NCTO praises textile outcomes in FY 2017 Defense Bill

January 18, 2017

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) applauded the senate’s 92-7 vote to pass S. 2943, the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Defense bill would give way to favorable textile industry outcomes. There wasn’t any increase to the simplified acquisition threshold (SAT). The Berry Amendment was exempted

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IFAI Expo 2017 information available

November 16, 2016

Information about IFAI Expo 2017 is now available on the show’s website. IFAI Expo 2017 will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La., Sept. 26–29. It will highlight three show floor areas: specialty fabrics, advanced textiles and shade & weather protection. The show will feature

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Details count when submitting government bids

October 21, 2016

Teresa Bouchonnet knows a lot about doing business with the U.S. government. Bouchonnet is a retired U.S. Air Force major and former warranted contracting officer with the military. She is now a consultant for commercial manufacturers, and she shared her expertise Oct. 20 at the IFAI 2016 Expo in Charlotte,

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A. Hoffman Awning wins creative awards

June 23, 2016

Source: Specialty Fabric Review A. Hoffman Awning Co., Baltimore, Md., has won gold recognition in the 2016 Muse Creative Awards, an international competition for creative professionals who inspire with concept, writing or design. The company was chosen out of more than 1,200 submissions from 33 countries. A. Hoffman won for

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American & Efird to purchase thread maker

June 23, 2016

Source: Specialty Fabric Review American & Efird, Mount Holly, N.C., the largest U.S. manufacturer of industrial and consumer thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, is acquiring a majority ownership of India’s largest thread maker, Vardhman Yarns and Threads Ltd. from its joint-venture partner, Vardhman Textiles Ltd. When the purchase is

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Hexcel opens innovation center

June 23, 2016

Source: Specialty Fabric Review Hexcel Corporation, a Stanford, Conn. manufacturer of advanced composites, has opened a $10 million innovation center in Duxford, U.K., to support the growing worldwide demand for composite materials for aerospace and industrial markets. The site is Hexcel’s largest research center for resin systems and adhesives. Duxford

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Hohenstein researches textiles’ softer side

June 23, 2016

Source: Specialty Fabric Review The Hohenstein Institute, Bönnigheim, Germany, has developed a digital method which allows 3-D analysis of the surface of textiles that come into direct contact with people’s skin. This new microscopy technique will allow greater understanding of the mechanical nature of contact between textile surfaces and skin,

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