American Textile Company expands operations

September 28, 2018

American Textile Company, Pittsburgh, Penn., has announced key moves to support its continued growth, including a new distribution center near its Pittsburgh-area headquarters. The 98,000 square-foot facility in McKeesport will serve customers throughout the northeast. The company has also appointed Traci Hayes as vice president of its e-commerce business to drive new initiatives in the …

No-iron cotton research

Cotton shirts that don’t need ironing could be a reality thanks to a project undertaken by CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. A team of CSIRO scientists is working on a cotton with many of the properties of synthetics, such as being stretchy, non-creasing and even waterproof, while retaining its natural fiber feel. First, however, the …

Airtex merges with Acme Made

September 27, 2018

The Airtex Group, a Minneapolis-based national designer and manufacturer of custom home textile goods and sewn products, and Acme Made LLC, a manufacturer of backpacks and lifestyle bags, have announced the completion of the merging of the two companies. In December 2016, The Airtex Group and Acme Made became sister companies. In November 2017, the …

TexDel Partners with AFFOA

September 26, 2018

Textile-Based Delivery Inc. (TexDel), a biomaterials platform technology company, has received a $1 million award from Advanced Functional Fabrics of America (AFFOA), a private-public partnership established through the Department of Defense. The award supports the manufacturing scale up of TexDel’s patented technology for controlled delivery of active ingredients via textiles. TexDel, based at Catawba Valley …

Teijin Frontier acquires Ziegler

September 25, 2018

Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber and products converting company, has agreed to acquire J.H. Ziegler GmbH, a supplier of automotive interior materials in Germany. Through the acquisition, Teijin Frontier will improve its automotive interior materials’ production and sales capabilities in Europe, enhancing its presence in the global automotive market. To drive the …

SILVADUR Antimicrobials from Dow Microbial Control earns bluesign certification

September 24, 2018

SILVADUR™ Antimicrobials, patented antimicrobial technology for textiles and apparel from Dow Microbial Control, a global business unit of DowDuPont Specialty Products Division, has been certified by the bluesign® system. The certification signifies the safety of the technology to brands and manufacturers. Managed by the Swiss-based company bluesign Technologies AG, the system oversees the global textile …

Eastman and ExactFlat collaborate

September 21, 2018

Eastman Machine Company, provider of cutting machine technologies, and ExactFlat, a provider of 3-D to 2-D digital patterning software, are collaborating to increase the efficiency of preparing and cutting patterns with digitally printed graphics. ExactFlat 3-D to 2-D digital patterning software creates flat patterns with graphics perfectly aligned. Once 2-D patterns are created, they can …

Asheboro Elastics set for growth

September 20, 2018

Asheboro Elastics Corp. (AEC), a producer of knitted and woven narrow fabrics for the apparel and bedding industries, has retained Equity Partners to find new money, either debt or equity, or a strategic partner, to complement the company’s growth strategy. AEC has been working strategically over the last three years to position itself for growth …

IFAI announces new Textile Career Center

September 19, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced a new online career resource: the Textile Career Center. This new initiative will offer IFAI members, and the industry at large, an easy-to-use and highly targeted resource for online employment connections. For job seekers, the Textile Career Center will serve as a tool to find and apply …

Arc’Teryx debuts film

Arc’Teryx, North Vancover, Canada, has debuted “The Science Behind Gore,” one of four short films in the “Who We Are” video series that explores the brand’s heritage, ethos and DNA. The film explores the technology collaborations between Gore and Arc’Teryx that have pushed industry standards forward, as well as the people and processes that continue …