Free Webinar: New Business Opportunities in Mexico for Textile and Apparel Exporters

November 30, 2016

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 2:00 p.m. EST, the U.S. Department of Commerce and ExpoProducción Mexico will co-host a webinar on new business opportunities in Mexico for the US textile and apparel exporters. The webinar will feature information on Mexico’s market and business culture, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the 2016 ITA Technical Textiles …

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Beyond branding

November 29, 2016

Inflatables manufacturers find diverse markets in addition to promotional products. To attract the attention of drivers, car dealerships float spheres or other shapes with automakers’ logos. People dressed in inflatable costumes that identify them as brand mascots line festival walkways to interact with attendees. Giant replicas of consumer goods—whether it’s a can of beer or …

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Fear of flying?

Companies that make air- and helium-filled products weigh the risks. When Pink Floyd’s trademark helium pig got too high at a Coachella concert in 2008 and drifted away, no one got hurt—even though the pink inflatable was, as the Associated Press reported, “as tall as a two-story house and as wide as two school buses.” …

Applied DNA Sciences expands DNA technology

Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., Stony Brook, NY, today announced it is expanding the use of its proprietary, SigNature® T DNA technology to cotton gins in Arkansas, California and Texas, with the launch of its fully automated DNA Transfer Systems. The new systems are equipped with real-time monitoring, and security and data capture, ensuring efficient and …

Covestro joins zero discharge program

November 28, 2016

Covestro, a world-leading supplier of high-tech polymer materials, has joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program as one of the newest value chain contributors. In this role, Covestro will commit more resources to assist brand owners in sustainable chemical management through innovation on chemical technology, material production and supply chain collaboration. Covestro supplies …

Mimaki USA opens Canada location

November 25, 2016

Mimaki USA, Suwannee, Ga., a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, opened its first Canadian branch in Toronto in October. The facility is home to Mimaki trained sales, support and service staff designed to provide Mimaki dealers and end users with local sales and technical support. The 11,000-square-foot facility will be the site …

Sage Automotive acquires Apollo S.p.A.

November 24, 2016

Sage Automotive Interiors, Greenville, S.C., has acquired the automotive manufacturing assets of Italy-based Apollo S.p.A. with the goal of expanding capacity and capability for automotive interior products to the European market. Based in Florence, Italy, and Bucharest, Romania, Apollo is ideally suited to supply automotive fabrics and sewn covers in Central and Eastern Europe. The …

Techmer PM expands to Mexico

November 23, 2016

Techmer PM, Clinton, Tenn., will open a production facility in Mexico to provide local service to the growing number of its customers with operations in Mexico and Latin America. The facility is expected to be operational in the second half of 2017 and will have sufficient capacity to service Mexico and key Latin American markets. …

NatureWorks wins 3M supplier awards

November 22, 2016

NatureWorks, Minnetonka, Minn., received two 2016 3M Supplier of the Year Awards in recognition of the company’s contribution to improving 3M’s competitiveness and helping to drive sustainability. This year, 3M recognized 11 suppliers among thousands in its global supply base for world-class performance in providing products and/or services. NatureWorks supplies biopolymers to the plastics, fibers, …

New industrial textile knife packaging improves safety for users and convenience for distributors

November 18, 2016

New user-friendly packaging designed to hold multiple Wilson Brand Knives used in the cutting of cloth, textiles or composites has been introduced to the market by Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS). Made with industrial-grade plastic and designed to take up less space, this new packaging protects users retrieving knives and opens up shelf space for …