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SYFA Fall 2012 Conference Draws Participants From 95 Companies

The Clover, S.C.-based Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association (SYFA) held its 2012 Fall Conference, titled "Fiber to Market," September 27-28 at the Sheraton Airport Hotel in Charlotte. The conference drew more than 150 participants from 95 companies to share ideas, hear presentations covering nine topics of interest to the industry, and view 12 tabletop exhibits from conference sponsors.

SYFA conference sponsors included: Premiere Fibers Inc., Ansonville, N.C.; Glen Raven Inc., Glen Raven, N.C.; Nan Ya Plastics Corp. USA, Livingston, N.J.; Techtextil North America, Atlanta; Oerlikon Textile Inc. (Oerlikon Barmag), Charlotte; Pulcra Chemicals LLC, Rock Hill, S.C.; Goulston Technologies Inc., Monroe, N.C.; HSGM Heatcutting Equipment and Machines, Duncan, S.C.; The Industrial Fabrics Association International, Roseville, Minn.; Industrial Plating Co. Inc., San Carlos, Calif.; Milliken & Company, Spartanburg; National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), Washington, D.C., and Gastonia, N.C.; O'Mara Inc., Rutherford College, N.C.; PCI Fibres (Americas), Spartanburg; PolySpintex Inc., Charlotte; Textile World , Atlanta; Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C.; and William Barnet & Son LLC, Kinston, N.C.

Presentation topics and presenters included: "Making Made in the USA," David Sasso, Buhler Quality Yarns Corp.; "Global Fiber Demand Slow, but Oil Prices Impact Raw Materials — Update," Alasdair Carmichael, PCI Fibres (Americas); "Brand Perspective on Yarn Development," Tom White, Under Armour; "After the Election: What Changes and What Stays the Same," Mike Hubbard, NCTO; "Polartec LLC — Incorporating Sustainability Through a Platform Approach to Eco-Engineering," Dave Morano, Polartec LLC; "Growth and Innovation Opportunities in the Apparel Industry," Robert Kirkwood, Invista; "Sage Sustainability," Margaret Dunford, Sage Automotive Interiors Inc.; and "REPREVE; the Evolution of an Ingredient Brand," Jay Hertwig, Unifi.

Roger Tutterow, Ph.D., a professor of economics in the Stetson School of Business & Economics at Mercer University's Atlanta campus, presented the conference's keynote speech, titled "On the Economic, Business and Political Climate." Tutterow discussed subjects including low job growth, falling oil prices, the U.S. Federal Reserve's stimulus program, bank failures, factors slowing down global growth, the housing and real estate market, and the upcoming presidential election.

SYFA states its mission is "to promote the production and improvement of synthetic yarns and fibers and to facilitate various end uses."

"The Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association's conferences continue to emphasize linking the textile supply chain," said SYFA President Keith Adams, ITG/Burlington WorldWide. "We continue to promote applications of recycled products in multiple end-use markets."

October 9, 2012