USIFI and NFI help influence USTR issued tariffs in response to unfair trade practices by China

June 19, 2018

On June 15, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issued a list of products that will be subject to an additional duty of 25 percent as a part of the U.S. response to China’s unfair trade practices related to intellectual property abuses. The list covers 1,102 separate 8-digit U.S. tariff lines valued at …

Americhem unifies acquisitions under one name

Americhem has fully integrated Infinity LTL and Vi-Chem Corp., previously acquired engineered compounds and polymer composite manufacturing suppliers, into the Americhem brand. The designer and manufacturer of custom color masterbatch, functional additives, engineered compounds and performance technologies now offers a wider breadth of solutions to meet the needs of its customers. The globally unified company …

In memoriam: John Carter, J & J Carter

June 18, 2018

John Carter, founder of award-winning J & J Carter Ltd., Hampshire, U.K., died on March 31 at age 78. Carter founded J & J Carter in 1988, building a strong and reputable name in the industry. Carter loved his work and the dedicated team working alongside him. He had an unwavering commitment to quality and …

Polo Custom Products appoints Lammers

June 14, 2018

Polo Custom Products has named Kent Lammers as its president and CEO. Lammers is a graduate of Washburn University and has served as corporate controller, CFO and executive vice president/CFO before being named to his new position. Polo Custom Products designs and manufactures custom components for original equipment manufacturers in the medical, fire and safety, …

Dual leadership for GOTS

June 13, 2018

Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) has announced that Claudia Kersten and Rahul Bhajekar have taken on a dual leadership role for the non-profit operating unit Global Standard gemeinnützige GmbH. Both have already been working as directors for GOTS. Kersten, who holds an MBA in sustainability management, will continue to serve as head of marketing and …

ZDHC publishes electronic MRSL list

June 12, 2018

The Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals’ (ZDHC) Roadmap to Zero Programme has released an electronic version of the ZDHC Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL)—the ZDHC e-MRSL. The tool supports the global textile, apparel, leather and footwear industries by improving the use of chemicals in the value chain in an interactive way. The digital format is …

Reshoring brings jobs to the U.S.

June 11, 2018

In 2017 combined reshoring and related foreign direct investment (FDI) added more than 171,000 jobs according to the Reshoring Initiative’s 2017 Reshoring Report. Including upward revisions of 67,000 jobs in prior years, the total number of manufacturing jobs brought to the U.S. from offshore was more than 576,000 since the manufacturing employment low of 2010. …

ReGAIN launches recycling app

June 8, 2018

ReGAIN has introduced the first UK app to tackle the recycling of unwanted clothing items. The app enables consumers to turn their unwanted clothes into discount coupons for leading retailers in the country. Consumers simply box up unwanted clothing and ship it free of charge to reGAIN. They can use the discount coupons online or …

Small business tax prep costs still high

June 7, 2018

According to The National Small Business Association’s (NSBA) 2018 Small Business Taxation Survey, 63 percent of the 953 small businesses participating in the survey report spending more than $1,000 annually on the administration of federal taxes. The survey also shows that one in three small businesses spend 40 hours each year preparing federal taxes. According …

Güdel-TSC is first A3 Mexico member

June 6, 2018

Güdel, a global manufacturer of linear motion modules, robot track motion units and gantry robots and components, announced that Güdel-TSC, Monterrey, Mexico, has become the first member of A3 Mexico. The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) is a global nonprofit trade organization that supports and promotes the benefits of automation. Representing more than 1,000 automation …