SBA provides $2.95 billion in financing for small businesses in FY12

November 30th

The Growth Capital Program sets a record for the third year in a row. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) debenture program provided a record $2.95 billion to small businesses in fiscal year 2012, a 14 percent increase over last year’s $2.59 billion and an 85 percent increase over 2010, also...

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Pakistan textile exports decreasing

November 29th

The textile sector in Pakistan experienced a 1.5 percent decrease in exports during July and August 2012, as compared to the same period in 2011, according to reports by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. Only cotton yarn exports increased during the period (38 percent), while exports declined in raw cotton (83 percent), knitwear (14 percent),...

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ORACAL announces 23 new film colors and textures

November 28th

ORACAL USA, Black Creek, Ga., an ORAFOL company, has announced the addition of 23 new ORACAL® Series 975 Premium Structure Cast colors and textures specially developed for interior design, automotive trim and interior/exterior accent restyling. The new textures: brushed, cocoon, crocodile, dune, emulsion and honeycomb. The 5- to 6-mil film features a transparent, solvent-based, repositionable...

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Anti-dumping duties continue on polyester fiber

November 27th

A ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) maintains existing anti-dumping duties of 3.47 to 44.3 percent on polyester staple fiber imported from China. The ITC is required to review duty orders every five years and determine whether conditions have changed and the order could be revoked. The ruling found that if the duties...

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Phifer Inc. celebrates 60 years of insect screen weaving, innovation

November 26th

Phifer Inc., Tuscaloosa, Ala., marks 60 years of weaving excellence with a broad line of precision-woven, American-made insect screening products designed to address a variety of window, door and porch enclosure needs. The company got its start producing aluminum screen for windows, and has broadened its weaving capabilities to produce vinyl-coated fiberglass screen for standard...

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Hohenstein and Pro Feet Functional Wear develop first-layer textiles

November 23rd

In addition to modern sportswear, the market is increasingly demanding functional undergarments for the fashion and business sectors. However, for this application textiles with special properties are required which clearly differentiate them from sportswear. These gaps in the market have now been closed by a current research project (ZIM-Project KF2136724CJ2) at the Hohenstein Institute, Bonnigheim,...

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Norseman Structures launches corporate video

November 22nd

Norseman Structures Inc., Saskatoon, SK, Canada, has announced the launch of its new corporate video: a true representation of the Norseman Structures team and its operations in Saskatoon and around the globe. “We recognize that not all of our clients have the opportunity to visit our corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities. This video allows everyone...

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NASA technology showcase lands in Cleveland Nov. 28-30, 2012

November 21st

Business leaders, space enthusiasts, students and the public are invited to attend NASA Technology Days. The free, three-day public technology showcase will take place at the Cleveland Public Auditorium and Conference Center Nov. 28-30. Participants from industry, academia and the U.S. Government will discuss strategy development, partnerships and methods to foster technology transfer and innovation....

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Open in Amsterdam: the largest composite facade for Stedelijk Museum

November 20th

The combination of Teijin’s Twaron and Tenax super fibers is an architectural first. The newly renovated Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam is an undisputed eye catcher on the Museumplein, and is also the largest composite building in the world. The enormous and seamless white façade that now hovers above the square is an architectural first made...

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Teijin’s three Thai polyester facilities resume full-scale operation

November 19th

Teijin Limited has announced that Teijin (Thailand) Limited in the Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate of Thailand’s Ayutthaya Province, which was flooded by torrential rainfall in October 2011 and then resumed partial operation in February this year, returned to full-scale production on Oct. 31. All three Teijin Group polyester production facilities in Thailand affected by the...

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