September/October 2018

Charlotte, N.C.-based Color Solutions International, a member of the DyStar® Group, has issued its Spring/Summer 2020 Color Analysis report. This is the fifth edition of the report, which features 54 ColorWall™ colors as well as additional color validation, color evolution and direction by hue.

New York City-based Teijin Frontier (U.S.A.) Inc., a subsidiary of Japan-based Teijin Frontier Co., has opened a showroom in New York to display a variety of products designed for the U.S. market with the goal of increasing awareness of the company’s products.

Germany-based Stoll GmbH + Co. KG is celebrating its 145th anniversary.

Inquisalva and Pettenati Centro América S.A. de C.V., both based in El Salvador; Guatemala-based Eltitex Group; Collegeville, Pa.-based Dow Microbial Control’s SILVADUR™ Antimicrobials; and the DuPont™ Sorona® brand all recently became bluesign® system partners. The system, implemented by Switzerland-based bluesign technologies ag, ensures finished textile products meet very stringent consumer safety requirements and are produced in a sustainable manner.

The Cary, N.C.-based Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) has issued a call for presentations for the World of Wipes® (WOW) International Conference to be held June 25-27, 2019, at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel. Interested speakers should submit a bio, photograph and brief summary of their talk and its connection to wipes or wipe manufacturing to Deanna Lovell,, by October 22, 2018.

Celanese Corp., Dallas, has raised the price of its acetate flake grades by 50 cents per kilogram. The price increase affects all end-use applications including plastics, textile filament, film, coatings, nonwovens and medical, among other applications.

Bannockburn, Ill.-based IPC — the Association Connecting Electronics Industries — reports its D-70 E-Textiles Committee has released the IPC WP-024, IPC White Paper on Reliability and Washability of Smart Textile Structures – Readiness for the Market. The paper includes e-textile washability testing parameters and initial results from those tests.

Biomaterials start-up Algiknit Inc. — a New York City-based company that makes sustainable, biodegradable kelp fibers that can be spun into yarns — is one of five finalists in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge, an annual international competition in the field of sustainability innovation.

Atlanta-based Exposition Development Co. Inc. and Progressive Business Media have announced the third Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo (HFMSE) will take place July 17-18, 2019, at the Hickory Metro Convention Center, Hickory, N.C.

Minneapolis-based Airtex Group — a designer and producer of custom home textile goods and sewn products — recently celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Atlanta-based Messe Frankfurt Inc. reports the Raleigh-based North Carolina State University’s (NC State’s) College of Textiles is the first-ever official academic partner for Techtextil North America to be held February 26-28, 2019, at the Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, N.C.

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) recently designated an original Moench tufting machine located at Shaw Industries Group Inc.’s Dalton, Ga., headquarters a historic mechanical engineering landmark. The device — introduced by Ernest J. Moench in 1928 — is credited with spurring the growth of carpet manufacturing in Georgia, and ASME estimates machinery descended from the Moench machine today tufts more than 75 percent of all U.S.-produced carpet.

Ravenna, Ohio-based Duracote Corp. has earned AS9100 Rev D certification from the International Aerospace Quality Group.

Forbes magazine has recognized HanesBrands, Winston-Salem, N.C., as one of the most-admired companies in Central America and the Caribbean.

Switzerland-based Oeko-Tex® reports its Eco Passport certification has been recognized as a Level 3 ZDHC MRSL (Manufacturing Restricted Substances List) Conformance Indicator for the ZDHC Roadmap To Zero program. In related news, Fall River, Mass.-based Bolger & O’Hearn Specialty Chemicals reports its stormproof/Breathable™ OmniBloq™ and Altopel F3 water repellent products are listed on the official ZDHC list of sustainable, approved textile industry chemistries.

Atlanta-based Dynamic Modifiers LLC has launched a new website located at

September/October 2018