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Polartec Seeks Bluesign® Certification
Polartec LLC, the Lawrence, Mass.-based manufacturer of Polartec® performance fabrics for consumer and military apparel, has contracted with Switzerland-based bluesign technologies ag to conduct an evaluation of Polartec's manufacturing processes and products with the aim of earning certification of compliance with bluesign's environmental, health and safety standards developed for the textile industry.
March 25, 2008

AAPN Plans Activities At Material World
The American Apparel Producers' Network (AAPN) will participate in several events in conjunction with the upcoming Material World Miami Beach, a global sourcing, fabric and trim trade event that will take place Tuesday, April 8, through Thursday, April 10 at the Miami Beach Convention Center, Miami Beach, Fla. The Atlanta-based organization has been one of Material World's official endorsers for several years.
March 25, 2008

OTEXA To Offer Competitiveness Forum At Material World
The US Department of Commerce (DOC), Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA), will present a special program in connection with Material World Miami Beach next month to address textile and apparel competitiveness within the Western Hemisphere.
March 25, 2008

Inkcups Now Opens Southwest Office In Tucson
Inkcups Now Corp., a Danvers, Mass.-based supplier of pad printing and screen printing supplies and equipment, has opened a Southwest sales office in Tucson, Ariz. The Tucson office is the company's fifth North American direct sales facility and offers its customers technical support in both English and Spanish.
March 25, 2008

Showdown Looming On Colombian Free Trade Agreement
The powerful chairman of the Senate Finance Committee has made a strong appeal for Congress to pass an expanded trade adjustment assistance (TAA) bill to help workers who lose their jobs as a result of imports, and he has warned the Bush administration that the Senate will not act on pending Bush administration free trade agreements (FTAs) until that has been accomplished.
James A. Morrissey, Washington Correspondent
March 18, 2008

The Rupp Report: China With Rising Domestic Demand
Every day, news channels worldwide report on the new financial crisis occurring from the mortgage disaster in the United States. Not only the banking system, but the whole economic structure is jeopardized. A gigantic amount of wealth is destroyed every day.
Jürg Rupp, Executive Editor
March 18, 2008

Techtextil North America To Go Annual
Techtextil North America (TTNA), the Atlanta-based biennial North American trade show for the technical textiles and nonwovens industry, will become an annual event with venues alternating between Atlanta in even-numbered years and a Western US region location in odd-numbered years, according to Atlanta-based show organizer, Messe Frankfurt Inc.
March 18, 2008

Performance Fibers Acquires INVISTA's North America Tire-Cord, Industrial-Filament Assets
Performance Fibers, Richmond, Va., has acquired the North America tire-cord and polyester-industrial-filament businesses of Wichita, Kan.-based INVISTA for an undisclosed price.
March 18, 2008

NuMetrex, Lululemon Athletica Introduce Heartbeat Tank
NuMetrex, a heart-monitoring apparel line offered by Wilmington, Del.-based Textronics Inc., and lululemon athletica, a Canada-based yoga-inspired athletic apparel company, have partnered to develop the Heartbeat Tank, a technically advanced heart-monitoring running tank top.
March 18, 2008

Milliken, G&K To Supply BioSmart™ Textiles To Food Services Industry
Spartanburg-based textile and chemical manufacturer Milliken & Company and Minneapolis-based supplier of branded identity apparel and facility services G&K Services Inc. have extended their contract to provide BioSmart™ apparel and towels to the food services industry.
March 18, 2008