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October 2009

ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa., has launched a nanotechnology-focused section on its website, located at www.astm.org/Standards/nanotechnology-standards.html. The company also now offers online the ASTM Directory of Scientific & Technical Consultants & Expert Witnesses; the ASTM International Online Directory of Testing Laboratories; and the ASTM International Directory of Equipment Manufacturers.

The Brussels-based International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) has issued a call for entries for the IWTO World Wool Award - Innovations Competition, open to individuals and companies. This year's theme is "Sleep and Dream - in Wool," and focuses on wool bedding innovations. Deadline for entries is November 15. For more information, visit www.iwto.org

Glen Raven, N.C.-based Glen Raven Inc. has received ISO 14001:2004 certification for the environmental management system at its Anderson, S.C., manufacturing center. The 1-million-square-foot facility produces Glen Raven's Sunbrella® performance fabric for awnings, boats and furniture.

The Institute for Hygiene and Biotechnology (IHB) at The Hohenstein Institute, Germany, has developed a new method to test the antiviral efficacy of disinfectant laundering processes using a viral bioindicator based on the bacteriophage MS2. IHB also has introduced two product labels: "Tested Quality: Skin Friendly" and "Tested Quality: Hypoallergenic."

The Arlington, Va.-based American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) has released the fifth edition of the global AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL) for home textiles, apparel and footwear applications. The AAFA RSL lists chemicals and other substances restricted by government regulation or law from being present in a product. The free list is available online at   www.apparelandfootwear.org/Resources/RestrictedSubstances.asp.

France-based Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics has been awarded ISO 9001:2008 certification for the quality management system at its Charleston, S.C., and Russellville, Ala., glass mat manufacturing plants.

William Andrew, an imprint of Burlington, Mass.-based Elsevier Inc., has released Additives for Polyolefins, by Michael Tolinski. The book provides a non-academic explanation of polyolefin additives.

Germany-based DyStar Textilfarben GmbH & Co. Deutschland KG is releasing the DyStar Sustainability Series, a group of publications covering the company's efforts to improve sustainability throughout the textile supply chain. Information is available at www2.dystar.com/highlights/sustainability.cfm.

France-based NSC nonwoven has launched its website, located at www.nsc-nonwoven.com. The site can be viewed in French or English.

Research and Markets Ltd., Ireland, has released the reports "Trends in US Textile and Clothing Imports, 2009 Edition" and "Product Lifecycle Management in the Textile and Apparel Industry."

Greenfield, Mass.-based Argotec Inc. has opened its 95,000-square-foot headquarters and state-of-the-art manufacturing plant in Greenfield Industrial Park. This addition to Argotec's existing facility increases production capacity for its ArgoFlex™ and OmniFlex™ lamination film and allows the company to explore new applications.

Wakefield, Mass.-based Agion Technologies Inc. has received the 2009 Customer Value Leadership Award from Frost & Sullivan, recognizing Agion's innovative and customized antimicrobial additive solutions.

England-based Mudpie Ltd. has released its Spring/Summer 2011 garment, graphic and accessory trendbooks. The offering includes Cutiepie - baby trends; Minipie ‐ kids trends, Mudpie ‐ tween and junior trends, MPK Female - female trends, MPK Male - male trends and Print & Pattern - all-over print trends. The trendbooks allow users to create their own unique garment, graphic, accessory, homeware or interior designs. They can be purchased online at www.mudpie.co.uk

Germany-based Wacker Polymers has implemented a price increase of up to 100 euros per ton in Europe for its Vinnapas® and Vinnol® dispersions, which are used in an array of applications from adhesives, nonwovens, paints and coatings to building products, paper, carpet and textiles. The company cited raw material cost inflation in announcing the increases. 

Dallas-based Celanese Corp. has increased list and off-list selling prices for a range of its products. The compete list of price changes can be found at www.celanese.com.

Columbus, Ohio-based Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc.'s North American Dispersions Business has raised prices by 6 cents per wet pound in the United States and Canada for all acrylic, styrene acrylic, vinyl acrylic and other polymers used in adhesives, textiles, nonwovens and construction applications. The company cited climbing raw material costs in announcing the increases.

The Dow Chemical Co., Midland, Mich., has implemented an off-list price increase of 5 cents per pound on all grades of isopropanol. The company also has increased list and off-list prices in North America for several products in the oxygenated solvents portfolio. The increases range from 3 cents to 10 cents per pound and are listed at www.dow.com.

Germany-based BASF SE has increased prices in Europe by 100 euros per metric ton for tetrahydrofuran, polytetramethylene ether glycol, N-methyl-2-pyrrolidone, and gamma butyrolactone. BASF also has increased the price of 1,4 butanediol in Europe by 150 euros per metric ton.

Salt Lake City-based Huntsman Corp.'s Pigments Division has increased the price in Europe of all titanium dioxide pigments by 100 euros per metric ton; in Africa, Latin America and the Middle East by $150 per metric ton; and in North America by 5 cents per pound. 

October 2009

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