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Bulletin Board January 2014

Lectra, Paris, has relocated its Atlanta-based International Advanced Technology Center (IATC) and North American headquarters to from Marietta, Ga., to Smyrna, Ga., in Greater Atlanta.
 
The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Research Triangle Park, N.C., has launched a peer-reviewed e-journal, AATCC Journal of Research. Peer-reviewed scientific articles previously published in the AATCC Review now will be published in the journal. AATCC also will produce an electronic version of the AATCC Review along with the current print version.
 
Cotton Incorporated, Cary, N.C., and Maker’s Row, New York City, have partnered to educate and connect textile brands with U.S. cotton suppliers and manufacturers, and have released a video, “American Cotton Part 1,” as part of these efforts.
 
The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA), Arlington, Va., has released its ApparelStats 2013 and ShoeStats 2013 reports, available free of charge to AAFA members, and for a nominal fee to nonmembers.
 
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Washington, has presented to Congress the 2013 report on China’s compliance within its World Trade Organization obligations.
 
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Switzerland, has released technical specification ISO/TS 13830: 2013, Nanotechnologies — Guidance on voluntary labelling for consumer products containing manufactured nano-objects.
 
O’Donnell, Texas-based Textile Exchange’s Global Recycled Standard v3 has been under revision by the GRS International Working Group and is now open for comment. The first stakeholder review period is Dec. 19, 2013-Feb. 18, 2014, and the second is Feb. 25-March 26, 2014.
 
ITEMA Group, Italy, has updated its website, located at itemagroup.com.
 
The International Oeko-Tex Association, Switzerland, is offering a pre-recorded webinar “STeP by Oeko-Tex®: Sustainable Textile Production,” available for viewing in English at https://step.oeko-tex.com/en/step/step_webinars/step_webinars.html. The Association also has updated the logos and text for three of its standards: Oeko-Tex Standard 100, Oeko-Tex STeP, and Oeko-Tex Standard 100plus. In addition, Oeko-Tex is developing an online platform called MySTeP to supplement its STeP by Oeko-Tex® certification. The tool will be launched in summer 2014.
 
The Hohenstein Institute, Germany, now offers product testing for protection against molten metal splash in accordance to the DIN EN ISO 9185 standard.
 
SGS Consumer Testing Services, Switzerland, announces that the Taiwanese Bureau of Standards, Metrology & Inspection (BSMI) has updated its safety standard for textile and apparel products, CNS 15290, to include the restriction of nonylphenol (NP) and nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEO) in textile products.
 
Impact Economy S.A., Switzerland, has released the report “Creating Sustainable Apparel Value Chains.”
 
Milliken & Company, Spartanburg, has won a Good Design Award for its Art Media and Moment floor covering collections. In addition, the company has introduced the Nordic Stories and Fretwork floor covering collection featuring TractionBack® carpet backing technology.
 
Quick-Med Technologies Inc., Gainesville, Fla., has licensed its Stay Fresh® technology to Sarasota Medical Products (SMP) for use in hydrocolliods in SMP’s Ostomy and Advanced Wound Care product lines.
 
The Specialty Sleep Association (SSA), Friant, Calif., is offering a revised and upgraded SSA Environmental & Safety Program® for mattresses with green claims.
 
Textile industry veterans Kristen Dettoni and Geraldine Blanchot have launched Pattern Plus, an online, membership-based platform offering access to custom, seamless artwork.

The Pattern Plus platform
 
Italy-based Max Mara Group’s Max Mara Weekend brand’s Spring/Summer 2014 collection includes a selection of apparel made with fabrics incorporating Italy-based Filatura di Saluzzo’s Newlife™ 100-percent recycled content polyester yarns.
Max Mara apparel featuring Newlife™ polyester yarns
 
The Human Solutions Group, Germany, now presents its simulation software Vidya on its own website, located at vidya-software.com.
Human Solutions Group’s Vidya portal
 
Research and Markets, Ltd., Ireland, has published “Survey of the European Fabric Fairs for Spring/Summer 2014.”
 
Thames & Hudson Inc., New York City, has published “Textiles: The Whole Story,” by Beverly Gordon.
 
Mohawk Industries Inc., Calhoun, Ga., has awarded the National Retailer of the Year awards to Chula Vista, Calif.-based America’s Finest Carpet in the Floorscapes category; and Fort Myers, Fla.-based Wayne Wiles Floor Coverings in the ColorCenter category.
 
The Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA), Cary, N.C., has teamed with the Maine Wastewater Control Association for the consumer education campaign “Save Your Pipes: Don’t Flush Baby Wipes.”
 
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has awarded The North Face Inc., San Leandro, Calif., its Innovator for Animals Award, for its Thermoball™ faux-down insulation technology. In other company news, The North Face has transferred ownership of its Responsible Down Standard to O’Donnell, Texas-based Textile Exchange.
 
Standard Textile, Cincinnati, has been named one of the 2014 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America by Healthiest Employers.
 
Germany-based FIPA GmbH has updated its website, located at fipa.com.
 
January 2014
 




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