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January 2004

askusTAD™, a Portland, Ore.-based textile design and strategic consultancy, has introduced a free-of-charge “ Ask Us” service at its website, www.tadhq.com. Visitors may ask a question related to a chosen topic. Topics include marketing tactics, the Internet, graphics and textiles. Questions are reviewed and researched each week, and answers are then posted on the website.

The Roseville, Minn.-based Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is conducting a confidential on-line wage and benefit survey at www.ifai.com. Targeted to end-product manufacturers in the specialty fabrics industry, the survey will gather information on salaries, benefits and policies to help businesses determine how they compare to others in the industry. Survey data will be organized and reviewed by product category, geographic region and business size.

The government affairs department of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, Fairfax, Va., provides information on how ergonomics can improve productivity and safety in the screen printing and graphic imaging industry. The information can be found at www.sgia.org/govt/ergo.

The Certified Vision Integrator (CVI) program recently launched by Natick, Mass.-based Cognex Corp. provides sales and marketing materials, training, software updates and reduced pricing on the company’s machine vision software.

Indianapolis-based Great Lakes Chemical Corp. has increased the price of its brominated flame retardants and derivatives by 10 percent.

The Fiber Society, Raleigh, N.C., has changed the dates of its 2004 spring conference to May 18-20, and has extended the call for conference papers to Jan. 15. The society’s fall conference call-for-papers deadline has been extended to April 30.

West Conshohocken, Pa.-based ASTM International’s Committee D35 on Geosynthetics is proposing a specification to use in reviewing reusable and disposable geosynthetic alternate daily covers such as municipal solid-waste landfill covers. ASTM Subcommittee D35.10 on Geomembranes is developing uniform methods to test strip and grab tensile properties of reinforced geomembranes used to line or cover landfills. To participate in these developments, contact Gary M. Kolbasuk (605) 331-0324; gary.kolbasuk@ravenind.com; www.astm.org/commit/D35.htm.

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Research Triangle Park, N.C., has released the 2004 AATCC Technical Manual, which contains 115 active test methods and eight evaluation procedures.

The Voridian Division of Kingsport, Tenn.-based Eastman Chemical Co. has announced the following acetate yarn price increases: Estron bright and dull yarns, 5 cents per pound (¢/lb); Chromspun black yarns, 5 ¢/lb; production Chromspun yarns, 10 ¢/lb; and specialty Chromspun yarns, 50 ¢/lb.

The Adhesions Solution brochure from Adhesives Research Inc., Glen Rock, Pa., provides information on the company’s custom-engineered adhesion solutions for such substrates as textiles, technical and specialty fabrics, nonwovens, films, composites and low-energy surfaces.

Germany-based Bayer Chemicals AG has created a regularly updated on-line marketplace to provide new sales opportunities to raw material suppliers. Via the procurement portal under the Business Center at www.bayerchemicals.com, raw material suppliers who meet certain criteria may submit offers by selecting the relevant product.

Veltex Corp. has relocated to: 19977 Harrison Ave., City of Industry, Calif. 91789; (909) 595-1977; fax (909) 595-1969.

A new brochure released by Precision AirConvey (PAC) Corp., Newark, Del., features PAC’s 78 and 811 Series of trim cutters and granulators designed for printers, converters and extruders, among other processors.

Webex provides web roll refurbishing and grinding services.

Webex Inc., Neenah, Wis., provides web roll refurbishing and grinding services such as mirror superfinishing, journal repair, precision roll grinding, chill roll acid flushing, and roll replating, refinishing and recovering.

January 2004