Chinese nonwovens market bullish

August 31, 2017

Multiple nonwovens product sectors in China continue to exhibit strong growth and potential for the foreseeable future, according to reports from the biennial China International Nonwovens Expo & Forum held in Shanghai in June. While multiple sectors within China’s nonwovens market are experiencing strong growth, three in particular stand out: hygiene, medical and filtration. Government …

Does “Made in the USA” matter in the sewn-goods industry?

August 30, 2017

A 2015 survey by Consumer Reports indicates that nearly 8 in 10 American consumers would rather buy a product made in United States than an imported one—and 60 percent of them would be willing to pay 10 percent more for it. But the sewn-goods industry faces critical questions about the “Made in the USA” label: …

New goals for India’s textile industry

The government of India has set the goal for the Indian textile sector to reach $650 billion by 2025. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the goal while inaugurating India’s largest ever textile meet, Textiles India–2017 last June in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. He said that speed, scale and quality are essential for Indian textiles to compete against …

Pennel & Flipo acquires Fait Plast

August 29, 2017

Pennel & Flipo SA, a Mouscron, Belgium-based designer and manufacturer of ORCA® textiles, has acquired Fait Plast, Brescia, Italy. A European leader in the manufacturing of technical thermoplastic films, Fait Plast’s films are used for applications including ecological thermo adhesives for shirt/T-shirt printing, functionalization of sportswear and underwear, anti-slipping solutions for hosiery and the orthopedic …

Dyestuff Manufacturers Association honors Huntsman

August 28, 2017

Huntsman Textile Effects, a provider of high-quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries, has been named a winner in the 2016 Dyestuff Manufacturers Association of India (DMAI) Awards. Huntsman received two awards in recognition of “excellent performance in exports of dyestuffs by a large scale unit” and “excellent performance in pollution control …

Safety suppliers to combine

August 25, 2017

MSA Safety Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa., has entered into an agreement to acquire Globe Holding Co. LLC, Pittsfield, N.H. Globe is an innovator and provider of firefighter protective clothing and boots, with annual revenues of approximately $110 million. MSA is a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and …

In memoriam: Robert H. Chapman, III

August 24, 2017

Robert H. Chapman, III, chairman, CEO and treasurer of Inman Mills, Inman, S.C., passed away on August 23, 2017. He was 66. A longtime textile industry leader, Chapman was the fourth generation of the family to run the 116-year-old company. He served in many leadership roles in the textile industry, including chairman of the NCTO …

Croda acquires Enza Biotech

Croda International Plc, a Yorkshire, U.K.-based developer of specialty chemicals, has acquired Enza Biotech AB, a research enterprise established as a spinout company from Lund University in Sweden. Enza Biotech develops next-generation renewable surfactants using carbohydrate-based chemistry. Through the acquisition, Enza Biotech’s patented technology will enhance Croda’s well-established natural and renewable product portfolio, particularly in …

Walmart Details Path to $300 Billion U.S. Manufacturing Increase, 1.5 Million New Jobs

August 16, 2017

Walmart is taking further action in an attempt to boost U.S. manufacturing. In 2013, the company committed to sourcing an additional $250 billion over the course of a ten-year period on products that support American jobs. On Wednesday, the retail giant presented its “Policy Roadmap to Renew U.S. Manufacturing,” a report on the challenges facing …

Sustainable Building and Construction Trade Mission to Mexico

August 15, 2017

The deadline to join the United States Department of Commerce’s Sustainable Building and Construction Trade Mission to Mexico is imminent. This tailored trade mission will include representatives from U.S. companies and U.S. trade associations with members that provide green, innovative, and sustainable products and services to the commercial, industrial, and residential construction sectors from October 16-20, …