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October 2011

The U.S. Department of Labor has introduced a free mobile application that offers current employment data and economic news releases from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Employment and Training Administration. The application is currently available for iPhone and Android phones as well as iPod Touch devices, and versions are under development for BlackBerry and iPad devices. The application may be downloaded at dol.gov/dol/apps.

The Arlington, Va.-based American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has released the ninth edition of the AAFA Restricted Substances List (RSL) for home textiles, apparel and footwear applications. The list is available at no charge at apparelandfootwear.org/Resources/RestrictedSubstances.asp.

Dalton, Ga-based Shaw Industries Group Inc. has released its third annual corporate sustainability report, which may be accessed at shawgreenedge.com.

The Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) has released its Color Guidebook, which may be purchased and downloaded by visiting http://members.aatcc.org and clicking "Store."

Huntsman Textile Effects
, Singapore, has collaborated with Source4Style and Co-Founder Summer Rayne Oaks to create "How to Lose Water Weight," a video about sustainability in the textile industry. A copy may be obtained by contacting pr@huntsman.com.

The Cary, N.C.-based Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) has introduced "INDA on the Issues," a members-only section of its website that provides information on critical legislation and regulations impacting the domestic and global operations of INDA member companies, and which may be accessed at http://imisw.inda.org/wcm/. INDA also has released a Segment Analysis Report on the Nonwoven Cartridge Market for Swimming Pools and Spas, available at inda.org.

Boulder, Colo.-based Outlast Technologies Inc. has updated its website, located at outlast.com.

Calhoun, Ga.-based Mohawk Industries Inc.'s commercial carpet division, The Mohawk Group, has released its first product catalog, which contains comprehensive information on all of the company's products. The catalog is available in print as well as a digital version, which may be downloaded at mohawkgroup.com. A smartphone application will be released in November.

Germany-based DiloGroup has launched its new website, located at dilo.de.

DiloGroup's new website

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Geneva, has published a two-part ISO standard incorporating Six Sigma performance-improvement methodology: ISO 13053-1:2011 Quantitative methods in process improvement — Six Sigma — Part 1: DMAIC methodology; and ISO 13053-2:2011 Quantitative methods in process improvement — Six Sigma — Part 2: Tools and techniques.

The Hohenstein Institute
, Germany, has developed a new hygiene certificate for hotel and kitchen laundry. The institute also has updated its website, located at hohenstein.com.

The Woolmark Company, Australia, has launched the second phase of its three-year global campaign, "Merino. No Finer Feeling™," which promotes the natural benefits of Australian merino wool fiber and includes seven images and a short film; and has updated its website, located at merino.com. Woolmark also has released "The Wool Lab," its latest color and trend presentation for Autumn/Winter 2012-13.

The Fibertect® nonwoven decontamination wipe, developed at the Lubbock, Texas-based Texas Tech University Institute of Environmental and Human Health, was among seven innovations featured in National Guard Magazine's New Innovations Timesaver List.

West Conshohocken, Pa.-based ASTM International's Committee D13 on Textiles has introduced two ASTM Proficiency Testing Programs (PTPs) on Textiles: Textiles (Light, Medium and Heavy-Duty Woven Fabric); and Yarn and Thread Performance Testing. Information is available by contacting ptp@astm.org or visiting astm.org/STATQA/textiles.htm.

Frankfurt-based Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH has released the Heimtextil 2012/2013 Trend Book. More information about the book may be obtained at heimtextil-trends.com.

Zepol Corp.
, Minneapolis, has released the report "U.S. Import and Export Summary," available at zepol.com.

Tokyo-based Teijin Fibers Ltd. has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index for the third consecutive year.

United Kingdom-based Satra has launched "Within REACH," a quarterly newsletter aimed at helping companies understand Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals (REACH) Regulations. For more information, contact reach@satra.co.uk.

Columbus, Ohio-based Momentive Performance Materials Holdings LLC has published its 2010 corporate sustainability report, titled "The Science Behind a Sustainable Future." The report is available atmomentive.com.

Madeira USA, Laconia, N.H., has added Dallas-based Graphic Solutions Group (GSG) as a distributor in Texas.

England-based Mudpie Ltd. has updated its online bookstore, located at trendbookshop.co.uk.

Mudpie's updated online bookstore

Black Mountain, N.C.-based Parameter Generation & Control has updated its website, located at humiditycontrol.com.

Aurora, Ill.-based Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. has added AC Canvas Glossy to its Northern Lights™ printable textiles collection.

Owosso, Mich.-based Tri-Mer Corp. has released a brochure detailing Tri-Flow, a new Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value (MERV) 16 filter that offers High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA)-like results for submicron particles and fumes.

Epicor Software Corp., Livermore, Calif., has published a white paper titled "10 Critical Concerns Manufacturers Should Have When Sourcing a Cloud-based ERP Solution," available for download at http://offeroffice.com/bo/FBDB7/4983/29920/33979.

Aria Systems Inc.
, New York City, has launched its new website, located at ariasystems.biz; and has released a new version of the "Object Linking" program.

Eriez Equipos Magneticos S.A., Mexico, is celebrating its 40th anniversary as an affiliate of Erie, Pa.-based Eriez Manufacturing Co.

Cincinnati-based Cintas Corp. has released its 2011 Fall Fashion Trends Forecast, available at cintas.com/shop.

Shirley, Mass.-based Bemis Associates Inc. has received bluesign® certification for its Sewfree® adhesive films and seam sealing tapes.

Paris-based Flammarion S.A. has published "The Book of Fine Linen," by Françoise de Bonneville with a forward by Marc Porthault. The book is distributed by Rizzoli International Publications through Random House.