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Future functional fabrics

New distributor for Marlen Textiles

Swiss textile innovator HeiQ has launched
HeiQ Fabric Lab, a functional fabric
development service to assist brands with
fabric innovation. The lab takes a brand's
product idea and applies its expertise in
fiber, yarn, fabric solutions and chemical
technology, as well as that of its knowledge
and sourcing partners, to develop the brand
partner's future functional fabric. In addition
to fabric development, HeiQ Fabric Lab also
offers services including fabric trend research,
product marketing and materials education
seminars for employees.

Effective March 2019, Marlen Textiles welcomed
Fabric Supply Inc. of Minneapolis, Minn., to
its family of authorized distributors. Fabric
Supply has more than 75 years' experience as
a wholesale distributor and has a large stocking
warehouse. The company prides itself on being
able to fulfill orders expeditiously.

BAT Scandinavia now open
BAT Group, a market leader for solar shading
accessories, has opened a new branch in
Sweden. The 1,200 square meter facility is
located in the industrial zone near Gothenburg.
BAT Scandinavia will open with the production
of Rollerbat blind roller tubes for awnings
and Screeny rollers. The branch was created
to meet the needs of markets in Sweden,
Finland, Norway and Denmark, and will offer
commercial support, post-sales and warehouse
recovery to all Scandinavian customers.

New apprenticeship program launched
Textile manufacturer Carolina Narrow Fabric,
Winston-Salem, N.C., is recruiting applicants
for its new apprenticeship program, which
will train technicians for the textile industry
and provide them with career advancement
opportunities. The program was launched
in conjunction with the Piedmont Triad
Regional Workforce Development Board,
and includes two years of focused training,
including mentorship by Carolina Narrow
Fabric's experienced technicians, on-site
skills training and off-site instruction at top
training facilities.

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Coats publishes sustainability strategies
The industrial threads company Coats has
published its first sustainability report, which
covers key performance data from January
1, 2018, to December 31, 2018. The report,
"Pioneering a Sustainable Future," also
launches a sustainability strategy, which sets
out seven targets for 2022 across five priority
areas in order to accelerate the company's
progress toward a more sustainable future.
The five priority areas are water, energy,
effluent and emissions, social responsibility
and living sustainably.

ITG becomes Elevate Textiles Inc.
International Textile Group (ITG) has
launched a new name and corporate identity,
Elevate Textiles Inc. The new company
replaces ITG as the parent company of
American & Efird, Burlington, Cone Denim,
G├╝termann and Safety Components, creating
a portfolio of global brands that provide
innovative solutions and premium textile
products. Elevate Textiles was born out of
the integration of A&E and ITG last year
under the leadership of Platinum Equity,
which acquired ITG in 2016 and American
& Efird in 2018.

Strata Geosystems expands
manufacturing in India
Strata Geosystems, a joint venture of Glen
Raven Inc., headquartered in Mumbai, India,
opened a new state-of-the-art manufacturing
facility in February 2019 in Daheli, Gujarat.
The plant is designed to meet the growing
demand for geosynthetic products in India
and around the globe. The joint venture,
founded in 2004, began as a manufacturer
of geogrids and has since evolved into a fully
integrated design, supply and construction
firm. Strata is India's largest producer of
reinforced soil structures.

Hohenstein introduces digital education
In March 2019, Hohenstein Institute
introduced hohenstein-academy.com,
an online learning portal. Digital and
independent of time and location, the
academy offers access to valuable content
from all areas and competences of the
company to anyone interested. The site
includes webinars, webcasts, tutorials and
further digital formats in subject areas
including textile knowledge, comfort and
performance, clothing technology, safety
and sustainability, laundering, and medicine
and health care.

Milliken named a "Most Ethical Company"
Milliken & Company, a global manufacturer
with expertise in specialty chemicals, floor
covering, and performance and protective
textiles, was named among the 2019 World's
Most Ethical Companies® by the Ethisphere
Institute, a global leader in defining and
advancing the standards of ethical business
practices. The 2019 World's Most Ethical
Companies recognizes organizations that
influence and drive positive change in the
business community and societies around
the world.


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