African manufacturers join forces

March 1st, 2008

Facing fierce competition from Chinese textile operations, manufacturers from Jordan, Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia joined forces at the Agadir Agreement Region Economic Forum in Tunis, Tunisia, to develop strategies to hold on to their markets. Textile and clothing account for almost 50 percent of all exports and four million jobs in the region, and the...

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Clean green at Mermet

March 1st, 2008

3G Mermet, Cowpens, S.C., manufactures solar-protection fabrics from high-quality coated fiberglass yarns, primarily used for window screens. In January, the company received two certifications from GREENGUARD Environmental Institute, Marietta, Ga., that demonstrate that it makes those products to high environmental standards. “Mermet coated fabrics meet or exceed the field-validated standards for products and materials with...

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The textile industry in China

March 1st, 2008

Li Ying Lu: The China Textile News (CTN) is the only authorized national newspaper on the textile industry in China. Would you please give us some background on your newspaper? Mr. Chi: CTN started in 1986, and is 22 years old this year. The fundamental mission of this newspaper is to offer comprehensive information services...

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Water, energy savings for textile mills

March 1st, 2008

Two innovative technologies recently developed by A. Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, Germany, have been recognized by the All China Printers and Dyers Association for the important contributions they can make to energy and water savings in textile mills. Monfort’s E-Control process for continuous dyeing, as well as the company’s latest heat recovery system...

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NECPA elects officers for 2008

March 1st, 2008

The North East Canvas Products Association (NECPA), a trade association dedicated to helping member companies by generating interest and demand for products made from outdoor fabrics, has announced its newly elected officers for 2008. David Randa, owner and co-president of ViewPoint Sign & Awning, Marlboro, Mass., U.S.A., will serve as president of the association. Tonya...

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ARA volunteers honored

March 1st, 2008

The American Rental Association (ARA) recognized a number of members for their volunteer services to the association and the industry during The Rental Show last month in Las Vegas. Receiving awards during the ARA’ annual recognition ceremony: J. Barry Ghiglione, Handyman Rental Centre, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, received the Meritorious Service Award, which honors an ARA...

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Lincoln Fabrics contributes $1 million for cancer center

March 1st, 2008

Niagara Health Systems, Ontario’s largest multi-site hospital system, called its $40-million fundraising campaign for the Walker Family Cancer Centre “It’s Our Time.” The Howes family, owners of Lincoln Fabrics Inc., St. Catharine’s, Ontario, Canada, decided it was their time, donating $1 million to the campaign. Lincoln Fabrics, led by David Howes, has been in the...

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Green spending to double in 2008

March 1st, 2008

Consumers answering the 2007 ImagePower Green Brands Survey plan to double spending on green products and services in 2008, an estimated $500 billion in sales. “This wave of research very clearly indicates an uptick in purchase intent…particularly those that are relatively simple to implement, such as installing environmentally friendly lighting and upgrading to energy-saving appliances,”...

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The luxury lifestyle, outdoors

March 1st, 2008

Hearst Brand Development has unveiled a licensing agreement with Jardin de Ville, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, to design and distribute a distinctive line of branded outdoor home furnishings, bringing a high level of luxury to the sophisticated home market. The first of several Jardin de Ville Town & Country collections debuted at North Carolina’s High Point...

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Carbon nanotubes rebound bullets

March 1st, 2008

carbon nanotubes are one-atom-thick sheet of graphite rolled into cylinders and held together by strong chemical bonds. Photo: American Institute of Physics. Most bulletproof vests work by spreading the force of the missile, blunting its impact. Those wearing such protective gear can sustain severe bruising or blunt-force trauma to internal organs. Australian engineers at the...

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