Nonwoven fabric for growing and plant cover

May 22, 2012

White polypropylene fabric from Zend Nonwoven Co. Ltd. protects vegetables, strawberries and plants against frost, snow, rain, heat and other damage caused by pests and birds, increasing the growing temperature and extending the growing season. Easy to install, it comes in 2 x 10m or 2 x 20m rolls, packed in polybag and labeled. Samples …

New alarm devices improve safety in workspaces and buildings

May 21, 2012

Pfannenberg, a worldwide leader in thermal management and signaling technology, has introduced PATROL Series PA X 5, a new generation of 105 dB(A) industrial flashing sounders. The sounders fulfill numerous requirements for warning individuals about hazardous situations or production problems in factories, water and waste treatment facilities, commercial offices, sports arenas, hotels, and other buildings, …

Teijin’s mass-produced aramid nanofiber

May 18, 2012

Teijin Techno Products Limited, a Teijin group company producing advanced aramid fibers, has announced its development of the world’s first mass-producible aramid nanofiber to offer reliable heat and oxidation resistance together with high quality. Until now, aramid nanofibers have been produced only in laboratories, so this first commercially viable product represents a significant step forward …

Twitchell celebrates 90th birthday

May 17, 2012

In May 2012, Twitchell celebrates 90 years in business. Since 1922, Twitchell has been a leader in quality yarns and fabrics across a variety of industries. The company has grown into a multi-national manufacturer of some of the world’s most innovative fibers, textiles and coatings. Its commitment to its customers hasn’t changed over the years; …

Copenhagen Fashion Summit bonds glamour and sustainability

May 16, 2012

Under the patronage of the Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, the recently concluded Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2012 brought together leading figures from the fashion and textile industry who pursue a common vision of eco-friendly and sustainable business. Once again a huge success, the event—with an impressive roster of speakers and the presence of …

NAFTA webinar series

May 15, 2012

Export.gov presents webinars on the intricacies of NAFTA. A basic overview of NAFTA is the purpose of the webinar on May 16, titled Basic Guide to Exporting: Taking Advantage of NAFTA. More webinars in the near future include: Roles and responsibilities of the importer, customs broker and freight forwarder June 13, 2012; 2–3 p.m. EDT …

SBA offers free live webcasts

May 14, 2012

Town hall and forum topics include social media, exporting and contracting. Small business owners looking for ways to develop their businesses are invited to take part in National Small Business Week’s free networking and educational forums and dialogue with leading business experts during National Small Business Week, May 20-22 in Washington, D.C. The free forums …

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Hikes in raw materials prices hit U.S. and E.U.

May 11, 2012

Textile and clothing import volumes affected U.S. and E.U. textile and clothing import prices rose sharply in 2011 reflecting hikes in raw material prices, according to Issue No. 155 of Textile Outlook International from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence. Between March 2009 and March 2011 the average cotton price rose by 346 percent …

New OEKO-TEX test criteria come into force

May 10, 2012

Certification helpful step towards REACH compliance In early January, OEKO-TEX® proposed criteria and limit values for tests on harmful substances in the textile industry. The test requirements are now part of OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and were implemented on April 1, 2012. The test requirements consider all Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) from the European …

SBA hosts business matchmaking

May 8, 2012

Linking small businesses with federal contract opportunities during National Small Business Week The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a business matchmaking event allowing small businesses to discuss procurement opportunities with major corporations and federal agencies during National Small Business Week on May 22 in Washington, D.C. The event will give small business owners from …