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April 2011

Camira Fabrics Ltd., United Kingdom, has introduced a line of sustainable fabrics under the Second Nature™ label, including fabrics made from 100-percent wool, climate-neutral wool and bast fibers.

London-based Intertek Group Plc has launched the Textile Compliance Guide EU for iPad™ application, which may be downloaded free of charge at http://bekm.intertek.com/mobile.

The International Working Group on Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS-IWG), Germany, has released Version 3.0 of its organic fiber processing standard. Companies wishing to be GOTS-certified must fully comply with Version 3.0 by March 1, 2012. Information may be obtained at www.global-standard.org.

The Wisconsin Entrepreneurs' Network has selected Aurizon Ultrasonics LLC, Kimberly, Wis., to participate in the Innovation 25 Pilot Program, making it eligible to receive assistance in securing federal grants through the Small Business Innovation Research program.

The Fairfax, Va.-based Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has added to its website a Retail Resources page — located at www.sgia.org/retail/index.cfm. SGIA also has launched an online Live Support service as part of its ASSIST member benefit program. Information is available at www.sgia.org, keyword ASSIST.

Ireland-based Research and Markets Ltd. has published the 2011 U.S. Textile & Fabric Finishing Mills Industry Report and the Sustainable Textiles Handbook.

United Kingdom-based Textiles Intelligence Ltd. has released a report titled Trade and trade policy: clothing imports, retail demand and trends in five key emerging markets.

Supercritical Fluid Technologies Inc. (SFT), Newark, Del., has debuted the SFT-110XW Supercritical Fluid Extraction (SFE) processing system for performing extractions in supercritical fluids and other materials. The 110XW SFE is suitable for research and process development applications.

Wichita, Kan.-based Invista's fiber processing plant in Monterrey, Mexico, has received Safe Company Recognition from La Secretaria del Trabajo y Previsión Social. The recognition places Invista in the "Re-validation Level 3 - Effective Management" category, the highest level issued by the Mexican Labor Authority.

China-based Winner Medical Group Inc.'s wholly owned subsidiary, Winner Industries (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd., has won a 2010 Circular Economy Project Award for its patented 100-percent cotton spunlace nonwoven technology, which is used to produce PurCotton® products.

Chicago-based Cintas Corp. has won a 2011 UNIVATOR Award in the "Eco-Friendly Innovation" category for its EcoGeneration by Cintas™ scrub collection. The company also has issued its 2011 Spring Fashion Trends Forecast for Hotels; and now offers 8 Commandments of Garment Care, a video with quick tips and general best practices to help hoteliers extend the life of their apparel programs.

Cintas Corp. recently won an award for its EcoGeneration by Cintas™ Scrubs

Montreal-based Visual 2000 International Inc. has opened a European headquarters in Manchester, England; and a satellite office in Shanghai focusing on software development and quality control.

New York City-based CIT Trade Finance has released 2011 U.S. Factoring Overview as part of its Executive Spotlight series. Written by Chief Sales Officer Jonathan Lucas, the publication offers an overview of the U.S. factoring market and the role it plays in providing liquidity to small- and mid-sized businesses.

Laconia, N.H.-based Madeira USA has launched updated versions of its three websites: www.madeirausa.com, www.madeiramart.com and www.ezeebacking.com. The company also has introduced Madeira Mart Mobile, a mobile ecommerce web application that enables embroidery supplies to be ordered via most smart phones.

Effective May 1, Los Angeles-based Consolidated Laundry Machinery will relocate its headquarters to 211 Erie St., Ponoma, Calif., 91768-3378. Phone and fax numbers will remain the same.

Dalton, Ga.-based Shaw Industries Group Inc.'s Shaw Living division has debuted the Bob Timberlake Area Rug Collection, inspired by realist painter and designer Bob Timberlake and featuring machine-woven products made with Shaw's EverTouch® nylon.

Berwyn, Pa.-based Styron LLC will change its name to Trinseo effective late 2011.

Rolling Meadows, Ill.-based Spartanics now offers translations of the 2011 edition of Spartanics Laser Die Cutting Technical Guide in English, Chinese, French, Spanish and German. The translations may be obtained by emailing LaserCuttingGuide@spartanics.com.

Spartanics manufactures laser die cutting machines and die cutting systems

Israel-based OptiTex Ltd. has released Version 11 of its OptiTex signature software, which includes improved 2D tools in Slash and Spread functionality, Walking capabilities, Variation Grading, 3D algorithm and graphical user interface, a new network protection system, improvement in its 3D capabilities, a new measurement chart, the ability to plot marker files from an OptiTex Viewer option, and a choice of 25 languages.

New York City-based Material ConneXion will open a facility in Istanbul, Turkey, in June 2011. Material ConneXion Istanbul will offer the same global materials consultancy services as the company's other locations.