U.S. Department of Labor announces $1.9M funding opportunity; support for women

April 29, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a $1.9 million grant competition to recruit, train and retain women in high-skill occupations such as advanced manufacturing, transportation, energy, construction and information technology. Grants will be funded by the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations program. The department will award approximately four grants to community-based organizations to create …

In memoriam: John Mortensen

April 28, 2016

John Mortensen, Little Silver, N.J., died on April 20, 2016 at the age of 78. Mortensen was an inventor, thinker, contrarian and an eternal student with insatiable curiosity. He graduated from Philadelphia University, Institute of Textile Technology at University of Virginia and Princeton University and achieved two masters degrees—one in textile engineering and another in …

Marlen Textiles extends warranty period for five products

Marlen Textiles, New Haven, Mo., manufacturers of outdoor textiles, has extended the warranty on five of its most popular products: Top Notch®, Top Notch 9®, Top Notch 1S®, Top Notch FR® and Top Gun FR®. The warranty period will be extended from five to eight years for Top Notch, Top Notch 9, Top Notch FR …

Lenzing and The Woolmark Company announce their cooperation

The Lenzing Group, Lenzing, Austria, and The Woolmark Company, Sydney, Australia, signed a cooperation agreement and presented the partnership between the lyocell fiber TINCEL® and Merino wool. The fiber duo introduces a new dimension to high-end textiles and active wear. TENCEL is of botanic origin and offers moisture management properties while Merino wool is a …

Global Imaging holds 8th VIP event at workflow studio

April 27, 2016

Global Imaging, a Louisville, Colo.-based integrator of wide and grand format printing systems and supplies, held a day-long event in March that addressed the fast-growing digital textile printing industry and innovative equipment and technology trends. Held at Global Imaging’s 6500 square foot Workflow Studio, the company hosted 30 business owners of some of the nation’s …

ITECH introduces two new majors

April 26, 2016

ITECH, a Lyon, France-based engineering school that trains engineers in the fields of polymers and their applications, is introducing two new majors—Plastic Materials and Textile Materials—as a part of its European Master program. Responding directly to the needs of the industry, the majors will be offered beginning September 2016. The European Master program trains students …

2016 IFAI International Achievement Awards

April 25, 2016

IFAI’s 69th annual International Achievement Awards (IAA) honor and acknowledge aptitude and fine craftsmanship within the specialty fabrics industry. IAA entries get unbeatable publicity: Be featured in Specialty Fabrics Review and other IFAI publications and marketing material throughout the year. Be viewed online in the IAA Winner’s Gallery and IFAI Division Websites. Be seen by …

Longtime Fasnap president George Lang to retire

Fasnap Corp., a wholesale distributor of fastener textile systems based in Elkhart, Ind., announced that president George Lang will retire effective April 29, after 17 years with the company. Lang began his 43-year career in fastener distribution in 1973 with TRW Fasteners, where he worked for 18 years. He spent eight years with Scovill Fasteners …

Management succession at Uster Technologies

April 22, 2016

Effective April 1, 2016, Thomas Nasiou has taken over the position as CEO of Uster Technologies. Dr. Geoffrey Scott and Philip Mosimann have become Co-Chairmen of the Board of Directors and Koichi Ito has joined the Uster Board of Directors succeeding Susumu Toyoda. The succession follows a planned transition and handover of responsibilities from Dr. …

AATCC offers remote access to committee meetings

April 21, 2016

The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) will offer remote access to select spring 2016 Research Committee meetings on Tuesday, May 10. AATCC test methods are developed and updated by industry professionals throughout the supply chain, academia and government. Diverse perspectives are valued and every comment is considered. Members and non-members are welcome. …