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Growth projected for industrial fabrics

U.S. cotton origins to be traced

RGE commits to fiber innovation

The compound annual growth rate through
2021 is expected to increase significantly
for industrial fabrics made of natural and
synthetic materials, woven and nonwoven,
for processing, automotive, filtering, printing
and belting applications, according to a report
by Radiant Insights. The polyester fiber sector
may account for a significant market share
of industrial fabrics in terms of volume and
value; the aramid sector is predicted to grow
at the fastest pace.

COTTON USA™ and Oritain™ have signed a
partnership to provide forensic verification
of origin for all U.S. cotton. Oritain's unique
method applies forensic science to detect trace
elements in the cotton itself. Soil composition
and other environmental factors give the
cotton an inherent fingerprint specific to
each location. Cotton can be tested at any
stage on its journey from farm to shop floor,
giving buyers assurance that the product has
not been substituted.

Infinited Fiber Company's strategic partner
and investor RGE will invest $200 million in
cellulosic textile fiber research and development to support solutions in alternative raw
materials and closed-loop manufacturing.
The target allocation for the investment is
70:20:10 in three areas respectively: scaling
up proven clean technology in fiber manufacturing, bringing pilot scale production
to commercial scale and R&D in emerging
frontier solutions.

ZDHC restricted substances list

Sustainable denim with DryIndigo®

Natural fibers drive growth

The ZDHC Roadmap to Zero initiative
has released the second version of its
Manufacturing Restricted Substances List
(MRSL). The MRSL provides details of
chemical substances banned from intentional
use in facilities processing textile materials,
leather, rubber, foam, adhesives and trim
parts in textiles, apparel and footwear. Many
problematic chemical substances have been
added to the list of restricted substances,
including restrictions for new substrates:
rubber, foams and adhesives. For more
information, visit www.roadmaptozero.com.

By implementing DryIndigo® technology
in 2019, Tejidos Royo has saved more than
one million liters of water used in denim
dyeing. The economic contribution from
the first million liters saved was donated
to UNICEF for its water and sanitation
programs that improve the lives of children
around the world. DryIndigo uses zero
percent water in the dyeing process. It also
reduces energy consumption by 65 percent
during manufacture, uses 89 percent fewer
chemical products, and completely eliminates
wastewater discharge.

The global textile market is expected to post
a CAGR of more than six percent during the
period 2019-2023, according to the latest
market research report by Technavio. The
increasing consumption of natural fibers
such as cotton, silk, wool, hemp, cashmere
and jute will drive the global textile market
during the forecast period. The abundance
of natural fibers, especially cotton in China,
India and the U.S., contributes to the growth
of the global textile market.

European industries unite

Hohenstein releases quality labels

Industry4Europe, a coalition of 149 sector
associations representing the diversity of the
EU's industrial base, has published its new
joint paper: A long-term strategy for Europe's
industrial future: from words to action. The
paper presents industrial policy proposals
in seven priority fields: business-friendly
policy environment, sustainability at business
core, upgraded skills and training, enhanced
research and innovation, investment and
improved access to finance, reinforcement of
the European Single Market and strengthened
trade and international market access.

In October 2019, Hohenstein released
quality labels for tested workwear and
uniforms to emphasize product safety,
quality and durability. The labels combine
all the demands made on modern workwear
and include parameters such as testing for
harmful substances with STANDARD
100 by OEKO-TEX® and other technology
testing. The labels can be tailored to
validate claims for individual workwear and
uniform requirements including tested fit,
breathability, UV protection and suitability
for rental.

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Grants support manufacturers
The U.S. Commerce Department is providing
$13 million in U.S. Economic Development
Administration grants to support 11 Trade
Adjustment Assistance Centers (TAACs)
that help manufacturers affected by imports
adjust to increasing global competition and to
create jobs. The TAACs, each of which service
multiple states, are located in California,
Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Missouri, New York, Pennsylvania,
Texas and Washington. The centers support a
wide range of technical, planning and business
recovery projects that help companies adapt
to international competition.


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