Researcher reportedly develops decontamination for nanotechnologies

September 1, 2008  |  Advanced Textiles, Industry News

Nanotechnology may be a manufacturing revolution, but how environmentally responsible (and safe) will it be? In an article in ScienCentral News (produced by ScienCentral Inc. in collaboration with The Center for Science and the Media), technology monitoring firm Lux Research estimates that by the ye…
French Army soldiers wear protective fabric

September 1, 2008  |  Advanced Textiles, Industry News

Rugged meta-aramid fibers, all-temperature protection and fire resistance sold the French Army on protective clothing from the Kermel® Co., Comar Cedex, France. The first battalions will be equipped with Kermel’s V50 summer and VMC40 winter camouflage battledress in late 2008 following suc…
Weber & Heusser to distribute Dow XLA fiber in Europe

September 1, 2008  |  Industry News

Dow Fiber Solutions’ (DFS) XLA™ olefin-based stretch fiber, which resists chemicals and high temperatures, may expand its sales in German-speaking markets. Weber & Heusser GmbH & Co. KG, Albstadt, Germany, will partner with DFS, Horgen, Switzerland, to distribute the fiber in Europe. The…
Rainier moves to larger headquarters

September 1, 2008  |  Awnings & Canopies, Graphics, Industry News, Marine, Tents

When showcasing shelter solutions such as tents, yurts and fabric cottages, a bigger facility is better. In July, Rainier Industries, Seattle, Wash., moved a short distance from its previous headquarters into a new 140,000-square-foot facility with ample space for five in-house divisions (wood, fabr…
L.A. investment firm acquires Moss

September 1, 2008  |  Industry News

Century Park Capital Partners, Los Angeles, Calif., invested in a company with competitive products and strong growth by acquiring Moss Inc., Lincolnwood, Ill., in July. Moss manufactures fabric-based visual solutions for exhibit, event and retail displays. “We look forward to supporting Moss as t…
Gerber distributor opens facility in South Korea

September 1, 2008  |  Industry News

Gerber Technology, Tolland, Ct., participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its South Korean distributor’s new manufacturing facility in Seoul in July. Keehwa Hitech’s new facility will produce laser cutting systems for automotive airbags, technical textiles, signs and engraving. Keehwa has fo…
Protective garment testing lab opens at NCSU

September 1, 2008  |  Advanced Textiles, Industry News

A test laboratory for protective garments worn by chemical and biological incident responders opened in July at North Carolina State University’s College of Textiles. Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense, the Man-in-Simulant Test (MIST) facility grand opening included tours, live …
U.S. and Brazil textile industries form cooperation agreement

September 1, 2008  |  Industry News

Following an April summit in Washington, D.C., the American Apparel and Footwear Association and Brazilian Textile and Apparel Industry Association agreed to work together on trade issues that affect both countries. The cooperation agreement outlines steps such as eliminating tariff and non-tariff b…
U.S. exports cotton and assistance to Vietnam

September 1, 2008  |  Industry News

The Texas Cotton Association and International Cotton Council want to increase exports of U.S. cotton, cottonseed and cotton products. In an agreement developed during a July visit to the U.S. by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, the U.S. will continue supplying Vietnam with 30 percent of i…
Bangladesh’s jute mills leased to private operators

September 1, 2008  |  Industry News

Substantial losses in government-owned Bangladeshi jute mills led to shut-downs of eight facilities in 2007. This year, the government leased five mills to private operators, on condition that lease holders share profits, bear liabilities during the lease tenure and pay a lease fee. In turn, the gov…