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July 2011

The Technical Association of the Pulp, Paper, Packaging and Converting Industries (TAPPI), Norcross, Ga., is accepting nominations through Aug. 1, 2011, for the TAPPI 2012 awards. Applications may be submitted by mail to TAPPI, Awards Department, 15 Technology Pkwy S, Norcross, Ga., 30092; fax to +770-446-6947 Attn: Awards Department; or email to standards@tappi.org. For more information, visit www.tappi.org/About-TAPPI/Award--Honors.aspx.

The Fairfax, Va.-based Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) is accepting entries for its annual Product of the Year competition through Oct. 7, 2011; and entries for its annual Golden Image Awards competition through Oct. 21, 2011. Entries for both awards will be showcased at the 2011 SGIA Expo, to be held October 19-21 in New Orleans. For more information, and to submit entries online, visit www.sgia.org, keywords: ProductComp and GoldenImage.SGIA also has released its newest Safety Package, which provides information about forklift safety compliance. The package is available online at www.sgia.org/govt/ga_indsafety.cfm.

Penndel, Pa.-based Langhorne Carpet Co. now is weaving Jacquard-Wilton carpets made of 100-percent Peruvian alpaca fiber.

The Cashmere and Camel Hair Manufacturers Institute (CCMI), Boston, now offers the Fiber Box, a fiber identification tool for use by testing laboratories and similar organizations. For more information, contact Jane Lomas jlomas@cashmere.org.

Montreal-based Gildan Activewear Inc. has signed a multi-year title sponsorship with ESPN beginning with the 2011 Gildan New Mexico Bowl, which will be held Dec. 17, 2011, at the University Stadium in Albuquerque.

The new Josephine Collection of healthcare and upholstery textiles from Designtex, a Steelcase Company, New York City, now features Quebec-based Victor Group Inc.'s Eco-Intelligent® Post-Consumer Recycled Polyester with Agion® antimicrobial technology.

Berwyn, Pa.-based Styron LLC has published its first Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility Report, which may be viewed or downloaded at www.styron.com/sustainability.

The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association International (BIFMA), Grand Rapids, Mich., and NSF International, Ann Arbor, Mich., have established Product Category Rules (PCRs) for the furniture industry in an effort to provide science-based verification of environmental product claims and eliminate greenwashing. PCRs define how to conduct a lifecycle assessment for a particular product group and specify what to include in the resulting report. For more information about development of the furniture PCRs, contact Mindy Costello mcostello@nsf.org or Brad Miller bmiller@bifma.org to participate.

The Ecological and Toxicological Association of Dyes and Organic Pigments Manufacturers (ETAD), the Netherlands, has added two membership categories: Candidate for ETAD, which includes manufacturers who wish to become regular ETAD members but require time and guidance to reach the required standards; and Associate for ETAD, which includes others, such as formulators and master batchers, who are not manufacturers but still process colorants or distribute them under their own brand names.

Ireland-based Research and Markets Ltd. has published "Textile Mills in the US," a report covering various aspects of the U.S. textile industry.

Carlstadt, N.J.-based Pantone LLC has released two mobile applications: myPANTONE™ for Android™ and myPANTONE 2.0 for the iPhone.

New York City-based Best Brands Consumer Products Inc. and Stamford, Conn.-based Cuisinart have entered into a licensing agreement in which Best Brands will have the exclusive rights to develop, design and manufacture a line of kitchen textiles and tablecloths that Cuisinart will market and sell.

The International Oeko-Tex Association, Switzerland, will present a seminar entitled "Building a Brand Through Emotional Connections" at the Southern Textile Association's 2011 Summer Marketing Forum, to be held July 26, 2011, at the Textile Technology Center, Kimbrell Campus, Belmont, N.C.

Belgium-based Bekaert Textiles Group's SmartWrap® — a ready-made mattress cover with built-in sensors that monitor breathing — has won the Intelligent Material and Design award in the "best of the best" category at the 2011 Interzum International Trade Fair.

Switzerland-based Oerlikon Textile Components has released the newest edition of the Almanac of the Ring Spinning Industry. The book, which now includes the Accotex product line for the staple fiber industry, is available in paper form or on a CD.

Erie, Pa.-based Eriez Manufacturing Co. has released a brochure highlighting the Eriez® 5-Star Service Center. The full-color, four-page brochure is available in PDF and printed format and may be downloaded at http://service.eriez.com.

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Research Triangle Park, N.C., has issued a call for papers for the 2012 AATCC International Conference, to be held March 21-23, 2012, at the Hilton University Place in Charlotte. Deadline for abstracts for oral presentations is July 22, 2011; and the deadline for abstracts for poster presentations is Sept. 26, 2011. Abstracts may be submitted by mail to Peggy J. Pickett, director of Educational Programs, AATCC Technical Center, P.O. Box 12215, Research Triangle Park, N.C., 27709; fax to +919-549-8933; or email to pickettp@aatcc.org. For more information, visit www.aatcc.org/ic/2012/Call_for_Papers_2012_AATCC_IC.pdf.