OSHA offers $12.7 million in training grants

May 31, 2023

The U.S. Department of Labor will provide a funding opportunity for more than $12.7 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to support training initiatives designed to promote safety and health in the nation’s workplaces. Administered by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the grants will support recipients’ efforts to provide instructor-led remote and in-person hands-on training for […]

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China trade tariff exclusions expiring

May 30, 2023

Exclusions from the Section 301 tariffs on imports from China for the following medical care products needed to address the COVID-19 pandemic will expire June 1. - HTSUS 3923.21.0095 (other plastic sacks and bags for the conveyance or packing of goods) - HTSUS 5603.14.9090 (other nonwovens, whether or not impregnated, coated, covered, or laminated) - […]

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Avery Dennison elects Deon Stander CEO

May 24, 2023

Avery Dennison Corporation announced that its board of directors, as a result of a planned succession process, has elected Deon Stander, as president and chief executive officer, effective September 1, 2023. Current chairman and CEO, Mitch Butier, will serve as executive chairman of the company’s board of directors. “It has been a privilege to have […]

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Trevira GmbH is now Indorama Ventures Fibers Germany GmbH

May 23, 2023

Trevira GmbH has been renamed Indorama Ventures Fibers Germany GmbH. For some time already, Trevira has been an affiliate of Indorama Ventures, Thailand, which acquired the German company in 2011, initially together with a joint venture partner, and then completely in 2017. After numerous other international company acquisitions, Indorama Ventures now has 147 locations in […]

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Performance BioFilaments to produce nanofibrillated cellulose

May 18, 2023

Performance BioFilaments Inc. announced the start-up of the world’s largest nanofibrillated cellulose (NFC) commercial production plant at Resolute’s Forest Products, Kénogami paper mill in Quebec. A daily production capacity of 21 metric tons is now available to supply customers for commercial orders in concrete and mortar, nonwoven, industrial fluid, biocomposite plastic, thin film and mineral […]

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Nikwax partners with Outdoor Research

May 17, 2023

Outdoor Research (OR), an outdoor gear and apparel company, has announced a strategic partnership with Nikwax, a pioneer in aftercare solutions for outdoor gear, apparel, and footwear. The partnership will officially launch in September 2023. Under the partnership, Nikwax will become OR’s preferred partner for after-purchase Durable Water Repellent (DWR) care and treatment. This collaboration […]

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Glen Raven announces new structure

May 16, 2023

Photo: Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC Glen Raven recently introduced an updated operating structure that creates even greater focus on each of the key fabric markets it serves. The company has combined its fabric brands, including Sunbrella®, GlenGuard®, Dickson®, Sur Last® and others, under a new Glen Raven Material Solutions Group. Within the group, the […]

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Octarine Bio, Ginkgo Bioworks partner to produce natural colors

May 12, 2023

Octarine Bio, a synthetic biology company developing new sustainable bio-based ingredients, and Ginkgo Bioworks, which is building a platform for cell programming and biosecurity, announced a multi-stage partnership focused on compounds in the tryptophan pathway, with the objective of engineering a strain for producing violacein and its derivatives, a naturally occurring bis-indole pigment with potent […]

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PMI increases to 50.2 in U.S.

May 10, 2023

The U.S. manufacturing sector saw an increase in PMI to 50.2 in April. The U.S. manufacturing sector registered a slight improvement in operating conditions in April 2023 with a seasonally adjusted purchasing managers’ index or PMI at 50.2 in April, up from 49.2 in March, and broadly in line with the earlier released flash estimate […]

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Seshadri Ramkumar recognized with Lifetime Technical Achievement Award

May 9, 2023

Seshadri Ramkumar USA-based the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) announced May 9, 2023 that Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, Professor at Texas Tech University is one among the three recipients of Lifetime Technical Achievement Awards. In addition to these awards, the association announced one Lifetime Service Award. Lifetime Technical Achievement Awards are deemed as "Hall […]

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MUTOH American promotes Derek Moffett, business development manager

May 8, 2023

MUTOH America Inc. announced the promotion of Derek Moffett to the position of Business Development Manager. He will focus on expanding MUTOH printer sales through franchise networks and building strategic relationships with select franchise partners. Moffett, who previously served as a Product Manager at MUTOH America, has been an integral part of its Flatbed UV […]

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Miami Corp. promotes John Tavano to VP sales

May 5, 2023

The Miami Corporation announced the promotion of John Tavano to the position of vice president, sales. Tavano has been with the company for over 10 years.  He joined Miami Corp. in 2013 as a regional sales representative focusing on the Northeast awning market.  In 2017, he was promoted to national account manager and has since […]

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PARÁ phasing out PFAS chemicals use

May 4, 2023

As part of their continual commitment to adopt more sustainable production methods, PARÁ will begin using the world’s first plant-based finish on all of its fabric offerings including Tempotest® Performance Fabrics. PARÁ, a global leader in fabric development and production, has finalized its new PFAS-free finish, Teflon EcoElite™ and will be working towards converting all goods over throughout 2023.  […]

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Designtex appoints Oriana Reich VP of marketing

May 2, 2023

Oriana Reich Designtex announced that Oriana Reich has been named vice president of marketing. As a creative leader and brand builder who works at the intersection of culture, design and commerce, Oriana joins the team with extensive experience leading creative marketing strategy implementation around brand identity, image, product communications and narrative-building. With much of her […]

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In memoriam: Kevin Yonce

May 1, 2023

Former IFAI (now ATA) Chairman Kevin Yonce passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on April 29th, 2023. Kevin was born January 24th, 1970, in Urbana, IL. He was a lifelong resident of Champaign-Urbana and a 1988 graduate of Urbana High School. Kevin is survived by his mother, Wanda, brother Byron (wife Lynn), […]

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