Chemists, colorists dole out awards

Week of Nov. 19, 2001

'Technical Innovations for Global Challenges'

By Ron Copsey

GREENVILLE, SC — During its annual International Conference & Exhibition (IC&E) here last month, the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) presented its prestigious Olney, Chapin and Millson awards to three career innovators and leaders in textile chemistry and wet processing technology.

The conference, with more than 800 attending, also featured 17 technical sessions containing 77 presentations that covered a variety of general industry trends and specific developments in wet processing technologies. Under the theme, “Technical Innovations for Global Challenges,” IC&E also featured 20 research projects in poster display format and 73 exhibitors that included textile student booths from 10 institutes and universities.

Originally scheduled to take place at Greenville’s Palmetto Expo Center, the IC&E was switched to the Hyatt Regency when the Expo Center faced closing down early in the summer when it could not meet financial obligations. The Expo Center, however, will remain open after it was subsequently sold to the City of Greenville, which will put new management into place.

AATCC’s highest award, The Olney Medal, given for achievement in textile chemistry, was presented to George L. Baughman, senior research textile chemist in the textile science program at the University of Georgia. The award was established in 1944 in honor of Dr. Louis Atwell Olney, founder and first president of AATCC.

Baughman has published more than 175 research and technical publications and is an internationally recognized authority on the fate of dyes and heavy metals in the environment. The Olney Medal recognizes outstanding achievement in textile chemistry, polymer chemistry or other fields of chemistry of major importance to textile science.

This includes the development of chemical agents or processes used in the manufacture of textiles or for methods used in their evaluation.

In recognition for his outstanding service to AATCC since joining the organization in 1950, Edward W. Boland became the 43rd recipient of The Chapin Award, named for the late Dr. Harold C. Chapin, professor of chemistry at Lowell Textile School who also served as national secretary for AATCC for nearly 25 years.

Boland, during his career, worked for National Aniline, Nu Dye Finishing, Cliffside Dyeing & Finishing and American Color & Chemical, later acquired by Ciba Giegy. He retired from Ciba Giegy in 1982. He served AATCC at both the national and local section levels, holding numerous officer positions as well as chairmanships of various committees.

Given for outstanding contributions to textile wet processing technology, The Millson Award this year went to Stephanie Kwolek, who retired from DuPont in 1986.

The Millson Award, established in 1979, is named for the late Henry E. Millson, a noted inventor who was also head of dyes research for American Cyanamid.

Kwolek, who was unable to attend the event, was recognized for her work on developing liquid-crystal aromatic polyamides that paved the way for the development of the fiber that DuPont markets as Kevlar. She spent 40 years with DuPont and is the author of 30 publications and 16 U.S. patents on: polymers; polycondensation processes; and liquid crystalline solutions, polymers and fibers.

Other activities

Also during the black-tie Awards Banquet, AATCC President John Darsey of Color Solutions presented an Honorary Lifetime Membership in AATCC to Donald W. Robinson, who served AATCC as treasurer for 25 years, 1973 to 1998. In December of 1998, Robinson was given the distinction of treasurer emeritus.

Robinson, who joined AATCC in 1946, was active in the association during his career, serving on many committees and as a regional vice president. He served AATCC as president in 1968 and became the 28th recipient of The Chapin Award in 1986.

His career included working for Dill & Collins, Rohm & Haas, Alco Chemical and Para-Chem. Joining Para-Chem in 1954, he served as president of the company from 1973 to 1977. He formed his own company, Donald Robinson Associates, Inc. in 1977.

Blanton Godfrey, dean, College of Textiles at North Carolina State University, was the keynote speaker at the opening of IC&E. He gave an overview of the status of the global textile industry and discussed key elements within the industry, such as inventory, modeling and analysis, supply chain optimization, international marketing and business economics.

With a strong background in consulting and training support to leading companies in various industries throughout more than 55 countries, Godfrey observed that research and development leading to new products is very low in the textile industry. “However, nonwovens is a bright spot in the industry and we are building a nonwovens plant at N.C. State,” he said. “It will open in March of 2002 and operate with speeds up to 500 meters per minute,” he added.

He said nonwovens was now a $3 billion industry in North Carolina. According to Godfrey, N.C. State has 34 industry partners supporting the College of Textiles and its research programs.

Triad Tribulations

Week of Nov. 19, 2001

VF Corp. to ax 13,000 jobs

GREENSBORO, NC — In a major turning point in its evolution from a textile manufacturer to a branded apparel marketer, VF Corporation Wednesday announced plans to exit several lines, eliminate 13,000 jobs and close more than 30 plants around the world.

The job losses represent about 18 percent of the company’s work force. In exiting the Jantzen swimwear business, the private label knitwear business and the specialty workwear business, VF Corp. said it will take a $280 million to $320 million charge in the fourth quarter, or $1.74 to $1.98 a share.

VF, the world’s largest jeans maker, manufactures Lee and Wrangler jeans, as well as Vanity Fair lingerie and North Face outerwear.

About 3,800 of the jobs are related to those businesses, with the balance of the jobs being cut coming from VF’s administrative and manufacturing staffs. The majority of the job cuts will occur in Alabama and Virginia, with 2,300 coming in Martinsville, VA. Job losses in North Carolina will total about 850.

About 9,000 of the jobs will move overseas, the company said. When the moves are complete by the middle of next year, only about 15 percent of VF Corp.’s manufacturing will remain in the U.S., it said.

The actions will change the company’s cost structure, brand portfolio and manufacturing mix, the company said in a statement.

“Current conditions dictate a different approach to how we manage and measure our business,” said Mackey J. McDonald, chairman and CEO. “Our profitability remains at healthy levels, our cash flow is strong and our balance sheet is powerful, yet our return on capital has declined in recent years. We strongly believe this trend can be reversed.”

The company has examined the returns generated by each of its businesses to determine where capital should be invested and where it should be reduced, McDonald added.

“Our jeanswear, intimate apparel and outdoor businesses enjoy healthy returns on capital, and our acquisition and brand investment activities will be focused in these areas,” he said.

The company said will continue to “aggressively” seek brands in which to invest.

The moves will save VF Corp. about $115 million annually, it said.

Last year, sales totaled $200 million in the knitwear business, $100 million in the swimwear business and $10 million in the specialty workwear business.

Triad Tribulations

Week of Nov. 19, 2001

Burlington files Chapter 11

GREENSBORO, NC — Burlington Industries, once the largest textile producer in the world, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Thursday.

The fabric maker, founded by industry visionary J. Spencer Love in 1923, blamed heavy debt, competition from cheap foreign textiles, a slowdown in consumer spending and U.S. trade policies.

The announcement came as the company said it had lost money for the third straight year.

“This decision was not made lightly and we believe it is in the best interest of the long-term viability of the company,” said George W. Henderson III, chairman and CEO.

Burlington listed $1.18 billion in assets and $1.1 billion in debts in Chapter 11 papers filed in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, DE, according to reports.

“We recognize the need for aggressive and comprehensive change in our business model and we can no longer afford the time needed to incrementally transition the company,” Henderson said. “By utilizing the Chapter 11 process, we can control and guide our reorganization activities under the protection of the court to expedite the debt and operational restructuring that we have been pursuing and at the same time ensure that our daily operations continue uninterrupted.”

Burlington, which has cut about 4,500 jobs in recent years and closed several unprofitable operations, said it anticipates no disruption to daily operations at its headquarters nor manufacturing plants.

“Our restructuring efforts over the last 2 1/2 years have resulted in significant progress towards transitioning Burlington to better compete with and serve the needs of an emerging global environment,” Henderson said. “We made tough decisions and streamlined many of our businesses. While we have met the goals set in these plans, outside factors, including a continuing flood of low-cost and often subsidized foreign imports and a slowdown in consumer spending, have hit the textile industry hard.”

Henderson also pointed the finger at U.S. trade policies.

“A key factor that led Burlington to take these steps is the U.S. government’s history of using the textile industry as a bargaining chip in international relations,” he said. “The results have been devastating for the industry, leading to job losses, plant closing and liquidations.”

Henderson went on to say that the volume of imported apparel has grown at five times the rate of consumption, squeezing out U.S.-made products to the point that four out of five garments sold in this country today are imported.

“To make matters worse, we are not competing on a level playing field,” he said. “This flood of textile and apparel imports includes not only products subsidized by foreign governments, but billions of dollars of goods that are imported illegally. Our government, with the exception of support from elected officials in our region, has made no effective response to these unfair trade practices, and our industry does not have reciprocal access to the markets of the exporting countries.”

Pickin' cotton

Week of Nov. 19, 2001

Strong exports may be silver lining to low prices

By Odyll Santos

Low cotton prices are a disappointment to many U.S. growers, but some industry members may find consolation in one encouraging development: huge exports.

With New York futures having fallen to 30-year lows, U.S. cotton looks like a great bargain to many foreign buyers. It’s no wonder that projections for 2001-02 exports are high. USDA raised the U.S. export forecast to 9.4 million bales in its November supply/demand report. The figure jumped from October’s 9 million bales and last year’s exports of 6.7 million. The International Cotton Advisory Committee estimates even higher exports, at about 10 million bales as of Nov. 6. And with more than 20 million bales in U.S. production, there’s plenty of cotton to accommodate both domestic and overseas buyers.

Export sales have been adding up each week, and this year’s sales commitments are running well ahead of last year’s. As of Oct. 25, commitments of upland cotton were 6.5 million running bales, while those for pima cotton were 227,600. That total of 6.7 million running bales, equivalent to about 7 million 480-pound bales, is a 73 percent jump over the level seen around the same time in 2000-01. Of total 2001-02 commitments, 2.1 million running bales had been shipped by Oct. 25, 97 percent above shipments at that time last year.

Interest in upland cotton, which makes up the bulk of all exports, hasn’t waned as the marketing-year moved into its fourth month. For the week ended Nov. 1, upland cotton sales totaled 204,600 running bales, tying the previous week’s sales and jumping 16 percent over the four-week average.

Upland shipments of 177,400 running bales were a 13 percent improvement over the previous week and 6 percent above the 4-week average. Commitments of upland cotton rose to 83 percent of the year’s total estimate of 8.2 million running bales.

“Excellent sales and shipments. This represents the time frame from the 28.20 (cents per pound) 29-year low made (on Oct. 26) through the stable and slightly rising prices” for the week ended Nov. 1, said analyst Mike Stevens of Swiss Financial Services in Mandeville, LA, in market notes. “Clearly constructive!”

Traditional cotton buyers remain as major customers of the U.S. In the Americas, trade partner Mexico purchases notable amounts of cotton for its yarn and textile industry and has been a strong buyer of U.S. growths in past years. Upland sales to Mexico were 11,500 running bales and shipments 29,500 for the week ended Nov. 1. Outstanding upland sales to Mexico were 1.4 million running bales, with accumulated shipments of 473,600 as of that date.

Several Asian countries, including Indonesia and South Korea, where textiles are a significant part of the economy, also are customers. The U.S. had shipped 220,900 running bales of upland cotton to Indonesia as of Nov. 1 and has 420,100 in outstanding sales to the country. Total shipments to South Korea were 122,200 running bales, with outstanding sales at 385,900.

India, another cotton producer, also continues to buy U.S. cotton, despite weakness in its textile sector. In fact, U.S. exports to India are stronger now compared to the same time last year and as strong as they were before the September terrorist attacks, according to a USDA international agricultural trade report dated Nov. 2. USDA data show that the U.S. had shipped to India 310,000 running bales as of late October. “Only three months into 2001-02, accumulated exports to India almost equal last year’s total,” USDA said.

Prices for U.S. middling cotton growths for delivery to Northern Europe range from 33 to 45 cents per pound, while Indian spot prices for domestic middling varieties range from 37c to 65c. “So even after the 5 percent import duty (about 2-3c a pound at current prices), U.S. cotton is competitive,” USDA said in its report.

So there may be a silver lining to the cloud of low U.S. prices after all. Strong export demand is something the cotton industry can cheer about this marketing-year.

Russell Yarns to trim 275
Cognis, Microban form alliance
Burlington Chemical keeps focus on development
Univation, Chevron work deal
Wellman committed to supplying value-added fibers
Textile Products Group focuses in on consumers
DuPont units unveil new products, ink deals
‘Brainchild chemistry’ helping Seydel-Woolley weather storm
DAK Americas unveils fibers
Nylstar yarn chosen for SFCL collection
Cotton Incorporated adds offerings to commercials
AATCC bestows highest award to Baughman
National Spinning buys Glen Raven plants
Purchase complete; KoSa to restructure
Earnings nose-dive at D. River
Bill aims to cut Pakistan duties

In brief ...

Week of Nov. 19, 2001

Russell Yarns to trim 275

ALEXANDER CITY, AL — Russell Yarns, a subsidiary of Russell Corp., said it is closing three Alabama plants, affecting 275 jobs. The company plans to close Plant #2 and Plant #3 here and Coosa #1 plant in Coosa County. ...

Mohican Mills, a Fab Industries’ subsidiary that makes knits and lace, has laid off about 50 of its 500 employees in Lincolnton, NC ...

Carolina Mills is closing a plant in Hickory, NC, leaving about 70 people jobless. The shutdown is related to the recent sale of its Carolina Decorative Fabrics Division to Chatham, Inc., which operates a similar facility in Elkin, NC.


Cognis, Microban form alliance

Cognis and Microban International announced an agreement to cooperate worldwide to offer a broad range of products and services for built-in antimicrobial protection and care in textiles.
Recognizing growing demand from consumers and industry for textile products that deter microbes such as bacteria and mold, Cognis and Microban International will offer custom-engineered, antimicrobial fiber and fabric finishes, plus the globally recognized Microban3 brand name and a range of support services. Regulatory support, claims advice, marketing consulting and quality verification are included.

“The alliance with Microban International, the leading antimicrobial company, is part of the ongoing goal at Cognis to expand our core global businesses,” said Dr. Udo Kloubert, vice president of textile technology, Cognis Deutschland GmbH. “The marketing, regulatory and technical support, coupled with the value-added brand name from Microban International, significantly broaden our offering beyond the product sale.”


Burlington Chemical keeps focus on development

BURLINGTON, NC — Burlington Chemical, a specialty chemical manufacturer based here, continues to focus on product and concept development for the textile industry to enhance the end-use quality and performance properties.

Recognizing the importance of nylon and nylon/spandex fabrics, the company initiated the Nylon Specialty Services Technical Team.

In addition to providing technical support in preparation, dyeing and finishing, the company also has introduced a series of performance products that take value to a higher level, according to the company.

For preparation, the Burco® Scour LFE series offers high activity, low foaming and high emulsification properties for effective removal of oils, spin finishes and spandex related additives. The Burconyl AF dyes are a select group of high wetfast dyes to meet the toughest of requirements for swim, athletic and activewear.

When after-treating agents are required, Burcofix PAS and Burcofix CSF are next-generation products offering stabilities to acid, cationics and hardness for in-bath or post-treatment applications.

To minimize and control yellowing in greige heatsetting or final finishing, the company recommends Burco® AO-96.

With the continued trend to polyester- and nylon-containing fabrics, moisture management properties are increasingly important for comfort marketing. Burco® Finish WCK is a hydrophilic agent suitable for in-bath exhaust or continuous pad application, and demonstrated durability to 50 cycles of commercial laundering. When a softer, slick hand is required, Burcosil® RWAF is recommended by Burlington Chemical.


Univation, Chevron work deal

HOUSTON, TX — Univation Technologies and Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LP have signed an agreement granting certain patent rights to each other related to polyethylene (PE) manufacturing process technologies.

Both Univation and Chevron Phillips can extend these rights to their respective customers, but the parties will not exchange know-how or technology, the companies said. The confidential agreement also settles patent disputes between Univation parent ExxonMobil Chemical and Chevron Phillips in the U.S., Belgium and United Kingdom, according to a release.

As part of the agreement, Chevron Phillips, headquartered here, obtained a license under Univation’s single site patents for its proprietary loop slurry process and catalyst technology. Chevron Phillips obtained the license for self-use, which also is extendable to its affiliates.


Wellman committed to supplying value-added fibers

JERSEY CITY, NJ — With the American fiber and textile industry continuing to lose share of the global market, Wellman, Inc. said it is committed to a strategy of developing unique, value-added fibers that will give its mill, manufacturer and retail customers the opportunity to create products that will excite its customers and expand their business.

With the launch of Sensura, Wellman introduced a whole new body of chemistry. Sensura is a staple fiber that gives fabrics a sensual and soft hand and an extremely luxurious appearance, the company said. It is naturally comfortable and cotton-like. It dyes deeper, holding color much longer and providing great stability throughout the life of the garment, according to Wellman.

Sensura dries twice as fast as cotton and moves moisture through the micro-climate between skin and clothing, transporting it to the surface, where it quickly evaporates, the manufacturer said, so skin never has the opportunity to get clammy or chilled. Currently being seen — or soon to be seen — at major retail stores, Sensura fabrics have been added to lines at manufacturers such as Dockers, Tropical Sportswear, Champion and Eastern Mountain Sportswear.

Ultura, a filament fiber, produces fabrics that are sexy and silky to the touch. On the performance side, Ultura has exceptional moisture management capabilities, resists static, wrinkling, shrinking and pulling out of shape, Wellman noted. Another durable and easy-care fiber, Ultura works well in swimwear and intimate apparel.

ComFortel Plus is the feel-good filament that gives fabrics all the softness of natural fibers and the performance of synthetics, the firm said. It has better moisture management properties, higher strength and lower static, the company added.

ComFortel Plus has higher dye uptake at atmospheric temperature and pressure. It has extraordinary compatibility with spandex and is equally game for swimsuits and intimate apparel, sleek sportswear and body-responsive perfor-mancewear.

ComFortel Plus has superior breathability and chemically based wickability, Wellman said. It dyes well, holds color longer, resists wrinkling, shrinking and pulling out of shape, its maker added.

Currently developing ComFortel Plus fabrics into their lines are Levi, Haggar and Savanne.


Textile Products Group focuses in on consumers

CHARLOTTE, NC — “During these difficult economic times, BASF’s Textile Products Group has increased its emphasis on creating and producing nylon fibers that will give the manufacturer the product the consumer is looking for,” said Bill Scott, director of Nylon Textile and Automotive Products for BASF.

“We are constantly evolving and moving even faster to give our customers the right product at the right time,” he added. “We are providing specialized nylon products for apparel, automotive and upholstery applications and working hand-in-hand with customers to build success.”

Responding to the consumers’ desire for softness and comfort, BASF is supplying high-filament and microfiber-branded nylon yarns marketed under the Ultra Touch® and UltraMicro Touch® trademarks.

“Intimate apparel, activewear and hosiery continue to be major markets for our nylon microfiber,” said Tristine Berry, merchandising manager. “Our latest introduction is a family of new bright Ultra Micro Touch partially oriented (POY) nylon yarns for circular knit and seamless knit.

“Newness is driving this market. Technology has made it possible to deliver a textured microfiber that is both sheer and shimmery. These nylon yarns are getting a great reception. In addition, we continue to offer microfibers in a matt luster as a basic for the market.”

In response to requests from some of the country’s leading contract stylists, BASF added a line of new colors to its selection of Zeftron® 2000 nylon upholstery yarns. Launched during the NeoCon show in Chicago, these bright new colors are being well received by both mill partners and designers, the company said.


DuPont units unveil new products, ink deals

WILMINGTON, DE — Various units within DuPont have released news about their products and ventures.

Apparel & Textile Sciences

DuPont Apparel & Textile Sciences has added two innovative Lycra® fiber offerings to its advanced family of fibers.

These additions are the first in a series of new fiber innovations targeting the active and outdoor market that DuPont launched this year.

One of the new offerings is T-400, the first in series of an entirely new class of elastic fibers. T-400 is an elastic, bi-component fiber made up of two different polyester fibers that offer a higher level of stretch and recovery than previous polyester fibers have been able to attain, according to DuPont.

Fabrics containing T-400 provide relaxed stretch, giving an enhanced level of comfort and freedom of movement, the company said. Sag is also eliminated because the stretch and recovery power never goes away, the firm added. In addition to lasting shape retention, T-400 is wrinkle-resistant and machine washable, with a softer hand than similar polyester fabrics.

Advanced Fibers

Polymer Group, Inc. (PGI) has entered into a supply agreement to produce a proprietary Miratec®/Apex® fabric for The DuPont Advanced Fibers Systems Business.

DuPont Advanced Fiber Systems is introducing a new thermal protective apparel offering that will utilize Nomex® fiber and will be observed as providing unique features and benefits to the protective apparel industry, PGI said.

DuPont Aristri

DuPont has signed a joint market development agreement with Spectra, an ink jet printhead manufacturer, for the distribution of DuPont Aristri and other inks for industrial printing markets such as digital textile printing.

DuPont Ink Jet introduced Artistri Ink earlier this year for digital textile printing applications. DuPont developed Artistri Ink for use with the Nova-Q compact jetting assembly, the first industrial printhead suitable for water-based inks.

Industrial Polymers

In the DuPont Elvanol® business, its Elvanol® T-Grades of polyvinyl alcohol are copolymers developed especially for use as warp sizes for polyester/cotton blends and other spun yarns.

Alone or in combination with starch and additives, Elvanol T-Grades are being used successfully on practically every type of spun yarn now on the market, including acetate, acrylic, cotton, rayon, wool, nylon, and polyester spuns and such blends as polyester/cotton, polyester/wool and polyester/rayon.


‘Brainchild chemistry’ helping Seydel-Woolley weather storm

PENDERGRASS, GA — Textile chemical maker Seydel-Woolley & Company has achieved a new record in winning the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National WasteWise Award for the third consecutive year.

At ceremonies in Washington this month, the Georgia company joined McDonalds, Ford Motor Company and nine other U.S. firms in accepting the prize in the EPA’s small-business category. Previous industry winners have included Southern Mills of Atlanta and Mount Vernon Mills of Greenville, SC.

“Brainchild chemistry,” said Seydel-Woolley CEO Steve Adams, when asked about the company’s success. “We’ve also won the 2001 Hi-Tech 50 Award given to the Atlanta region’s top technology companies this week for earning patents by investing in technology and our county’s Gold Star Environmental Leadership Award, as well.”

Adams said that much of Seydel-Woolley’s commercial success has been due to its inventiveness. The company’s work with patented plastics recycling has opened new markets in its warp sizing and garment processing fields in recent years.

“In the current market climate, we’d had a hard time earning a living without these new products,” said Elton Bahnson, vice president of sales. “Seydel-Woolley’s signature sizing product sales have fallen by almost 30 percent in the past 12 months; however, its production throughput has fallen less than 15 percent, thanks largely to new product sales.”

As with most industry suppliers, Adams allows that a big slug of his company’s income has been applied to losses sustained in foreclosures and bankruptcies. “But we’ve stayed profitable and have earned new accounts by working closely with clients to reduce their production costs and shift styling to more lucrative constructions,” he said.


DAK Americas unveils fibers

CHARLOTTE, NC — DAK Americas, the newest fiber company in this hemisphere, recently unveiled several products, including:

• Delcron® Hydrotec — a proprietary moisture-management fiber that the company says delivers superior wickness and drying performance;

• Delcron® Colorbrite — a cationic dyeable polyester that gives brilliant coloration and high strength and is especially suitable for the production of high-quality polyester/spandex stretch fabrics;

• Dacron® Plus — a patented cross-section fiber that delivers superior softness and drape while retaining its easy-care and wrinkle-resistance properties, according to the company; and

• High Trek™ — a high-performing, washable, wool-like fabric that is made from a blend of acrylic, wool and proprietary hollow fibers.

DAK Americas, formerly the staple company of the DuPont-Akra Polyester alliance, was renamed last summer when it was bought by the Alpek division of Mexican conglomerate Alfa. Alpek had shared equal ownership in the company with DuPont.

The company, the largest supplier of polyester staple to the North American market, is Alpek’s U.S.-based polyester staple fiber, resins and TPA production company.

DAK Americas said it has capacity for 700 million pounds of staple, 350 million pounds of PET resins and 1.3 billion pounds of TPA.

Based here, the company has three manufacturing operations in the Carolinas and employs about 1,300 people.


Nylstar yarn chosen for SFCL collection

GREENSBORO, NC — As the lines between activewear and casual wear continue to blur, new opportunities are emerging for lifestyle brands. Consumers today are demanding higher levels of performance and comfort from their activewear, as well as a unique sense of style to reflect their individual personalities.

San Francisco City Lights®, with the help of Meryl® yarns, is taking advantage of this opportunity by providing consumers with a collection that combines both the performance and fashion women demand, the companies said.

The City Tech Collection from San Francisco City Lights is designed for the contemporary woman, the firms said.

The City Tech Collection features innovative, technical fabrics that offer superior performance and fit, as well as unforgettable comfort and feel, according to the company.

As research shows combining specific performance features with comfort is important to consumers, according to a recent survey conducted by Kurt Salmon Associates (KSA) and dispensed by San Francisco City Lights. The KSA survey also shows that today’s women are more informed than ever about fibers and are seeking apparel that provides enhanced performance benefits.

The functional features, as well as the comfort, feel and style of the City Tech Collection, are thanks, in part, to the addition of Meryl yarns.

“Our line is made for the contemporary woman who seeks quality apparel that fits her lifestyle by providing a high level of performance and a great sense of style,” said Ken Silverman, president of San Francisco City Lights. “The addition of Meryl to our line delivers these important attributes directly to our customers.”


Cotton Incorporated adds offerings to commercials

NEW YORK — As part of Cotton Incorporated’s ongoing effort to keep its advertising fresh and relevant to today’s consumers, two commercials have been added to the existing THE FABRIC OF OUR LIVES™ advertising campaign.

The first commercial aired last week. The settings for the commercials are an office and a hotel.

“The one thing you’ll notice that is completely different about these new commercials is that people are dancing,” said J. Berrye Worsham, president and chief executive of Cotton incorporated. “The idea here is of self-expression — people showing off their clothes while they dance. The new commercials allow us to showcase the types of attractive yet comfortable cotton clothes we wear to work and to go out.”

“And, of equal importance, the commercials still maintain and update the valuable equity we’ve created through 14 years of THE FABRIC OF OUR LIVES™ television advertising.”

The two new advertisements, created by Cotton In-corporated’s advertising agency, Ogilvy & Mather, will have a primary target of women between the ages of 13 and 34.


AATCC bestows highest award to Baughman

GREENVILLE, SC — During its annual International Conference & Exhibition (IC&E) here last month, the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) presented its prestigious Olney, Chapin and Millson awards to three career innovators and leaders in textile chemistry and wet processing technology.

The conference, with more than 800 attending, also featured 17 technical sessions containing 77 presentations that covered a variety of general industry trends and specific developments in wet processing technologies. Under the theme, “Technical Innovations for Global Challenges,” IC&E also featured 20 research projects in poster display format and 73 exhibitors that included textile student booths from 10 institutes and universities.

Originally scheduled to take place at Greenville’s Palmetto Expo Center, the IC&E was switched to the Hyatt Regency when the Expo Center faced closing down early in the summer when it could not meet financial obligations. The Expo Center, however, will remain open after it was subsequently sold to the City of Greenville, which will put new management into place.

AATCC’s highest award, The Olney Medal, given for achievement in textile chemistry, was presented to George L. Baughman, senior research textile chemist in the textile science program at the University of Georgia. The award was established in 1944 in honor of Dr. Louis Atwell Olney, founder and first president of AATCC.


National Spinning buys Glen Raven plants

WASHINGTON, NC — National Spinning Co., Inc., has bought Glen Raven’s open-end spinning and package-dyeing business, the companies announced last week.

Two plants in Alamance County, NC, handle those operations. Those facilities will immediately be integrated into National’s operations and will become known as the Alamance Spinning Plant and Alamance Dyeing Plant of National Spinning. About 250 associates will be added to National’s base of 1,600 owner-employees, the company said.

The added capacity will enhance National Spinning’s ability to service its customers, said Jim Chesnutt, president and chief executive officer of National.

“Despite being in an environment that has not favored domestic textile producers, National is fortunate to be in a position to expand its core business,” Chesnutt said. “This move will emphasize our commitment to U.S.-based manufacturing and North American/Caribbean markets. We will continue to support our customers with the highest quality products and service, to assure their success in difficult markets.”

Brookwood Associates, Inc. of Charlotte, NC served as advisor to National Spinning.


Purchase complete; KoSa to restructure

HOUSTON — Polyester producer KoSa announced Thursday that it is restructuring its Textile Fibers business, a day after reporting that its previously announced ownership change had been completed.

Textile Fibers will be divided into its three distinct business segments — nonwovens, filament and fine denier staple.

The nonwovens segment will join KoSa’s other specialty industrial fibers businesses in the Technical Fibers business group, led by Thomas Kehl, vice president and general manager of Technical Fibers. Paul Latten will continue as director of this segment and will report to Kehl.

The filament segment, managed by Mario Fonseca, will now report to Thomas Fahnemann, vice president and general manager of Intermediates and Polymers and Filament. This combination of businesses will create vertical integration benefits and leveraged sales opportunities for commodity and specialty polymers filaments.

The fine denier staple segment, managed by Marco Espinosa, will now report to Carlos Sierra, business director of Packaging Resins and Fine Denier Staple.


Earnings nose-dive at D. River

DANVILLE, VA — Citing weak sales, Dan River, Inc. reported a 70-percent drop in income in the third quarter.

Sales slipped 9.2 percent from the comparable quarter of 2000.

Income includes a one-time tax benefit of $5 million from the reversal of income tax reserves, recorded as a result of the company’s recently completed IRS examination. Without this tax benefit, the company would have incurred a net loss of $3.2 million, or 15 cents per share per share.

Sales of Dan River’s home fashions products were $123.7 million, down $5.2 million or 4.0 percent, compared to the third quarter of last year. Sales of apparel fabrics were $25.2 million, down $9.2 million or 26.7 percent. Sales of engineered products were $10.5 million, down 14.3 percent.


Bill aims to cut Pakistan duties

After a White House aid proposal for Pakistan fell short of that country’s expectations, a Republican senator last week introduced a bill that would give President Bush the authority to reduce or suspend U.S. duties on textile shipments from Pakistan.

Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback Tuesday offered legislation that would facilitate more Pakistani textile shipments to the U.S.

Bush, during a meeting with Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf the weekend before, offered only duty-free treatment to rugs and leather gloves from Pakistan. He also suggested the lifting of a quota on Pakistani yarn, which the World Trade Organization had ruled unfair already.

Pakistan had been asking for sweeping tariff and quota breaks on textiles and apparel, as a reward for its support of the United States’ war effort. A survey of Pakistani textile and apparel manufacturers shows nearly a 70 percent drop in business from U.S. buyers since Sept. 11, according to the a release issued by The Pakistan Textile & Apparel Group’s U.S.-based P.R. firm.



Week of Nov. 19, 2001

We’re thankful for ...

There has been plenty of bad news in the textile industry and the world this year. But we still have plenty to be grateful for this Thanksgiving. Such as:

A thirsty Royal Velvet towel. Duke Kimbrell’s long-time contributions to this industry. “The touch ... the feel ... of cotton.” Warren Buffett’s confidence in “Old Economy” companies, i.e. Fruit of the Loom and Shaw Industries. Springs Industries’ philanthropy. American-made U.S. flags. Roger Milliken’s longevity and youthful enthusiasm for this industry. Smokestacks ... that still smoke. The Hamricks, living here as earth angels.

Chuck Hayes’ passion. The U.S. military. The domestic textile industry’s contributions to the U.S. military. Springmaid ads. Butch Moss’s home-spun humor. The cotton-fresh smell of a yarn-spinning plant. Belmont, NC’s rich history, steeped in the sweat and pride of textile workers. Socks that don’t fall down. The cheerful assistance of Lillian Link, Robin Haynes and Kim Pettit. Nanotechnology.

The vanishing image of Norma Rae. Carlos Moore’s work on the Hill — and that of his staff. A Vellux blanket on a frosty night. Signs at trade shows that read, “Member, American Textile Machinery Association.” Nick Picciotti’s empathy for his employees.

Jim Chesnutt’s compassion and friendly nature. Kay Norwood’s perspective. Thirty sets of eyes surveying the intricacies of a weaving machine at ATME-I. Being an American — in America. The loyalty shown to this industry by such leaders as Malloy Evans and Howell Newton.

The subtle mirth lurking behind the steely mien of Kurt Scholler. Touching a newly developed fabric for the first time. Strom Thurmond, Jesse Helms, Sue Myrick, Lindsey Graham and Robin Hayes, who still ride the horse that “brung” ’em. Jim Conner’s veracity. Roger Chastain’s tenacity.

The “clank, clank, clank” of a room full of looms. A side-splitting story (aren’t they all?) about Col. Springs. Greenville-Spartanburg, the buckle of the Textile Belt. Sid Smith’s steady temperament. The exuberance of a P.R. agent promoting a new textile or related product. America’s environmental, safety, health and labor standards.

Enthusiasm shown by a manufacturing employee when you ask, “how does this work?” N.C. State’s groundbreaking research into dyeing technology. Bob Ellis’ glass-is-half-full optimism. Freedom. The promise of nonwovens. Bob Edsall’s candor. The industry’s esprit de corps. Harry Simmons’ sincerity.

The seemingly ubiquitous presence and tireless work of Roy Bowen at Georgia’s State House. The cooperative spirit of Harry “Buzz” Buzzerd and Dick Heusel. Finding a four-leaf clover — a “Made in America” label — in a retail store. Being sandwiched by taut, silky Charisma sheets. “We will be serving barbecue after today’s press conference.” A job. Neil Cahill’s always insightful presentations. The perpetual smile of Mark Kent. Having known Sandra Reese. The renewed American spirit and sense of patriotism.

And last but not least: Spandex pants on Thanksgiving Day.

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