In memoriam: Kevin Yonce

Former Industrial Fabrics Association International (now ATA) Chairman Kevin Yonce passed away peacefully in the comfort of his home on April 29, 2023. Yonce was born January 24, 1970, in Urbana, Ill. He was a lifelong resident of Champaign-Urbana and a 1988 graduate of Urbana High School. Yonce is survived by his mother, Wanda, brother [...]

By |2023-05-15T08:36:26-05:00May 1, 2023|

OSHA administers $11.7 million in training grants

The U.S. Department of Labor will provide a funding opportunity for $11.7 million in Susan Harwood Training Grants to support the delivery of training and education to help workers and employers identify and prevent workplace safety and health hazards. Administered by the department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the grants will target disadvantaged, underserved, low-income, and other hard-to-reach, [...]

By |2022-06-21T13:49:28-05:00June 22, 2022|

Textile groups urge U.S. to maintain penalty tariffs on China

The Biden administration should maintain Section 301 penalty tariffs on finished textiles and apparel from China or risk reversing once-in-a-lifetime nearshoring trends and undermining critical investments and jobs in the U.S. and Western Hemisphere, three key American textile manufacturing groups said today. In a formal submission to the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office, which is [...]

By |2022-06-16T12:46:21-05:00June 16, 2022|

Pantone announces Color of the Year for 2022

Pantone, the global color authority and provider of professional color language standards and digital solutions for the design community, has introduced a new blue shade, PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri, a dynamic periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying violet red undertone as the Pantone Color of the Year selection for 2022. Blending the faithfulness and constancy [...]

By |2021-12-15T14:57:05-06:00December 17, 2021|

R+T 2022 postponed

Messe Stuttgart is postponing R+T, a leading trade fair for roller shutters, doors/gates and sun shading systems, which was scheduled to take place in February 2022. "R+T is the most international event in Stuttgart. Three quarters of the exhibitors at the last edition of the world's leading trade fair in 2018 came from abroad," says [...]

By |2021-12-01T10:24:06-06:00December 1, 2021|

Global textile market outlook

According to the report "Global Textile Market Size, Share & Trends Analysis Report by Raw Material (Wool, Chemical, Silk), by Product (Natural Fibers, Polyester), by Application (Household, Technical), by Region, and Segment Forecasts, 2021-2028" by, the global textile market size is anticipated to reach USD 1412.5 billion by 2028. The market is expected to [...]

By |2021-10-19T16:57:44-05:00October 21, 2021|

NCTO issues statement following President Biden’s remarks on global supply chain crisis

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas issued a statement following President Biden’s remarks on the global supply chain crisis and stressed the importance of investing onshoring and nearshoring. NCTO President and CEO Kim Glas: “We appreciate President Biden’s call to ensure we are building more resilient and reliable supply [...]

By |2021-10-13T17:15:50-05:00October 14, 2021|

Ceramic fiber industry outlook

According to a report by, the ceramic fiber market is projected to reach USD 3.3 billion by 2026, at a CAGR of 9.9 percent from USD 2.1 billion in 2021. The growth of the ceramic fiber market is primarily triggered by its increasing use in the refining and petrochemical and power generation industries. A [...]

By |2021-09-14T12:31:02-05:00September 17, 2021|

Biden Administration awards $6.5M contract to U.S. Cotton LLC

The Biden Administration has awarded a contract for $6.5 million to U.S. Cotton LLC, the largest manufacturer of cotton swabs in the United States, to increase domestic production capability for polyester tipped swabs for home testing kits and mass testing applications to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the beginning of the pandemic, U.S. Cotton has retooled [...]

By |2021-08-31T11:55:38-05:00September 3, 2021|

Drexel University seeking volunteers for e-textile focus groups

The Pennsylvania Fabric Discovery Center (PA FDC) at Drexel University is recruiting for focus groups with e-textile professionals from diverse backgrounds to share their experiences and challenges in developing and integrating e-textile applications. Researchers will be conducting focus groups with designers, engineers and manufacturing experts working in the e-textiles space to better understand the challenges [...]

By |2021-09-02T09:36:53-05:00September 2, 2021|
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