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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Leigh Delaware Holdings launches SmartVista

Leigh Delaware Holdings, the Welford, S.C., parent company of Leigh Fibers and ICE Recycling, has launched SmartVista LLC, a company that will develop new products and engineered solutions by repurposing materials that would otherwise be sent to landfills. The company’s first products are focused on sorbents for spill remediation. New products and services will be …

Marine Fabricator Conference

December 19, 2016

Online registration is open for the Marine Fabricator Conference 2017 from January 19–21 in Jacksonville, Fla. The annual three-day event features a variety of education and training from hands-on to classroom presentations covering topics including: Sewing Machine Maintenance, Patterning, Upholstery, Rigid Enclosures, Software and Business Management training and more. Attendees have numerous opportunities to connect …

Iosso receives sustainability award

Iosso Products, Elk Grove, Ill., received an award for Excellence in Sustainability at the Elk Grove Manufacturers Expo held on Oct. 10, 2016. The award acknowledged Iosso’s bio-based formulas that are alternatives to petroleum-based products. They not only are healthier for workers and the environment, but they also create jobs in rural communities and reduce …

Teijin plans expansion in U.S.

December 16, 2016

Teijin Limited, Tokyo, Japan, has purchased approximately 440 acres of commercial land in Greenwood, S.C., for a highly efficient carbon fiber production site. The new plant will meet diversified demands in automotive and aircraft applications and create some 220 jobs. With this investment, Teijin will accelerate its global expansion in integrated high-performance material businesses by …

Love Your Melon donates to fight cancer

December 14, 2016

Love Your Melon, a Minneapolis, Minn.-based apparel brand that makes an impact in the lives of children battling cancer, is donating $414,095 from its Cyber Monday sales to fight pediatric cancer. Leveraging digitally driven promotional and sales platforms, the company experienced the most successful day in its history. Love Your Melon is an apparel brand …

New textile and fiber science books

December 13, 2016

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health and technology professionals, has published four new books in the areas of textiles and fiber science. The titles include Performance Testing of Textiles: Methods, Technology and Applications, edited by Lijing Wang; “Activated Carbon Fiber and Textiles,” edited by Jonathan Chen; “Structure …

Gains for equipment rental industry

December 12, 2016

A five-year forecast for the equipment rental industry released by the American Rental Association (ARA) remains positive. ARA projects equipment rental revenue to reach $55.5 billion in the U.S. in 2020. Numbers in the forecast reflect recent changes in the marketplace as the forecast calls for industry revenue to increase by 4.3 percent in 2016 …

Milliken names new CEO

December 9, 2016

Milliken & Co., Spartanburg, S.C., has announced that J. Harold Chandler has been elected its chairman, president and chief executive officer, effective immediately. Chandler’s appointment follows the resignation of Joseph M. Salley as president and chief executive officer and member of the board of directors. Chandler has served on Milliken’s board of directors for 14 …

Sliva joins Herculite

December 8, 2016

Herculite Products Inc., an Emigsville, Pa.-based manufacturer of high-performance and custom fabrics, has hired Buddy Sliva as western regional sales manager–Awning and Marine. He will support Herculite’s distributors and manage awning and marine fabric sales including Strataglass™. Sliva comes to Herculite with many years of successful sales and business development experience both nationally and regionally. …

New Future Fibres Hub in Australia

December 7, 2016

The Australian government’s research council has supported the creation of a $13.2 million university–industry collaborative center to develop value-added future fibers. Based at Deakin University in Geelong, Victoria, the Future Fibres Hub will lead the development of fiber-based materials ranging from short polymer fibers for the medical, textile and industrial sectors and carbon fiber composites …

From the Charlotte Show Floor

December 6, 2016

Whether you’re looking to enhance your post-Expo experience or are seeing these companies for the first time, use the information below from IFAI Expo exhibitors to learn more about the products and services they provide. American Keder, Inc. Clean Canvas Industries BondCote   Custom Metal Crafters, Inc. Fil-Tec JUKI   Lancer Textiles Renson Ribbon Webbing …

Gerber’s Digital Solutions to educate future FashionTech innovators

December 5, 2016

Gerber Technology, the world leader in integrated software and automated solutions for the apparel and industrial markets, announced they are partnering with Oklahoma State University to educate future fashion tech leaders as they prepare for careers in the industry. The Conn.-based company will provide products that will be available for design, housing and merchandising students …

SBA proposes changes to SBIC Early Stage Program

December 2, 2016

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has proposed changes to its SBIC Early Stage Program, a feature of the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) Program. SBA has proposed a number of regulatory changes that seek to broaden access to the Early Stage Program and strengthen the impact of SBIC’s on early stage small businesses. SBA has introduced regulatory …

Small Business: 10 Big Mistakes to Avoid in a Crisis

December 1, 2016

Small business owners put themselves in financial risk by not being prepared for the inevitable crisis. Failing to properly insure a company from revenue losses that follow operational downtime is a huge mistake, and could force a business to shut down permanently. Learn how to protect your assets and develop a resilient organization on Tuesday, …

Free Webinar: New Business Opportunities in Mexico for Textile and Apparel Exporters

November 30, 2016

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 2:00 p.m. EST, the U.S. Department of Commerce and ExpoProducción Mexico will co-host a webinar on new business opportunities in Mexico for the US textile and apparel exporters. The webinar will feature information on Mexico’s market and business culture, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the 2016 ITA Technical Textiles …

Applied DNA Sciences expands DNA technology

November 29, 2016

Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., Stony Brook, NY, today announced it is expanding the use of its proprietary, SigNature® T DNA technology to cotton gins in Arkansas, California and Texas, with the launch of its fully automated DNA Transfer Systems. The new systems are equipped with real-time monitoring, and security and data capture, ensuring efficient and …

Covestro joins zero discharge program

November 28, 2016

Covestro, a world-leading supplier of high-tech polymer materials, has joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program as one of the newest value chain contributors. In this role, Covestro will commit more resources to assist brand owners in sustainable chemical management through innovation on chemical technology, material production and supply chain collaboration. Covestro supplies …

Mimaki USA opens Canada location

November 25, 2016

Mimaki USA, Suwannee, Ga., a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, opened its first Canadian branch in Toronto in October. The facility is home to Mimaki trained sales, support and service staff designed to provide Mimaki dealers and end users with local sales and technical support. The 11,000-square-foot facility will be the site …

Sage Automotive acquires Apollo S.p.A.

November 24, 2016

Sage Automotive Interiors, Greenville, S.C., has acquired the automotive manufacturing assets of Italy-based Apollo S.p.A. with the goal of expanding capacity and capability for automotive interior products to the European market. Based in Florence, Italy, and Bucharest, Romania, Apollo is ideally suited to supply automotive fabrics and sewn covers in Central and Eastern Europe. The …

Techmer PM expands to Mexico

November 23, 2016

Techmer PM, Clinton, Tenn., will open a production facility in Mexico to provide local service to the growing number of its customers with operations in Mexico and Latin America. The facility is expected to be operational in the second half of 2017 and will have sufficient capacity to service Mexico and key Latin American markets. …

NatureWorks wins 3M supplier awards

November 22, 2016

NatureWorks, Minnetonka, Minn., received two 2016 3M Supplier of the Year Awards in recognition of the company’s contribution to improving 3M’s competitiveness and helping to drive sustainability. This year, 3M recognized 11 suppliers among thousands in its global supply base for world-class performance in providing products and/or services. NatureWorks supplies biopolymers to the plastics, fibers, …