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 …

Hemp cultivation sets record

July 12, 2017

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 …

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 …

NAUE Asia accredited for geosynthetics

June 20, 2017

NAUE Asia testing laboratory, founded by the international geosynthetics manufacturer NAUE GmbH & Co. KG, has achieved SAMM testing accreditation for geosynthetics. The accreditation means the Malaysia-based facility fulfills its duties competently and in accordance with strict quality standards. It also means the laboratory can serve external clients. NAUE’s primary manufacturing focus in this plant …

DuPont’s William Feehery to kleynote ACS Conference

June 16, 2017

DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) president William F. Feehery, Ph.D. will keynote the American Chemical Society (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute’s 21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering (GC&E) Conference on Tuesday, June 13 at 8:45 a.m. EST. Dr. Feehery will address other business leaders, policy makers, educators, students and professionals from the scientific and academic community to …

NAFTA re-negotiations impute

June 15, 2017

USTR Representatives will be in Los Angeles June 20th for several roundtable discussions regarding NAFTA.  If your company manufactures apparel/textiles products and sells to Canada or Mexico your impute is requested.  Tentatively we plan on holding the discussions at the New Mart in Downtown Los Angeles.  Details to follow;  If your organizations would be interested …

The Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference will be held on June 20

June 14, 2017

The 8th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference will be held on June 20, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL in conjunction with Techtextil North America. ​The one-day conference will focus on “Understanding the Technology of Things” in the manufacturing of apparel and non-apparel sewn products, flexible materials, and technical textiles. ​Understanding ToT will help transform the …

RITIN to launch new initiatives

The Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network (RITIN), a trade organization whose mission is to guide the future growth of Rhode Island’s textile industry, announced that it has secured funding to launch the following initiatives in the fall of 2017: Conduct an industry survey to better understand Rhode Island’s supply chain and identify job skills needs. …

Reynolds receives award

June 13, 2017

Cody Reynolds, CEO and co-founder of Addictive Drug-Delivering Devices Inc., is the recipient of the AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award. He is being recognized for developing patents that allow drugs to be added to uniquely formed bi-component fibers that elute the drugs in an even, time-controlled manner to fight surgical-site infections. Reynolds currently works as technology …

Advanced materials research in the UK

June 12, 2017

The United Kingdom is investing more than $290 million to establish the Henry Royce Institute, a national center for advanced materials research and innovation. The institute will enable the UK to grow its research and innovation base in advanced materials science, which is fundamental to all industrial sectors and the national economy. The institute will …

MacClamrock wins AATCC award

June 9, 2017

Carla MacClamrock is this year’s recipient of the AATCC Technical Committee on Research Service Award. She was recognized for her contributions in the development of a new test method for formaldehyde determination. MacClamrock led the effort to develop a test method that uses a water submersion technique to determine formaldehyde content in textiles. This test …

Women and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

June 8, 2017

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) contracted with Washington CORE to develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem model that can be adopted by local stakeholders to evaluate their regional economy, identify significant actors and activities, and provide opportunities to consider how to strengthen the system of support for women business owners. Once the model was developed, NWBC …

Hellstern named CEO

June 7, 2017

Americhem Inc., an international provider of color and additive solutions for polymeric products, has appointed Matthew Hellstern as CEO of the Americhem Group of companies. The group includes Americhem, Infinity LTL Engineered Compounds and Vi-Chem Corporation. In his new position, Hellstern will provide strategic direction to the organization and will ensure that the strategic plans …

OEKO-TEX® issues leather standard

June 6, 2017

For the first time, the OEKO-TEX Association is introducing a standard for the leather sector. The first certifications are being carried out with the sheepskin producers G.L. Bowron and Gerberei Hofbrucker, as well as with the retail chain LIDL. Additional certificates will be granted soon. As of January 2017, the association is inspecting and certifying …

Heytex and BondCote new hires

June 5, 2017

Heytex and BondCote Corporation named Cathleen Mook national sales representative for North American Sign sales. Mook is assuming responsibility of the Heytex Family of sign products sold to OEM’s as well as distributors nationwide. Steve Moses has been named purchasing/materials manager. He will be responsible for the cross-plant global purchasing strategy of Heytex and BondCote, …

Krzeminski named executive vice president

June 2, 2017

Shelter Structures America, a distributor of Shelter temporary clearspan tent structures with offices in Los Angeles, Calif. and Roanoke, Va., has appointed Keith Krzeminski to be executive vice president. Krzeminski brings deep knowledge of the special event rental industry and strong expertise and experience in temporary clearspan tent systems to the position. He will be …

Innovation road tour

June 1, 2017

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched an 11-state, 15-stop National Innovation Road Tour. It is led by the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, with participation from 11 other federal agencies. Now in its third year, this year’s tour, “Seeding America’s Future Innovations,” is a national …

Continuous cutting

The new intelligent Vector iQ features Eclipse continuous cutting, previously available only on higher-end models. With the addition of predictive maintenance and patented continuous cutting, Eclipse can increase productivity by up to 10 percent, according to the manufacturer, because it cuts without interruption as the material automatically advances. The increased reliability and productivity of the …

Utilizing discarded textiles

May 31, 2017

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is coordinating a project to develop a profitable circular economy for textiles. The Telaketju project is establishing an ecosystem formed by companies and other actors to develop an extensive sorting and collection network for different discarded fibers—from cotton to polyester and viscose. It is also looking at ways …

Nonwovens highlighted at conference

May 30, 2017

The third Conference on Nonwovens for High-Performance Applications offered information about the latest developments in new areas of application and production processes. Held in Prague in March, the conference included a presentation on the findings from two major market studies on nonwovens. Other topics included the use of nonwovens as automotive components for lightweighting and …

Countering myths about vinyl

May 26, 2017

Enduratex has joined forces with the CFFA (Chemical Fabrics and Film Association) and Vinyl Verified, a vinyl advocacy group, to set the record straight about the benefits of vinyl. The effort is aimed at correcting false and disparaging claims about vinyl in the marketplace. The group points to the advantages of vinyl in many applications …