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March 2002

On the Cover:
Van May, president, PCCA, and incoming ATMI president



Features

Don't Mess With Texas
Van May takes on the challenges facing ATMI, US textile industry in the coming year.



Textile News

Philadelphia University To Host 2002 IDSA Conference
Industry Leaders and Top Academic Industrial Designers From Across the Northeast to Gather at Philadelphia University PHILADELPHIA, March 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Industrial design professionals, professors, and students from across the Northeast will pour into the City of Brotherly Love on Friday, April 12 to attend the 2002 Northeast Regional District Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Conference. Hosted by Philadelphia University, the conference will open on Friday and run through the evening of Saturday, April 13."Every year the IDSA Conference is a huge success -- a comprehensive smorgasbord of industrial design," says Gotz Unger, director of the Industrial Design Program at Philadelphia University and 2002 IDSA Conference co-chair. "With the latest advances and techniques being presented and explored, projects and products on display, and top industry professionals offering their views and experiences through numerous

DFCMA Announces A New Association Name
March 20, 2002 - DALTON, GA. The Board of Directors for the Dalton Floor Covering Market Association (DFCMA), recognizes the need for the association to stay in tune with the changes in the floorcovering industry.  As part of the Associations scope and future expansion, a new name has been adopted, by which it will be known going forward: The American Floorcovering Alliance Inc. (AFA)Bob Kokoszka, DFCMA President, stated "We believe that the new name signifies progress and will reflect the changes in our purpose and direction." The American Floorcovering Alliance, Inc. (AFA) is a not-for-profit, national trade association serving the floorcovering industry. For more information contact the AFA at (800) 288-4101 or (706) 278-4101.

PGI In Restructuring Negotiations

Peter Dornier Owner Of Lindauer Dornier Passes Away

Imports Show First Decline Since 1988
By James Morrissey, Washington CorrespondentReflecting the soft U.S. economy and what many economists describe as a major soft goods recession, textile and apparel imports for the first time since1988 declined last year. U.S. Commerce Department data for 2001, show that textile and apparel imports of 32.8 billion square meter equivalents were down by 0.6 percent from 2000. While the decline was minor, it reflects a reversal of a trend that had seen a steady annual rise of both textile and apparel imports. Of particular significance was a 9 percent drop in apparel imports from Mexico, which in recent years had increasingly been displacing imports from the Far East and Orient, and under terms of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) generally contained U.S. fabric and yarn.Running counter to the overall downward trend, imports from Pakistan, South Korea, Cambodia and Indonesia showed significant increases and near

DuPont Forms TextilesandInteriors Subsidiary

Prodescos Board Of Directors Announces Launch Of New Company Secant Medical LLC
Prodesco, Inc., founded in 1942 and a leading supplier of highly engineered fabrics for applications in the medical, aerospace, filtration and automotive markets, today announced the formation of a new company SECANT MEDICAL. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Prodesco, Secant Medical will offer its growing base of customers in the medical device and biotechnology industries dedicated resources for the design, development and manufacture of engineered fabric and composite structures. Prodesco will continue to focus on the needs of industrial markets."Prodescos Medical Division has enjoyed significant growth over the past few years and now has an excellent worldwide reputation for supplying component structures for medical implant applications. With the launch of Secant Medical, the company will continue to be the premier developer and supplier of engineered components for use in the demanding and expanding field of Class III implants," sta

Rapidly Changing Textiles A Double-Eged Sword

Dr Thomas J Malone Addresses The 10th Annual National Textile Center Forum

Techtextil Industry Hotspot

Set For Success

National Spinning Acquires Glen Raven Yarn Facility

Greenwood Mills Seeks To Sell Plants

InfoACIMIT

Springs Acquires Beaulieu Business

Former Burlington Executive Named To International Trade Post
James C. Leonard, former manager of economic analysis and director of government relations for Burlington Industries, has been named deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Textiles, Apparel and Consumer Products. In that post, which has been vacant for more than a year, Leonard will be an adviser to the secretary of commerce on textile and apparel trade issues. He also will serve as chairman of the Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements, which administers the governments textile import quota program. The Commerce Department post and that of Special Textile Negotiator are the two of the most important federal government positions involving the textile and apparel industries and importers. The job of Special Textile Negotiator was recently filled by David Spooner, former legislative director for Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC). Both Spooner and Leonard have considerable experience in dealing with textile international t

Gene Cone President Johnston Industries Addresses The Atlanta Textile Club
Atlanta, 3/12/02 Gene Cone, President and CEO of Johnston Industries in Columbus, Ga., addressed the membership of the Atlanta Textile Club (ATC) at lunch on Monday, March 11. Echoing statistics from the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI), Mr. Cone said, "The textile industry had lost over 160,000 jobs since 1997, 65,000 of these last year. And over 200 companies have closed since then, 100 of them last year". But he was also positive about his company. "We cannot compete on cost or price. There is no magic bullet. We have to understand this business, take ownership of our company, work as hard as the immigrants who made this country great." He outlined five strategies: make Johnston Industries a world-class, global player; focus on solving the customers problem; innovative, new, unique products; excellence in every person in the company; and partnership with customers, suppliers a

DuPont Launches New Legwear Concepts To Meet The Needs Of The Contemporary Consumer
GREENSBORO, N.C., March 13, 2002 DuPont Textiles and Interiors (DTI) continues to meet the needs of consumers by the development of four new visions for legwear including new hosiery products, styling concepts and marketing platforms, unveiled Wednesday at The Grandover ResortandConference Center. These concepts emanate from consumer market research conducted by RISC and other independent organizations, interpreted by DuPont research and development.The new legwear concepts, all illustrated by commercial and prototype garments, are as follows:Its Even Better Than Bare - applies beauty-enhancement principles developed by the cosmetic industry to hosiery, combining a flawless sheer finish and subtle skin tone enhanced with the use of new DuPont Tactel® Duo bi-component yarn. An advertising campaign in support of this bare hosiery will debut in major markets around the world in Fall 2002. Dangerous Curves - consist

Xiameter E-Business Model Offers Lowest-Base Price Silicone Products To Textile Market
New Dow Corning Business Leverages Web To Maximize Profits, Win Price Competition And Offer New Customer Choice In Products For Textile Production(Midland, Mich. - March 5, 2002) Dow Corning Corp. announced today the launch of a new web-enabled business model using a new brand: XIAMETER. For the serious buyer of silicon-based materials, Xiameter offers dynamic, lowest-base pricing; guaranteed shipping dates; clear order requirements and payment terms; and real time order and inventory control and confirmation for purchasers of commonly used silicon-based fluids, resins, antifoams, and emulsions for textile manufacturers, finishers and clothing manufacturers.Xiameter, the new measure of value from Dow Corning, was created for the customer who is experienced in purchasing and using silicone products in applications where additional sales, design, and support services are neither needed or wanted. Through web-based regis



Business & Financial

Markets Remain Weak



Yarn Market

Conflict Between Cotton Producers And Yarn Spinners



Quality Fabric Of The Month

Stretching To Fit



Fiber World

Industry Activity
Last year's performance demands decisions and action for survival in 2002.By John E. Luke

Unifi AF And Y Form Polypropylene Agreement

Zimmer To Build Polyester Plants In China

New Plant Generic Fiber Classification For PLA

Great Lakes Expands Anox Antioxidants Products Line

Vickers Introduces Water-Soluble Spinning Lubricant

Celanese Acetate Teijin Form Marketing Alliance



Dyeing Printing & Finishing

AATCC Signs Agreements With SDC And ASTM

Wayne Mills Purchases Luithlen Dye

Finishing Touch
New developments in wet and dry finishing produce value-added products for a discerning public.By Gary N. Mock, Ph.D., Technical Editor

Ciba Develops All-In-One Bleaching Processor

DyStar Adds Levafix Orange CA Reactive Dye



Knitting / Apparel

Springfield Introduces Airo-Soft Hydrophilic

China Shows Claim Success

Woolrich Nester Hosiery Partner For Sock Line

Nano-Tex Launches NANO-TOUCH Technology

Shape Of Things To Come
Part 1 of a two-part feature focusing on the intimate apparel industry, including fiber, yarns and fabric, as well as forecasts and trends.By Virginia Borland, New York Correspondent

Bailey Boys Receive U S Cotton Champion Award



New Products

IIS Offers Modem PMC Card

Lovejoy Develops New Couplings Line

Drive-All Launches Shiftable Gear Drives

Seepex Introduces Pumps

Consew Offers Zigzag Machines For Marine Uses

Teklynx Presents DSP For Codesoft 6



People

March 2002



Washington Outlook Archive

Interagency Group Will Address Textile Industry Problems