Retailers urge approval of USMCA

September 30, 2019

The National Retail Federation urged Congress to take action after its annual August recess to approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), which would modernize trade between the three countries and replace the landmark North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Since NAFTA took effect 25 years ago, e-commerce has changed how businesses operate and how consumers purchase …

Smart laundries developed

September 27, 2019

In June 2019, the IntWash research project, led by Hohenstein, began focusing on the opportunities and challenges of intelligent laundries. The establishment of Industry 4.0 concepts in laundries will be promoted through Hohenstein’s research network, targeted marketing measures and international cooperation. The project, funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), aims …

ORTA awards bio-inspired prize

September 26, 2019

ORTA, a sustainable denim manufacturer headquartered in Turkey, awarded its prize for Bio-Inspired Textile Processes to a team of Australian students from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, RMIT University. The students developed Enzer, a water filtration and treatment system that can be retrofitted to washing machines to tackle the issue of microplastics released in …

SDL Atlas enters into agreement with Schap

September 25, 2019

SDL Atlas has announced a new agreement with Schap Specialty Machine Inc. to be its exclusive global distributor outside of the U.S. The Michigan-based company’s testing and evaluation instruments are primarily used in testing seating and automotive interior materials. With offices and experts in the U.S., United Kingdom, Hong Kong and China, SDL Atlas is …

Fisher Textiles opens new headquarters

September 24, 2019

Fischer Textiles, a supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has opened its corporate headquarters in Matthews, N.C. With the move, Fisher nearly doubles its office and warehousing space, from a 42,000-square-foot building to an 82,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility. In addition to increased space for a deeper inventory of product offerings, the new headquarters features a print …

YKK announces environmental vision

September 23, 2019

YKK Corp. has announced its new YKK Group Environmental Vision 2050, “Towards a brighter future for nature and humanity.” The vision defines the long-term direction for environmental initiatives that YKK must take to realize a higher level of environmental management. Issues identified in the vision were gathered during workshops conducted with employees and from results …

NILIT embraces social responsibility

September 20, 2019

As a leader in premium Nylon 6.6, NILIT has taken significant measures to strengthen its corporate social responsibility position over the last three years. The company examined its products and manufacturing facilities, and conducted complete life cycle assessments to ensure that its policies and procedures fully safeguard employees and the communities in which it operates. …

Mount Vernon FR expands

September 19, 2019

In response to increased demand for its flame-resistant products, Mount Vernon FR is expanding operations at its Trion, Ga., facility. The additional 4,500 square feet of production space will be home to new state-of-the-art FR treatment equipment that will increase Mount Vernon FR’s production and finished fabric capacity by 20 percent. The project will be …

MMI acquires Competition Textiles

September 18, 2019

MMI Textiles Inc., a diversified supplier of fabrics, trims, hardware and other notions, has acquired the assets of Competition Textiles. Competition Textiles is also a woven fabric converter, as well as an importer of fabrics, making this acquisition an enhancement of MMI’s existing stock line. Mike Wire, the former owner of Competition Textiles, will stay …

Milliken joins PCIAW

September 17, 2019

Milliken & Co., a leader in performance and protective textiles, has joined the Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW), an association created to strengthen the influence of the clothing industry through collaborative leadership and strategic advocacy. Milliken will partner with the organization to sponsor the 2020 PCIAW Summit and Awards, to be held in London. …