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April 2010

The RFID Research Center at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark., has appointed Pasadena, Calif.-based Avery Dennison Corp. to its advisory board.

Northbrook, Ill.-based Protect-A-Bed® has acquired its United Kingdom-based distributor Shine Capital Europe Ltd.

Textile Media Services Ltd., United Kingdom, has released "Automotive Textiles: The Changing Landscape for Tier 1 and Tier 2 Suppliers."

Avery Weigh-Tronix, Fairmont, Minn., has introduced the Model 1080 weight indicator/controller, a data management and process control solution.

Banner Engineering Corp., Minneapolis, has debuted the iVu Bar Code Reader, which it reports is the first industrial touch-screen bar code reader.

New Way® Air Bearings Inc., Aston, Pa., has achieved ISO 9001:2008 certification.

The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), Cary, N.C., has released Air Filtration Industry of North America, its first nonwovens statistical report on air filtration; and China Nonwoven Industry Outlook Trends and Forecast, a report combining a history of China's nonwovens market since 2003 with projections of its growth through 2013. INDA also is accepting nominations until June 1 for the Lifetime Technical Achievement Award and the Lifetime Service Award. Nomination forms are available at www.inda.org/HallofFame/nominate.html.

Erie, Pa.-based Eriez Manufacturing Co. has released a 14-page brochure titled "How to Choose and Use Magnetic Separators."

New Rochelle, N.Y.-based London Luxury LLC has been named the exclusive home textiles licensee for the Elizabeth Arden brand.

Greenville, S.C.-based Safety Components has named Innovative Industrial Solutions Inc., based in Boynton, Beach, Fla., a WeatherMax distributor.

Montreal-based AHF Ltd., the Canadian subsidiary of Louisville, Ky.-based Louisville Bedding Co., has formed a joint venture with India-based Welspun Global Brands to distribute home textiles to the Canadian market.

Ireland-based Research and Markets Ltd. has published a report titled "Product Lifecycle Management in the Textile and Apparel Industry."

Jackson, N.J.-based Newson Gale Inc. has released a white paper titled "Controlling Static Hazards is Key to Preventing Combustible Cloud Explosions."

The American Apparel and Footwear Association, Arlington, Va., has published the sixth edition of the AAFA Restricted Substances List covering apparel, footwear and home textiles.

Finland-based Ahlstrom Corp. has signed the United Nations Global Compact initiative and now is registered as a participant.

Mira Loma, Calif.-based Enduratex (China General Plastics Corp. Of America) has released Gran Reserva, a new faux leather product that features a soft hand, subtle grain and microfiber backing, according to the company.

Raynham, Mass.-based METALgrommets.com has introduced the ClipShop™ CSTEP-2 Grommet Hand Press, an inexpensive hand press for inserting solid brass grommets onto banners and posters.

METALgrommets.com’s ClipShop™ CSTEP-2 Grommet Hand Press

Carlstadt, N.J.-based Pantone LLC has decreased the prices of PANTONE® Goe™ System specification products. The new prices are available at www.pantone.com.

Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Hanesbrands Inc. has been named an Energy Star® 2010 Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In other company news, Hanesbrands has launched a national environmental advertising campaign titled "For Future Generations," along with a new consumer website, www.hanesgreen.com.

England-based Mudpie Ltd. has released the trendbook "Denimhead West."

Mudpie’s “Denimhead West” trendbook

Fall River, Mass.-based Engineered Yarns Co. has changed its name to EY Technologies.

West Conshohocken, Pa.-based ASTM International now offers its catalogs in interactive digital format.

Natick, Mass.-based Cognex Corp. has released VisionPro® 6.1 machine vision software with expanded operating system coverage including support for Microsoft® Windows 7, line scan distortion correction and ToolBlock, which simplifies vision tool management and allows faster integration.

Bunting® Magnetics Co., Newton, Kan., has debuted the Pro-Series™ Protection Plan, a three-stage comprehensive warranty program for its Metal Detection product line.

The Netherlands-based Control Union Certifications will formally transfer the Global Recycle Standard to O'Donnell, Texas-based Organic Exchange on Jan. 1, 2011.

The Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) has launched a redesigned website, located at www.global-standard.org, which details licensing and labeling requirements and includes a public database of GOTS-certified companies.

In recognition of Earth Day on April 22, 2010, the Fairfax, Va.-based Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has launched a new website and online sustainability workshops, located at www.sgia.org/govt/sustainability/earthday2010/index.cfm.

Fairlawn, Ohio-based Omnova Solutions Inc. has increased the price of styrene butadiene latex for carpet and related markets by 4 cents per dry pound.

Martinsville, Va.-based Nilit America will implement a 7- to 8-percent price increase effective May 3 for all nylon filament products including yarn for intimate apparel, activewear, sportswear, legwear and bodywear.

Charlotte-based Polymer Group Inc. will begin implementing price increases on its products globally, with amounts varying based on product composition.

Dallas-based Celanese Corp. has increased the price of all 100-percent acrylic and styrene acrylic emulsions sold to Europe, North Africa and the Middle East by 150 euros per ton.

Florham Park, N.J.-based BASF Corp. has increased prices of its Sytrofan® carboxylated styrene-butadiene polymers sold to the carpet industry in the United States and Canada by 4 cents per dry pound.