India cuts customs duty on crude oil and petroleum products

July 29th

On June 24th, the Indian government’s Empowered Group of Ministers slashed the customs duty on crude oil and other petroleum products, which should result in the price reduction of synthetic fibers. “This will definitely benefit the textile industry,” said J. Thulasidharan, chairman of the Southern India Mills Association (SIMA). In a statement released on June...

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Sunbrella® fabrics sponsors Southern Living Idea House

July 28th

Sunbrella® fabrics is a sponsor of the 2011 Southern Living Idea House that opened in July in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, with prominent placement on retractable awnings, a loggia and numerous outdoor furniture settings. Austin-based Hill Country Shades of Texas partnered with Sunbrella fabrics for the project, providing the design and installation of the house’s extensive...

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CFFA to sponsor seminar on vinyl, coated fabrics, Oct. 12

July 27th

The Chemical Fabrics and Film Association (CFFA), in conjunction with the Performance Products Division, will for the first time sponsor an industry-related educational seminar and industry update to buyers and influencers in the marketplace, according to Jeff Post, CFFA president and vice-president/general manager of CGPC America. The meeting, to take place in Cleveland, Ohio, on...

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REDpoint and Genesis Plastics Welding produce PVC-free stabilizing IV sleeve

July 26th

Genesis Plastics Welding, Fortville, Ind., a leading contract manufacturer of radio frequency (RF) welded products, has announced a collaboration with REDpoint Intl., Vancouver, Wash., a medical device company, to produce the company’s latest product, the StedLine™ IV sleeve, a stabilizing device that eliminates the need for glue or tape to secure an intravenous line to...

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Tri Vantage® introduces Coverlight® CSM Coated Nylon

July 25th

Tri Vantage®, the nation’s largest distributor serving the awning, marine and furniture markets, has introduced Coverlight® CSM Coated Nylon from Trelleborg Coated Systems U.S. Inc. This product is designed for industrial applications that require resistance to abrasion and extremes in temperature, and is capable of retaining its integrity down to negative 50 degrees Fahrenheit and...

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Top Value Fabrics hires director of print media sales

July 25th

Top Value Fabrics hired Lorna D’Alessio as director of print media sales. With a background in the sign industry, D’Alessio joined Top Value Fabrics to grow the company’s Print Media division. “Lorna has an impressive track record of developing programs and creating positive change in the industry,” said Chris Fredericks, president of Top Value Fabrics....

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Skaps gearing up for geosynthetics

July 22nd

Skaps Industries, Athens, Ga., has partnered with NSC Nonwoven to purchase equipment for a needle punching line that will offer high output while maintaining minimum weight variation and improved fiber orientation for consistent strength in Skaps’ geosynthetic and nonwoven drainage products. The new line will include Thibeau Excelle batt formation, a system for high-speed cross...

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U.S. Invista plans nylon plant in China

July 21st

Front-end engineering work has begun for a new U.S. Invista nylon 6,6 intermediates and polymer plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park in China. The plant will have a design capacity of 10,000 metric tons per year and will be completed by 2014. The nylon 6,6 fiber will be used in the manufacture of airbags...

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Vestex researchers recognized

July 20th

Vestagen Technical Textiles, Orlando, Fla., has announced that several of its research partners have been recognized for their accomplishments. Infection Control Today awarded the 2011 “Who’s Who in Infection Prevention” to Vestex researcher Dr. Gonzalo M. L. Bearman for his work finding new methods to combat MRSA and C. difficile bacteria. The Association for Professionals...

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TIEHH receives grant to continue counterterrorism research

July 19th

The U.S. Army recently awarded a $1.1 million grant to the Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech to continue funding a program for countermeasures against biological and chemical threats. The program recently supported the development of an important patent for the Fibertect® decontamination wipe. > Read the full article in Texas...

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