“A Focus on the Future” from A&E

June 11, 2019

American & Efird (A&E) announced its Earth Day release of its ninth annual corporate sustainability report, A Focus on the Future. Highlighting its annual progress in environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility, A&E measures its performance against goals outlined within its Eco-Driven® program, the Ten Threads of Sustainability. The report details sustainability successes in water …

Mimaki opens tech center

June 10, 2019

Mimaki USA has opened a new technology center located in Gardena, Calif. The 28,446-square-foot center houses Mimaki’s entire product portfolio, representing the sign graphics, textile and apparel, industrial products and 3D markets. Visitors can experience a new Textile & Apparel Lab with dye-sublimation and direct-to-textile printers as well as a finishing room with laminators and …

Growth for thermal insulation market

June 7, 2019

A report from Transparency Market Research (TMR) predicts growth for the thermal insulation market. The market is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 5.4 percent to attain a value of about $78 billion by the end of 2025. The Asia Pacific region is expected to retain its dominance over the forecast …

Johnson receives Chapin Award

In recognition for her service to the association, AATCC named Sandra L. Johnson as the 2018 recipient of the Harold C. Chapin Award. A strong advocate of education, Johnson is an active speaker and participant in local and national conferences, workshops and symposia. She served as the 44th president of AATCC from 2015 through 2016 …

Protective fabrics market outlook

June 6, 2019

According to analysis by Global Market Insights Inc., the industrial protective fabric market is forecast to reach USD $9 billion by 2025. The demand for industrial protective fabrics is projected to increase due to its usage in the chemical industry for facilitating personnel safety. The U.S. industrial protective fabrics market size from flame retardant application …

NCTO and AAFA opposing proposed tariffs on Mexico

June 5, 2019

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) and American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) sent a letter June 5 to U.S. President Donald J. Trump, opposing the proposed escalation in tariffs for all U.S. imports from Mexico. As the representatives of the apparel and textile supply chain, the organizations represent hundreds of thousands of American …

Aquafil acquires O’Mara Incorporated

Aquafil S.p.A. has acquired O’Mara Incorporated for a total consideration equal to USD 40.5 million. The deal was completed through the Group’s U.S. subsidiary, Aquafil USA Inc. O’Mara Incorporated, founded in 1970, produces nylon, polypropylene and polyester fibers mainly in solution-dyed colors in its plant based in Rutherford College, N.C. In 2018, O’Mara reported a …

Sustainable leather processing

When it comes to environmentally friendly production, the leather industry is still in its infancy. OEKO-TEX is changing that with the launch of its Sustainable Textile and Leather Production Certification (STeP). Until now, certification according to STeP by OEKO-TEX was only available to producers within the textile supply chain. New OEKO-TEX regulations were instituted in …

UL offers safety standards online

June 4, 2019

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL), a global safety science leader, announced it will now offer open-access online views of its entire library of UL safety standards for interested individuals and organizations globally. UL has developed more than 1,400 standards to address safety, security and sustainability challenges and foster safe living and working conditions for people everywhere. …

Report on cotton imports in China

June 3, 2019

“Research Report on Cotton Import in China, 2019–2023” details the factors in cotton production in China. The growth rate of China’s cotton spinning industry is slowing as labor costs, land and rent prices rise. Cotton production capacity is being transferred to Xinjiang from other parts of China. In 2018, the cotton planting area in China …