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ACQUISITION

American Cord & Webbing buys Advantage Plastic Products

(Posted May 27, 2020)

CUT AND SEW

Through6 to expand on-demand manufacturing model to N.C.

(Posted May 28, 2020)

NONWOVENS

Ontex to open production plant, acquire Albaad assets in N.C.

(Posted May 27, 2020)

PPE SUPPLY

Gerber empowers Nine Line to make thousands of masks

(Posted May 27, 2020)

Merrow said it is now largest producer of U.S.-sourced PPE

(Posted May 27, 2020)

 

Beverly Knits receives sewing machine donation from Brother

(Posted May 27, 2020)

 

Renfro, Wake Forest Health team up to offer millions of masks

(Posted May 28, 2020)

Shima Seiki creates knitted masks for schoolchildren

(Posted May 28, 2020)

AATCC

Winners of C2C Student Design Competition announced

(Posted May 28, 2020)

PEOPLE

Sattler®/Outdura® adds business development, marketing manager

(Posted May 27, 2020)

COLLABORATION

Coats Digital, Res.Q, Serai partner to digitize apparel industry

(Posted May 28, 2020)

INDA

North American Nonwovens Supply Report published

(Posted May 28, 2020)

EXHIBITION

WTiN to reconnect industry with virtual trade show

(Posted May 28, 2020)

USTER

Tenth anniversary of QUANTUM 3 yarn clearer celebrated

(Posted May 28, 2020)

RIETER

OEM updates business situation in backdrop of COVID-19

(Posted May 28, 2020)

KARL MAYER

Learning Academy moved online due to travel restrictions

(Posted May 28, 2020)

OEM

Oerlikon Manmade Fibers offers new secured remote services

(Posted May 28, 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)

CORONAVIRUS

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)

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)

Stepping up

High-end sock producer Thorlo dips BIG toe into mask making

Thorlo, known globally for its activity-specific, high-performance socks valued by hikers, runners and other sports enthusiasts, has turned its hosiery engineering expertise to produce face masks.

 

For the past several weeks, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, the Statesville, N.C., manufacturer has carved out a new niche by converting a number of its sock knitting machines to produce personal safety masks.

 

Thorlo’s Face Tek masks are being sold primarily to consumers through a new website, facetekmask.com, launched on April 22. Sales have been robust. In about five weeks, the company has sold approximately 70,000 masks. That includes some companies that bought them for employees such as Winston-Salem, N.C.-based R.J. Reynolds, which purchased several thousand. But sales have mainly been direct-to-consumer though the website.

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.

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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.
 

KORNIT: WTiN WEBINAR: OPM chairman calls COVID-19 a‘wake-up call,’ chance to rethink bringing production home

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

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