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NCTO Sees 2007 As A "Year In Transition"
The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has issued its annual economic and trade review, which cites some positive developments in the area of international trade but warns of serious problems on the horizon when China's textile and apparel import quotas are removed at the end of this year.
James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent
March 11, 2008

Picanol Establishes Indian Subsidiary
Citing recent developments and anticipated growth of its Indian market, Belgium-based weaving machine manufacturer Picanol NV has opened a subsidiary in India to serve its customers in that country. Picanol India Pvt. Ltd. - headquartered in New Delhi and having branch offices in Mumbai and Coimbatore - replaces the company's long-time Indian agent, Engineering & Agencies.
March 11, 2008

Celanese Opens Houston Technology Center
Dallas-based Celanese Corp. has opened a technology center in Houston to house the research and development and technical services groups for its emulsion polymers and polyvinyl alcohol (PVOH) businesses.
March 11, 2008

Universal Fibers Opens Chinese Production Facility, Launches EarthSmart TechnologySM
Universal Fibers Inc., a Bristol, Va.-based manufacturer of solution-dyed man-made-fiber carpet yarn, has opened a new manufacturing facility in Taicang City, China. Taicang Universal Fibers Co. Ltd. will manufacture products for emerging automotive and commercial flooring markets in the Asia Pacific region and Australia, and is Universal Fibers' second manufacturing site in Asia, the other being located in Thailand.
March 11, 2008

Perlon Monofil Adds New Production Line
Germany-based Perlon Monofil GmbH, a subsidiary of Lanxess AG, has added 350 tons to its annual production capacity for Perlon monofilaments with the startup of a new 3 million euro (US$4.6 million) manufacturing line at its Dormagen facility, boosting the company's total annual Perlon capacity to well over 5,000 tons.
March 11, 2008

Oerlikon Textile Sells Ermafa To Focus On Core Business
Germany-based Oerlikon Textile GmbH & Co. KG has sold Ermafa Kunststofftechnik Chemnitz GmbH - a company within the Oerlikon Barmag business unit - to Donton Technologies GmbH - a subsidiary of Germany-based Donton Industrial Holding GmbH, which acquires industrial plants in Germany for the purpose of improving their profitability. The price of the transaction was not disclosed.
March 11, 2008

Mayer & Cie. Reports Better-Than-Anticipated 2007 Performance
Germany-based circular knitting machinery manufacturer Mayer & Cie GmbH & Co. KG reported its financial performance in 2007 was better than expected, with sales of 1,690 machines representing a 5.2-percent increase over 2006 sales.
March 11, 2008

Strateline Acquires Sustainable Solutions
Strateline Industries, a Rogers, Ark.-based manufacturer of nonwoven substrates from recycled materials, has acquired Wagoner, Okla.-based Sustainable Solutions Inc.
March 11, 2008

G3i Receives Second Certification From SCS
GreenShield™ - a soil- and stain-repellent textile finish developed by G3 Technologies Innovations (G3i), a Pittsford, N.Y.-based developer and marketer of environmentally sustainable nanomaterials for a range of applications - has received Indoor Advantage™ Gold certification of compliance with indoor air quality standards developed by Emeryville, Calif.-based Scientific Certification Systems (SCS), a third-party certification services provider and standards developer.
March 11, 2008

Wellman Ups Polyester Prices
Effective April 15, Wellman Inc., Fort Mill, S.C., will raise its Fortrel® polyester staple fiber product prices by 4 cents per pound.
March 11, 2008