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June 2011

Pendergrass, Ga.-based TenCate Geosynthetics Americas has released a video titled "TenCate at Work Around the Globe," which provides case studies of several innovative TenCate projects globally that utilize geotextile materials. The video may be viewed at www.tencategeosynthetics.com/americas.

Lubbock, Texas-based Textile Exchange has opened an office in Bristol, United Kingdom, to facilitate the organization's collaborations with Europe-based companies in the sustainable apparel and home textile marketplace.

Cincinnati-based Cintas Corp. has expanded its eco-apparel collection to include uniforms for bellmen, doormen and other front door professionals at hotels; and has released the 2011 Uniform Book for hospitality. Cintas customers Renaissance Hotels and Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center have won the Image of the Year award in the hotel category, presented by the North American Association of Uniform Manufacturers and Distributors.

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Cintas Corp.'s Cobra Jacket, part of its eco-apparel collection for bellmen and doormen.

New York City-based Anvil Knitwear Inc. has launched an online organics education campaign featuring new TrackMyT lesson plans. The company also has won a Ceres-ACCA (Association for Chartered Certified Accountants) North American Award in the Best First Time Report category for its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report. Anvil's TrackMyT lesson plans and the CSR report are available at www.anvilcsr.com.

England-based Mudpie Ltd. has released its latest Trend books for Menswear, Womenswear, Kidswear and Babies for the Autumn/Winter 2012-13 season, featuring the overarching theme "Nations Rising." The four books can be purchased through www.trendbookshop.co.uk.

Los Angeles-based Directives West has relocated its headquarters to the California Market Center's Contemporary floor, located in Suite A525.

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Washington, has approved the ANSI/BIFMA M7.1-2011 Standard Test Method for Determining VOC Emissions from Office Furniture Systems, Components and Seating; as well as the new edition of ANSI/BIFMA X7.1-2011 Standard for Formaldehyde and TVOC Emissions of Low-emitting Office Furniture and Seating. Copies of the standards may be ordered online from The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association International (BIFMA), Grand Rapids, Mich., at https://bifma.org/secure/orderform.html.

Nilit Ltd., Israel, has included its Spring/Summer 2013 bodywear and active sportswear trend concepts in the Nilit® Bodyfashion Trendbook.

City of Industry, Calif.-based China General Plastics Corp. of America (Enduratex) has released OSSIE, an ostrich-inspired faux leather collection developed with the latest faux leather technology and designed for high-end applications.

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Enduratex's OSSIE faux leather collection

The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE), Dalton, Ga., has named Vernon, Calif.-based Los Angeles Fiber Co. Inc. Recycler of the Year for its ongoing success in diverting post-consumer carpet from landfills.

Camira Fabrics Ltd., United Kingdom, has received the Bloom Award from the American Society of Interior Designers for its innovative Sting fabric made from wool and nettles.

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Camira's Sting fabric

Ireland-based Research and Markets Ltd. has published the 2010 State of the Specialty Fabrics Industry Report and the 2011 China Textile Fabric Industry Report; and now offers the book "Sustainable Textiles," published by Woodhead Publishing Ltd., U.K.

Egypt-based Kafrelsheikh University is accepting abstracts and full papers until July 15, 2011, for the 1st World Textile Conference SMARTEX-2011, to be held Nov. 22-24, 2011, at the university. Information about submissions may be obtained at www.kfs.edu.eg/smartex/display.aspx?topic=1568.

Rock Hill, S.C.-based Springs Creative Products Group LLC has partnered with Walmart.com to sell its Creative Cuts® Fabric and Craft Kits online at www.walmart.com.

The Textile Testing Institute of The Hohenstein Institute, Germany, has been accredited by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission's Laboratory Accreditation Review Team to evaluate compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) flammability standards for children's sleepwear; and to test for clothing textile flammability compliance.

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The Raleigh, N.C.-based Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) has launched an online industry directory of members, products and services, available at www.spesa.org.

Pantone LLC, Carlstadt, N.J., has added 175 new colors to its Pantone® Fashion + Home Color System, which now offers 2,100 colors; and has introduced the Pantone Fashion + Home nylon brights collection, featuring 21 shades.

The Atlanta-based Georgia Traditional Manufacturers Association (GTMA) has been renamed the Georgia Association of Manufacturers (GAM); and its Textile Education Foundation has been renamed the Manufacturers Education Foundation (MEF).

Long Island City, N.Y.-based MechoSystems Inc. has introduced McDonough Iceland Collection™ of fully recyclable shadecloths, created in collaboration with architect William McDonough and based on the company's Cradle to Cradle Certified(CM) EcoVeil® shadecloths.

The Arlington, Va.-based American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has released a Chinese translation of the eighth edition of the AAFA Restricted Substances List covering apparel, footwear and home textiles. The list may be downloaded free of charge at www.apparelandfootwear.org.

Mexico City-based Fantasias Miguel has received Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 product certification from The International Oeko-Tex Association, Switzerland, for its collection of polyethylene terephthalate foils and Endless Sequins.

Providence, R.I.-based Citizens Financial Group Inc. has introduced a streamlined payment capability allowing its Citizens Bank and Charter One commercial customers to settle third-party and trade-related payments in renminbi.

Toronto-based Thomson Research Associates has launched a new website for its Silpure silver-based antimicrobial treatment, located at www.silpure.com.

Wichita, Kan.-based Invista has received the Grand Slam Award from the Association of American Railroads for achieving the highest level of safety for rail transportation of hazardous materials.

Richmond, Va.-based DuPont Protection Technologies has launched the DuPont™ Kevlar® Innovation Awards recognizing ideas, methods, technologies, applications, products and services that make innovative uses of Kevlar aramid materials. The awards are open to manufacturers and innovators. Entries must be submitted by Aug. 15, 2011, at www.kevlar.com/innovation, and the winner will be recognized at a ceremony in fall 2011.

Charlotte-based Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) has released its first annual Stakeholders' Report, which combines annual report data with sustainability reporting based on the Global Reporting Initiative's G3 reporting framework. The report may be viewed and downloaded at www.pgi.com. In other company news, PGI has been named the top North Carolina company and second-ranked company in the Southeast in the 2011 Southeastern Corporate Sustainability Rankings released by GreenBusiness WORKS; and has received two INDEX 11 Innovation Awards from Brussels-based EDANA, the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries, for its SafeCover™ Insect Repellant Blanket and for its corporate social responsibility initiatives.

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Brussels-based EDANA, the International Association Serving the Nonwovens and Related Industries, has released its 2010 European Nonwovens Production and Deliveries statistical report and the Vision 2020 nonwovens report.

Arlington, Va.-based Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production (WRAP) has opened an office at the Hotel Sarina, Banani in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Calhoun, Ga.-based Shaw Hospitality Group's Global Reason sustainable carpet collection has been named top Flooring-Carpeting & Carpet Systems, Rugs in the 15th annual International Interior Design Association/Hospitality Design (IIDA/HD) Product Design Competition.

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Shaw Hospitality Group's Global Reason shown with coordinating Style Tribe Eco Evolution™ print collection

East Walpole, Mass.-based Hollingsworth & Vose Co. (H&V) has opened the Mark Hollingsworth Global Technology Center at the company's facility in Suzhou, China.

Glen Raven, N.C.-based Glen Raven Inc.'s Tri Vantage division has introduced abrasion- and extreme-temperature-resistant Coverlight® CSM Coated Nylon from Trellerborg Coated Systems U.S. Inc.

Cary, N.C.-based Cotton Incorporated has made available its podcast "Cotton Prices: What's Next," in audio-video and audio-only formats at http://lifestylemonitor.cottoninc.com.

Italy-based Canalair Air System has launched its new website, located at www.canalair.it.

Rowe, N.M.-based NearSea Naturals Inc. has launched American Grown•Spun•Milled — a website dedicated to sustainable fabrics grown, spun and milled in America — located at www.organic-cotton.com.