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India’s nonwovens and technical textiles industry expands

June 1, 2008

The economy, in particular the losses of manufacturing jobs, currently occupies the center stage in the presidential election campaigns in the U.S.—a dramatic shift from other issues that were considered priorities six months back. Some economic pundits are predicting (or acknowledging) recession. The situation is quite a contrast 10,000 miles away in India. For the …

Hill-Rom to offer antimicrobial silver

Hill-Rom, Batesville, Ind., a manufacturer of medical technologies and surface products, will offer customers the option of antimicrobial silver enhancement for all preventive and therapeutic surfaces by 2009. The company has developed an agreement with NanoHorizons Inc., State College, Penn., to use nanoAg+™ with SmartSilver™ in patient supports, such as beds for hospital or long-term …

OptiTex forms global business linkages

OptiTex, Petach Tikva, Israel, recently announced expansions, partnerships and distribution agreements that put the company all over the map. In addition to opening new offices in Belgium and Bangalore, India, OptiTex has developed a partnership with Luidi Design, Los Angeles, Calif., a manufacturer of work apparel and uniforms. New distribution agreements with Neural Technology S.A.C. …

3G Mermet expands U.S. operations

Increasing sales of solar protection fabric and operations scattered among temporary buildings were two of the reasons that 3G Mermet tripled its floor space in its expanded Cowpens, South Carolina, facility. The new 130,000-square-foot building gives the company room to grow and consolidate corporate, sales, support, weaving, coating and warehouse in one central location. Mermet …

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PGI introduces green acoustic materials

In 2007, Polymer Group Inc., Charlotte, N.C., introduced new Silonyx™ substrates as acoustic barriers in automotive trunks and wheel-well liners. This year, Silonyx will be integrated into package trays, hush panels, dash insulators and HVAC ducts, illustrating how a product that is economical and green can make a lot of noise in the market. The …

Performance Fibers acquires four INVISTA plants

Since becoming an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc. in 2004, Performance Fibers, Richmond, Va., has purchased several North American, Asian and European businesses as part of an ongoing growth strategy. The company recently announced its acquisition of INVISTA’s North American tire cord and polyester industrial filament assets in North and South Carolina and Mexico. …

Eastman showcases virtual city on award-winning Web site

Visit an imaginary city that showcases unique and innovative solutions to building and construction problems at a portal on the Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport, Tenn., award-winning Innovation Lab Web site (www.eastmaninnovationlab.com). The portal features dynamic photos, video clips and interactive navigation to showcase how Eastman™ materials can change the landscape. Eastman manufactures chemicals, fibers and …

Atkins & Pearce introduces new Web site

A new Web site introduced recently by Atkins & Pearce, Covington, Ky.,www.atkinsandpearce.com, describes how the company works with customers, aggressively pursues research and development, and applies its expertise to medical, military, agricultural, mining, drilling, power generation, automotive and many other applications. A&P produces engineered textiles, braids and fibers, specifically for products using wick, yarn, cord, …

Textile industry grows in India

According to FICCI-Technopak, an Indian technical textile industry group, lack of investment and absence of research and development are the only factors hampering potential growth of technical fabrics to a $37 billion industry by 2020. Technical textiles have registered growth of greater than 11 percent, says FICCI, with building, geotechnical, medical and eight other segments …

Treaty to stimulate U.S.-Belgian trade

A new treaty signed in December 2007 reduces the tax bite on the estimated 1,200 U.S. companies doing business in Belgium. It reduces double taxation of income, eliminates barriers to trade and investment, and facilitates movement of capital across the two countries’ borders. Bilateral trade between the U.S. and Belgium is valued at $35 billion …