Southeast Asia’s exports on the rise

July 29, 2016

India, Bangladesh and Pakistan are seeing an increase in textile and apparel exports as those from China, Vietnam and Cambodia decline in the U.S., according to a report by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA). Exports from India increased by 15.3 percent in March 2016 compared with February 2015; Bangladeshi …

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Reinforcement of seismic proportions

A Japanese fabric manufacturer reinforces its showroom against future earthquakes, making a provocative visual statement. With the four main islands of Japan perched atop a convergence of three major tectonic plate boundaries, the country has a history of earthquakes and seismic activity. The ongoing seismic impact on buildings, infrastructure and population is significant, requiring some …

Who’ll mind the store?

Internship programs are an untapped resource for finding the next generation of leaders for specialty fabrics businesses. After decades of building businesses within the textile industry, entrepreneurial baby boomers are entering a new phase of life. As CEOs, business owners and managers consider transitioning out of their leadership positions, they’re dealing with a lot of …

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Safety gear protects workers

Innovative materials help meet multiple safety requirements on the job to protect workers. Protective apparel and safety gear for industrial workers are evolving rapidly as advances in fiber, fabrics and comfort move beyond the traditional focus on fire and flame retardant (FR) materials. Personal protective equipment (PPE) for workers, firefighters and military personnel now includes …

American Hospital Association endorsement for medical textiles

AHA endorsement begins with the identification of hospitals’ most significant market challenges. Insurance, data-driven services and management software comprise the bulk of the 32 “solutions” endorsed by the American Hospital Association (AHA). Among the field, only one company, Vestagen Protective Technologies Inc. of Orlando, Fla., manufactures textile products. In 2015, the AHA issued an endorsement …

ISO updates for medical applications

July 28, 2016

Certification and regulatory compliance verification can be key for medical field customers. Organizations involved in the production of textiles used in medical applications may wish to become certified to ISO 13485 in order to ensure the effectiveness of their processes and demonstrate to customers their commitment to safe products, as well as compliance with regulatory …

New divisional president for Huntsman

Huntsman Corp., The Woodlands, Texas, a global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals, has promoted Rohit Aggarwal to president of the Textile Effects Division. Aggarwal succeeds Paul Hulme, who is retiring after 17 years with the company. Aggarwal was formerly vice president and managing director of the Indian subcontinent, and has more than 20 years …

Spoolex Group acquires RSPI

July 27, 2016

Spoolex Group, a Roche la Moliere, France-based producer of slitting, rewinding/spooling and ultrasonic splicing technologies, has acquired RSPI, a French specialist in tailored handling and packaging solutions. The partnership will help customers increase productivity and safety while providing innovative solutions for slitter-rewinders, spooling lines, ultrasonic cutting and welding, and technical low-inertia rollers. The acquisition strengthens Spoolex Group’s market position …

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July 26, 2016

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National Safety Apparel® acquires DRIFIRE®

National Safety Apparel®, Cleveland, Ohio, has acquired DRIFIRE® from Optimer Brands, Chicago, Ill. DRIFIRE advanced performance safety apparel was born on the battlefield to protect military personnel; the DRIFIRE line of products is utilized in a variety of industries, including power generation, petrochemicals and IndyCar racing. The acquisition increases National Safety Apparel’s portfolio of flame-resistant brands and adds another …