Walmart Details Path to $300 Billion U.S. Manufacturing Increase, 1.5 Million New Jobs

August 16, 2017

Walmart is taking further action in an attempt to boost U.S. manufacturing. In 2013, the company committed to sourcing an additional $250 billion over the course of a ten-year period on products that support American jobs. On Wednesday, the retail giant presented its “Policy Roadmap to Renew U.S. Manufacturing,” a report on the challenges facing …

Sustainable Building and Construction Trade Mission to Mexico

August 15, 2017

The deadline to join the United States Department of Commerce’s Sustainable Building and Construction Trade Mission to Mexico is imminent. This tailored trade mission will include representatives from U.S. companies and U.S. trade associations with members that provide green, innovative, and sustainable products and services to the commercial, industrial, and residential construction sectors from October 16-20, …

Wilson joins Shelter Structures America

August 10, 2017

Sean Wilson has been named Shelter Structures America’s business development manager. Wilson will be based out of the company’s Los Angeles office and will further strengthen Shelter Structures America’s focus on client and account management to increase the company’s presence in new market segments.

Single ply roofing membranes gain market share

August 9, 2017

Polymer-based single ply membranes are gaining market share from bitumen for waterproofing flat roofs, according to a recent study by Applied Market Information Ltd. (AMI Consulting), Bristol, U.K. As construction activity has strengthened in Europe over the last few years and the market continues to shift toward lighter weight and faster construction techniques, the growth …

Efficiency of PCM products tested

August 8, 2017

The Hohenstein Institute, Bonningheim, Germany, is investigating the effectiveness of Phase Change Materials (PCM). Researchers developed the first measuring method that allows the effect and efficacy of PCM in textiles to be tested without costly wearer trials. The research project involves testing PCM-containing products from the market and coating textile samples with varying quantities of …

NCTO welcomes NAFTA renegotiation

August 7, 2017

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), a Washington D.C.-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers, welcomes President Trump’s decision to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). While NCTO supports NAFTA and believes it is vital to the prosperity of the U.S. textile industry, the organization believes it can be improved to …

Partnership to transform carbon fiber

August 4, 2017

Deakin University and LeMond Composites have formed a partnership in a $58 million deal aimed at making carbon fiber more accessible worldwide. Signed by Greg LeMond, three-time Tour de France winner and founder and CEO of LeMond Composites and Deakin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander AO, the agreement allows LeMond Composites to license new …

Ultraflex welcomes new sales managers

August 3, 2017

Ultraflex Systems Inc., the international innovator and leader in PVC and specialty substrates, has named Diane Meyer Western Territory sales manager. Meyer joins Ultraflex with years of experience in sales and service including a diverse background in the digital imaging market. Her past industry experience with wide-format distributors most recently included Polymershapes where she had …

Glen Raven to acquire Sunbury Textile Mills

August 2, 2017

Glen Raven Inc., a global provider of performance fabrics, has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Sunbury Textile Mills, a market leader in the design and manufacture of decorative jacquard fabrics. Under the agreement, Sunbury will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Glen Raven Inc. and will operate as part of Glen Raven Custom …

EDANA report on nonwoven statistics

EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has published the “EDANA Statistics Report on Nonwovens Production & Delivery in Europe, 2016.” Available to members, the report offers detailed production statistics and market analysis. Data collected in the report establishes that the overall production of nonwovens in Greater Europe grew by 3.3 percent …

Textile industry files comments on trade agreement violations and abuses

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has filed public comments in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order directing the federal government to investigate violations and abuses of U.S. trade agreements. “A thorough investigation of trade agreement abuses and violations is long overdue and we appreciate President Trump’s desire to finally review this important matter,” …

China’s five-year plan spurs growth

August 1, 2017

China’s 13th five-year plan is boosting production and demand for nonwoven products. A focus on industry upgrades has improved capacity, with output estimated to reach seven million tons in 2020, up from 5.35 million in 2016. Product demand comes from a number of sectors including construction and infrastructure, environmental protection, health care and elderly care, …

IFAI EXPO 2017 Show Preview

IFAI Expo 2017 is the event that brings together thousands of textile industry experts, exhibitors, educators and you! IFAI is excited to offer more at this year’s event for all professionals in the specialty fabrics, advanced textiles and shade and weather protection fields. What’s New at IFAI Expo Mentor Meetings—An opportunity for you to meet …

Mark Schechter rejoins KB Contract

July 31, 2017

Mark Schechter has been named senior vice president of sales Midwest and new markets for KB Contract, a division of Keyston Bros. Schechter briefly was associated with Shafer Seating, prior to which he had been a long-time employee of Keyston Bros. and KB Contract. A long time Denver resident, Schechter will manage his new responsibilities …

Vectorply opens high-tech facility

July 28, 2017

Vectorply Corporation, a Phenix City, Ala.-based manufacturer of high-performance composite non-crimp fabrics, opened the doors of their new Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center in June. The 53,000-square- foot facility features 38,000 square feet of manufacturing space dedicated to producing the company’s VectorUltra™ line of advanced multiaxial reinforcements. In addition, the new facility is home to the …

Lenzing invests in Thailand

July 27, 2017

The Lenzing Group plans to build a state-of- the-art lyocell fiber production plant in Prachinburi, Thailand, by the end of 2020. The plant is part of a strategy to substantially increase Lenzing’s share of specialty fibers as a proportion of total revenue. The company established a subsidiary in Thailand and is purchasing a commercial property …

Cotton for absorbent textiles

July 26, 2017

Jayalakshmi Enterprises, based in South India, has developed two mechanically processed cotton varieties for use in absorbent technical textiles products. One has a soft silken touch and the other variety is high end. The two different types of processed cotton can be used in nonwoven manufacturing processes such as needlepunching and hydroentangling to develop absorbent …

Bluestar Silicones becomes Elkem Silicones

July 25, 2017

Elkem, a leading producer of silicon-related advanced materials, is assuming responsibility for Bluestar Xinghuo Silicones and Yongdeng Silicon Materials and integrating them into the Elkem Group. Previously, the two plants were owned by Elkem owners, China National Bluestar. This move further develops Elkem’s integrated silicone value chain from upstream quartz mining to silicon, silicones and …

A&E Corporate sustainability report

July 24, 2017

American & Efird (A&E), a leading manufacturer and distributor of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, has released its “2016-2017 Corporate Sustainability Report.” This year’s report reflects the three concepts that drive A&E’s industry-leading sustainability program: transparency, traceability and trust. It also highlights the company’s accomplishments in the areas of safety, …

Bio-based materials of the year

July 21, 2017

The Nova-Institute, Hürth, Germany, has presented the innovation award, Bio-based Material of the Year 2017, to three innovative materials in specific applications. The competition focused on new developments in the bio-based economy, which have had (or will have) a market launch in 2016 or 2017. The winners were elected by the participants of the 10th …

Early-bird registration opens for textile coating and laminating conference

July 20, 2017

The organizers of TCL2017, the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating, have announced that discounted early-bird rates are now available for delegates to the event, which will take place in Berlin, Germany on November 8-9 2017. Registrants should simply visit the conference website at www.intnews.com/TCL to secure their place at this special rate. At …

Teijin Aramid receives Gold Partner certificate from EcoVadis

July 19, 2017

Teijin Aramid received a certificate from EcoVadis that qualifies the company as a Gold Partner for its sustainability efforts in the automotive market. Teijin Aramid is the preferred supplier of aramid for most large tire producers, who use the para-aramid Twaron to produce their high performance tires. EcoVadis operates the first collaborative platform providing Supplier …

Trivantage Adds Sunbrella® Throws to Product Line

July 18, 2017

Patio and indoor furniture retailers looking to add a cash-and-carry product to their showroom can now order Sunbrella® throw blankets from Trivantage®, the nation’s one-stop shop for fabrics, hardware and accessories. “Sunbrella throws are a great way to start a conversation about the benefits of durable, bleach cleanable Sunbrella fabric,” said Katie Szabo, the decorative …

Pro Em Party & Event Rentals acquires Universal Resource Supply LLC and SoCal Tents & Events

PRO EM Party & Event Rentals (PRO EM), Phoenix, Ariz., has acquired Universal Resource Supply LLC and SoCal Tents & Events (URS), a Los Angeles, Calif.-based event rental company. The purchase marks the second acquisition in 45 days by PRO EM, according to a press release. The company acquired Illinois-based Partytime-HDO Productions in May. Financial …

Honeywell Spectra® Fiber being used in military and industrial applications

July 17, 2017

Honeywell International Inc. announced its Spectra® fiber is being used in a new range of textiles designed for military and industrial applications. The fabrics will be created by Heathcoat Fabrics Ltd., a designer and manufacturer of technical textiles based in the United Kingdom. They are suitable for a range of end use applications in which …

Sunbrella® Contour wins ADEX award

Sunbrella® Contour received a platinum award in this year’s ADEX awards competition, an architecture and design industry recognition of excellence in design and product innovation. Contour, a rich, knit-textured fabric ideal for shade structures, expands the possibilities of what can be crafted using shade fabrics. It has the unique ability to fit any shape or …

Schoeller signs HYDRO_BOT production agreement

July 14, 2017

Schoeller Textil AG and Osmotex AG have signed a production agreement for HYDRO_BOT, a new technology for moisture management that transports moisture to match human sweat rates in various climates, conditions and activity levels. Tests of the HYDRO_BOT panels have shown encouraging results for the moisture management solution. Behind HYDRO_BOT is Osmotex, a Swiss-Norwegian start-up …

USTR requests special session on U.S.-Korea free trade agreement

July 13, 2017

On July 12, United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, as directed by President Trump, formally notified the Republic of Korea that the United States is calling a special Joint Committee meeting under the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) to start the process of negotiating to remove barriers to U.S. trade and consider needed amendments to …

Kubacki, Baily and Letendre promoted at FLEXcon

FLEXcon Company Inc., Spencer, Mass., has expanding its leadership team with two new vice presidents and a new director. Tom Kubacki has been named vice president of Manufacturing. Kubacki has been with the company 28 years and most recently served as director of Coating Technology and Production Control. Nathan Bailey will lead the company’s strategic …

Classic Party Rentals to sell all tenting assets

July 12, 2017

Classic Party Rentals is selling all tenting assets as part of a decision to exit the third-party event rental services business. Hilco Industrial, Northbrook, Ill., announced on July 12 the immediate private treaty sale process for Classic’s tenting assets. The sale includes substantially all assets from the tenting business unit of Classic Party Rentals, according …

Hemp cultivation sets record

The cultivation of hemp was legalized in most European Union-member states between 1993 and 1996. In 2011, cultivation decreased to its lowest value since 1994, just 8,000 hectares. However, it has increased steadily since 2012 to reach 33,000 hectares in 2016. According to the European Industrial Hemp Association, Europe expects almost constant or moderately growing …

Particulates, protection and partnerships

First responders put their lives at risk on a regular basis to meet whatever challenges arise—which is why specialty textile developers and manufacturers continue to invest R&D resources in finding new and better protective gear for those brave men and women standing in harm’s way. Globe Manufacturing Co. in Pittsfield, N.H., develops gear for the …

Exporting process video available

July 11, 2017

The process of exporting your product to international markets can feel overwhelming. Where do you start? What are all the necessary steps to get your product or service out there? The U.S. Commercial Service, a resource for U.S. businesses on all things exporting, has released the “Exporting Basics” video series to help U.S. businesses break …

Changes at American Cord & Webbing

July 10, 2017

Dennis Smith, national sales manager at American Cord & Webbing Inc. (ACW), has announced his retirement after 27 years with the company. At the same time, Susan Lake is ACW as director of Sales and Marketing. Lake managed the Midwest and East Coast from 2013 to 2015 and left to become vice president of sales …

Coalition promotes sustainable cotton

July 7, 2017

Cotton 2040 is a new initiative convened by the sustainability nonprofit, Forum for the Future with support from the C&A Foundation, to make more sustainable cotton a mainstream commodity. The effort brings together a coalition of international brands and retailers, cotton standards, existing industry initiatives and other stakeholders across the supply chain to scale up …

GOTS-certified facilities on rise

July 6, 2017

The number of facilities that have been certified by the Global Organics Textile Standard (GOTS) increased 21 percent in 2016 to 4,642 according to the recent GOTS Annual Report. GOTS-certified facilities are now located in 63 countries worldwide, impacting 1.4 million workers. GOTS certification covers the processing of organic fibers along the entire supply chain …

Top Value Fabrics Acquires Pacific Coast Fabrics

July 5, 2017

Top Value Fabrics (TVF), Carmel, Ind., has acquired Gardena, Calif.-based Pacific Coast Fabrics. The acquisition expands TVF’s product offerings and strengthens its west coast distribution network for printable textiles. “TVF is known throughout the industry for outstanding customer service and quality products, and the Pacific Coast Fabrics team shares that same dedication to the customer,” …

American Textile announces new hires and promotions

American Textile Company, Duquesne, Penn., recently announced new hires and promotions. Mark Milani has been named vice president of Manufacturing and Distribution. Milani joined the company in 2012 and previously was vice president of Quality and Engineering. Chris Donelan was promoted to AmeriFill division director. He has been with the company since 2009, and with …

New medical textiles center

July 3, 2017

The Hohenstein Institute has established the Hohenstein Health Center for textile health research within their company group in Bönnigheim, Germany. The center focuses on all aspects of health sciences in which clothing and other textile products and procedures affecting human health play a central role. It takes an interdisciplinary approach and is open to all …

Designing with natural decor brings tented events to life

July 1, 2017

According to the color gurus at Pantone®, Greenery—the Pantone Color of the Year 2017—emblematizes our intrinsic desire to restore, revitalize and reconnect. Pantone calls the naturally neutral shade “symbolic of new beginnings”—a description appropriate to the thousands of weddings and other social events that occur under tents every year. “Green is a happy color,” says …

Educate the Professor seminar set on using fabrics as building materials

June 30, 2017

The Fabric Structures Association (FSA) and the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), both divisions of Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), are hosting an introductory two-day Educate the Professor seminar on the fundamentals of using fabric and films as building materials. Professors who attend these courses can bring their knowledge to students at their respective institutions. …

Action urged on trade deficit

Four U.S. textile trade associations, the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA), Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI), and United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI), have outlined the causes of the $95 billion U.S. trade deficit in textiles and apparel. They also have suggested remedial actions for the Trump administration to boost …

VTT expands pilot center

June 29, 2017

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is expanding the operation of the Bioruukki pilot center from thermochemistry to novel ways of biomass utilization, recycling of textile fibers and green chemistry technologies. Located in Espoo, the pilot center will develop into a new kind of an ecosystem, welcoming companies and research organizations to develop their ideas …

OnPoint Manufacturing partners with Mack and Daniel

June 28, 2017

OnPoint Manufacturing, Inc., a Nashville, Tenn. leader in on-demand apparel manufacturing, is partnering with Mack and Daniel Clothing to produce their children’s clothing line. Through this cooperative effort, Mack and Daniel Clothing will utilize OnPoint’s innovative on-demand manufacturing solution. OnPoint Manufacturing specializes in Purchase Activated On-Demand Mass Customization of apparel. The company has developed technically …

Mimaki inks receive sustainability certification

June 27, 2017

Mimaki original Sb54/310/410 and Sb320/420 sublimation inks, produced by Mimaki Engineering Co., Ltd., have achieved the ECO PASSPORT certification from OEKO-TEX®. ECO PASSPORT is a mechanism by which textile chemical suppliers demonstrate that their products can be used in sustainable textile production. It authenticates the safety of chemicals used during the production of textile dyes, …

Ehmke Manufacturing wins excellence award

June 26, 2017

Ehmke Manufacturing Company, Inc., a Philadelphia, Penn.-based industrial textile manufacturer, has received the 2016 Performance Excellence Award from the Boeing Company. Ehmke was chosen among an international supplier base of approximately 13,000 companies. The award was given for Ehmke’s support of the Boeing H-47 Chinook and V-22 Osprey programs. Ehmke provides engineering, manufacturing and installation …

PremEx Solutions’ latex fabrics debut

June 23, 2017

PremEx Solutions introduced their latest HP DuraVibe latex fabrics at the International Sign Association Expo in Las Vegas where they were well received. HP, after thoroughly testing, is embracing the fabrics for decor, with more offerings to come in the near future. DuraVibe was also praised in the HP Lounge at the 2017 Coachella Valley …

Cargill acquires BioBased Technologies®

June 22, 2017

Cargill, Minneapolis, Minn., has bolstered its biobased polyol product offerings by purchasing Rogers, Ark.-based BioBased Technologies’ vegetable-based polyol product line, Agrol® and other assets. Cargill’s Industrial Specialties business and BioBased Technologies are leaders in the development of soybean-based polyols that replace petroleum-based polyols enabling manufacturers to create more sustainable products. Cargill’s BiOH® product line produces …

LENZIP releases No. 12 Marine Grade UV Zipper

June 21, 2017

LENZIP Manufacturing Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial and commercial grade zippers based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., has released the LENZIP No. 12 Marine Grade UV Zipper. No. 12 gauge is larger than the industry standard No. 10, but smaller than LENZIP’s BIGZIP® No. 15 gauge. The No. 12 gauge is available with 316 stainless steel …

Losberger acquires De Boer Structures

Losberger Holding GmbH, Bad Rappenau, Germany, has acquired De Boer Structures Holding BV, Alkmaar, the Netherlands, to create a leading global provider of temporary space solutions. The company will be called Losberger De Boer Group to fully capitalize on the strengths of both brands. The relationship will position Losberger as a leading company in the …