Fair trade: imports, tariffs and the textile industry

April 24, 2018

In August 2017, the President formally instructed the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to determine whether to launch a 301 investigation of “laws, policies, practices, or actions of the Government of China that may be unreasonable or discriminatory and that may be harming American intellectual property rights, innovation, or technology development.” After deciding …

Schinlever joins Gerber

Scott Schinlever has joined Gerber Technology as president and COO leading the automation solutions business. The addition of Schinlever increases the company’s focus on driving product innovation and continued leadership in its automation solutions portfolio. Schinlever joined Gerber from EFI, where he was senior vice president and general manager of EFI’s inkjet business.

EDANA holds Middle East symposium

April 23, 2018

In February, EDANA, the global association serving the nonwovens and related industries, held a conference in Dubai for the nonwovens industry in the Middle East and North Africa. Some 200 delegates from more than 100 companies attended the fourth annual symposium. It featured analysis on market outlook, product innovation, demographic trends and sustainability initiatives, with …

IFAI names new president and CEO

April 20, 2018

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has named Steve Schiffman, the association’s vice president of media and sales, the new president and CEO of IFAI. He will replace Mary Hennessy, who is retiring June 1, 2018, after holding the position for the last six years. Schiffman had a long and successful career in publishing before …

Costco uses OEKO-TEX® for screening

Costco is partnering with the Hohenstein Group to integrate STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification into its smart screening program to ensure safe, traceable and sustainable products. The program is designed to protect consumer and environmental health by removing chemicals of concern from the products offered at Costco stores worldwide. Suppliers with STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX …

Designtex receives sustainability award

April 19, 2018

Designtex, a designer and manufacturer of applied materials for the built environment, has received the REPREVE® Champions of Sustainability award in the category of Circular Economy. The award recognizes companies that demonstrate best-in- class use of the closed loop concept, which aims to eliminate waste throughout the product life cycle. In 2013, Designtex introduced Loop-to- …

Retail imports expected to grow

April 18, 2018

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports are expected to grow 4.9 percent during the first half of 2018 compared with the same period a year earlier, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. The growth forecast is due in part to retail sales …

PCMC and MicroDynamics partner

April 17, 2018

Paper Converting Machine Company (PCMC), a supplier of high-performance converting machinery for the tissue, nonwovens and package-printing industries, has announced a partnership with MicroDynamics, a producer of high-performance inspection microscopes for the printing industry. The two companies are teaming up to provide customers with the option to include MicroDynamics’ 3DQC RollScope as part of a …

Ruusuvirta joins Spinnova

April 16, 2018

Leena Ruusuvirta has been appointed specialist on Spinnova’s R&D team. She will help the Finnish fiber technology company in raw material development. Ruusuvirta joins Spinnova from catalyst manufacturer Dinex Ecocat, where she was a laboratory team leader. Prior to that, she was a research scientist with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, working with micro-fibrillated …

HanesBrands invests in Baldwin systems

April 13, 2018

Apparel leader HanesBrands has invested in 19 precision application systems made by Baldwin Technology Company Inc. The state-of- the-art application technology will help the company reach environmental sustainability goals. The exclusive and innovative system realizes a substantial savings of water, chemistry and energy while increasing productivity. It features textile-finishing technology that allows for accurate and …