Seven steps to take your fabrics business to the next level

March 1st, 2020

by Sigrid Tornquist Building a business takes more than a good idea and an interested customer base. It takes planning, investment, a skilled workforce—and a healthy dose of industry knowledge. Got a plan?  Rick Ludolph, founder and president of boutique specialty fabrics consulting firm Productive Solutions LLC in Marietta, Ga., has spent more than 40 […]

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Partnerships make a difference in bringing textiles to market

September 1st, 2019

Partnerships along the supply chain support new products and applications.  by Marie O’Mahony British entrepreneur Richard Branson once said, “There are no quick wins in business; it takes years to become an overnight success.” This is certainly true for the development of innovative new textiles. Business owners who succeed in their efforts know that establishing […]

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

March 29th, 2019

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. […]

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Tracking supplier compliance for sustainable textile companies

May 1st, 2018

The issue of compliance can be complicated for textile companies, which have to comply with various regulatory and voluntary company standards for product safety and restriction of substances. In the United States, for example, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) contains provisions that aim to improve the safety of children’s products. The European Union […]

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APDN tags 100 Million pounds of cotton during FY 2015

November 12th, 2015

Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (APDN), a Stony Brook, N.Y. provider of DNA-based supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and product authentication solutions, has shipped SigNature® T DNA to tag 100 million pounds of cotton during Fiscal Year 2015 (ending Sept. 30, 2015). Cotton gins are expected to run in the U.S. through approximately […]

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How to survive through 2035

October 6th, 2015

With a projected global population of 9 billion in 2050, demand for natural resources is rapidly increasing, specifically for coal, gas and oil—resources upon which the industrial textiles industry heavily depends for raw materials. “Once they’re gone, they’re gone,” says Steve Jesseph, chief operating officer at Integrated Consulting Group, an international consulting organization specializing in […]

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New motorized shades from Budget Blinds

September 29th, 2015

Budget Blinds®, a window covering provider based in Orange, Calif., now offers Virtual Cord™ motorized shades through its Signature Series® private label program, with Springs Window Fashions as the exclusive manufacturer. Virtual Cord technology is available for Budget Blinds’ cellular honeycomb shades, and will be made available for additional products later this fall. Virtual Cord […]

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AATCC releases textile coloration book

September 28th, 2015

The Association of Textile, Apparel and Materials Professionals (AATCC) announced the release of a new book titled “Textile Coloration for the Retail Supply Chain,” co-authored by J. Richard Aspland and Ann C. Laidlaw. The book is divided into multiple sections: a discussion of textile coloration designed for a non-technical audience; a glossary of textile terminology; […]

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SBA to offer free webinar on supply chain disaster preparedness

April 2nd, 2015

Strategies and best practices for engaging suppliers, vendors and partners. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), along with co-sponsor Agility Recovery, will host a free webinar titled “Disaster Preparedness & Your Supply Chain” on April 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. EST. The discussion will focus on proactive steps companies can take to mitigate the […]

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