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From Farm To Fabric: The Many Faces Of Cotton - The 74th Plenary Meeting of the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC)
12/06/2015 - 12/11/2015

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12/07/2015 - 12/11/2015

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TYAA Celebrates 30th Anniversary

TYAA Celebrates30th AnniversaryFiber producers, texturing companies and suppliers to the textured yarn sector all were on hand to celebrate the Textured Yarn Association of Americas (TYAA) 30th anniversary during its Summer Conference in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Invited speakers covered a range of topics. Keynote speaker Mary ORourke, Jassin-ORourke Group, provided an overview of global sourcing dynamics and compared costs of sourcing from the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) region to those from China. ORourke said U.S. apparel firms should further develop full-package sourcing in the CBI region currently the number-one source of apparel sold in the United States. She compared cash-flow benefits in CBI transactions with Asian dealings. ORourke also noted apparel brand managers are increasingly techno-savvy. Therefore, U.S. manufacturers must promote the value-added qualities of their products with downstream retailers/consumers.Alasdair Carmichael, Carmichael International, and TYAA vice president, publicity, noted increased texturing machinery sales to China and the growth of Chinas domestic machinery manufacturing base. Carmichael also said a dramatic increase in textured yarn imports since quotas were dropped January 1 and increased domestic output indicate overall U.S. consumption has grown. While exports are down from 2001, he predicted these markets will open up as the dollar drops in value. He stressed the need for the U.S. textile industry to follow the examples of the European and Japanese textile industries and focus on specialty products to improve its competitive position.Allison Carwile-Wilson, Carwile-WilsonandAssociates, addressed the need for companies and their personnel to use one another as resources to survive todays challenges.Nylstars presentation of its Meryl® nylon included a fashion show offering a range of styles using the fiber. Other presentations covered elastomeric yarn testing, automatic vision inspection and the use of polypropylene in textured yarn. TYAA also elected officers for 2002-2003 (See People, TW, this issue) and launched its new website, www.tyaa.org, with member login access enabling on-line payment of dues and conference registration fees. September 2002