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; …

Recasens expands distribution network

February 5, 2019

Recasens, a manufacturer of performance fabric for sun protection, textile architecture, screens, decoration and marine use, has added Industrial Solutions Inc. (IIS) as its newest U.S.-based master distributor. The new partnership will provide greater access to the Recasens line of European-designed fabrics for fabricators and designers in the awning, marine and decor industries. “The RECacril …

EU restricts chemicals

The European Commission has adopted new restrictions for the use of 33 chemicals known to cause cancer and reproductive health problems. The restrictions limit exposure to chemicals including benzene, formaldehyde and heavy metals that may be particularly harmful with frequent contact with human skin. These new rules set maximum concentration limits in clothing and textiles …

American Cord & Webbing Co. certified to ISO 9001:2015

February 4, 2019

American Cord & Webbing Co., Inc. (ACW), a manufacturer and distributor of plastic and metal fasteners, narrow textile webbing, elastic and non-elastic cords and custom strap assemblies, announced that the organization has been certified to ISO 9001:2015 by TUV Rheinland of North America, Inc. The International Standard (ISO) 9001:2015, Quality Management Systems – Requirements, is …