AFFOA partners with MIT

May 31, 2018

Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA) is partnering with MIT-Venture Mentoring Service to launch the Advanced Fabric Entrepreneurship Program. AFFOA’s mission is to catalyze a domestic manufacturing-based revolution, converting traditional fibers, yarns and textiles into sophisticated, integrated and networked devices and systems, facilitating the transformation of the textile industry to make it value-added and high-tech. …

Biomedical textiles market growing

May 30, 2018

The biomedical textiles market is projected to be worth $14.5 billion by 2022, growing from its 2017 value of $10.99 billion, according to a report from MarketsandMarkets. The rising number of surgeries, growing number of elderly people in the population, the high quality of biomedical textiles and a growing need for advanced wound dressing materials …

Unifi to acquire dyed yarn business

May 28, 2018

The domestic operating subsidiary of Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C., has agreed to acquire the dyed yarn business and assets of National Spinning Co. Inc. The acquisition is expected to enhance Unifi’s position as a leading producer of dyed staple and filament yarn in the region and will add acrylic and wool products to the company’s …

Stimpson launches rebrand as part of 165th anniversary

May 25, 2018

Stimpson, formerly known as Edwin B. Stimpson Company, manufacturer of grommets and washers, eyelets and more, has launched a new brand identity and revamped its digital assets to celebrate 165 years in business. The company manufactures products for the commercial tent industry and countless other applications out of its 278,000-square-foot facility in Pompano Beach, Fla. …

Shelter Structures adds Sunshield Shade

Shelter Structures America, a distributor of Shelter temporary clearspan tent structures, Sunshield & SKP for the U.S., Canada and Mexico, will carry the Sunshield Shade product line. Sunshield products are polycarbonate carports and shade structures, tensile fabric shade structures, vehicle parking shades and patio shades. The products will be warehoused in the Shelter Structures America …

Platinum Equity acquires American & Efrid (A&E)

May 24, 2018

Platinum Equity has acquired American & Efrid (A&E), Mount Holly, N.C., from KPS Capital Partners. A&E is the largest U.S. manufacturer and the world’s second-largest manufacturer and distributor of premium quality industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles. Platinum Equity, founded in 1995, is a global investment firm with $13 billion in …

Moran and Bockoven named NCTO officers

May 23, 2018

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), a trade association representing domestic textile manufacturers, elected officers at its 15th annual meeting in March. Marty Moran, CEO of Buhler Quality Yarns Corp., was named chairman. Moran served as vice chairman in 2017. Don Bockoven, president and CEO of Leigh Fibers and ICE Recycling, was chosen to …

Serge Ferrari acquires Plastitex

May 22, 2018

Serge Ferrari Group, Pompano Beach, Fla., has acquired Plastitex, an Italian manufacturer of specialty composite materials for indoor and outdoor furniture. The acquisition adds complementary product lines and technical knowledge to the Serge Ferrari brand. Besides its expertise in new product design, Plastitex will provide extra capacity and additional manufacturing flexibility. Serge Ferrari Americas can …

Milliken & Company holds color workshop

May 21, 2018

Milliken & Company recently hosted a Love Good Color workshop to help the team, expand the way they think about and approach color. Led by Laura Guido-Clark, Love Good Color founder and creative director, the workshop focuses on emotionally driven ways of thinking of and approaching color to help design and build the best fabric …

Macy’s chooses OEKO-TEX®

May 16, 2018

Macy’s will bring MADE IN GREEN® by OEKO-TEX® traceable labels to select private brand textile products in its home collection. The MADE IN GREEN label ensures products are made in environmentally friendly, socially responsible and safe facilities and are tested for harmful substances. The label will be featured on several of Macy’s private brand sheets …