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PPE PLANT

Shawmut, Fallon team up to create manufacturing facility

(Posted October 20, 2020)

PPE

Hemp Black creates line of N.C.-made face masks, gaiters

(Posted October 22, 2020)

GERBER

Next-generation cutting room launch redefines mass production

(Posted October 22, 2020)

AATCC

Runway of Dreams student design competition announced

(Posted October 22, 2020)

INDA

Excitement mounts as Virtual Hygienix™ approaches

(Posted October 22, 2020)

ECO ALLIANCE

Chemical companies partner to accelerate textile sustainability

(Posted October 20, 2020)

DIGITIZATION

Eloise.Fashion partners with Gerber, OnPoint on marketplace

(Posted October 20, 2020)

LEARNING

X-Rite, Pantone offers virtual color, appearance seminar

(Posted October 20, 2020)

TEIJIN

Oil absorbents to be donated to support oil spill recovery

(Posted October 20, 2020)

LENZING

Company wins innovation prize for sustainable technology

(Posted October 22, 2020)

NONWOVENS

Oerlikon, Proctor & Gamble ink license for wipes technology

(Posted October 22, 2020)

CHT GROUP

Specialty chemical supplier publishes Sustainability Report

(Posted October 22, 2020)

MONFORTS

Webinar on coatings, finishing takes place for Indian customers

(Posted October 22, 2020)

CHEMICALS

Sanitized AG, Ferro-Plast create sales partnership in Italy

(Posted October 22, 2020)

VDMA

Webtalk to focus on protective masks technologies

(Posted October 22, 2020)

DERIVATIVES

American Cotton Shippers lauds commission on landmark ruling

(Posted October 20, 2020)

U.S. BOOST

American & Efird invests in American manufacturing platform

(Posted October 14, 2020)

MADE IN USA

Chargeurs invests in reshoring PPE manufacturing to U.S.

(Posted October 14, 2020)

INVESTMENT

The Industrial Commons awarded big grant to boost textiles, furniture

(Posted October 14, 2020)

OBITUARY

Fi-Tech founder & chair Bassett built distinguished global brand

(Posted October 14, 2020)

CULP

Operation now landfill free, earns ICE Recycling award

(Posted October 15, 2020)

GERBER

Company solutions empower AFM to expand workwear business

(Posted October 15, 2020)

IPC EVENT

E-Textiles Europe to virtually highlight labs in four countries

(Posted October 15, 2020)

USTER

Newest quality tool allows spinners to react flexibly

(Posted October 14, 2020)

FLOORCOVERING

Devan, Anker, Shark Solutions partner on FR aviation carpet

(Posted October 14, 2020)

JOB SEEKERS

Tukatech opens fashion portal for skilled positions

(Posted October 14, 2020)

DYSTAR

Chemical maker adds two modules to Cadira® processes

(Posted October 14, 2020)

STUDY

Porous cotton substrates shown to better destabilize SARS-CoV-2

(Posted October 14, 2020)

WTiN’S ITA

Innovate Textile & Apparel virtual trade show now live

(Posted October 14, 2020)

AAFA

Group commends administration for efforts to stifle counterfeits

(Posted October 14, 2020)

Group reiterates importance of CBTPA as pact extended

(Posted October 14, 2020)

EDANA

Winners of INDEX20 Innovation Awards announced

(Posted October 15, 2020)

First Nonwovens Circular Forum covers challenges, opportunities

(Posted October 15, 2020)

PEOPLE

NIRI appoints Dr. Matthew Tipper CEO

(Posted October 15, 2020)

SUSTAINABILITY

Klüber Lubrication documents efforts in Sustainability Report

(Posted October 14, 2020)

Gildan named one of World’s Most Sustainably Managed Companies

(Posted October 14, 2020)

DyStar releases latest Integrated Sustainability Report

(Posted October 14, 2020)

YKK commits to achieving climate neutrality by 2050

(Posted October 14, 2020)

COPING WITH COVID

Textile companies, suppliers forge ahead while dealing with pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic had multiple effects on the textile industry, whether or not they pivoted into Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) manufacturing, maintained production of their typical product lines or temporarily shuttered altogether.

We surveyed several companies in the industry to find out how they have fared throughout COVID-19, what changes they may have made to deal with the crisis and whether or not things are returning to “normal.” Following are reports from respondents.

Spanish textile machinery group head building bridges

Read a Q&A with Alejandro Gallego Alcaide, business unit manager of amec amtex, the Barcelona-based Spanish textile machinery association, which is organizing virtual meetings with North American textile manufacturers between November 9 and 13. The event, in collaboration with the Economic and Commercial Office of Spain in Chicago, offers an opportunity to discover new technologies and innovations and to find new potential partners. His answers come in response to questions posed by eTC publisher Devin Steele.)

STA Virtual Fall Meeting

NCTO’s Glas talks U.S.-made PPE, raises caution flag on other issues

While the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) and its members these days have a full plate working to push Capitol Hill to mandate U.S.-made Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), the industry should keep careful watch on a couple of other issues that could have deleterious long-term effects on the U.S. textile sector.

 

Kim Glas, NCTO’s president & CEO, put those issues and others front and center when she keynoted the Southern Textile Association’s (STA’s) Joint Fall Meeting of the Northern & Southern Divisions on October 7. Working without a slide deck because “everything is happening so fast" (in Washington), she spent a good amount of her talk on the industry’s response to the PPE shortage and pending legislation around that issue, before raising a caution flag on those other concerns.

 

Those include the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), both of which will require Congress to take up – likely during a lame-duck session in December – before they expire at the end of the year.

USA-made PPE

Rep. McHenry, Parkdale partner to promote U.S. textiles industry's potency

U.S. Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.-10) met today with leaders of Parkdale to discuss legislation he has co-sponsored to ensure Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is made in the America and other issues related to the U.S. textile industry’s responsiveness to the PPE shortage during the COVID-19 crisis.

 

In late July, McHenry joined Congressman Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-N.J.-09) to introduce the American PPE Supply Chain Integrity Act. This bipartisan legislation is aimed at helping end the United States' reliance on Chinese-made PPE and ensure that hospitals and frontline healthcare workers have access to a plentiful supply of high-quality American made PPE.

AAPN Fireside Chat with Ron Roach

Pandemic spurs Contempora out of comfort zone – where it plans to stay

Ron Roach, president of Contempora Fabrics, Lumberton, N.C., and his colleagues at the circular knit fabric manufacturer have gathered numerous takeaways from its pivot into Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

 

He discussed the company’s journey and lessons learned recently when he keynoted the Atlanta-based Americas Apparel Producers Network‘s (AAPN’s) third online “Fireside Chat,” part of the network’s new American Ingenuity Series. Under the title, “We Didn't Need HARVARD To Tell Us To Collaborate – Our Case Study,” he explained how the company transitioned from a fabric producer for many end uses, including Major League Baseball (MLB), into a manufacturer for various PPE, including face masks and isolation gowns.

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