Nonwovens production in Europe exceeds pre-COVID level

After a spike caused by the exceptional increase in demand for nonwovens materials in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, (+9.3% in 2020-2021), production in Greater Europe (including Western and Eastern European countries, Turkey, Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine) is back on track. The figures, while lower than during COVID-19, have returned to pre-pandemic [...]

By |2023-04-10T11:06:56-05:00April 10, 2023|

Suominen wipes plant to close in 2Q23

Photo: iStock/Ismail Ciydem. Suominen will start consultation with local trade unions regarding a plan to permanently close manufacturing at its Mozzate plant. According to the plan, the production would end during the second quarter of 2023. The consultation will be conducted in accordance with the Italian legislation and applicable National Collective Agreement and is aimed [...]

By |2023-01-11T12:30:00-06:00January 11, 2023|

Apparel supply chains hit by perfect storm

Global apparel supply chains are under pressure as prices of fibers and other textile materials rise, energy costs soar and costs of freight escalate, according to "Talking strategy: apparel supply chains hit by perfect storm as costs rise on multiple fronts", a 6-page report from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence. The global cotton [...]

By |2022-04-18T13:29:58-05:00April 18, 2022|

COVID-EID loan deferment period extended

The EIDL program has dispensed more than $351 billion worth of relief to nearly four million borrowers, according to the SBA. The Small Business Administration (SBA) is providing additional deferment of principal and interest payments for existing COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) borrowers. The extension brings the total deferment time to 30 months from inception. Key information [...]

By |2022-03-23T07:44:04-05:00March 21, 2022|

Biden Administration awards $6.5M contract to U.S. Cotton LLC

The Biden Administration has awarded a contract for $6.5 million to U.S. Cotton LLC, the largest manufacturer of cotton swabs in the United States, to increase domestic production capability for polyester tipped swabs for home testing kits and mass testing applications to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the beginning of the pandemic, U.S. Cotton has retooled [...]

By |2021-08-31T11:55:38-05:00September 3, 2021|

Bunzl Distribution brings American antiviral technology to retailers in Mexico

Bunzl Distribution, a supplier of packaging, disposable supplies and cleaning and safety products, has signed on as the distributor in Mexico for Acteev Protect™ masks, made in the United States by polyamide manufacturer Ascend Performance Materials. A global distributor, Bunzl provides supplies to supermarkets, food processing plants, retailers and convenience stores in Mexico. Bunzl will [...]

By |2021-04-22T12:48:14-05:00April 22, 2021|

Soft furnishings for aircrafts successfully tested against SARS-CoV-2

MGR Foamtex Ltd., world-leader in the design, development and manufacture of advanced passenger upholstery systems for premium cabin seating, has announced that its advanced antimicrobial MGRSafeWall™ product protection system has been successfully tested against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, using Addmaster Biomaster antimicrobial technology. “The aircraft and airline industries are actively working to adapt [...]

By |2021-02-02T23:05:08-06:00February 4, 2021|

Take IFAI’s survey: COVID-19’s Business Impact in 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic will be remembered as one of the most challenging and unprecedented periods ever for the specialty, technical and engineered textile industries. As 2020 comes to a close, Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) would like your help in understanding how businesses in our industries were affected by the events of this year and [...]

By |2020-12-22T15:54:40-06:00December 22, 2020|

How to sell and market during a pandemic

By Madeleine MacRae Determining the best way to sell and, even more so, how to effectively and appropriately market your products and services at a time of such widespread uncertainty and deep market disruption can be a daunting task. As a leader during this unprecedented time, you have a lot on your plate. You have [...]

By |2020-10-21T14:01:24-05:00November 1, 2020|

The specialty textiles market copes with COVID-19

While some industry suppliers and end product manufacturers have found ways to remain afloat, the economic effects of the pandemic have proven devastating to many, and the future can only be described as uncertain. by Pamela Mills-Senn The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the overall economy, and on the specialty textiles industry specifically, is [...]

By |2020-10-21T14:02:02-05:00November 1, 2020|
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