Business investments in 2018

March 15, 2018

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association (ELFA) predicts that U.S. businesses, nonprofits and government agencies will spend over $1.6 trillion in capital goods or fixed business investment (including software) in 2018. ELFA also says that in 2018, businesses are expected to make their largest capital investments since 2012. The organization assists businesses and financers in …

INDA offers hygiene products training

March 14, 2018

INDA is offering an advanced absorbent hygiene products training course for product designers, developers and managers. The first edition of the course, which will dive into the nonwoven industry’s largest end market, will be offered May 22–24, 2018, at INDA’s Professional Development Center in Cary, N.C. The session will look at the design elements and …

Francois named AATCC EVP

March 13, 2018

The AATCC board of directors has appointed Brian C. Francois AATCC executive vice president. He succeeds Jack Daniels, who retired in March. Francois was CEO of the Pulcra Chemicals Group (formerly Cognis Corporation and Henkel Textile Technology). He joined the company in 1992 as a senior sales representative and has had a successful career in …

New roles at Glen Raven

March 12, 2018

Andrew Medley, a member of Glen Raven Technical Fabrics’ (GRTF) GlenGuard ® sales team for more than two years, will assume the position of northeast regional sales manager with GRTF’s sister division, Trivantage LLC. He has been primarily responsible for GlenGuard’s business development and client relations efforts in the gulf region and western U.S. territories. …

FTC textile rules updated

March 9, 2018

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is updating regulations under the Textile Fiber Products Identification Act (Textile Rules). The Textile Rules require marketers to place a label on certain textile products to disclose information, such as the name under which the manufacturer does business. The FTC is eliminating an obsolete provision requiring that house word trademark …

U.S. textile, fiber trade associations announce merger

March 8, 2018

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) and the American Fiber Manufacturers (AFMA) have announced a merger of their organizations effective April 1, 2018. NCTO Chairman William V. “Bill” McCrary Jr., Chairman and CEO, William Barnet & Son, Spartanburg, S.C., says, “The NCTO merger with AFMA strengthens the U.S. textile industry’s ability to influence federal policy. …

Sunbrella® wins four platinum ADEX Awards

Sunbrella® received four Platinum awards in this year’s ADEX awards competition, an industry recognition of design excellence and product innovation. The honor was awarded for the Bali and Fiji patterns by Arc|Com, Dickson® Woven Flooring, and the Pendleton® and Makers Collections. Arc|Com channels the spirit of two of the world’s most beautiful islands through patterns …

Hohenstein Group develops garment compression test

The Hohenstein Group has developed HOSYcan, a new compression testing device for textiles that provides increased information and greater accuracy. HOSYcan allows for accurate compression measurements during movement and measures the interaction between different materials. Combined with data from 3-D scanning, simulated movement profiles provide increased accuracy for specific applications. With HOSYcan, the interaction between …

U.S. Bank Stadium needs blackout drapery before 2019 NCAA Final Four

March 7, 2018

The massive windows at U.S. Bank Stadium will need curtains to block out the sunlight during the NCAA Final Four, according to the Star Tribune. Two days after the Super Bowl, on February 6 Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) Chairman Mike Vekich sought plans for the design, manufacture, installment and testing of “blackout curtain drapery” for …

Morgano to lead IT at American Textile

American Textile Co. has named Carlo Morgano senior vice president of information technology. The new role was created in part to support the company’s growing supply chain and rapidly expanding e-commerce business, which has seen nearly 50 percent year-over- year growth. Morgano will oversee the company’s worldwide investment in technology. He brings a proven track …