Webinar: Wearable Tech & Smart Textiles: A platform for women’s leadership

April 5, 2019

Members: $69  Non-Members: $129  April 30 | Noon EST  Join Justine Decaens of CTT Group for a webinar in conjunction with the Smart Fabrics Virtual Summit. The start-up culture is emerging as textile manufacturers have begun diversifying and differentiating by leveraging smart textiles. This culture is driving a new mentality and providing leadership roles for women. …

Smart Fabrics Virtual Summit registration now open

Members: $200 both days | $125/one day  Non-Members: $300 both days | $175/one day May 14-15, 2019 | 11:00am – 3:00pm EST For the third year, the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will host the Smart Fabrics Summit 2019. This year, the summit will be conducted virtually from May 14-15, 2019. Newly titled as the “Smart Fabrics Virtual …

SBA Announces National SBIR Road Tour

April 4, 2019

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced it will launch a 16-stop road tour connecting entrepreneurs working on advanced technology to the country’s largest source of early stage funding—the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs. Also known as America’s Seed Fund, the SBIR/STTR programs focus on next generation …

India’s textiles sector grows

India’s textiles sector, which currently employs more than 45 million people, will require 17 million additional workers by 2022. The textiles ministry said in the last four years, 8.58 lakh persons have been trained in partnership with 58 government and industry partners to meet the sector’s need for a skilled workforce. Twelve markets in Vietnam, …

Oransky named CEO at Roland

April 3, 2019

Roland DGA, a provider of digital imaging and 3-D devices for professionals, has appointed Andrew Oransky to be the company’s new CEO. Oransky has served as president, responsible for day-to-day operations at the Irvine, Calif.-based company since 2016. In his expanded role, he will assume overall responsibility for company strategy and performance and will report …

Owens Corning acquires facility

April 2, 2019

Owens Corning has acquired an existing manufacturing facility in Blythewood, S.C., where it will manufacture coated, nonwoven products for a variety of applications within the North American building materials industry. The company’s $13.6 million capital investment is projected to provide 16 new jobs. The company acquired an existing facility where it plans to convert a …

SEAMS SPRING NETWORKING CONFERENCE: May 8-10, 2019

March 29, 2019

This year’s conference will take place May 8-10 in Savannah, Ga. at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa. Sessions will lead off with a Washington Update: “Competitiveness of the U.S. Sewn Products Sector,” from the U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration. Keynote Speakers Day 1: A “special” guest representative Day 2: “Sourcing …

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) wins ruling against textile printer

The Higher Regional Court Stuttgart passed a consumer-friendly judgement on 18 February 2019, with far-reaching consequences for any advertising using the GOTS logo and/or name. The appeal decision was passed on a case where a textile printer had purchased blank GOTS certified Tshirts and then printed on them. However, the printer was not GOTS certified. …

Demand for nonwovens rises

March 27, 2019

Nonwovens demand in China is expected to increase 6.9 percent per year to 4.9 million metric tons in 2022 according to Global Nonwovens, a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm. While economic growth has begun to slow to more sustainable levels, it will continue to increase through 2022 and will …

Noso Patches awarded grant

March 25, 2019

Noso Patches, Jackson, Wyo., has been awarded a Kickstart: Wyoming grant by the Wyoming Business Council, the state’s Economic Development Agency. The grant will help the company, which makes colorful patches that fix rips and tears in outdoor gear, invest in machinery to expand operations and contribute to sustainable job creation in the state. Kickstart: …