NCTO launches new textile website

April 30, 2018

The National Council of Textile Organizations has launched “Textiles in the News,” a new website promoting the U.S. textile industry. As part of the organization’s American Textiles: We Make Amazing™ public relations effort to rebrand the U.S. textile industry, the website showcases the dynamism of the U.S. textile industry and covers the policy issues that impact …

EURATEX initiates strategy review

April 27, 2018

EURATEX, the European Apparel and Textile Confederation, has launched a new strategic review to strengthen the voice of the European textile and apparel industry with the policy institutions in Brussels as well as governmental bodies and partner organizations around the globe. This initiative will help the organization better reflect its members’ objectives and priorities, which …

ARA partners with TechForce Foundation

April 26, 2018

The American Rental Association (ARA), Moline, Ill., and TechForce Foundation, a Scottsdale, Ariz., are partnering to raise the profile of trade and technical careers. According to TechForce’s “Technician Demand Report,” 125,000 new entrant technicians in auto, diesel and collision will be needed annually over the next ten years. TechForce Foundation has introduced the FutureTech Success™ …

Fair trade: imports, tariffs and the textile industry

April 24, 2018

In August 2017, the President formally instructed the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to determine whether to launch a 301 investigation of “laws, policies, practices, or actions of the Government of China that may be unreasonable or discriminatory and that may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology development.” After deciding …

Schinlever joins Gerber

Scott Schinlever has joined Gerber Technology as president and COO leading the automation solutions business. The addition of Schinlever increases the company’s focus on driving product innovation and continued leadership in its automation solutions portfolio. Schinlever joined Gerber from EFI, where he was senior vice president and general manager of EFI’s inkjet business.

EDANA holds Middle East symposium

April 23, 2018

In February, EDANA, the global association serving the nonwovens and related industries, held a conference in Dubai for the nonwovens industry in the Middle East and North Africa. Some 200 delegates from more than 100 companies attended the fourth annual symposium. It featured analysis on market outlook, product innovation, demographic trends and sustainability initiatives, with …

IFAI names Schiffman new president and CEO

April 20, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has named Steve Schiffman, the association’s vice president of media and sales, the new president and CEO of IFAI. He will replace Mary Hennessy, who is retiring June 1, 2018, after holding the position for the last six years. Schiffman had a long and successful career in publishing before …

Costco uses OEKO-TEX® for screening

Costco is partnering with the Hohenstein Group to integrate STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification into its smart screening program to ensure safe, traceable and sustainable products. The program is designed to protect consumer and environmental health by removing chemicals of concern from the products offered at Costco stores worldwide. Suppliers with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX …

Designtex receives sustainability award

April 19, 2018

Designtex, a designer and manufacturer of applied materials for the built environment, has received the REPREVE® Champions of Sustainability award in the category of Circular Economy. The award recognizes companies that demonstrate best-in- class use of the closed loop concept, which aims to eliminate waste throughout the product life cycle. In 2013, Designtex introduced Loop-to- …

Retail imports expected to grow

April 18, 2018

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to grow 4.9 percent during the first half of 2018 compared with the same period a year earlier, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. The growth forecast is due in part to retail sales …