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BAT opens powder coating plant

Indorama to eliminate plastic pollution

Eastman to recycle old carpet

BAT has inaugurated a new powder coating
plant in its Noventa di Piave, Italy, factory.
Equipped with the most modern methods
of process control, the new plant ensures the
enhancement of the products' qualitative
features and limits the risk of environmental
pollution. The plant, in which aluminum
or galvanized-iron products will be treated,
is equipped with seven treatment vats, one
double-compartment drying oven, one curing
oven and one sewage plant to treat wastewater.

Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd., a
global chemical producer, has announced
its commitment as part of the New Plastics
Economy Global Commitment to help
create a world where plastic never becomes
waste. The company is aiming to increase
recycled content volumes by at least 750,000
metric tons, while also recently pledging
$1.5 billion toward achieving this target
by 2025. Indorama Ventures is among 400
organizations that committed to eliminate
problematic plastic packaging and increase
the use of recycled plastic in packaging.

Post-consumer carpet will now be recycled
through Eastman's carbon renewal
technology. Eastman has partnered with
Circular Polymers, a company that reclaims
post-consumer waste products for recycling.
This gives Eastman a consistent source of
feedstock for carbon renewal, an innovative
chemical recycling method that recently began
commercial operation at its manufacturing
site in Kingsport, Tenn.

Elevate Textiles commits to sustainability
Elevate Textiles has made a commitment
to achieve sustainability targets by the year
2025 across its portfolio brands including
American & Efird, Burlington, Cone Denim,
Gütermann and Safety Components. The
company's 2025 goals include using at least
80 percent sustainably sourced cotton and 50
percent recycled polyester content to produce
its products. It will also reduce water intensity
by 24 percent per unit of production and
will reduce greenhouse gases by joining the
Science Based Target Program.

Gerber opens innovation center
Gerber Technology has opened its Gerber
Innovation Center in the heart of New York
City. The 18,000-plus square foot space will
provide visitors with a unique experience
that will help them stay connected to the
latest trends and technology in fashion and
apparel, as well as flexible material processing.
In addition to the end-to-end experience,
it will also serve as an innovation hub for
educational institutions and major companies
from across the industry.

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Lion Equity acquires Riegel Linen
Lion Equity Partners, a Denver, Colo.-based
private equity firm specializing in acquiring
corporate carve-outs, has acquired Riegel
Linen LLC from Mount Vernon Mills
Inc. Riegel Linen is a leading importer,
manufacturer and supplier of tablecloths,
sheets, bedding and other linens for hotels,
linen suppliers, retailers and health care
customers. Riegel is headquartered in
Aiken, S.C., and operates a manufacturing
facility in McCormick, S.C., and a network
of salespeople and warehouses strategically
located across the U.S.

Mutoh wins SGIA product awards
Mutoh America Inc. won the Specialty
Graphic Imaging Association's (SGIA)
Product of the Year Award for the ValueJet
2638X 104-inch printer in the Solvent or Latex
Ink Over 80 Inches category and the ValueJet
1638UH 64-inch UV-LED hybrid printer in
the Flatbed/Hybrid Under $100k category at
the Printing United show in Dallas, Texas, in
2019. The competition recognizes the latest
equipment and supplies on the market that
are advancing the industry.

PrimaLoft P.U.R.E.
reduces carbon emissions
PrimaLoft Inc. has introduced PrimaLoft®
P.U.R.E.™, a proprietary manufacturing
technique that reduces carbon emissions
by as much as 48 percent. P.U.R.E., which
stands for Produced Using Reduced
Emissions, is the latest development in
PrimaLoft's commitment to make more
sustainable products without compromising
performance. The initial insulation product
produced with P.U.R.E. technology uses 100
percent postconsumer recycled material and
has the insulating and performance benefits
of existing PrimaLoft Gold Insulation.

Shawnee partners with SANITIZED AG
The Sanitized® antimicrobial additive for
hygiene function and material protection
for flexible PVC will now be marketed in
the U.S. by Shawnee Chemical. SANITIZED
AG and Shawnee Chemical both deal in
high-performance products for the PVC
industry. As an addition to the core product
services, SANITIZED supports development
and production, regulatory queries and
marketing through the use of the Sanitized
Ingredient Brand.



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