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April 2005

On the Cover:
SI Corp. produces foundation fabrics found in carpet, mattresses and upholstered furniture. SI Flooring Systems will exhibit at next month's Floor Tek Expo 2005.



Features

AFA Members And Board Of Directors

Closing The Carpet Loop
Increased consumer awareness and availability of quality feedstock will grow the demand for products made from recycled carpet.

Improving Abrasion And Pilling Testing
James H. Heal continues to develop new and improved abrasion and pilling testes, such as the Nu-Martindale 864.

Maintaining Specialty Textiles Quality
To remain viable in the North American market, specialty textiles must adhere to strict quality standards.

American Floorcovering Alliance

Welcome From The AFA President

Dalton: The Carpet Capital Of The World

Focus On Floor Tek

A Solid Marketing Plan Begins With SWOT



Textile News

WL Ross-Led Group Seeks To Acquire WestPoint Stevens

American & Efird Acquires Ludlow Textiles Assets

RadiciSpandex Moves Headquarters To Gastonia Campus

Setcore Spinning Achieves Oeko-Tex Standard 100

Parras Cone Purchased Marzoli Machinery

Springs To Invest In Katherine Plant, Close Other Plants

Electro-Jet Receives AMEC Award For Innovation

Texturing Services To Move To Virginia

VDMA Assesses Chinese Competition



From The Editor

Numbers Game - Import Data Spin



Business & Financial

Import Surge



Yarn Market

So Far, So Good



Quality Fabric Of The Month

Following The Way
Milliken Carpet and SOM Collaboratiave partner to develop a modular carpet line that offers flexible design inspired by architecture and dimensional depth using new dye technology.



Nonwovens / Technical Textiles

TMI Introduces Lab Master Z-Directional Tensile Tester

Technical Textiles Sector Adds Jobs In Virginia

Konarka Partners With Swiss University To Develop Photovoltaic Fabric

Amantea Nonwovens Breaks Ground For New Facility

Performance Fibers In Ropes And Cordage
Use of cables, ropes and twine has evolved with the continued development of fibers and changing market demands.

Shakespeare Opens Plant In China

Rieter Acquires 100-Percent Interest In Magee Rieter

Multi-Axial Fabrics To Open New Production Facility

Fehrer Announces Machinery Sales

Glen Raven Debuts New Sunbrella Fabric



Dyeing Printing & Finishing

BASF Unveils Cyclanon Aftersoaping Agent

EcoSqueeze Reduces Crease And Selvage Marks

Küsters To Install Machinery In Pakistan

Nano-Tax Develops Three Fabric Treatments



Knitting / Apparel

Visuality Visual Design Tool Enhances Collaboration

Woolmark, Malwa Debut Indigo Wool

Printsource Launches On-Line Design Database

Stoll Offers ShapeSizer In M1 Pattern Workstation

Material World NY To Debut In September



Washington Outlook Archive

Administration Outlines FTA Agenda