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 …

ReThreads at all Columbia stores

September 20, 2017

Columbia Sportswear, Portland, Ore., has launched its ReThreads program in more than 100 Columbia stores across the country. The program makes it easy for people to recycle used clothing and footwear by dropping them off in bins at each of their store locations. The items are sent to a processing facility through I:CO, a textile-recycling solutions company. Anything that can be …

ASTM International to host meeting on human exoskeleton standards

September 19, 2017

ASTM International will host an organizational meeting to potentially launch a new group that creates technical standards for human exoskeletons. This fast-growing area includes wearable robots and other mechanisms that enhance human strength and provide other capabilities. New exoskeleton standards could support cutting-edge industrial, military, medical, recreational and other applications. Government agencies, industry groups, laboratories …

Sinteplast launches GEOPOOL swimming pool liner

September 18, 2017

Sinteplast, Piessa Group member, the biggest PVC producer in Mexico, plans to present its new pool liner—GEOPOOL—this September at IFAI Expo in New Orleans. After three years of research to develop a line of reinforced membranes capable of competing directly with European products, Sinteplast moves forward with its swimming pool line which includes outstanding embossing …

AWNEX announces The Garrett Company

AWNEX Inc., a Ball Ground, Ga., manufacturer and installer of architectural metal systems for the corporate chain market, has announced the establishment of a sister company, The Garrett Company (TGC). The company offers commercial-grade metal architectural systems, including trellises, canopies, soffit canopies, sunscreens, patio covers and shutters. Sold directly to customers through a dealer network …

Digital Printing Conference 2017

IMI Europe has announced the full invited speaker and panel session program for its strategic Digital Printing Conference event. The event will be held at the Novotel Barcelona City Hotel, Barcelona, Spain, from September 20–21, 2017, with supporting events on September 18–19 including a Mergers and Acquisitions forum, Market Reports Live sessions and a new …

Coloration challenges addressed

September 15, 2017

The conference, “Managing Today’s Textile Coloration Challenges: From Fiber to Fashion” was held September 13–14 in Charlotte, N.C. Sponsored by the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC), the conference brought together brands, retailers, mills and suppliers to hear both sides of the story and work together to understand each other’s challenges and propose …

R+T South America 2018

R+T South America, a specialized trade fair dedicated to roller shutters, doors/gates and sun protection system in the Mercosur market, will take place May 9–12, 2018, in São Paulo, Brazil. The trade fair is the new platform for national and international manufacturers and dealers. R+T South America showcases new technologies, information on innovations and offers …

Tom Koster joins Fil-Tec

September 14, 2017

Tom Koster joins Fil-TecTom Koster has joined the sales team of Fil-Tec Inc., Hagerstown, Md., as senior sales representative for the Midwest region. Koster will handle sales and service for the region, along with new account development. He brings over 36 years of experience in sales and management to Fil-Tec, a leading manufacturer of industrial …

Reviving Egyptian cotton

September 13, 2017

A new United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) project will help revive the Egyptian cotton industry, which produces high quality fiber known the world over as “white gold.” Although a significant pillar of the Egyptian economy, the textile sector plays a marginal role in the global textile value chain due to the absence of innovation, …

R+T 2018: trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates and sun protection systems

September 12, 2017

R+T 2018, the world trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates and sun protection systems, will take place in Stuttgard, Germany, February 27–March 3, 2018. The demand for high-quality internal sun protection systems has been growing. According to annual figures of the members of the Association for Interior Blinds and Shading Devices (ViS), extremely good sales …

Flame-resistant fabrics forecast

The flame-resistant fabrics market is estimated to grow to $5.787 billion by 2022, according to a new report by Research and Markets, Dublin, Ireland. The increase, from $4.379 billion in 2017, represents a compound annual growth rate of 5.73 percent over the forecast period. Mounting concern over workplace safety and government regulations are key factors …

December Biocomposites Conference Cologne

September 11, 2017

The Biocomposites Conference Cologne is scheduled to take place on Dec. 6–7, 2017, in Cologne, Germany. This year’s conference and exhibition will be the largest industry meeting on biocomposites worldwide, with more than 250 participants and 30 exhibitors expected. Organized by the nova-Institute, the conference will highlight the wide range of successful new technologies and …

2018 Fabrication Excellence Awards

September 8, 2017

The MFA Awards are now open for entries! MFA members are being notified in advance of non-member industry professionals. Submit your best fabrication projects for an opportunity to win a Fabrication Excellence Award. Participation is simple, so submit your projects today! The deadline to submit projects will be November 30, 2017. No exceptions. Fabrication Excellence …

Mahaffey expands product network

Mahaffey Fabric Structures has acquired more than $24.2 million in assets from Classic Party Rentals, including tents, structure frames, fabric pieces and specialty structures. Based in Memphis, Tenn., Mahaffey provides temporary turnkey structures and shelter solutions across the U.S. With the purchase, Mahaffey will have an expanded network of both personnel and products to cover …

New SPGPrints training facility

September 7, 2017

SPGPrints has opened a 7,534-square-foot demonstration and training facility for digital textile customers and end-user brands at the company’s global headquarters in Boxmeer, The Netherlands. The Experience Center features operational SPGPrints PIKE® and JAVELIN® digital textile printers for demonstrations and customer trials. The facility will be used to help ensure that suppliers and buyers of …

Saint-Gobain acquires Kirson

September 5, 2017

Saint-Gobain, Corbevoie, France, has signed a share purchase agreement to acquire Kirson, Bavaria, Germany. Kirson makes reinforcement scrim and combination products of scrim and nonwoven fabrics primarily for the waterproofing roofing markets, as well as floor coverings and construction panels. The integration of Kirson into Saint-Gobain’s high-performance materials line will complete the company’s Adfors division …

Strataglass expands online services

September 1, 2017

Strataglass, a Fort Lauderdale, Fla., manufacturer of premium clear vinyl composite sheets, has launched a new company website: www.strataglass.com. The site is an information hub for the marine enclosure markets, featuring comprehensive blog articles and download opportunities for informational product documents about both Strataglass and CrystalClear, the company’s uncoated clear composite vinyl alternative that offers …

Chinese nonwovens market bullish

August 31, 2017

Multiple nonwovens product sectors in China continue to exhibit strong growth and potential for the foreseeable future, according to reports from the biennial China International Nonwovens Expo & Forum held in Shanghai in June. While multiple sectors within China’s nonwovens market are experiencing strong growth, three in particular stand out: hygiene, medical and filtration. Government …

New goals for India’s textile industry

August 30, 2017

The government of India has set the goal for the Indian textile sector to reach $650 billion by 2025. Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the goal while inaugurating India’s largest ever textile meet, Textiles India–2017 last June in Gandhinagar, Gujarat. He said that speed, scale and quality are essential for Indian textiles to compete against …

Pennel & Flipo acquires Fait Plast

August 29, 2017

Pennel & Flipo SA, a Mouscron, Belgium-based designer and manufacturer of ORCA® textiles, has acquired Fait Plast, Brescia, Italy. A European leader in the manufacturing of technical thermoplastic films, Fait Plast’s films are used for applications including ecological thermo adhesives for shirt/T-shirt printing, functionalization of sportswear and underwear, anti-slipping solutions for hosiery and the orthopedic …

Dyestuff Manufacturers Association honors Huntsman

August 28, 2017

Huntsman Textile Effects, a provider of high-quality dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries, has been named a winner in the 2016 Dyestuff Manufacturers Association of India (DMAI) Awards. Huntsman received two awards in recognition of “excellent performance in exports of dyestuffs by a large scale unit” and “excellent performance in pollution control …

Safety suppliers to combine

August 25, 2017

MSA Safety Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa., has entered into an agreement to acquire Globe Holding Co. LLC, Pittsfield, N.H. Globe is an innovator and provider of firefighter protective clothing and boots, with annual revenues of approximately $110 million. MSA is a global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and …

In memoriam: Robert H. Chapman, III

August 24, 2017

Robert H. Chapman, III, chairman, CEO and treasurer of Inman Mills, Inman, S.C., passed away on August 23, 2017. He was 66. A longtime textile industry leader, Chapman was the fourth generation of the family to run the 116-year-old company. He served in many leadership roles in the textile industry, including chairman of the NCTO …

Croda acquires Enza Biotech

Croda International Plc, a Yorkshire, U.K.-based developer of specialty chemicals, has acquired Enza Biotech AB, a research enterprise established as a spinout company from Lund University in Sweden. Enza Biotech develops next-generation renewable surfactants using carbohydrate-based chemistry. Through the acquisition, Enza Biotech’s patented technology will enhance Croda’s well-established natural and renewable product portfolio, particularly in …

Walmart Details Path to $300 Billion U.S. Manufacturing Increase, 1.5 Million New Jobs

August 16, 2017

Walmart is taking further action in an attempt to boost U.S. manufacturing. In 2013, the company committed to sourcing an additional $250 billion over the course of a ten-year period on products that support American jobs. On Wednesday, the retail giant presented its “Policy Roadmap to Renew U.S. Manufacturing,” a report on the challenges facing …

Sustainable Building and Construction Trade Mission to Mexico

August 15, 2017

The deadline to join the United States Department of Commerce’s Sustainable Building and Construction Trade Mission to Mexico is imminent. This tailored trade mission will include representatives from U.S. companies and U.S. trade associations with members that provide green, innovative, and sustainable products and services to the commercial, industrial, and residential construction sectors from October 16-20, …

Wilson joins Shelter Structures America

August 10, 2017

Sean Wilson has been named Shelter Structures America’s business development manager. Wilson will be based out of the company’s Los Angeles office and will further strengthen Shelter Structures America’s focus on client and account management to increase the company’s presence in new market segments.

Single ply roofing membranes gain market share

August 9, 2017

Polymer-based single ply membranes are gaining market share from bitumen for waterproofing flat roofs, according to a recent study by Applied Market Information Ltd. (AMI Consulting), Bristol, U.K. As construction activity has strengthened in Europe over the last few years and the market continues to shift toward lighter weight and faster construction techniques, the growth …

Efficiency of PCM products tested

August 8, 2017

The Hohenstein Institute, Bonningheim, Germany, is investigating the effectiveness of Phase Change Materials (PCM). Researchers developed the first measuring method that allows the effect and efficacy of PCM in textiles to be tested without costly wearer trials. The research project involves testing PCM-containing products from the market and coating textile samples with varying quantities of …

NCTO welcomes NAFTA renegotiation

August 7, 2017

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), a Washington D.C.-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers, welcomes President Trump’s decision to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). While NCTO supports NAFTA and believes it is vital to the prosperity of the U.S. textile industry, the organization believes it can be improved to …

Partnership to transform carbon fiber

August 4, 2017

Deakin University and LeMond Composites have formed a partnership in a $58 million deal aimed at making carbon fiber more accessible worldwide. Signed by Greg LeMond, three-time Tour de France winner and founder and CEO of LeMond Composites and Deakin University Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander AO, the agreement allows LeMond Composites to license new …

Ultraflex welcomes new sales managers

August 3, 2017

Ultraflex Systems Inc., the international innovator and leader in PVC and specialty substrates, has named Diane Meyer Western Territory sales manager. Meyer joins Ultraflex with years of experience in sales and service including a diverse background in the digital imaging market. Her past industry experience with wide-format distributors most recently included Polymershapes where she had …

Glen Raven to acquire Sunbury Textile Mills

August 2, 2017

Glen Raven Inc., a global provider of performance fabrics, has signed a Letter of Intent to acquire Sunbury Textile Mills, a market leader in the design and manufacture of decorative jacquard fabrics. Under the agreement, Sunbury will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Glen Raven Inc. and will operate as part of Glen Raven Custom …

EDANA report on nonwoven statistics

EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has published the “EDANA Statistics Report on Nonwovens Production & Delivery in Europe, 2016.” Available to members, the report offers detailed production statistics and market analysis. Data collected in the report establishes that the overall production of nonwovens in Greater Europe grew by 3.3 percent …

Textile industry files comments on trade agreement violations and abuses

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has filed public comments in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order directing the federal government to investigate violations and abuses of U.S. trade agreements. “A thorough investigation of trade agreement abuses and violations is long overdue and we appreciate President Trump’s desire to finally review this important matter,” …

China’s five-year plan spurs growth

August 1, 2017

China’s 13th five-year plan is boosting production and demand for nonwoven products. A focus on industry upgrades has improved capacity, with output estimated to reach seven million tons in 2020, up from 5.35 million in 2016. Product demand comes from a number of sectors including construction and infrastructure, environmental protection, health care and elderly care, …

Mark Schechter rejoins KB Contract

July 31, 2017

Mark Schechter has been named senior vice president of sales Midwest and new markets for KB Contract, a division of Keyston Bros. Schechter briefly was associated with Shafer Seating, prior to which he had been a long-time employee of Keyston Bros. and KB Contract. A long time Denver resident, Schechter will manage his new responsibilities …

Vectorply opens high-tech facility

July 28, 2017

Vectorply Corporation, a Phenix City, Ala.-based manufacturer of high-performance composite non-crimp fabrics, opened the doors of their new Advanced Composite Reinforcement Center in June. The 53,000-square- foot facility features 38,000 square feet of manufacturing space dedicated to producing the company’s VectorUltra™ line of advanced multiaxial reinforcements. In addition, the new facility is home to the …

Lenzing invests in Thailand

July 27, 2017

The Lenzing Group plans to build a state-of- the-art lyocell fiber production plant in Prachinburi, Thailand, by the end of 2020. The plant is part of a strategy to substantially increase Lenzing’s share of specialty fibers as a proportion of total revenue. The company established a subsidiary in Thailand and is purchasing a commercial property …

Cotton for absorbent textiles

July 26, 2017

Jayalakshmi Enterprises, based in South India, has developed two mechanically processed cotton varieties for use in absorbent technical textiles products. One has a soft silken touch and the other variety is high end. The two different types of processed cotton can be used in nonwoven manufacturing processes such as needlepunching and hydroentangling to develop absorbent …

Bluestar Silicones becomes Elkem Silicones

July 25, 2017

Elkem, a leading producer of silicon-related advanced materials, is assuming responsibility for Bluestar Xinghuo Silicones and Yongdeng Silicon Materials and integrating them into the Elkem Group. Previously, the two plants were owned by Elkem owners, China National Bluestar. This move further develops Elkem’s integrated silicone value chain from upstream quartz mining to silicon, silicones and …

A&E Corporate sustainability report

July 24, 2017

American & Efird (A&E), a leading manufacturer and distributor of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, has released its “2016-2017 Corporate Sustainability Report.” This year’s report reflects the three concepts that drive A&E’s industry-leading sustainability program: transparency, traceability and trust. It also highlights the company’s accomplishments in the areas of safety, …

Bio-based materials of the year

July 21, 2017

The Nova-Institute, Hürth, Germany, has presented the innovation award, Bio-based Material of the Year 2017, to three innovative materials in specific applications. The competition focused on new developments in the bio-based economy, which have had (or will have) a market launch in 2016 or 2017. The winners were elected by the participants of the 10th …

Early-bird registration opens for textile coating and laminating conference

July 20, 2017

The organizers of TCL2017, the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating, have announced that discounted early-bird rates are now available for delegates to the event, which will take place in Berlin, Germany on November 8-9 2017. Registrants should simply visit the conference website at www.intnews.com/TCL to secure their place at this special rate. At …

Teijin Aramid receives Gold Partner certificate from EcoVadis

July 19, 2017

Teijin Aramid received a certificate from EcoVadis that qualifies the company as a Gold Partner for its sustainability efforts in the automotive market. Teijin Aramid is the preferred supplier of aramid for most large tire producers, who use the para-aramid Twaron to produce their high performance tires. EcoVadis operates the first collaborative platform providing Supplier …

Trivantage Adds Sunbrella® Throws to Product Line

July 18, 2017

Patio and indoor furniture retailers looking to add a cash-and-carry product to their showroom can now order Sunbrella® throw blankets from Trivantage®, the nation’s one-stop shop for fabrics, hardware and accessories. “Sunbrella throws are a great way to start a conversation about the benefits of durable, bleach cleanable Sunbrella fabric,” said Katie Szabo, the decorative …

Pro Em Party & Event Rentals acquires Universal Resource Supply LLC and SoCal Tents & Events

PRO EM Party & Event Rentals (PRO EM), Phoenix, Ariz., has acquired Universal Resource Supply LLC and SoCal Tents & Events (URS), a Los Angeles, Calif.-based event rental company. The purchase marks the second acquisition in 45 days by PRO EM, according to a press release. The company acquired Illinois-based Partytime-HDO Productions in May. Financial …

Honeywell Spectra® Fiber being used in military and industrial applications

July 17, 2017

Honeywell International Inc. announced its Spectra® fiber is being used in a new range of textiles designed for military and industrial applications. The fabrics will be created by Heathcoat Fabrics Ltd., a designer and manufacturer of technical textiles based in the United Kingdom. They are suitable for a range of end use applications in which …