Geosynthetics magazine launches new website

August 10th, 2009

Geosynthetics magazine, an IFAI publication serving the geosynthetics industry, has launched a new website. The site features the current issue of the magazine, up-to-date geosynthetics news, a blog and two years of previously published content, along with PDFs of older issues. New issues of the magazine will be uploaded on the first of every other […]

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University celebrates 80 years of textile research

August 1st, 2009

In 2009, the Department of Textiles at the University of Ghent, Belgium, celebrates 80 years of textile leadership with an anniversary event, the 6th International Conference on Textile and Polymer Biotechnology and Smart Textiles Salon, an exhibition of smart textile prototypes scheduled for September 23–26, 2009. The University continues its research success as coordinator of […]

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Kentucky racing sets standards for safety vests

August 1st, 2009

Later this year, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission will require minimum standards for safety vests worn by jockeys, riders of horse or stable ponies, assistant starters and handlers at starting gates. Adoption of the new rules will expand the range of safety vests and allow jockeys to wear gear that exceeds the minimum standards. “Safety […]

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Nontextile super swimsuits don’t suit FINA

August 1st, 2009

Smooth, impermeable swimsuits broke onto the international scene at the Beijing Olympics, worn by gold medal winner Michael Phelps in setting one record after another. In a move to eliminate this technological advantage from swimming competition, the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), international swimming’s governing body, plans to ban all nontextile swimwear. FINA established a […]

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Lancer Textiles to service TenCate customers

August 1st, 2009

TenCate™ Industrial Fabrics has appointed Lancer Textiles, Elkin Park, Pa., as master distributor of its products to customers seeking small quantities, infrequent orders or special converting, such as slitting or re-rolling. Customers unable to meet the minimum order quantity now have access to the same first-quality products, allowing TenCate to expand its market. Lancer Textiles […]

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Textile machinery investments down

August 1st, 2009

A survey by the International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) shows that textile machinery manufacturers recorded declines of between 3-66 percent in shipments in 2008. The ITMF report covers spinning, texturing, weaving, large circular knitting, flat knitting and finishing machinery. Investment in textile machinery boomed between 2003 and 2007, but the faltering world economy and the […]

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Solutia Inc. becomes Ascend Performance Materials

August 1st, 2009

SK Capital Partners , an investment firm based in New York City and Boca Raton, Fla., has added Solutia Inc.’s integrated nylon chemical, plastic and fiber business to its portfolio. The business has been re-named Ascend Performance Materials, and will be led by former American Standard chairman and CEO Frederic Poses. Solutia/Ascend had $1.8 billion […]

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China, India becoming trading partners

August 1st, 2009

When Tata Consultancy Services, a worldwide firm providing IT, business solutions and outsourcing services, set up a development center in Hangzhou, China, Indian workers asked for—and got—an Indian vegetarian restaurant. Historically, China and India have disputed over the common border, but are moving into a new phase as both lose U.S. and European market share. […]

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U.S. textile imports decline

August 1st, 2009

The U.S. Department of Commerce confirmed that imports of textiles and apparel decreased by 9.7 percent from April 2008 to April 2009, and import value declined by $5.8 billion, reflecting the depressed worldwide economy. Three countries holding their own in a down market are China, with a 15 percent increase in imports over the previous […]

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Yurt manufacturer named powerhouse in job creation

August 1st, 2009

When the Edward Lowe Foundation, which supports and recognizes second-stage entrepreneurs, cited 50 Colorado companies as “major powerhouses when it comes to job creation,” a yurt manufacturer and one of its customers both made the list. The Colorado Yurt Company, Montrose, Colo., began making the rounded canvas structures in 1984, gradually updating the yurt’s traditional […]

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