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January/February 2011

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Grand Rapids, Mich., has approved the ANSI/BIFMA e3-2010 Furniture Sustainability Standard. Copies of the standard may be ordered from The Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association International (BIFMA), Grand Rapids, Mich.

The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), Washington, has published "Cotton: Technology for the 21st Century." The book may be purchased at www.icac.org.

The Research Committee RA60, Colorfastness to Washing Test Methods, of the American Associaton of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), Research Triangle Park, N.C., has added 2003 AATCC Standard Liquid Detergent as an alternative to 1993 AATCC Standard Reference Detergent for use in Test Method 61 Colorfastness to Laundering: Accelerated (with or without optical brightener); Test Method 172 Colorfastness to Powdered Non-Chlorine Bleach in Home Laundering (without optical brightener); Test Method 188 Colorfastness to Sodium Hypochlorite Bleach in Home Laundering (without optical brightener); and Test Method 190 Colorfastness to Home Laundering with Activated Oxygen Bleach Detergent: Accelerated (without optical brightener).

Paris-based Lectra's Lectra Fashion PLM V2R2 has received Technology Evaluation Centers certification.

The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), Washington, has released the 2010 USTR Report to Congress on China's World Trade Organization Compliance. The report may be downloaded at www.ustr.gov/webfm_send/2460>.

Southcombe Brothers, United Kingdom, has received the 2011 Golden Glove Award for Innovation for its Firemaster® Ultra fire-fighting glove, which is lined with Chester, Va.-based Waubridge Specialty Fabrics' Kovenex® thermal protective barrier and cut-resistant fabric.

Nilit Ltd.
, Israel, has included its Fall/Winter 2012-2013 bodywear and active sportswear trend concepts in the Nilit® Bodyfashion Trendbook.

January/February 2011