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Cover Image

December 2004

On the Cover:
Olympic medalist triathlete Michellie Jones wears performance apparel made with Holofiber®, a proprietary textile developed by Hologenix LLC.



Features

Fabric-Forming Advances At ATME-I 2004
A look at knitting, weaving, nonwovens and specialty equipment developments presented at ATME-I® 2004

Innovations In A Healthy Sector
Medical textiles are found in numerous health-promoting and sometimes life-saving end-products.

AAPN Makes Connections
American Apparel Producers' Network provides a forum for members of the apparel supply chain to network from dirt to shirt.

China's Currency Impact
Yuan revaluation is at the heart of US manufacturing concerns.

IFAI Expo Comes To Steel Town
The industrial fabrics industry presented an array of product developments at Pittsburgh's world-class convention center.

China Textile Safeguard Process Effect
The US textile industry should extend its trade strategy beyond the China textile safeguard and use all available trade remedies.



Textile News

Honeywell To Sell Performance Fibers Business To Sun Capital Affiliate

Zinser 351, 451 Modular Concepts Offer Flexibility

Uster To Establish Manufacturing In China

Dan River Prepares For Chapter 11 Exit

Suessen, Jingwei Sign Cooperation Agreement

Interface Recognized For Green Initiatives

Crowley Opens Distribution Center In Guatemala

Rieter E 65, E 75 Combers Offer Increased Output

ITG Nets Loan From Bank Of America

Patriarch Completes Galey & Lord Acquisition

Zoltek Receives Financing To Expand Capacity, Cut Debt

NTC, TI Plan Back-To-Back Events



From The Editor

Will They Be A Better Us Than We Are?



Business & Financial

Current Trends



Yarn Market

A Mixed Bag



Quality Fabric Of The Month

Cotton Delivers
Cotton Incorporated has developed a process to make super-water-repellent, breathable cotton fabrics that compete with leading branded waterproof products.



Nonwovens / Technical Textiles

Nonwovens In Batteries And Electronic Applications
Battery separators and other electronic applications will likely provide nonwovens with market growth opportunities.

Albis Invests In Neumag AST Technology

A Celli Donates Auto Winder To NCRC

Cooley COOLPRO® Protects Big Canyon Reservoir

BBA Acquires Tenotex

Vinamul Receives Patent For Use Of Acrylic Copolymers



Dyeing Printing & Finishing

New Color Measurement Software From HunterLab Assures Color Quality

EWarna Updates XMatch™ Technology

American Natural, Melatex Agree To Enter Into MOU

Küsters To Deliver Finishing Ranges To China In 2005

DigiFab Releases Pressurized DigiSteam 5000 Steamer

Datacolor Extends Lab Dispenser Product Line



Knitting / Apparel

Tarrant Obtains Factoring Facility, Sells Mexican Assets

ApparelMagic™ Software Offers Web-Based Solutions

Best Manufacturing Acquires Image Apparel Unit

Opulence And Originality For Fall 2005
Soft touches, sparkling surfaces highlight Fall/Winter 2005-06 fabric collections.

Unicraft Debuts Sewtops For Industrial Sewing Machines

Gerber Supplies WebPDM, Hosts Summit And Conference



Supplier Notes

GrayWolf Obtains Solomat, Air Neotronics Lines

WestPoint Stevens Selects NGC Software

Lauyans Acquires Richards-Wilcox Product Line

PRG Names Simpkins Representative

Vimax To Open SHS Plant In Alabama



New Products

Lund Custom-Designs High-Wear Cutting Systems

C-CureEdge™ Belts Suitable For Textile Applications

Electromatic Offers Checkline® LS Linear Strobe

SDL Atlas Unveils Fiber Imaging Analysis System, PillGrade Fabric-Scanning System

Ferber Trucks Use CAN-BUS Technology



People

December 2004



Bulletin Board

December 2004



Washington Outlook Archive

Industry Gears Up For A Quota-Free World