Performance Fibers acquires four INVISTA plants

June 1, 2008  |  Industry News

Since becoming an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners Inc. in 2004, Performance Fibers, Richmond, Va., has purchased several North American, Asian and European businesses as part of an ongoing growth strategy. The company recently announced its acquisition of INVISTA’s North American tire cord and p…
3G Mermet expands U.S. operations

June 1, 2008  |  Industry News

Increasing sales of solar protection fabric and operations scattered among temporary buildings were two of the reasons that 3G Mermet tripled its floor space in its expanded Cowpens, South Carolina, facility. The new 130,000-square-foot building gives the company room to grow and consolidate corpora…
OptiTex forms global business linkages

June 1, 2008  |  Industry News

OptiTex, Petach Tikva, Israel, recently announced expansions, partnerships and distribution agreements that put the company all over the map. In addition to opening new offices in Belgium and Bangalore, India, OptiTex has developed a partnership with Luidi Design, Los Angeles, Calif., a manufacturer…
Textronics patents textile-based electrode system

May 1, 2008  |  Advanced Textiles, Industry News

Wearable sensor technology is in vogue among athletes in all disciplines, and Textronics Inc., Wilmington, Del., has been awarded a patent for its textile-based electrode system by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The stretchy electrodes are incorporated into garments to comfortably monitor the…
Clariant continues recovery

May 1, 2008  |  Industry News

Clariant AG, Muttenz, Switzerland, the world’s second-largest specialty chemical manufacturer, recovered some lost ground by posting a smaller than anticipated fourth-quarter loss in mid-February. The company, which transforms crude oil derivatives into pigments, plastic additives, dyes and optica…
Thrace-LINQ allies with Western Excelsior

May 1, 2008  |  Industry News

Thrace-LINQ, a global supplier of woven and nonwoven polypropylene fabrics, has announced an alliance with Western Excelsior, a manufacturer of both temporary and permanent erosion control products for the North American market. “We are pleased to partner with Western Excelsior in a strategic alli…
English firm acquires Prodesco Inc.

May 1, 2008  |  Industry News

Two companies with deep roots, long track-records and reputations for engineering will come together, as Fenner PLC, Yorkshire, England, announced acquisition of all outstanding company shares of privately held Prodesco Inc., Perkasie, Pa., U.S.A. Fenner’s expertise in reinforced-polymer engineeri…
Association leads session to define ‘green’

May 1, 2008  |  Industry News

Manufacturers and retailers are eager for guidance about what constitutes “green,” according to the International Oeko-Tex Association, which led an interactive session on the issue at the Lenzing Innovation Authentic Green symposium at TexWorld USA in New York in January. “Textile ecology is …
ARA Insurance Services gets high marks

May 1, 2008  |  Industry News

The American Rental Association (ARA) received the strongest performance reviews to date in its most recent customer satisfaction survey for ARA Insurance Services (AIS), its wholly owned insurance subsidiary. About 200 AIS insured customers were polled Nov. 11-21, 2007. Those polled represented a m…
Midwest merger forms new fabric association

May 1, 2008  |  Industry News

Two Midwest zones agreed to band together to form a new fabric association, and more than 160 people from 75 companies met in St. Louis at the annual Tri-Zone convention. Attendees from Mid-America 8, Upper Midwest and Zone 7 gathered Jan. 30-Feb. 1 to learn, share ideas and information, and shore u…