Heubrandner appointed VP at Lenzing

February 28, 2019

The Lenzing Group has named Florian Heubrandner vice president of global business management textiles. He will be leading Lenzing’s global strategy and development across the textile value chain, helping the company to transform from a B2B fiber producer to a business-to-business-to-consumer brand following the rejuvenation of TENCEL ™ , Lenzing’s textile specialty brand and the …

Coats acquires ThreadSol

February 27, 2019

Coats, a leading industrial thread manufacturer, acquired ThreadSol, a cloud-based digital applications provider, which became part of Coats Global Services. ThreadSol’s technology focuses on fabric usage optimization in apparel manufacturing and helps customers reduce fabric waste and cost. The products are a good fit with Coats’ existing Fast React Systems and GSD range of Evolve, …

Ascend expands operations

February 25, 2019

Ascend Performance Materials is again expanding its Greenwood County operations to accommodate the company’s growth. The $35.2 million expansion will create 30 new jobs. A global leader in the production of nylon 6/6 fibers, resins and compounds, Ascend has six manufacturing plants in the southeastern United States and Europe and more than 3,200 employees and …

McCollum joins MMI Textiles

February 19, 2019

Shawn McCollum has joined MMI Textiles as the director of sales and business development. He brings more than 28 years of successful sales experience in the textile industry, having built and managed successful sales teams for companies such as Velcro USA and the Paiho Group. McCollum has broad OEM and distribution experience across market segments …

Thrace-LINQ completes expansion project

February 18, 2019

Thrace-LINQ in Summerville, S.C., announced the completion of the installation of a new Andritz needlepunched nonwoven line. The Thrace Group invested more than $9 million in the project to satisfy the growing demand for high-performance nonwoven fabrics in North America. The state-of-the- art needlepunched nonwoven line was designed to produce world-class-quality fabrics for geosynthetics, automotive …

Joint venture gets go-ahead for PET/PTA plant

February 15, 2019

Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. (IVL), a global chemical producer, announced recently that its joint venture has received all regulatory clearance required from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for the proposed joint asset purchase of M&G USA Corp. and its affiliated debtors. On March 21, 2018, Indorama Ventures, Alpek, and Far Eastern Investment (Holding) …

Tent Expo 2019 shines with education and networking opportunities

February 14, 2019

More than 500 tent professionals gathered in Orlando, Fla., in January at Tent Expo 2019 for valuable education and networking opportunities under dozens of structures featuring the latest tent technology. Attendees had the opportunity to meet with more than 65 exhibitors, including innovative tent manufacturers, equipment suppliers offering hands-on education, as well as vendors for …

Enter the 2019 IFAI Student Design Competition

February 13, 2019

The 2019 IFAI (Industrial Fabrics Association International) Student Design Competition is searching for talented students to enter their best projects in an effort to be recognized within the textile industry. Students pursuing degrees in textiles, apparels, engineering, architecture or design can now enter the 2019 Student Design Competition. This is an elite competition focused on giving …

Key issues for North American polyester

February 7, 2019

Michael Bermish, chemical principal analyst for energy research consultants Wood McKenzie, offers analysis on what to expect in the coming year in the opinion piece, “Will 2019 be another tumultuous year for the North American polyester industry?” In 2018, the North American polyester and upstream intermediates markets experienced major changes. Various plant outages tightened up …

NCTO endorses trade agreement

February 6, 2019

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) board of directors has voted to endorse the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which was signed by the three countries on Nov. 30, 2018. NCTO regards the agreement to be an improvement over NAFTA in many ways for the U.S. textile industry. Improvements include a standalone chapter for textile and apparel; …