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CORONAVIRUS: LATEST UPDATES
Adrian Jules digitizes workflow, pivots into PPE with Gerber tools

(Posted May 19, 2020)

Indorama Ventures continues to help communities around globe

(Posted May 21, 2020)

Country’s chancellor tours new PPE company, Hygiene Austria

(Posted May 20, 2020)

Hygiene Austria starts production of face masks in the U.K.

(Posted May 20, 2020)

ITMF urges buyers to cooperate with textile industry post-COVID

(Posted May 20, 2020)

AATCC to hosts PPE testing webinar series

(Posted May 12, 2020)
 

INDA launches ‘Allies Against COVID-19’ resource web portal

(Posted May 12, 2020)

InCord puts sewing machines to good use to produce gowns

(Posted May 14, 2020)

OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics staying busy with PPE work

(Posted May 14, 2020)

Bolger & O’Hearn donates 400 lbs. of hand sanitizer to hospital

(Posted May 14, 2020)

Gerber Technology, PCAIW partner to up production of PPE

(Posted May 14, 2020)

Oerlikon Nonwoven delivering meltblown technology for PPE

(Posted May 14, 2020)

Hygiene Austria’s production of protective masks off to flying start

(Posted May 14, 2020)

ACG’s new PPE plant becomes a reality in less than a month

(Posted May 14, 2020)

International collaboration evolves into development of face masks

(Posted May 14, 2020)

INDEX nonwovens show postponed until Sept. 2021

(Posted May 14, 2020)

Nubabrx ships 250,000 masks via National Guard Black Hawks

(Posted May 7, 2020)

Vidalia Mills, Keep It Here form JV to make surgical masks, gowns

(Posted May 7, 2020)

Cleveland Clinic turns to Apex Mills to quickly develop masks

(Posted May 7, 2020)

Standard Colors shifts gears to produce hand sanitizer

(Posted May 6, 2020)

IFB Solutions to make 10,000 Face masks for U.S. Air Force

(Posted May 6, 2020)

Coats Digital launches initiative to support PPE-pivoting firms

(Posted May 7, 2020)

Superior Group of Companies donates $5 million in scrubs

(Posted May 7, 2020)

Kamber Narrow Fabric Machinery can assist firms pivoting into PPE

(Posted May 7, 2020)

CHT teams up with HeiQ in fight against COVID-19

(Posted May 7, 2020)

NCTO urges buy American policy to bolster U.S. PPE producers

(Posted April 30, 2020)

MILESTONE

Picanol rolls off 100,00th rapier weaving machine

(Posted May 19, 2020)

SPINNING

Truetzschler’s My Mill puts focus on quick wins in a COVID world

(Posted May 20, 2020)

AATCC

Intro to Textile Testing Workshop slated for September

(Posted May 20, 2020)

AAPN

Textile, apparel industry Job Board announced – free through June 30

(Posted May 20, 2020)

GAM

Shaw’s Hooper elected chairman of Georgia manufacturing group

(Posted May 19, 2020)

RESPONSIBILITY

Cotton Council International joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition

(Posted May 20, 2020)

INDA

Virtual option now available for WOW Conference

(Posted May 19, 2020)

REBRANDING
Noble Biomaterials launches new brand identity: Ionic+™

(Posted May 20, 2020)

OEM

Starlinger rounds out portfolio with new circular loom

(Posted May 20, 2020)

FINISHING

Monforts introduces magnetic roller technology

(Posted May 20, 2020)

YARN MAKING

Oerlikon Barmag offers producers machine solution for home textiles

(Posted May 20, 2020)

PRINTING

Ergosoft software supports X-Rite spectrophotometers

(Posted May 20, 2020)

 

COTTON

ITMF releases 2019 Contamination Survey

(Posted May 20, 2020)

NONWOVENS

OUTLOOK 2020 conference to go virtual in September

(Posted May 20, 2020)

EDANA

Association presents Lifetime Achievement Award

(Posted May 20, 2020)

Webinars successfully unmasking PPE issue

Three months again, how many of us in the textile and apparel sector would’ve dreamed one of our main topics of conversation these days would be around Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)?

 

Very few, probably.

 

But here we are, either sheltering in place while working with today’s virtual tools or getting up and going to work at “Essential Businesses.” Or, if you can’t work remotely, waiting for your place of business to reopen.

All the while thinking of or working with PPE every day.

 

Despite the distress the COVID-19 crisis has caused nationally and globally, a number of silver linings are slivering and slinking around those black clouds. The promise of shortened supply chains and made-where-you-are mandates looms large and bodes well for our industry, whether you’re in the U.S. or Europe or somewhere else and have depended on the Asian model for two-plus decades.

Kornit/WTiN webinar

OPM chairman calls COVID-19 a ‘wake-up call’ and chance to rethink bringing production home

Reshoring. Onshoring. Nearshoring. Local for local.

 

These all were trends in the textile and apparel trade even before COVID-19 changed the world virtually overnight, but the pandemic has put these buzzwords in the spotlight and has seemingly helped clear the path for an accelerated movement “home.”

 

The global crisis’s impact on those trends was an underlying theme during a May 7 webinar, “Ten Reasons to Bring Production Back Home,” which featured J. Kirby Best, chairman and founder of Nashville, Tenn.-based OnPoint Manufacturing (OPM) with a manufacturing facility in Florence, Ala., and one of its suppliers, Israel-based Kornit Digital, a printer, ink and chemical producer for the apparel, home goods and textile accessories industry.

Stepping up

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U.S. textile continues to shine during COVID-19 pandemic

Forgotten or written off as "non-essential" by some for many years, the U.S. textile and apparel industry continues to step up and prove its merit during this unprecedented crisis brought on by COVID-19. eTC continues to spotlight some of these companies who have risen to the challenge to protect frontline heroes and the general populace during this pandemic. It is the industry's time to shine. Following are reports on what some of those companies are doing to address the shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and more.
 

Vapor Apparel, TS Designs revamp business models to close PPE gap

Prime Medical team believes in mission to ‘do good in world’

Unionwear ‘proud to make a difference’ in N.Y./N.J region hit hard by COVID-19

Brother International joins fight by donating sewing machines

Supreme Corporation jumps at chance to bring innovation into PPE realm

OnPoint Manufacturing pivots to full protective mask protection

Gerber Technology’s PPE Task Force came together quickly

Henderson Sewing Machine introduces PPE production systems

National Safety Apparel working with coalition for the greater good

As label maker, Printcraft fills natural role in world of PPE

MMI Textiles moves quickly to address America’s needs

Minnesota Knitting Mills makes slight pivot into PPE production

Joining effort was a natural fit for Hemingway Apparel

Hornwood supplying numerous products to medical industry, public

The 19-year-old son of textile salesman LAUNCHES OWN COMPANY during pandemic

Shuford Yarns ‘proud’ to be part of America’s call to action

Clothier Design Source knew it must step up to the plate

A. Rifkin Co. quickly put plan into place to shift production

 

Blog: The wild wild west of PPE production

SEAMS/SPESA webinar: 'It’s a new day, a new time'U.S. textiles proving mettle during crisis

America Knits, Greenwood, Spoonflower doing their part

Parkdale, LACorp, Carolina Cotton Works, Hamrick Mills among those answering call

Merrow Manufacturing, TSG Finishing join the PPE action to support effort

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