EURATEX 2022 spring report

May 16th, 2022

EURATEX has released its spring report, offering a detailed insight into trade figures for the European textile and apparel industry in 2021. The numbers are encouraging: comparing with the dramatic COVID-year 2020, EU exports of textile and clothing articles increased by +10.6%, while imports dipped by -7.5%. As a result, the EU trade deficit improved, […]

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SkillsTrader partners with SkillsUSA

May 12th, 2022

SkillsTrader and SkillsUSA have announced a partnership that will support workforce development. The agreement brings together SkillsTrader’s digital platform and SkillsUSA’s community of 333,527 students and educators from 53 states. Through this partnership, SkillsTrader will provide financial support for SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference, specifically, the Advisor’s Call to Action Breakfast, the Business Partner […]

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Free Energy Optimization Toolkit available for download

May 11th, 2022

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a free Energy Optimization Toolkit that manufacturers can download to reduce energy costs, improve sustainability and increase resilience, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association website. As marine manufacturers continue acting in their commitment to increase sustainability efforts and lessen impact on the environment, industry stakeholders are encouraged […]

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EURATEX reaching out to Ukrainian textile industry

May 10th, 2022

EURATEX has launched its EU-Ukraine Textile Initiative (EUTI), which aims at facilitating cooperation between European and Ukrainian textile and apparel companies. EUTI offers a single contact point for Ukrainian companies who seek support and cooperation with EU counterparts, and vice versa. That connection will be helpful to match supply and demand (e.g. there are many […]

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Upholstery & Trim International Council to join IFAI

May 9th, 2022

Photo: Rick Wisotzkey The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced that the Upholstery & Trim International Council (UTIC) with its members are joining the IFAI. UTIC membership is comprised of manufacturers and distributors of fabrics and accessories for applications in the automotive, marine, industrial and contract markets. “We are so glad to have the Upholstery […]

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USTR 301 tariffs review statement by NCTO president & CEO Kim Glas

May 5th, 2022

Photo: Diamond Brand Gear National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas, representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles from fiber through finished sewn products, issued a statement on the U.S. Trade Representative’s statutory four-year review of the China 301 tariffs. Statement from NCTO President and CEO Kim Glas: “We have long […]

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Number of first-time boat buyers continued to climb in 2021

May 4th, 2022

More than 415,000 first-time boat buyers of new and pre-owned boats entered the market in 2021, on par with 2020 and at levels the industry hasn’t seen since 2007, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) and Info-Link, a market intelligence firm serving the recreational boating industry. First-time boat buyers accounted for 34 percent […]

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Your extrusion welding rod matters

May 3rd, 2022

Solmax discusses why choosing your extrusion welding rod matters, and the best ways to perform an extrusion weld on a geomembrane. Circular geomembrane extrusion weld. Photograph courtesy of Solmax Extrusion welding is a highly effective seaming method that’s primarily used for detailed patching work on polymeric geomembranes such as high-density polyethylene (HDPE) and linear low-density polyethylene (LLDPE). It also works well […]

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Watershed Geo strategic hires

May 2nd, 2022

Watershed Geo strategic hires Randy Thompson, Daniel Ward and Trey Hardin bring years of experience to Georgia-based geosynthetics company. New Watershed Geosynthetics LLC employees Randy Thompson, Daniel Ward and Trey Hardin. Photograph courtesy of Watershed Geosynthetics LLC Three leading industry professionals are bringing their talent to the growing team at Watershed Geosynthetics LLC of Alpharetta, […]

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AAFA calls on Congress to stop sale, promotion of counterfeits online

April 29th, 2022

A display of counterfeit shirts. Photo: David Shankbone AAFA and a coalition of industry groups is calling on Congress to include the SHOP SAFE Act and the INFORM Consumers Act in any final competitiveness legislation. The groups collectively urge Congress to ensure that the final competitiveness legislative package includes critical provisions from the House-passed America […]

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