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January 2004

On the Cover:
Textile World 's annual economic forecast predicts 2004 will mark a turning point for a leaner, meaner US textile industry.



Features

ITMA 2003 Spinning Technology
Innovative developments in the spinning sector targeted ease of operation and maintenance, improved product quality.

Textiles 2004
The new year brings more positives, but pitfalls persist.

Minimizing The Impact
Plume modeling enables immediate contingency planning to minimize the impact of an accidental chemical release.

ACIMIT Reports
After a slight sales decrease in 2003, Italian machinery producers look toward 2004.

CAFTA: Cutting-Edge Or Job-Cutting
The announcement of the Central American Free Trade Agreement has attracted both supporters and critics from the textile industry.

ITEMA Opens Shanghai Operation
New facility will become center of Promatech and Sultex sales and after-sales activities in the region.

Milan Hosts Knit Technology
IKME 2003 presented an array of machinery, ancillary equipment and concepts to knitters from around the world.



Textile News

Nano-Tex Wins Best Of Small Tech Award

Post-ITMA Promatech Optimistic About Future

WestPoint Stevens Cuts Jobs Production At Lanier Plant

Picanol Sells Looms In Vietnam, Verbrugge Relocates

Sultex Becomes Sole Sulzer Machinery Manufacturer

Galey & Lord Files Reorganization Plan, Sells Klopman Group

Springs Consolidates Lyman Finishing At Grace Complex

Tsudakoma Establishes Shanghai Subsidiary

GTP Adds New Partners

Ludlow Textiles - 135 Years And Counting

Shaw Announces New Green Initiative, Buys Dixie Yarn Plant

Borgosesia Acquires Majority Stake In SMIT

In Memoriam Jakob Muller



From The Editor

2004: A Test For US Textiles



Business & Financial

Fewer And Smaller Declines Ahead



Yarn Market

It's Too Early To Celebrate!



Quality Fabric Of The Month

Fooling The Experts
DuraCord® rope hammocks from The HammockSource® are made with durable, colorfast, cottony-soft yarn developed by American Fibers and Yarns Co.



Fiber World

RadiciSpandex Ups Capacity At Tuscaloosa Plant

Martin Color-Fi Under New Ownership

Lenzing Sells Lenzing Fibers Corp Shares

Plastomer Technologies Introduces PTFE Fiber

Shakespeare Acquires Ems-Griltech Product Line

Mahr Metering Systems Moves Expands Offerings



Dyeing Printing & Finishing

WashRite 135 Aids In Test Washing

ColorBooster Printer Features New Technologies

Synalloy Unveils FR Coatings

Peach State Labs Launches Sartech™ Protective Coating

Ciba To Invest In Textile Dyes, Streamline Portfolio

INVISTA™ Introduces Next-Generation DuPont™ Teflon®



Knitting / Apparel

Delta Galil Completes Purchase Of Auburn Hosiery

Lonati Institute Promotes Fashion, Hosts Seminar

WHOLEGARMENT® Technology Introduced To NCSU Students

Color Works
Color forecasting and matching services help textile and apparel companies coordinate throughout the supply chain.

Liz Claiborne Purchases ENYCE

QA Solution Manages Product Quality Data

Jones Apparel Completes Kasper Acquisition



Supplier Notes

SDL Atlas Named SDC Enterprises Master Distributor

XeBusiness Supplies Xe-RTS Technology To FOTL, Burberry

SSM Stähle-Eltex Moves To New Home

Lectra Celebrates 30 Years

Fehrer Sells First DREF 2000 To India

Avondale Mills Uses American Software ERP Solution



New Products

GTI Introduces Carpet Color Matching System

SOLARmaster Offers Flexible Configuration For UV Testing

Alliance Adds Coats Firefly Thread, Large Quilting Cones

Icofix Heat-Sets Tubular Fabrics

Phoenix Automation Unveils VECS 3000 Rug Sewing System

ADMET Presents Tenacity Meter For Textile Testing



People

January 2004



Bulletin Board

January 2004



Washington Outlook Archive

Major Trade Issues On 2004 Agenda