Yarns on parade

Week of August 26, 2002

Fabric makers using Nylstar’s Meryl yarns

MYRTLE BEACH, SC — Garments made of Nylstar’s Meryl® family of yarns are modeled during a fashion show, part of the Textured Yarn Association of America’s Summer Conference here recently. More than 5,500 approved fabrics use Meryl fibers and more than 400 branded partners use the yarn, a large specialties range of nylon, said fashion show moderator Rodney Sims, vice president of sales for Nylstar.
Photo by Devin Steele

GREENSBORO, NC — The new Wacoal Touch Collection, undergarments featuring Nylstar’s Meryl® family of yarns, was designed with beauty, comfort, function and invisibility in mind, according to Nylstar.

The fabric is lightweight, soft and delicate, offering consumers comfort and freedom of movement, added Wacoal America.

Meryl yarns add function and style, making the fabric breathable and easy to care for while also adding excellent moisture management properties, said Nylstar, the European leader in the production of 6 and 6.6 nylon fibers.

Together, Meryl and this fabric allow the Wacoal Touch Collection to become invisible under clothing, the two companies said. Many Meryl yarns have been exclusively developed for seamless production.

Also, Nylstar reported that on Gossamer® has created the Fabulous Fabric/Fabulous Fit Collection, a “provocative yet practical” line of intimate apparel featuring Meryl nylon.

Nylstar also announced that, in anticipation of the increased market opportunity for multipurpose fabrics in swimwear, Tricots Liesse and Nylstar have joined together to bring innovation and ingenuity to the swimwear industry.

Fabrics made by Tricots Liesse with Nylstar’s Meryl yarns answer consumer demands for style, comfort and quality, the companies said.

Among Nylstar’s family of Meryl nylon yarns, Tricots Liesse has developed fabrics with Meryl Skinlife. Meryl Skinlife provides enhanced comfort by inhibiting the growth of bacteria in garments, regardless of activity level, therefore reducing the risk of unpleasant odors. And, unlike topical treatments, Meryl Skinlife is a permanent feature inherent in the fiber, so it will not transfer to the skin or wash out of the fabric, Nylstar said.

Additional developments from Tricots Liesse include fabrics created with Meryl Nateo.

Separately, Nylstar announced the launch of its Meryl® Actisystem, which creates a collection of activewear fabrics designed to appeal to individuals seeking performance during athletic activities.

Meryl Actisystem produces fabrics that are engineered for performance, designed for fashion and increase the breadth of capabilities available to the sportswear market.

Meryl Actisystem’s lineup of innovative fabrics result from a unique fabric development concept that utilizes one specific Meryl sub-brand to accentuate a particular performance feature or combine two or more Meryl yarns with varying performance features. This system allows a broad range of styling and end-use applications for activewear manufacturers, the company said.

ATA

Week of August 26, 2002

Textile Alliance remains strong, chairman says

ATA Chairman Gaylon Booker says the Alliance seeks to find common ground.

By Devin Steele

About two years after its founding, the American Textile Alliance (ATA) continues to remain a strong and vital player in the fiber/textile industry complex.

That’s the message ATA Chairman Gaylon Booker offered last week during an interview with STN.

The alliance is a coalition of U.S. fiber and textile organizations representing cotton, manmade fiber and wool producers and shippers, yarn and fabric mills, textile machinery manufacturers and distributors and manufacturers of decorative fabrics, home furnishings and industrial textile products.

“Our goal is to try to find common ground on issues that affect the economic health of all of our constituencies,” said Booker, longtime president of the National Cotton Council of America (NCC). “And we have a strong interest in trade issues because that’s been on the agenda of the Bush Administration and it’s been on the agenda of Congress. So a lot of what we’re trying to do is ensure that we get fair and equitable treatment in the numerous arenas where trade is being discussed, one such arena being the WTO (World Trade Organization).”

The ATA consists of 15 trade associations that account for nearly all U.S. production of fiber and textile products, Booker added. It represents some 600,000 members, including more than 400,000 textile employees across the states.

Among its goals, the group aims to build consensus among members in order to create focused, industry-wide action to achieve objectives, Booker said.

As mentioned, trade is high on the list of issues the group takes up.

“A lot of the problems that confront the U.S. textile industry have been created by previous trade agreements that created disproportionate tariffs — relatively low tariffs — to bring products into the United States, and very large tariffs plus non-tariff barriers to keep our products out of foreign markets,” Booker said. “I don’t want to use a trite term ‘the playing field is not level,’ but by any definition the terms of trade are not fair and equitable.”

During its third meeting of the year, held on August 15 in Washington, alliance members discussed a number of topics and developed action steps designed to advance the group’s common interests, he said. A key issue discussed was China’s failure to live up to its obligations for accession into the WTO, according to Booker.

“Our discussion centered on China’s insistence in requiring importers of cotton to show evidence that they intended to export the final product before they could get a license to import that cotton,” he said. “Obviously while this is primarily a cotton industry concern, it becomes a concern of all ATA members because it’s forcing more and more textiles back into the U.S. market, and we’re already covered up with Chinese textiles.

“We’ve seen China imports into the U.S. advance faster than NAFTA and faster than any other region, including the Caribbean, so it’s becoming clear that instead of our benefiting from the CBI agreement, China is taking more and more of the U.S. market and they’re doing that in part by violating their WTO commitment on cotton.”

Other items discussed include trade rules of origin, the group’s continued support of the Coalition for a Sound Dollar, WTO dispute settlement proceedings and export financing, he added.

Agenda items, actions

When consensus is reached on legislative, regulatory or other issues, ATA communicates its position typically through letters to, for instance, the Congressional Textile Caucus, the U.S. Trade Representative, cabinet members and, on some occasions, to the White House, Booker said.

Additionally those members who are more active on the Washington scene will follow up with personal calls to administration officials or members of Congress. Some of these government officials also have met with the alliance to discuss certain issues.

The ATA is dealing with a number of agenda items this year, Booker noted, including seeking several outcomes in the Doha Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations. Among them: no tariff cuts on textiles and apparel until foreign tariffs are reduced to U.S. levels; equitable access for U.S. textile products to all foreign markets; and no weakening of current U.S. trade laws with regard to dumping and subsidies.

“As a part of legislation just recently passed to give the president trade promotion authority, we tended to like the approach that was in the Senate bill, which included some very specific textile-negotiating objectives, including this approach to tariff reductions,” Booker said. “That didn’t prevail in the final bill. More general language did get adopted.

“But we agree that the more general language doesn’t preclude U.S. officials from doing exactly what the Senate bill would’ve prescribed. It’ll be our objective to urge our trade negotiators to adopt the more specific approach.”

Other priorities include:


• maintaining strong origin rules in all future negotiations to which the U.S. is a party;
• seeking high priority enforcement of trade agreements, rules and regulations by U.S. Customs;
• convincing the U.S. government to mitigate the adverse impact of currency exchange rates on U.S. industry or to change the current strong dollar policy; and
• seeking effective solutions for export financing, especially in the Caribbean Basin region.
Related to the rules of origin issue, Booker said: “Our sense is that unilateral agreements, where we’re providing access to the U.S. market as we did in the case of the Andean region recently, we ought to be trying to get CBI-type rules of origin, which means using U.S. components.”
The alliance has produced a number of positive results during its brief existence, Booker said, including:
• creating the North American Anti-Smuggling Coalition and hiring an investigator who uncovered smuggling of textiles and apparel at the U.S.-Mexican border;
• uncovering major illegal movement of inbound goods through the U.S. into Mexico with undervaluing at Mexican Customs and subsequent re-entry into the U.S. as NAFTA goods; and
• opposing, with success, increases in the special quotas on certain worsted wool fabric imports.

When asked to chair the organization this year, Booker said he didn’t hesitate to accept the offer.

“My service with ATA is important to me personally and to the National Cotton Council because it’s an extension of the concept the Council is built around and that is coalition-building,” said Booker, who was asked by the Council to forego retirement two years ago and is now set to step aside in February. “And the ATA is dealing extensively in matters that are critically important to the U.S. cotton industry and to our textile members.

“Because these are critical issues, it’s important for the Cotton Council to be active in those. If the coalition believes that the Council can serve a useful role by providing a chairman for the group, then I’m happy to do it and the Council is happy to do it.”

NTA

Week of August 26, 2002

NTA set to fight piracy

BOSTON — The Northern Textile Association (NTA) announced last week the formation of a working group to identify and seek solutions to the problem of international piracy of intellectual property in the textile industry.

“We consider ourselves producers of art by the yard,” said group member George Shuster, president and CEO of Cranston Print Works Co. “Design has become such a critical core competency for the survival of so many textile companies such as ourselves that the most aggressive measures are absolutely necessary against infringers.”

The NTA Intellectual Property Working Group — made up of representatives from companies that produce upholstery fabrics, printed fabrics and apparel fabrics — is preparing a “white paper” to present to the U.S. government. With that, they plan to outline the extent of the problem of intellectual property theft and the monetary losses experienced by American companies and request specific actions the U.S. could take to combat IP violations.

Last month the group met in Washington with officials from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and U.S. Customs Service. At that meeting, James C. Leonard III, deputy assistant secretary of Commerce for Textiles, Apparel and Consumer Goods Industries, pledged the resources of his office on focusing government attention on the issue.

“This is at least a $100 million-a-year problem in the U.S. alone,” said Larry Liebenow, CEO of Quaker Fabric Corporation, citing an estimate developed by the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI), “and far more than that in the global market, which will become increasingly important as the U.S. develops new trade agreements around the world.

“Every participant in the chain — importers, furniture manufacturers, retailers — needs to know that they are liable for substantial damages if they are found to be selling products that infringe on US copyrights,” he added.

As part of the preparation of the “white paper” the group has commenced a survey of the American textile industry to quantify the value of intellectual property such as patents, trademarks and copyrights and estimate the magnitude, in dollars, of losses due to a lack of international enforcement of intellectual property rights.

The working group is also exploring the possibility of bringing an action under section 337 of the Trade Act against one or more of the most egregious offenders.

NTA, the nation’s oldest industrial trade association, recently announced a merger with the Knitted Textile Association. The new organization will have a combined membership of more than 200 companies.

The merger is expected to be ratified at NTA’s Annual Meeting next month, at which time the name will be changed to the National Textile Association.

Suppliers

Week of August 26, 2002

LTG diversifies to accommodate industry changes

AC feed to multi-drive at AFS

SPARTANBURG, SC — LTG Incorporated has supplied the textile industry worldwide with quality equipment for more than 75 years. The recent changes in the American textile industry, however, have forced LTG to make some changes, the company said.

In order to continue as a longtime supplier to the U.S. textile industry, LTG has decided to build on its strength, get rid of some weaknesses and accommodate the changes occurring in domestic textiles.

LTG is now well into its second year after the major changes, and things are going well, the company reported.

What did LTG do? In a nutshell, it diversified and streamlined costs.

In a first step, LTG decided to discontinue as a contractor to the textile industry, meaning the company will stop providing turnkey jobs. Instead LTG decided to offer its proven components, such as filters, separators, air washers and others, to any contractors — including former competitors — or to the textile mills directly.

Even the LTG Weave Direct system to improve efficiency of the weaving process is sold through other contractors or to the mills directly.

Unlike other suppliers to the American textile industry, LTG said it is in a position to manufacture other product lines that can be offered to industries outside of the textile industry, according to the company.

Therefore, as a second step, LTG brought another proven LTG product line to the U.S., its line of tangential fans. Tangential fans are long fans that provide a uniform airflow over the whole length of the fan.

They are used, for example, in the electronics industry, material testing, packaging industry, heat treatment technology and automotive industry. Also, these fans can be used for temperatures up to 1,300 degrees F.

As a third step, a high-end line of commercial ceiling diffusers will soon be introduced to the American market. The LTG system clean linear diffuser and other diffusers will not only give better air distribution to the room, but unlike other diffusers, will keep the diffuser itself and the surrounding ceiling cleaner.

Application is well suited for hospitals, hotels and upscale office buildings or retail stores.

LTG is still dedicated to the textile industry, company officials reiterated. But, in order to be able to serve the industry now and in the future, it was extremely important to diversify and tap into other markets.

This will allow LTG to ride out the lows in the textile market and still be there in years to come with innovations and new products to help make the remaining textile industry stronger, officials added.

LTG offers components for all parts of the HVAC system, from the central fan to the air distribution outlets within the room.

HVAC system keeps AFS multi-drives cool

PENDERGRASS, GA — Planning for optimum efficiency and operation of all electrical and mechanical equipment ahead of building construction extended to the large multi-drives, noted Ray Amin, president of American Synthetic Fiber (ASF).

ASF’s 240,000 square-foot fiber extrusion and nonwovens fabric production facility here includes two back-to-back dc bus multi-drive installations that each enclose a total of 43 ABB ac motor drives to provide precise control for the production machinery, ABB reported.

“We knew such a configuration — the largest of its type for any U.S. fiber manufacturer — would generate heat, and that keeping the system cool would help ensure optimal, faultless operation,” said Mike Mauney, director of business development for Electric Systems Integrator, LLC, Chattanooga, TN, the company that constructed the multi-drives.

Keeping the PCs that operate the 16 stand-alone ABB drives controlling the lines’ feed stations was important, too. Given central air was cost prohibitive, individual a/c units were considered for the three cabinets that house the drives, but that, too, calculated out to become too expensive.

ASF, with the help of a local vendor, selected a 5,000-ton cooling unit as the best long-term solution.

With capacity to add more production lines, ASF now is using half the capacity of the 5,000-ton unit, according to Plant Manager Troy Ash.

“The cost was a lot less with the big unit than the cumulative cost of smaller units,” he said, “and there’s built-in capacity to grow into.”

The three drive cabinets are built on top of iron frames with vents at the top, for additional cooling.

Running piping from the large cooling unit suspended 30 feet above the production floor to the end points of the frames was challenging, Ash said. “The central unit is 150 feet away, and you need long branch lines,” he said. “That adds complexity.”

But even on the hot summer days common to Georgia, no faults have occurred because of the drives being overheated, Ash added. The benefits are built into the facility’s infrastructure, he said.

On the move

Week of August 26, 2002

Zutler joins WestPoint in creative services

WEST POINT, GA — Jacqueline A. “Jackie” Zutler has joined WestPoint Stevens Basic Bedding Division as director of creative services.

She will be based in New York.

From 1998, Zutler had been with Glenoit Corporation, New York City, where she was manager of graphic design, responsible for all graphics and corporate trade advertising for Glenoit’s Consumer Products, Fabric and Madison Landing divisions.

Zutler was senior art director of Perfect Fit Industries, Inc., New York City, from 1986 until 1997.

She earned a BFA degree in advertising and graphic design from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Cotton Inc. announces addition, promotion

NEW YORK — Cotton Incorporated has named Robin Merlo director of marketing communications.

She is responsible for managing the strategic trade and consumer communications of Cotton Incorporated. Merlo reports to Richmond Hendee, vice president, marketing services.

Merlo has an extensive background in public relations, communications and related entrepreneurial activities.

She began her varied career at Catalina Sportswear as advertising and sales promotion director. She has also worked for Bullock’s Department Stores as the corporate public relations/special events director, and at CBS Television, where she created and implemented the network’s retail co-op advertising program.

Merlo was also instrumental in introducing Realm Fragrances to the U.S. market, as well as world-renowned jewelry designer John Hardy.

In addition, she was vice president at Edelman Public Relations Worldwide, where she was responsible for corporate clients. Most recently, Merlo ran her own public relations consultancy.

A graduate of Tobe-Coburn College, Merlo also attended Notre Dame University and UCLA.

Cotton Inc. has announced the promotion of Paula Rosario to the position of senior executive, retail and fashion marketing. For the past six years, she has been the senior director for the company’s retail marketing programs.

In her new position, Rosario will be responsible for fashion marketing, which encompasses apparel and home color and trend forecasting, and the Cottonworks® Fabric Library. She will continue to be responsible for the retail marketing programs.

Prior to her employment at Cotton Incorporated, Rosario was marketing/sales promotion manager, Brooks Fashion Stores.

VF Corp. elects Viault to board

GREENSBORO, NC — Raymond G. Viault, longtime vice chairman of General Mills, has been elected to the board of directors of VF Corp.

BGF Industries, Inc. appoints chairman, CEO

GREENSBORO, NC — BGF Industries, Inc. announced that Philippe Porcher has replaced Robert Porcher as its chairman and CEO.

Philippe Porcher has served as vice chairman since April 1998 and is president of the executive board of Porcher Industries, which is BGF’s ultimate parent company.

Robert Porcher will continue to serve as chairman of the supervisory board of Porcher Industries.

As part of his new duties, Philippe Porcher will have primary responsibility for all U.S. operations of Porcher Industries, including Porcher’s banking and advisory relationships with U.S.-based financial institutions.

Raitech welcomes veteran to team

CHARLOTTE, NC — Al Simpson has joined Raitech, Inc. as director of sales for the Americas, with responsibilities for managing the company’s sales rep network throughout North and South America.

A two-decade veteran of textile technology sales, Simpson will be based at Raitech headquarters here.

He began his career in 1985 at the Slaughter Machinery Co. as a sales rep for Atlas testing products. Atlas is now a Raitech partner.

For the last five years, Simpson has worked for Gretag Macbeth, a U.S.-based producer of color and appearance testing equipment. As a regional manager there, he managed sales reps in the U.S. Southeast and Southwest as well as Mexico.

Boehme Filatex names Cox business manager

REIDSVILLE, NC — Boehme Filatex USA, Inc. announced the appointment of Randall A. Cox as business manager of its U.S. textile auxiliaries business here.

Cox received a degree in textile chemistry from North Carolina State University. He has more then 25 years of experience in manufacturing, sales and management in the textile and textile chemicals industries with companies including Cone Mills, Diamond Shamrock and Yorkshire Americas.

In his new position, Cox will be responsible for all sales and technical support activities to supply and service the U.S. textile industry.

Innovations

Week of August 26, 2002

Aw, shucks: Cargill Dow fibers derived from nature

This comforter is part of a new, environmentally friendly bedding collection, comprised of corn-derived NatureWorks™ fibers and developed by Pacific Coast Feather Company.

MINNETONKA, MN — Cargill Dow LLC announced that it is the first company to deliver a family of polymers derived entirely from annually renewable resources that offer the cost and performance necessary to compete with traditional fibers and packaging materials.

NatureWorks™ fibers are the first natural-based fiber to combine the benefits of a “natural” product with high performance, according to Cargill Dow.

Not only does the fiber provide superior performance attributes, but since NatureWorks is derived from annually renewable resources such as corn, it provides environmental benefits not found with traditional synthetic fibers, the company added.

The new fiber can be used in a range of fiberfill, knitted and woven fabrics and nonwoven applications, such as bedding, clothing, wipes, carpet tiles, upholstery, as well as interior and outdoor furnishings. According to Cargill Dow, new products derived from NatureWorks provide the desired cost/performance differentiation in broad market applications that will make the new technology widely accepted.

NatureWorks is the first performance fiber from annually renewable resources that can compete head-on with traditional synthetic materials, the manufacturer added.

The Cargill Dow process allows the company to “harvest” the carbon that plants remove from the air during photosynthesis. Carbon is stored in plant starches, which can be broken down into natural sugars. The carbon and other elements in these natural sugars are then used to make PLA, the polymer (plastic) that is transformed into NatureWorks fibers.

As a fiberfill, NatureWorks is lofty, resilient and hypoallergenic, and does not use harsh chemicals or dyes in the process, Cargill Dow said. The fibers combine the best physical characteristics of natural fibers and polyester synthetics with superior performance inherent in the fiber that will not diminish after washings or over time.

Testing performance

In recent testing by the Hohenstein Research Institute, NatureWorks fibers performed better than branded and unbranded polyester for filling applications, according to Cargill Dow. Pound for pound, NatureWorks offered better insulating properties than polyester and provided a better microclimate between body and quilt, the manufacturer added.

In addition, independent testing showed that NatureWorks provides superior fill power compared to polyester alternatives, noted Cargill Dow.

Testing by the Odor Science and Engineering, Inc. (OS&E) showed that Cargill Dow’s fibers outperform polyester in this key performance attribute, the company said. NatureWorks fibers retained less odor while the polyester fibers were found to have higher concentration and pungency, and was ranked 25 percent more odorous than the NatureWorks fibers sample.

NatureWorks fibers offer producers and downstream converters new product options. In addition to the performance attributes of the fiber, NatureWorks offers significant environmental benefits and emotional appeal, Cargill Dow said.

Because NatureWorks fibers come from annually renewable resources, they require 20 percent to 50 percent less fossil fuel resources to make than required by synthetic fibers. And, because carbon dioxide is removed from the atmosphere in growing corn, the overall carbon dioxide emissions are lower than comparable synthetics.

NatureWorks can also be recycled and is compostable in an industrial compost, creating less potential waste.

Locations, users

The world’s first PLA manufacturing facility is up and running in Blair, NB. At full capacity the company’s world-scale manufacturing plant will produce up to 300 million pounds of PLA per year.

Additionally, Cargill Dow has recently brought on-line a one-of-a-kind fibers development facility to further enhance NatureWorks fibers, improve fiber processing techniques and evaluate and develop new products. The new fiber development line, located near the company’s headquarters, is designed to advance the development and commercialization of more sustainable fiber products.

Cargill announced that Pacific Coast Feather Company has launched a line containing NatureWorks fibers.

Pillows, comforters, mattress pads and fiber beds filled with NatureWorks fibers will offer consumers a new, natural-based alternative to traditional polyester synthetic fill. The bedding line represents the first opportunity for North American consumers to bring products made from NatureWorks fibers into their homes.

The new product line has hit store shelves at Bed Bath & Beyond and Younkers stores throughout the U.S.

“NatureWorks fibers provide the comfort and warmth similar to traditional, natural fibers, with the superior performance attributes of a synthetic fiber,” said Fritz Kruger, vice president of marketing for Pacific Coast Feather Company. “Consumers want a comfortable product that also allows them to feel good about making a reduced impact on the earth. By working with Cargill Dow we are making that option a reality with this market introduction.”

Fiscal notes

Week of August 26, 2002

Delta Woodside does about-face

GREENVILLE, SC — Delta Woodside Industries, Inc. said it dramatically improved sales and returned to profitability in the fourth quarter.

The company, which makes textile products for apparel, reported a 41 percent increase in sales compared to the same quarter of the prior year and reported net income before extraordinary items of $1.3 million, or 22 cents per share, for the quarter.

Sales were $52.4 million, from $37 million.

Net income was $10.8 million, or $1.86 per share, which includes an after-tax gain of $9.6 million, or $1.64 per share, related to the repurchase by Delta Mills, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the company, of a portion of its senior notes. The same period last year, the company lost $5.5 million.

Board approves stock split for Delta Apparel

DULUTH, GA — Delta Apparel, Inc. announced that its board of directors has approved a 2-for-1 stock split of the company’s common stock.

Earlier this month, the company reported net earnings of $3.9 million, or $1.84 diluted, on sales of $43.4 million in the fourth quarter.

Bankrupt PGI reports big 2nd-quarter loss

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC — Nonwovens producer Polymer Group, Inc. (PGI) reported a net loss for the second quarter of $17.8 million, which included $1.8 million in special charges and plant realignment costs and $900,000 in Chapter 11 reorganization expenses.

The company lost $13 million for the same period last year.

Sales were $200.8 million vs. $214.4 million during same quarter last year.

In May, PGI and 20 of its U.S. subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 reorganization.

Cone Mills hires firm to assist in re-cap

WASHINGTON — Cone Mills Corp. has hired Jefferies & Co. to help it implement a long-term recapitalization of its balance sheet that will provide the funding for its Mexican denim operations expansion.

Briefs

Week of August 26, 2002

Ramtex to add about 40 jobs

RAMSEUR, NC — Ramtex, Inc., which early this year announced it would lay off about 85 people in its weaving operation, plans to hire back about 40 people in the department.

The company made the announcement during a plant tour by U.S. Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC).

The hiring is necessary in order to replenish inventories for the rest of the year, Bob Durand, Ramtex vice president, told The Courier-Tribune of Asheboro, NC. The jobs will be added in October, said the company, which employs about 600 people.

Durand thanked Coble for his efforts in Washington on behalf of the textile industry. Coble voted against the Trade Act of 2002, which includes trade promotion authority and was signed by the president recently.

Guilford to commence solicitation of votes

GREENSBORO, NC — Guilford Mills, Inc. said it will commence solicitation of votes from creditors and stockholders on its plan to emerge from bankruptcy proceedings.

A federal judge recently approved the company’s disclosure statement. The approval allows Guilford Mills to begin the solicitation of votes on its reorganization plan, which was submitted to the bankruptcy court in July.

A confirmation hearing on the plan is scheduled for Sept. 19.

“We’re pleased with the results of the hearing. The process continues to move forward quickly,” said John A. Emrich, Guilford Mills’ president and CEO. “I continue to expect that our plan will win approval and we will be able to complete our reorganization by the end of September.”

Kayser-Roth earns award from retailers

GREENSBORO, NC — Hosiery maker Kayser-Roth Corporation is a first-place winner of the 2002 SPARC (Supplier Performance Awards by Retail Category) Award.

This award is based on a poll of the key merchandising executives in the $400 billion mass-market retailing industry conducted by DSN Retailing Today.

Kayser-Roth Corporation said it was rewarded for its service, innovation and overall programs that best serve the mass market industry.

Buyers and merchandise managers from the industry’s top 100 mass retailers voted on a specific set of performance criteria that have been identified as important by merchandising executives. The voting was held in 16 merchandise categories.

Among the criteria of selection are: self-sell packaging, new product innovation, on time delivery, advertising support and quality control.

The 2002 Softlines SPARC Awards were presented at a special ceremony in New York City on August 7.

Springs employee gets CIRM designation

FORT MILL, SC — Eric Gordon, director of systems development for Springs Industries, Inc., completed all requirements to earn the Certified Integrated Resource Management (CIRM) designation.

CIRM is a program offered by APICS, The Educational Society for Resource Management, a not-for-profit, international educational society representing manufacturing and service industry professionals.

To qualify for the CIRM designation, the candidate must complete a rigorous course of study and a series of five comprehensive examinations: Enterprise Concepts and Fundamentals, Identifying and Creating Demand, Designing Products and Processes, Delivering Products and Services and Integrated Enterprise Management.

FIT receives gift from Lectra Systems

NEW YORK — The Fashion Institute of Technology’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies has received a gift of 11 U4ia workstations valued at $800,000 from Lectra Systems, Inc., a supplier of CAD/CAM systems to the sewn products industry.

The gift will allow the School’s Center for Professional Studies to offer two new programs — Introduction to U4ia and Intermediate U4ia — this fall, along with its current selection of CAD-related workshops.

“A knowledge of U4ia software is required for design-related positions,” says Joan Volpe, managing coordinator for the center. “Having the generous support of friends like Lectra makes it easier for us to fulfill our commitment to be a resource for leading-edge training in this area.”

This is Lectra’s second major gift to the college’s Center for Professional Studies. In 2000, Lectra provided $375,000 of PrimaVision software, followed this spring by a $90,000 PrimaVision upgrade. Gifts such as these allow the center to provide CAD training and hands-on workshops for designers and product developers who have already begun their careers but need computer skills to augment their abilities. In 1998, several of FIT’s academic programs also received a Lectra gift of $7.25 million in computer systems.

Clark Schwebel qualifies for ISO registration

RESTON, VA — BSI, Inc., a leading North American management systems registrar, announced that it has granted ISO 9001:2000 registration to Clark Schwebel Tech-Fab Company of Anderson, SC.

The ISO 9000:2000 family of standards, released in December 2000 as the successor to ISO 9000:1994, is an internationally recognized quality management system standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

ISO 9000:1994 was a procedure-based Quality Management System (QMS). ISO 9001:2000 is process-based and enables organizations to more directly link business objectives with business effectiveness.

Clark Schwebel Tech-Fab Company is a joint venture owned by Hexcel and Chomarat that manufactures adhesively bonded nonwoven scrims, scrim composites and MeC-GRID® structural grids.

Degussa Corp. names distributors for line

PARSIPPANY, NJ — Degussa Corporation announced the appointment of distributors for its VESTOWAX Synthetic Wax Product Range.

The distributors include Van Horn Metz and Company, Inc., based in Coshohocken, PA; Lintech International, based in Macon, GA; Maroon, Inc., based in Avon, OH; GMZ, Inc., based in West Chaster, OH; and Dowd and Guild, based in San Ramon, CA.

Degussa’s VESTOWAX Product Range consists of both polyolefin and Fischer-Trropsch synthetic waxes. Enhancement of both of these product classes is accomplished by both chemical and physical modification to create a diverse product portfolio.

Partners

Week of August 26, 2002

Ge-Ray, Unifi, BASF: Partners in new fabric

GREENSBORO, NC — The latest in fiber and fabric innovation may have one name, but three industry leaders made it possible.

Ge-Ray Fabrics Inc., Unifi Inc. and BASF have joined together to develop Liquidy®, a group of circular-knit fabrics designed to take luster, drape and fluidity to the next level, they say.

Liquidy bright microfiber nylon fabrics answer the consumer’s need for comfortable apparel selections that represent the latest style trends with more realistic concept, the three companies added. Liquidy knits offer stretch, shine, soft hands, supple drapes and ease-of-care qualities to conventional sportswear pieces, they noted.

This tri-partnership is comprised of three processes, each by a different company. Each process represents the respective company’s business specialty, resulting in the most advanced products brought to market.

BASF, a worldwide chemical company, supplies the nylon feeder yarn needed to produce Liquidy to Unifi. One of the world’s largest processors of textured yarns, Unifi then texturizes the feeder yarn into its Novva™ branded product.

Ge-Ray Fabrics, a manufacturer and supplier of American-made circular knitted fabrics, produces Liquidy and distributes the fabric into a wide range of apparel markets.

The Liquidy fabric collection includes jerseys and ribs with LYCRA® elastane in a variety of weights, as well as 100 percent nylon interlock. Fabric applications will include intimate apparel, sportswear, dresses, swimwear and activewear, and samples are currently available to the trade.

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