Staff changes at Mutoh

November 20, 2017

Mutoh America Inc., a manufacturer of wide-format printers and cutters, has promoted Ryan Arakaki to advertising and events manager, and has appointed Mark Rugen as the new director of training and education. Arakaki will continue leading the company’s vision and brand working alongside the product, training and sales teams. Rugen comes to Mutoh with more …

Apparel Impact Institute launched

November 17, 2017

In an effort to urge collective action in the apparel and footwear industry, industry leaders have launched the Apparel Impact Institute (AII). Designed to work with brands and manufacturers to select, fund and scale projects that improve the sustainability impact of the apparel and footwear industry, the AII will identify promising projects and help bring …

NSF expands sustainable certifications

November 16, 2017

NSF International, a global, independent organization that works to protect the environment and human health, is now an approved certification body for three additional Textile Exchange standards. NSF International’s portfolio of responsible textile certifications helps organizations demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, transparency and traceability. NSF International’s full responsible textile certification portfolio now includes recycled content, …

INDA launches new Directory of Pilot Lines

November 15, 2017

INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, has launched print and web versions of a new Directory of Pilot Lines for Nonwoven/Engineered Materials Product Development. It is the first and only compendium of pilot facilities that offer commercially available machine time for the necessary trial activity associated with the development of new nonwoven fabrics …

Meeks promoted at Outdura

November 14, 2017

David Meeks has been promoted to vice president, Casual Furniture, at Outdura in Hudson, N.C. Meeks’ career in the furniture and related textiles industries spans 19 years, having served in key leadership roles in the indoor and outdoor markets. In this new role, he will work with Outdura’s sales team and customers nationwide while continuing …

OEKO-TEX ® sustainability labels

November 13, 2017

OEKO-TEX certificates and labels that allow textile manufacturers to prove compliance with environmental and social regulations in their production chains are available on the market. The use of chemicals in production, the continuous improvement of the supplier’s working and production conditions and the safety of the final product can all be independently and credibly verified …

Smart Fabrics Summit 2018

November 10, 2017

The U.S. Department of Commerce has announced that it will partner with the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) to co-host the Smart Fabrics Summit 2018 on April 24 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, D.C. The Summit provides a forum for public and private sector leaders in technology, apparel and …

Du Chesnay appointed Lectra CFO

November 9, 2017

Lectra, a Paris, France-based world leader in integrated technology solutions, has named Olivier du Chesnay chief financial officer. As deputy chief financial officer of Lectra since May 2013, du Chesnay was already supervising management control, statutory consolidation and audit, headquarters’ accounting, cash flow, credit management and change risk management, as well as sales administration. Prior …

INVISTA awarded Conservation Certification

November 8, 2017

INVISTA’s Seaford, Del., site has demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship and education by achieving a two-year Conservation Certification from the national Wildlife Habitat Council. INVISTA received the certification for its avian and wetlands/water bodies programs. The Conservation Certification program focuses on creating and enhancing the breeding and nesting habitat for the eastern bluebird and …

A&E expands sustainable offerings

November 7, 2017

American & Efird (A&E), a manufacturer and distributor of industrial and consumer thread and technical textiles, has launched a new recycled, air-entangled, polyester sewing thread: Magic® using REPREVE®. The thread incorporates Unifi’s REPREVE fiber made from recycled plastic bottles, providing an eco-friendly performance sewing thread option for environmentally conscious customers. The thread also provides eco-versatility …

Milliken & Co. launches new website

Milliken & Company, a global textile technology company, has launched a website designed to highlight the advantages of its newly created Specialty Interiors business. The new site, www.millikenspecialtyinteriors.com, provides an overview of the company’s full range of interior textile service and product offerings in the home, office, health care, hospitality and specialty event markets. Convenient …

IFAI magazines win six awards at MMPA ceremony  

November 6, 2017

Awards include two gold and four bronze. IFAI magazines won a total of six awards at the 21st annual Minnesota Magazine & Publishing Association (MMPA) Excellence Awards ceremony held on November 2 in Minneapolis, Minn. The Excellence Awards competition was created to recognize and foster outstanding publishing achievement. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges …

Honduras transforming textile sector

With a $1.5 billion U.S. investment, Honduras’ textile and apparel sector is investing in cutting-edge technologies to help transform the country into one of the world’s major players in the booming synthetic yarn and activewear market. The funds have been used to modernize sewing machines and other equipment, expand industrial parks, improve port and road …

Chemical companies join ChemSec’s Marketplace

November 3, 2017

To facilitate the corporate drive to replace hazardous chemicals in textile products and supply chains with safer alternatives, chemicals expert NGO ChemSec has launched the Marketplace. The web-based platform allows chemical companies to advertise safer alternatives to downstream users and brands. A growing number of large chemical suppliers in the textile sector have recently joined …

Morbern recognized for environmental protection

November 2, 2017

The Vinyl Institute of Canada, in conjunction with Environment and Climate Change Canada, recognized Morbern for its work to protect the environment. Morbern, a manufacturer of vinyl upholstery with corporate headquarters in Cornwall, Ontario, and High Point, N.C., received a letter of achievement for fully implementing the 2008–2013 Environmental Performance Agreement with respect to the …

Baldwin acquires Ahlbrandt System GmbH

October 30, 2017

Baldwin Technology Company Inc., a leader in process automation solutions, consumables and services to the print, textile and film industries, has acquired Ahlbrandt System GmbH, Lauterbach, Germany. Ahlbrandt’s 87 team members and Corona treatment, spray coating and hot air-drying products complement the Baldwin team and their broad product and service portfolios. In addition, Baldwin plans …

Microban names Texchem UK distributor

October 27, 2017

Microban International Ltd., a leader in textile odor control and prevention, has named textile chemical manufacturer Texchem as a United Kingdom distributor. Texchem will distribute Microban’s entire range of odor control and anti-microbial solutions, including the AEGIS® product line, to apparel, furnishings, home textile, technical textile and healthcare retailers and brands in the U.K. and …

FiberVisions commemorates 50 years

October 26, 2017

FiberVisions, a leader in developing, manufacturing and marketing polyolefin staple fibers for nonwoven applications, has operated at its Covington, Ga., location for 50 years. The plant began in 1967 as Hercules Incorporated, providing polypropylene fibers to the carpet and upholstery industries. In the early 1980s, Hercules’ focus shifted to staple fibers for the hygienic and …

VTT introduces recycled fiber

October 25, 2017

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has introduced a new fiber by dissolving worn and discarded cotton and using it as a raw material. The first product models demonstrate that recycled fiber can be transformed into a yarn and comfortable fabric. Based on a carbamate dissolution process, the technology has been used to produce …

ECO-PASSPORT accepted by ZDHC

October 24, 2017

OEKO-TEX ® ECO-PASSPORT certification is now accepted by the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Programme as an indicator of conformance with the organization’s Manufacturing Restricted Substances List (MRSL) in connection with the ZDHC Gateway—Chemical Module. The ZDHC’s MRSL covers chemical substances that are limited or banned from intentional use in the production of apparel …

Family Governance Forum to take place in Chicago

October 20, 2017

The Family Governance Forum will be held October 19 and 20 in Chicago. It is a two-day, interactive experience that connects family leaders and influencers to support the growth, development and success of their families’ legacies. The program is designed to lead participants through learning, discussion and planning to heighten their effectiveness as leaders in …

Landex Coat Flame Retardant Clear is the world’s first aqueous transparent flame retardant coating

October 19, 2017

Dainichi Giken, Daimaru Kogyo and Teijin have co-developed the world’s first aqueous transparent flame retardant coating for a wide range of combustibles. Landex Coat Flame Retardant Clear significantly improves the flame retardancy of diverse combustibles, including timbers, papers, fibers, rubbers and plastics. The transparent coating is simply applied to the surface to maintain the material’s …

National Women’s Business Council releases study on women entrepreneurs

October 18, 2017

The National Women’s Business Council released a second part of an important study on the necessity of entrepreneurs who are women, titled Necessity as a Driver of Women’s Entrepreneurship: Her Stories. The study offers observations derived from case studies of nine diverse women business owners. For the report, the nine women discussed their entrepreneurial experiences in context …

SCORE publishes infographic on collaboration tools for small businesses

SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, has published an infographic showing how small businesses that use online collaboration tools see 26 percent faster growth and 21 percent higher profits. Among businesses with fewer than 100 employees, 12 percent currently use online collaboration tools, while 17 percent plan to use these tools …

Commerce Dept. to discuss textile industry assessment findings in October 18 Webinar

October 17, 2017

In 2016, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) undertook its first comprehensive survey and assessment of the health and competitiveness of the U.S. textile, apparel, and footwear industry since 2003.  The BIS team is now prepared to share preliminary findings of this critically important study that will be unveiled later this …

AATCC announces 2018 student design competition

The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) is inviting students to showcase their design talents to win cash and recognition by participating in the 2018 Concept 2 Consumer ® Student Design Competition. The 2018 “All Day Adventures in Activewear”- themed competition will challenge students to design a line for a specific outdoor or …

Color Casters sponsoring color management workshop in Phoenix

October 16, 2017

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) will be holding a Color Management Boot Camp in Phoenix, Arizona from October 24 to 26. Led by certified SGIA digital color professional instructors Jim Raffel and Ray Weiss, along with certified digital color professional Shelby Sapusek, the workshop is for people struggling with color control, having difficulty getting …

Marine Fabricators Regional Workshops

October 13, 2017

Join IFAI at the 2017 Marine Fabricators Regional Workshops. The workshops are designed to help you improve your efficiency and generate revenue, as well as provide a forum for networking and picking up valuable insight from your peers. Discover different patterning and upholstery techniques, share tools, tips and tricks, meet with local suppliers and gather …

Digital Textile Printing Conference Version 2.0

October 12, 2017

AATCC and SGIA have gathered some of the biggest names in the industry for the Digital Textile Printing Conference Version 2.0 being held November 29-30, 2017, at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel in Durham, N.C. The conference will focus on the latest industry trends, print technology developments, key market drivers and insights, applications and case studies. …

Cortec® Coated Products introduces EcoWeave

October 11, 2017

Cortec® Coated Products announced a new high tech extrusion coating line. EcoWeave is a highly durable tarp-like film that protects expensive, heavy raw metal materials and finished products against corrosion. Made from the same type of woven polyolefin film used to wrap lumber, it is durable, yet lightweight and versatile. With its new coating capabilities, …

Submit your best photos to the InTents Buyer’s Guide cover contest

October 10, 2017

We’re looking for the perfect photo for the cover of the 2018 InTents Buyer’s Guide. This is your opportunity to show off your best work to the entire industry! Submit photos that meet these guidelines: High resolution: 300 dpi and at least 2 MB at 4-by-6 inches. 2. A safe installation. 3. Good composition, lighting and color. …

Gerstein, Vegas advance at Unifi

Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C., has appointed Richard E. Gerstein to executive vice president, global branded premium value-added products and chief marketing officer; and John Vegas has been promoted to executive vice president and global chief human resources officer. Gerstein brings 30 years of P&L and marketing expertise and has served in executive roles for a …

Gant retires as Glen Raven CEO

October 9, 2017

Allen Gant Jr. has retired as CEO of textile manufacturer Glen Raven Inc., with C.G. “Leib” Oehmig IV, a 28-year veteran of Glen Raven, stepping in as his successor. Gant will remain chairman of the company’s operating board. Gant joined Glen Raven in 1971 and was named CEO in 1996. Gant announced in 2013 that …

Managing water consumption

DNV GL and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have launched a new self-assessment tool to help the textile industry manage water consumption. It assists textile companies in evaluating the water footprint in manufacturing processes, helping to make more informed decisions about how to manage water consumption in supply chains. The Global Network for …

Flushable wipes lawsuit dropped

October 6, 2017

The Association of Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) has announced the settlement of the class action lawsuit brought by the city of Perry, Iowa, that alleged damages from flushable wipes manufactured by a number of producers. The city admitted that since the inception of the lawsuit, it had not experienced any clogs or increased maintenance costs …

Protective textiles market grows

October 5, 2017

The global protective textiles market is expected to reach $7.78 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Research and Markets, “Protective Textiles Market Analysis by Application (Heat & Flame Resistant, Mechanical, Electrical, Chemical, Ballistic, Space Suits, Healthcare Garments), and Segment Forecasts, 2014–2025.” The market is expected to grow at 3.4 percent CAGR, owing …

Roland promotes Miller, Lambert, Chaffins

October 4, 2017

Roland DGA, an Irvine, Calif., manufacturer of wide-format printers, cutters and engraving devices, has promoted Tony Miller to director of sales and product management. Miller will be responsible for spearheading Roland DGA’s expansion into new markets and overseeing the company’s product development and sales efforts. Sid Lambert has been promoted to U.S. sales manager for …

TSG promotes Rosenstein, Goldman

October 3, 2017

TSG Finishing, North Wales, Penn., has named Brian Rosenstein CEO and Michael Goldman president. Rosenstein and Goldman represent the fifth generation to head the textile finishing company that has been privately held and family-owned since 1901. With their leadership, TSG recently relaunched its Defend brand as a high-performance water and stain repellent, targeting the residential …

Woolam Gin receives GOTS certification

October 2, 2017

Applied DNA Sciences has announced that one of its ginning partners, Woolam Gin, O’Donnell, Texas, was awarded the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS v5.0) certification, making it the first certified U.S. organic cotton gin utilizing Applied DNA’s molecular tagging system. The company is 100 percent compliant with all standards and requirements for the GOTS v5.0 …

2017 OFPANZ Awards for Excellence winners

October 1, 2017

Thirteen projects were recognized as winners of the 2017 Awards for Excellence competition hosted by The Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ). The Awards for Excellence offers OFPANZ members a chance to showcase their technical skills, design excellence and innovation to the industry. Entries are judged on appearance/workmanship, complexity, design/innovation, and functional and …

Ascend completes expansion

September 29, 2017

Ascend Performance Materials, a global producer of specialty plastics, fibers and chemicals, completed a $6.2 million expansion project at the company’s plant in Greenwood, S.C. The project, which added nearly 30 new jobs, will add 24 million pounds of staple fiber production capacity and consolidate the majority of the company’s nylon fiber production at this …

E-textiles experts field questions at IFAI Expo

September 28, 2017

A group of trainblazers in the world of e-textiles offered ideas and fielded questions in a casual setting on IFAI’s EXPO show floor yesterday. Many of the audience were experts themselves, so the discussion was, one might say, among colleagues in this segment. Standards for smart textiles was on the minds of many. One audience …

Sewn Products Equipment adds Ahearn Denning

Sewn Products Equipment Company (SPEC) has acquired Ahearn Denning Cutting Machine Inc. SPEC is a global supplier to the soft goods and allied industries with a range of equipment, parts and services that cover a multitude of applications. By acquiring Ahearn Denning, SPEC will have offices on both U.S. coasts as well as San Pedro …

Raven Industries acquires Colorado Lining

September 27, 2017

Raven Industries Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D., has acquired Colorado Lining International Inc., Parker, Colo. The acquisition will align under the company’s Engineered Films division, which manufactures polymer film and sheeting. By adding new design-build and installation service components to the company’s geomembrane offerings, the acquisition will advance Raven Engineered Films’ business model into a vertically …

Government contracts offer great opportunities for textile companies

September 26, 2017

Business owners who want to pursue government contracts shouldn’t be discouraged, says Mary Lynn Langraf, senior international trade specialist for the U.S. Department of Commerce/OTEXA. Langraf presented a detailed discussion Sept. 26 at IFAI Expo 2017, emphasizing that the textile industry is a robust area of interest for government procurements. The first step in securing …

Shade sails add usability to outdoor spaces

“Shade Sails 2.0” was one of the opening presentations Sept. 26 at IFAI Expo 2017. The presentation featured Tim Koehler, Lawrence Fabric and Metal Structures Inc., and Tim Akes, MPanel Software Solutions, who discussed two projects that could handle wind and snow loads. The first project at Southwest Illinois Community College was an outside study …

Oppermann acquires Southern Weaving

Oppermann GmbH, a global manufacturer of textile webbing products, has acquired Southern Weaving Co., located in the Upstate region of South Carolina. In the near term, Oppermann plans to continue operating the Southern Weaving facilities located in Greenville and Anderson, S.C., while undergoing a plant expansion capable of merging the Greenville production within the next …

Mutoh printers recognized by SGIA

September 25, 2017

Mutoh America Inc. was honored with the 2017 Specialty Graphic Imaging Association’s (SGIA) Product of the Year award. The company was recognized for the ValueJet 1638X 64-inch printer in the “Solvent or Latex Ink Under 80 inches” category, the ValueJet 626UF UV-LED printer in the “Small Flatbed” category, and the ValueJet 1638UH 64-inch UV-LED hybrid …

Huntsman Textile Effects empowers employees

September 22, 2017

Empowering employee-led teams to organize activities in their neighborhoods, Huntsman Textile Effects is helping local communities become sustainable through social, environmental and economic sustainability projects. These initiatives are designed by local employees to meet the needs of the communities in which Huntsman operates, in line with the core pillars of sustainability: people, planet, profits. In …

Fiber Industries to open new plant

September 21, 2017

Fiber Industries LLC, Columbia, S.C., will open a new textile production operation in Darlington County, S.C., in early 2018. The new plant is projected to bring more than $30 million of capital investment and create at least 135 new jobs. A privately-held company, Fiber Industries was established by MHR Fund Management LLC, a New York-based …