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May. 20, 2014

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TAPPI is redesigning its website and needs your help with organizing topics. There are a few introductory questions, and then a card sorting exercise. The terms you'll see don't represent everything from TAPPI, just a small subset that can help us understand how you might organize certain topics.

The website will provide instructions on how to sort the cards. This card sorting exercise will be open until May 30. It should take 15 minutes. Please start the card sorting now!More

US textile and apparel imports grow 3.2 percent in Q1
Fibre2fashion
The United States imported textiles and apparel worth $24.84 billion in the first three months of 2014, registering an increase of 3.2 percent over imports of $24.07 billion made in the corresponding quarter of 2013, according to the latest Major Shippers Report, released by the U.S. Department of Commerce.More

Monitoring azo colorants in Australian textiles
Innovation in Textiles
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has recently started monitoring the market for the presence of azo colorants in textiles. There are presently no defined legal requirements and laws in Australia for products which contain azo colorants, which are banned by law in Europe, India, China and other countries.More

Asahi Kasei doubles Thai spunbond capacity
Nonwovens Industry
Asahi Kasei Fibers will expand production capacity for spunbond nonwovens in Thailand at its subsidiary Asahi Kasei Spunbond (Thailand) Co., Ltd. AKST will add a new production line of 20,000 tons per year capacity which, combined with its existing production line, will double its capacity for spunbond nonwovens to 40,000 tons per year. The ¥5 billion investment at the company's plant in the Saha Group Industrial Park in Siracha, Chonburi Province, Thailand, will start in November 2015.More

Japanese garment makers prefer Indonesia's Central Java
Fibre2fashion
The province of Central Java in Indonesia has caught the attention of Japanese garment makers as one of the preferred destinations for setting up their production bases, according to Nikkei Asian Review. One such company is the Nagoya-based men's suit manufacturer Fukuryo, which has set up a garment manufacturing unit in a suburb of Semarang town in Central Java province.More

US textile and apparel imports grow 3.2 percent in Q1
Fibre2fashion
The United States imported textiles and apparel worth $24.84 billion in the first three months of 2014, registering an increase of 3.2 percent over imports of $24.069 billion made in the corresponding quarter of 2013, according to the latest Major Shippers Report, released by the U.S. Department of Commerce.More

Indian textile company to relocate operations in US, invest $40 million
The Hindu Business Line
An India-based textile company has announced it will invest $40 million in North Carolina for relocation of its operations, which would create as many as 84 new jobs in the next two years. North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory recently announced that Shri Govindaraja Textiles, which is a part of the Jayavilas Group in Aruppukottai, Tamil Nadu, will be locating its textile operations in North Carolina's Rockingham County.More

BMW, SGL to triple carbon fiber production capacity
TechnologyTell
Carbon fiber is increasingly becoming a highly sought construction material in automobiles — and you'd better believe BMW Group and SGL Group know it. That's why they're getting ready to triple carbon fiber production capacity at the BMW and SGL joint venture plant in Moses Lake, Washington.More

Living easy: Fabric solution turn the outdoors into practical and pleasurable spaces with all the beauty and comfort of a room indoors.
Specialty Fabrics Review
Natalie Scott, vice president of sales and marketing for a casual furniture division of fabric manufacturer Sattler Corp., of Hudson, North Carolina, confirms that fabric sales for outdoor residential use, such as Outdura, are big and only getting bigger. "Business is up, and the outdoor room is one of the fastest-growing categories — a trend that’s here to stay," she says.More

Web Industries celebrates 45 years
Nonwovens Industry
Web Industries, Inc., Marlborough, Massachusetts, is celebrating its 45th year providing outsource flexible material converting and contract manufacturing services for the advanced composites, consumer product, medical, industrial and wire and cable markets. The company started in 1969 by Robert Fulton with $10,000. Initially serving the rolled goods slitting and spooling market, Web flourished and earned a reputation throughout the Northeastern U.S. as a company to trust for precision converting of technically advanced flexible materials.More

Optimized clothing for wheelchair athletes
Innovation in Textiles
The sports equipment used by wheelchair users, such as monoskis and hand bikes, are one-off products that are individually customized to meet the special needs of the athletes and their particular physical disabilities. In recent years, as part of a research project, scientists at the Hohenstein Institute have generated huge amounts of data from which they have been able to derive practical ways of optimizing sportswear for wheelchair users.More

Multilayer nanofiber face mask helps to combat pollution
R&D Magazine
A simple face mask which can block out suspended particles has been developed by scientists from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The project is led by Professor Wallace Woon-Fong Leung, a renowned filtration expert, who has spent his career understanding these invisible killers.More