Coolcore signs distribution agreement with ITOCHU

May 18, 2016

Coolcore, Portsmouth, N.H.-based manufacturer of chemical-free cooling and moisture transportation fabrics, has entered into an exclusive relationship with Tokyo’s ITOCHU Corporation to distribute Coolcore fabric and finished goods throughout Japan. According to the agreement, ITOCHU will be the exclusive Japanese distributor for the entire collection of Coolcore cooling fabrics, designed for the everyday, workwear and …

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures celebrates 75 years

May 17, 2016

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures, a manufacturer of custom commercial fabric and metal awnings and canopies, fabrication of exhibit components, experiential displays and industrial architectural elements, based in St. Louis, Mo., celebrates its 75th anniversary this week. On May 16, 1941, Lawrence Canvas Products Company opened to manufacture and sell tarpaulins, truck and trailer covers. …

Uniquetex to bring jobs to Cleveland County

Uniquetex, LLC Inc., intends to build a 150-person workforce in Cleveland County, N.C., over the coming five years. The company, which manufactures nonwoven fabrics for health care providers and other industries, is investing $31.6 million in the production facility—its first in the U.S. Uniquetex is a joint venture between Foshan Nanhai Beautiful Nonwoven Co., Ltd., …

Industrial Fabrics Foundation Innovation Award call for entries

May 16, 2016

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) is now accepting entries for its 2016 Innovation Award. Each year, the IFF honors projects created by those who pace the industry of tomorrow. IFF encourages companies to submit their projects so they can inspire others in the specialty fabrics industry and act as catalysts for the next great innovations. …

NCTO welcomes U.S.-China memorandum of understanding to terminate Chinese export subsidies

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) applauded the announcement of a memorandum of understanding between the U.S. and China in regards to an agreement by China to terminate export subsidies under its “Demonstration Bases-Common Services Platform.” “There is no doubt that China’s rise to become the world’s largest exporter of textile and apparel products …

Sciessent expands bluesign® partnership

May 13, 2016

Sciessent, provider of environmentally-friendly antimicrobial and anti-odor solutions, has partnered with bluesign® systems for their fluorocarbon-free durable water repellent (DWR), CURB. CURB joins Sciessent’s odor absorbing Lava technology on a list of bluesign-approved products. Engineered to keep harmful fluorocarbons out of the environment, CURB delivers the same water repellent performance as existing technologies. Textile manufacturers …

U.S. Manufacturing Council to meet May 18 via teleconference

May 12, 2016

The United States Manufacturing Council will hold an open meeting via teleconference on Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Council members will review and deliberate on proposed recommendations by the Trade, Tax Policy, and Export Growth Subcommittee focused on tax policy and the Trans-Pacific Partnership and a proposed recommendation by the Workforce Subcommittee focused on career pathways …

Dowco acquires plastics and seating manufacturer

May 11, 2016

Dowco®, a Manitowoc, Wis.-based manufacturer that focuses on cut and sew products for the marine and powersports markets, has acquired Premier Plastics and Leisure Designs of Hoyt Lakes, Minn. Premier Plastics is a manufacturer of rotational molded and vacuum formed plastic components for the marine, powersports and construction industries. Leisure Designs, a subsidiary of Premier …

Sunbrella® honored with platinum award in ADEX Competition

May 10, 2016

The Sunbrella® 2016 Upholstery Collection was honored with a Platinum award in this year’s ADEX awards competition. The 2016 additions to the Upholstery Collection emphasize design simplicity with bright colors and natural-inspired neutrals. The new introductions include seven fabric groupings (Stripes, Wisteria, Regatta, Mist, Emerald, Meridian and Cast) with vibrant colors and patterns as well …

Call for entries: IFAI’s Student Design Challenge

May 9, 2016

IFAI’s Student Design Challenges is the industry’s best showcase for tomorrow’s talent. The opportunity will give students a chance to network with industry professionals and build their resume and portfolios. Deadline is June 10, 2016. This year’s competition features awards in four separate challenges, all using textiles as major components: Advanced Textiles: Design for aerospace, …