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January/February 2009

Biosafe Inc., Pittsburgh, has announced its Biosafe® antimicrobial has met ISO 10993-1 and USP bio-compatibility standards. Biosafe is available either as a powdered additive for textiles and plastics, or as a masterbatch supplied RTP Co., Winona, Minn.

The Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists (AATCC) and Raleigh, N.C.-based North Carolina State University's (NCSU)'s College of Textiles Textile Education Department have partnered to offer an online Textile Fundamentals education course. For more information, visit www.aatcc.org or www.TexED.ncsu.edu.

Canada-based Victor Group Inc. has launched eHome, a collection of affordable, high-performance sustainable residential fabric designs.

Victor Group’s new eHome sustainable fabrics collection

Germany-based BBE Retail Experts has completed a trend analysis survey in the Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Portugal, Italy, France and Spain, about interest in testing textiles for harmful substances, and awareness of the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100. A summary of the survey, commissioned by the Switzerland-based Oeko-Tex Association, is available online at www.oeko-tex.com/news.

Birdair Inc., Amherst, N.Y., has added an engineering office to its sales office in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Southern Textile Association has relocated to: 469-C Hospital Dr., Gastonia, N.C., 28054; (704) 215-4543; fax: (704) 671-2366. The mailing address is unchanged.

Rouse Enterprises LLC, Charlotte, now represents Basofil Fibers LLC, Enka, N.C. Rouse is focusing on in-rubber applications and other industrial end-use applications.

Research and Markets Ltd., Ireland, has released the following publications: "Making the Transition from Traditional to Technical Textile Markets"; "Textiles - Global Strategic Business Report"; and "Recycling in Textiles."

Switzerland-based Schoeller Technologies AG's coldblack® ultra-violet-protective textile technology has been named a 2008 finalist for the Swiss Technology® Award, given by the Swiss Economic Forum AG.

Kaeser Compressors Inc., Fredericksburg, Va., has released the SmartPipe™ product catalog and installation guide, and the "Energy Savings in Compressed Air Systems" guide.

New York City-based WFXOnDemand.com has upgraded its WFX Web Product Data Management (PDM) and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) solutions, enabling them to run on both Macintosh and personal computers.

BASF Polyurethane Systems, Florham Park, N.J., has received the top supplier award from Donaldson Co., Minneapolis.

Tri Vantage LLC, Cleveland, now offers the Sunbrella® Renaissance collection of area rugs and accessories.

Belgium-based Balta Group's Balta Rugs division has relocated to: Nijverheidslaan 15, 8580 Avelgem, Belgium. Phone: +32 56 65 38 11; fax: +32 56 65 39 00; email: rugs@baltagroup.com.

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio-based Emerald Performance Materials LLC's Emerald Foam Control division has opened a new sales and technical center in Greer, S.C. The company also has established a toll-free number for technical support: (866) 688-FOAM.

Chemical Market Associates Inc. (CMAI), Houston, has released the 2009 World Butadiene Analysis, available in book and CD-ROM format with access to CMAI's Online Capacity and Supply/Demand databases.

Pure Fiber International Inc., Upland, Calif., has established a Business Development and Private Label Division for its current bamboo home textile products and hotel bath and bed linen products.

Fairfield, Calif.-based ChemSW Inc. has launched TrainingLive, a Web-based environmental, health and safety program for compliance-based safety requirements training.

ABC Industries Inc., Warsaw, Ind., has received ISO 9001 certification for its plants in Warsaw and Grand Junction, Colo.

Zimmer Machinery Corp., Spartanburg, now offers parts and service for all Stork printing machines through a partnership with Elad Textile Parts, the Netherlands.

Texworld USA, New York City, has introduced the Eco-Textile Labeling Guide, providing information on the latest organic textile standards and eco-textile certification.