill, …

A bigger Yarn Expo

February 20, 2017

Yarn Expo Spring 2017 is expected to be 20 percent larger in scale, occupying more than 19,000 square feet of space, when it is held March 15–17 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. Nearly 360 exhibitors, up from 309 in 2016, will be on hand to showcase some of the world’s highest …

India to hit $30 billion export target

February 17, 2017

India’s garment exports are on track to meet a government goal of $30 billion in the next three years, according to the Apparel Export Promotion Council, the official body of apparel exporters in India. Apparel exports are expected to increase in 2017–2018 due to innovative design, quality of products and initiatives by the government, including …

New Outdura design manager

February 16, 2017

Outdura, Hudson, N.C., has promoted Gloria Tsocos to design manger. Tsocos joined the company in 2015 in the contract fabric division. She began her career as a fabric designer in the home furnishing and hospitality markets and has specialized in indoor and outdoor upholstery fabrics. She served as a professor at the Fashion Institute of …

ARA donates to wildfire relief

February 15, 2017

Responding to the wildfires that ravaged Gatlinburg and parts of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the American Rental Association (ARA) Foundation and the ARA of Tennessee have joined forces to donate $6,000 to the American Red Cross for relief efforts. The ARA Foundation matched the ARA of Tennessee’s donation of $3,000 through its Matching Funds Program. The …

Zabek retires from Seaman

February 14, 2017

Ed Zabek has retired from Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio, after 29 years of service. Most recently he served as regional sales manager in the eastern U.S. Zabek is an expert in the industrial fabrics business and has been a mentor to many associates in the company.

Analysis of protective fabrics market

February 13, 2017

“Industrial Protective Clothing Fabrics Market—Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2016–2024,” a report from Transparency Market Research, analyzes and forecasts the market for industrial protective clothing fabrics at the global and regional level. The market forecast is based on revenue from 2016 to 2024, considering 2015 as the base year. The study …

50 U.S. companies certified to GOTS

February 10, 2017

Fifty companies in the U.S. are now certified to the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS). Seven Canadian companies are also certified. GOTS is the stringent voluntary global standard for the entire post-harvest processing of apparel and home textiles made with organic fiber. The standard, which includes spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing and manufacturing, includes both environmental …

Fabric structures guidelines updated

February 9, 2017

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Tension Membrane Committee has revised ASCE 55-10, the organization’s primary set of guidelines for designing a wide variety of tensioned fabric structures. The updated standard, ASCE 55-16, includes a chapter on air-supported structures, information on how to design a structure to meet codes and more. Working groups spent …

Carroll, Isenhour join Meridian

February 8, 2017

As it expands its U.S. manufacturing operations, Meridian Specialty Yarn Group Inc., Valdese, N.C., has added two positions to the company’s management team. Ed Carroll, former vice president of finance for the Branded Apparel Segment of Gildan Activewear Inc., has been hired as vice president of finance. Carroll has more than 20 years of experience …

IFF announces 2017 scholarships

February 7, 2017

Students have until June 10, 2017, to apply for any of four $5,000 scholarships available through The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF). Each year, IFF awards several scholarships to degree-seeking students enrolled in accredited colleges, universities or technical schools. The scholarships are paid directly to the students’ schools for fall semester tuition. Available scholarships include: Textile …

Mold, Mildew and Harmful Bacteria in Textiles: Can Your Fabrics Be Protected?

February 16 | Noon – 1 p.m. EST Companies can have their carefully built reputations ruined overnight when mold, mildew or other harmful bacteria are found on their fabrics. With a global supply chain, a complex distribution network and uncontrolled shipping environments, this scenario, while not the norm, can create expensive problems for companies within the …

Sympatex to launch first 100% CO2-neutral membrane

February 6, 2017

At ISPO Munich 2017, Sympatex Technologies will introduce the “guaranteed green” Sympatex membrane. To eliminate any contribution to global warming, the ecological alternative among functional textile specialists will compensate the CO2 amount of its entire yearly membrane production starting from 2017 through respective climate protection certificates in cooperation with the Munich-based consultancy ClimatePartner. The material …

The Chair Forum™ slated for March 2017

February 3, 2017

Facilitated by leading family business governance experts Dr. Craig Aronoff, Dr. Jennifer Pendergast, and Joe Schmieder, the Chair Forum will provide an insider’s view of the innovative and meaningful ways that family businesses build thriving governance systems. It is an opportunity for in-depth conversations with peers and experts on some of the distinct questions that face …

Growth for the North American markets

February 2, 2017

German-based HUESKER Inc. celebrated another milestone during the month of December. The expanding of their operations in Cleveland County and the city of Shelby, through of an 8.5-million-dollar state-of-the-art facility. HUESKER Inc. recently celebrated their 25th anniversary in the United States. The new facility will manufacture core products locally for the North American market per …

Huntsman partners with knitting specialist

February 1, 2017

Huntsman Textile Effects, a provider of high quality dyes and chemicals, has entered into a partnership and collaboration agreement with Viyellatex Group, a multi-dimensional business conglomerate in Bangladesh with spinning, knitting, dyeing, accessories and printing facilities. The agreement reinforces Huntsman as the preferred supplier of Viyellatex and will help the Bangladeshi company be more competitive …

Recurring revenue

Twenty years ago, while working as an editor at my first publishing company, I was working with a group of other editors that were mostly 9–10 years younger than I was. (Generation X was the term used, the generation born after the baby boomers, often perceived to be disaffected and directionless.) With the usual enviable …

Tejin acquires Continental Structural Plastics

January 31, 2017

Teijin Limited, Tokyo, Japan, has acquired Continental Structural Plastics Holdings Corp., Auburn Hills, Mich., a global leader in automotive lightweight composite technologies. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Teijin, the company will remain an autonomous operation, maintaining its brand in North America and strengthening its global capabilities. The acquisition will enable the combined companies to …

Toyobo to increase airbag business

January 30, 2017

Toyobo Co. Ltd., Osaka, Japan, is increasing its production of fabrics and yarn for automobile airbags by investing more than $8.5 million in plants and equipment globally through 2020. The company will separate its fabric production plant for airbags from their existing fabric plant in Thailand and establish a manufacturing joint-venture company with a local …

Applied DNA Sciences to provide traceability for retailer

January 27, 2017

Applied DNA Sciences Inc., Stony Brook, N.Y., will provide its SigNature T DNA products and services platform to empower textile supply chain security for a large U.S.-based retailer over a multi-year period with established revenue thresholds. The retailer selected SigNature T for its ability to assure quality in global supply chains. SigNature T DNA platform …

Mutoh and Avery Dennison offer training

January 26, 2017

Mutoh America Inc., a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, is partnering with Avery Dennison, global leader in pressure-sensitive technology and materials, to offer a Wrap Training Program in 13 cities across the U.S. in 2017. Master installers Justin Pate of The Wrap Institute and John Duever of Vinyl Images will host the …

Outdoor Graphics Webinar

January 24, 2017

IFAI Member Exclusive Presented by the Fabric Graphics Association One week left to register!  January 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm Eastern / 1:00pm Central Come learn about techniques for creating successful outdoor graphics. Industry experts will provide detailed and tangible ways to specify, produce, and finish outdoor graphics for strength and longevity. A few of the …

Minnesota Knitting Mills receives award

January 23, 2017

Minnesota Knitting Mills Inc., Mendota Heights, Minn., was selected for the 2016 Minnesota Excellence Award by the American Economic Institute (AEI), a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. AEI conducts yearly business surveys and industry research to identify companies that …

Enduratex™ moves headquarters

January 20, 2017

Enduratex™, a provider of vinyl-coated fabrics to the automotive, hospitality, marine, health care and spa industries, has moved its U.S. corporate headquarters from Mira Loma, Calif., to Corona, Calif., as of Jan. 1, 2017. The move will enable staff expansion and accommodate additional customer needs. The company also introduced a new logo that represents the …

N.C. State to host textile summit

January 19, 2017

Recognizing the importance of textiles as building block materials for new product development and the advancement in textile technologies, the College of Textiles at N.C. State University in Raleigh is hosting Textile Summit 2017 March 21-22. The conference will bring together faculty, staff and students with representatives from textile programs at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, …

OEKO-TEX IFAI Webinar: Compliance 101

January 18, 2017

Chemical compliance is a complex topic for most industries but especially for industry textiles and fabrics. Join IFAI for a webinar on Tuesday, March 7 with Ben Mead of the International OEKO-TEX Association, the world’s oldest and foremost leader in textile chemical compliance. Mead will review what exactly “compliance” means in a global industry and …

NCTO praises textile outcomes in FY 2017 Defense Bill

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) applauded the senate’s 92-7 vote to pass S. 2943, the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Defense bill would give way to favorable textile industry outcomes. There wasn’t any increase to the simplified acquisition threshold (SAT). The Berry Amendment was exempted from changes to the procurement …

2017 Queenstown Conference slated for May

January 17, 2017

The Outdoor Products Association NZ (OFPANZ) and the Specialized Textiles Association (STA) have partnered for the 2017 Queenstown Conference. The conference will be hosted at Rydges Lakeland Resort in Queenstown Thursday, May 25- Saturday, May 27. Both local and international industry speakers will be present and there will be a 2-day program filled with educational …

ARA to honor member volunteers at The Rental Show

January 16, 2017

The American Rental Association (ARA) recognizes individuals each year for outstanding service to the association and the rental industry. They will be honored at The Rental Show® 2017 in Orlando, Fla. Various awards will be presented including the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, the 2016 Meritorious Service Award, the 2016 Special Service Award and the 2016 …

Texworld USA and Apparel sourcing USA return in Winter 2017

January 13, 2017

With the Winter 2017 edition of Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA just around the corner, Messe Frankfurt and Lenzing Innovation are pleased to announce the seminar speaker line up for the Texworld USA Seminar Series. Focusing on discussions around industry hot topics like TPP and duty-free trade, color and fabric trends, digital printing, and …

2-day workshop addresses moisture management testing

January 12, 2017

AATCC’s Moisture Management Workshop slated for Feb. 8-9 will provide an overview of the performance technology associated with moisture management and discuss the test methods needed to evaluate your product’s performance claims. Industry experts will share information regarding customer expectations as well as data interpretation from standard and customized tests. The 2-day program will consist …

Pre-treatment of bandages may improve the antibacterial properties of nanoparticles

January 11, 2017

Pre-treating the fabric surface of the bandages used to treat burns with enzymes and polyethylene glycol or cellulase may promote the adhesion of antibacterial nanoparticles and improve their bacteria-repelling ability. Nanoparticles can be used to introduce antimicrobial properties into the textiles used in dressings. Further studies into the combination of bactericidal polymers with bacteria-killing metal-oxide …

Recycled fiberboard and pulp could be sources for electricity

January 10, 2017

Recycled cardboard fibers and pulp, when developed into triboelectric generators can produce electricity. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are advancing the field of “roadside energy harvesting” by getting help from recycled paper boards and pulp based cellulose nanofibers. Integrated triboelectric fiberboards were developed using cellulose nanofibers triboelectric generator embedded in fiberboards developed using recycled …

InTents Buyer’s Guide cover contest

January 9, 2017

We asked for your best work, and you gave it to us! InTents put out an open call for cover images for the 2017 InTents Buyer’s Guide. And so many gorgeous pictures of tent installations came in, we can’t decide! We’ve narrowed the choices to three, and now we need your help to select the …

Meridian brings wool carpet yarn production back to North America

Meridian Specialty Yarn Group, Inc. (MSYG) has begun production of wool and wool/polyester blend carpet yarns at the company’s newly expanded Ranlo, N.C. plant. This is a new product line for MSYG, and also represents the return of wool carpet yarn production to North America. The wool yarns produced will serve the high end, tufted …

J. Ennis Fabrics hires Steve Toth

January 6, 2017

J. Ennis Fabrics welcomed a new addition to their sales team. Steve Toth will brings a wealth of industry experience, which will serve him well as the new US specialty regional sales manager. Toth comes to J. Ennis Fabrics with over 30 years of leadership experience in the specialty products market. Starting first with The …

Natural pigments and useful raw materials from autumn leaves for industry

Autumn leaves contain a range of interesting substances such as pigments, carbohydrates, proteins and compounds that inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing leaf-processing technologies. Pigments from autumn leaves can be used to color cosmetics and textiles. Compounds obtained from the leaves may be suitable for use as …

Huntsman partners with Jihua Group

January 5, 2017

The Textile Effects division of Huntsman Corporation and Jihua Group, Zhejiang Province, China, signed an agreement to cooperate in a wide range of areas to jointly capitalize on the growing need for dye and chemical solutions for China’s textile sector. The partnership will help the two companies speed up their supply chains to react more …

NCTO to host 14th annual meeting

January 4, 2017

NCTO will host their 14th annual meeting at the Capital Hilton, Washington D.C., March 21-23. Themed “New Directions, New Opportunities,” the meeting’s interactive program will focus on the policy priorities of the new Trump administration and how they may affect the U.S. textile industry. Tuesday, March 21, will consist of official NCTO business followed by …

Airbag yarns on the rise

January 3, 2017

The demand for airbags is expected to grow five percent annually over the next five years, according to estimates from Business Wire. While airbags have been predominantly manufactured using polyamide 6.6 yarns, there is a trend towards polyester, due to the challenging nature of industrial filament yarns. With the interest in this potential growth market, …

Cotton prices rose in 2016

January 2, 2017

Cotton prices increased over the summer and have remained at levels higher than in 2015. The rise can be attributed to several unique factors. One is seasonality; nearly 85 percent of the world’s cotton is produced in areas where only one harvest per year is possible. The market tightened as this warehoused supply dwindled over …

Adjust to fit

January 1, 2017

During the MMPA’s annual gala in November, Specialty Fabrics Review magazine won six awards from the Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association: Bronze Awards in Feature Design (“Textiles in space,” Feb. 2016), Regular Column (“Perspective”) and Overall Design; a Silver Award for Overall Excellence; and Gold for Best Feature Article (“Making the rounds,” Oct. 2015)—and for …

New Rental Hall of Fame inductees

December 29, 2016

Two industry veterans are slated to become the newest inductees into the American Rental Association Rental Hall of Fame. Art Moore, the founder of Snorkel, and Spencer Etzel, a visionary in tent rental now with Rainier, will be formally inducted during a ceremony at The Rental Show® on Feb. 27. Art Moore founded Snorkel Fire …

Conant named ARA CEO

December 28, 2016

Tony Conant has been named executive vice president/CEO of the American Rental Association (ARA) by the organization’s board of directors. He succeeded Christine Wehrman, who retired after 16 years with the association. Conant most recently served as chief operating officer at the Institute for Supply Management where he was responsible for enabling operational excellence across …

Eco-friendly wearable electronics

December 27, 2016

Researchers at the Cambridge Graphene Centre at the University of Cambridge and scientists at Jiangnan University, China, are developing more environmentally-friendly conductive textiles using graphene-based inks on cotton. The researchers created inks of chemically modified graphene flakes that are more adhesive to cotton fibers, similar to the way cotton holds colored dye. Most of the …

Noonan named OMNOVA CEO

December 23, 2016

OMNOVA, Beechwood, Ohio, has named Anne P. Noonan president and CEO. Ms. Noonan succeeds Kevin M. McMullen who stepped down as chairman, CEO, president and member of the board of directors. Ms. Noonan will also be appointed to the board of directors. In connection with this leadership transition, the board has determined to separate the …

SPESA elects new leadership

December 22, 2016

The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) elected new leadership to two-year terms at its annual executive conference in San Antonio in November. Sam Simpson, vice president of Gerber Technology was named chairman. Nina McCormack, vice president and CFO of DAP America, Inc. was named vice chairman. Secretary/treasurer is Ed Gribbin, president …

Specialty Fabrics Showcase 2017

December 21, 2016

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS The April and May 2017 issues of Specialty Fabrics Review magazine will include our special annual showcase of our contributors’ latest high-performance fabrics, for end products ranging from awnings, canopies and tents to medical, military and aerospace products. If you’re an end-product manufacturer, watch for this special feature in our spring 2017 …

Lenzing first in sustainable wood sourcing

The Lenzing Group, Lenzing, Austria, was rated number one worldwide for the procurement of wood, the key raw material in cellulose fiber production. The ranking was compiled by the Canadian non-profit environmental organization Canopy Planet Society, which cooperates with 68 leading retail brands in the textile industry and evaluates sustainable sourcing processes. Canopy assessed the …

Outdura hires new design manager

December 20, 2016

Outdura is pleased to introduce Gloria Tsocos as the company’s design manager. Gloria joined the company in 2015 in its contract fabric division. She began her career as a fabric designer in the home furnishing and hospitality markets,and over the years specialized in indoor and outdoor upholstery fabrics. She served as a Professor at the …