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29.04.2021

NCTO: Kim Glas testifies on Supply Chain Resiliency

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas is testifying on “Supply Chain Resiliency and the Role of Small Manufacturers” before the Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access.
 
In written testimony submitted to the committee, Glas provides an overview of the incredible resiliency of the U.S. textile industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of the ensuing economic crisis, existing options available to small manufacturers to access capital, and policy recommendations to strengthen the entire industry domestic supply chain.

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas is testifying on “Supply Chain Resiliency and the Role of Small Manufacturers” before the Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Tax, and Capital Access.
 
In written testimony submitted to the committee, Glas provides an overview of the incredible resiliency of the U.S. textile industry during the COVID-19 pandemic, the impact of the ensuing economic crisis, existing options available to small manufacturers to access capital, and policy recommendations to strengthen the entire industry domestic supply chain.

“One silver lining associated with the immense challenges posed by the COVID-19 crisis is that it afforded the domestic textile industry an opportunity to demonstrate its enormous resiliency, flexibility, and overall value to the U.S. economy,” Glas says in the testimony. “Despite the fact that there was virtually no [full] U.S. production of textile-based PPE prior to the pandemic, the heroic actions of domestic textile manufacturers resulted in the ability to supply homegrown PPE at the height of the greatest healthcare emergency our country has faced in the past 100 years.”

“As we exit the current crisis, rational federal policies are once again needed to ensure a stable overall environment where small businesses can compete and thrive, and targeted initiatives are required to ensure that domestic supply chains for critical materials, such as PPE, exist in the United States,” Glas notes.

Glas details five key policy recommendations supported by 20 trade associations and labor groups, representing the entire domestic supply chain aimed at strengthening the integrated U.S. textile sector:

  • Strengthen Buy American procurement rules
  • Provide funding assistance for companies to reconstitute domestic supply chains important to U.S. national and healthcare security
  • Key contracting reforms
  • Streamline the SBA loan application process
  • Provide additional funding for workforce training

Please view the full written testimony by NCTO President and CEO Kim Glas here.

14.04.2021

NCTO requests Agency to grant Approval for Collection of China 301 Duties

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas sent a letter to Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Robert Fairweather, requesting the agency reconsider and approve a proposal to direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect Section 301 penalty duties on billions of dollars of Chinese goods currently shipped duty free under Section 321 de minimis waivers.

“There has been an exponential growth of shipments to the United States in recent years that qualify for Section 321 duty-free treatment,” Glas said in the letter. “U.S. manufacturers of textiles, apparel and other consumer goods that routinely sell for less than the $800 de minimis threshold increasingly find their markets and workforce threatened by this tariff avoidance scheme.”

The letter details how the current Section 321 provision is now being coupled with e-commerce to provide billions in duty avoidance on these imported products, including:

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas sent a letter to Acting Director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Robert Fairweather, requesting the agency reconsider and approve a proposal to direct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to collect Section 301 penalty duties on billions of dollars of Chinese goods currently shipped duty free under Section 321 de minimis waivers.

“There has been an exponential growth of shipments to the United States in recent years that qualify for Section 321 duty-free treatment,” Glas said in the letter. “U.S. manufacturers of textiles, apparel and other consumer goods that routinely sell for less than the $800 de minimis threshold increasingly find their markets and workforce threatened by this tariff avoidance scheme.”

The letter details how the current Section 321 provision is now being coupled with e-commerce to provide billions in duty avoidance on these imported products, including:

  • Increased import price pressure on domestic manufacturers of various types of consumer items that routinely sell for less than $800 such as – apparel, footwear, home furnishings, toys, consumer electronics, flatware, auto parts, etc.
  • An inability to properly identify and block the importation of adulterated products posing a health and safety risk to consumers.
  • An inability to properly identify and block imports of counterfeit products that violate intellectual property laws.
  • Enhanced ability of countries like China to access the U.S. market, despite their failure to provide reciprocal access to their markets and their persistent illegal and unfair trading practices.

“Imported merchandise from China that enters under a Section 321 waiver is exempt from all normal tariffs and any penalty duties assessed under the current 301 case. This unreasonable and unnecessary duty exemption severely undermines the purpose and value of the existing Section 301 determination against China as an effort to address its longstanding predatory trade practices,” Glas stated.

“The Biden administration should undertake an exhaustive review of this problem to develop the policy changes needed to mitigate the damaging impact of Section 321 waivers on U.S. workers and manufacturers,” Glas added. “In the interim, it is critical that the OMB and CBP take reasonable steps, such as denying Section 321 benefits to goods covered under the existing China 301 determination [tariffs]. Doing so would be a valuable first step toward limiting the dangerous and growing exploitation of this tariff waiver mechanism.”

See the full letter here.

07.04.2021

NCTO: Importance of the U.S. Textile Industry to Lifesaving PPE & the Economy

National Council of Textiles Organization (NCTO) member Parkdale Mills hosted Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) at the company’s Magnolia Manufacturing plant in Hillsville, Va. today to showcase the critical role the company and the industry has played in producing lifesaving personal protective equipment (PPE) to aid frontline health-care workers and the country during the pandemic.

Parkdale’s facility in Hillsville, Va. is a key yarn spinning hub contributing to a major face mask initiative bringing together several U.S. companies and more than 5,000 workers as part of the Biden administration’s pledge to provide 25 million reusable face masks to communities hit hard by the pandemic.

National Council of Textiles Organization (NCTO) member Parkdale Mills hosted Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) at the company’s Magnolia Manufacturing plant in Hillsville, Va. today to showcase the critical role the company and the industry has played in producing lifesaving personal protective equipment (PPE) to aid frontline health-care workers and the country during the pandemic.

Parkdale’s facility in Hillsville, Va. is a key yarn spinning hub contributing to a major face mask initiative bringing together several U.S. companies and more than 5,000 workers as part of the Biden administration’s pledge to provide 25 million reusable face masks to communities hit hard by the pandemic.

“Parkdale Mills thanks Senator Kaine for his leadership on policies that help bolster our company and the entire textile industry. We are proud to be part of an initiative that is bringing together American companies to produce 100% American-made masks for community health centers, soup kitchens and food banks across the country,” said Davis Warlick of Parkdale Mills. “With the support of our government and leaders like Senator Kaine, our industry is demonstrating its ability and capacity to make critical items here for the long term.”

Kim Glas, President and CEO of NCTO said: “We want to sincerely thank Senator Kaine for his leadership in supporting American manufacturers, which have played a vital role in our economy as well as the nationwide effort to produce critical PPE and medical textiles for a nation in crisis. We are grateful to the senator and the Biden administration for prioritizing domestic manufacturers and the U.S. workforce. The U.S. textile industry is a vital contributor to the U.S economy and policies that Senator Kaine supports help bolster the onshoring of PPE and critical items, which in turn spurs employment and investment in the American manufacturing base.”

01.04.2021

Heimtextil 2022: Trends bleiben inspiratives Herz der Messe

Wie verändert die Pandemie unsere Art zu wohnen? Mit dieser zentralen Frage beschäftigte sich das Heimtextil Trend Council, das kürzlich zu einem digitalen Workshop zusammenkam. Die internationalen Trendexperten machten es sich zur Aufgabe, die dominierenden Designthemen für die Saison 2022/23 zu verifizieren. Damit nimmt die Heimtextil die Planungen für die Trends zur nächsten Messeausgabe vom 11. bis 14. Januar 2022 in Frankfurt am Main auf.

Wie verändert die Pandemie unsere Art zu wohnen? Mit dieser zentralen Frage beschäftigte sich das Heimtextil Trend Council, das kürzlich zu einem digitalen Workshop zusammenkam. Die internationalen Trendexperten machten es sich zur Aufgabe, die dominierenden Designthemen für die Saison 2022/23 zu verifizieren. Damit nimmt die Heimtextil die Planungen für die Trends zur nächsten Messeausgabe vom 11. bis 14. Januar 2022 in Frankfurt am Main auf.

Zum wiederholten Mal setzt sich das Trend Council aus den drei international renommierten Agenturen SPOTT Trends & Business (Dänemark), Studio FranklinTill (Großbritannien) und Stijlinstituut Amsterdam (Niederlande) zusammen. Erneut übernimmt Anja Bisgaard Gaede mit ihrem Team von SPOTT Trends & Business die Leitung des Projekts und verleiht damit den Heimtextil Trends 22/23 einen skandinavischen Touch. Zum Aufgabenbereich der Dänen zählt neben der Ausarbeitung des Contents auch die Konzeption der Trend-Präsentation während der Messe im Januar. Alljährlich markiert das Treffen des Heimtextil Trend Councils im Frühjahr den Auftakt der Vorbereitungen für die Fachmesse im kommenden Januar. Zugleich geben die Trendforscher dabei einen ersten Einblick, wohin die Reise in puncto Einrichtungsdesign in der nächsten Saison gehen wird. Damit legen die Trendforscher und die Messeverantwortlichen den Grundstein für die globale Trendaussage.

Darüber hinaus wird es in der nächsten Saison darum gehen, wie die Pandemie unser Leben und damit auch unsere Art des Einrichtens verändert hat. Besonderer Fokus liegt dabei auf dem Megathema New Work, das mit neuen Facetten betrachtet wird. Erste Einblicke in die Trendthemen der Saison 2022/23 und nähere Informationen zu den künftigen Designentwicklungen geben die Heimtextil-Verantwortlichen gemeinsam mit den Mitgliedern des Trend Council im Rahmen der digitalen Trend Preview  im September.

Weitere Informationen:
Heimtextil 2022 Trendcouncil
Quelle:

Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH

27.03.2021

NCTO: Biden Administration awards Contracts for American-Made Face Masks

The Biden Administration has awarded two contracts to National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) members Parkdale Mills and Ferrara Manufacturing Inc., following through on the President’s pledge to procure millions of fully Made in America face masks for community health centers, food pantries and soup kitchens across the country.  A third contract is expected to be awarded to a small business early next week.

North Carolina headquartered Parkdale Mills, the nation’s largest cotton yarn spinner, has partnered with Ferrara Manufacturing, a tailored clothing company based in New York City’s garment center whose workforce is union represented by Workers United/SEIU, to manufacture over 17 million reusable masks. The government said it could purchase up to a maximum of 22.2 million masks under the two contracts announced today. The masks will be Berry compliant and thus 100% U.S.-made.

The Biden Administration has awarded two contracts to National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) members Parkdale Mills and Ferrara Manufacturing Inc., following through on the President’s pledge to procure millions of fully Made in America face masks for community health centers, food pantries and soup kitchens across the country.  A third contract is expected to be awarded to a small business early next week.

North Carolina headquartered Parkdale Mills, the nation’s largest cotton yarn spinner, has partnered with Ferrara Manufacturing, a tailored clothing company based in New York City’s garment center whose workforce is union represented by Workers United/SEIU, to manufacture over 17 million reusable masks. The government said it could purchase up to a maximum of 22.2 million masks under the two contracts announced today. The masks will be Berry compliant and thus 100% U.S.-made.

Ferrara Manufacturing and Parkdale Mills will contract with additional U.S. companies across the manufacturing supply chain, employing nearly 5,000 American workers as a result of these awards.  Parkdale will be utilizing yarn from their facilities in NC, VA, and GA and Ferrara will deploy their cut and sew operations in New York City.

The U.S. textile industry has produced over a billion lifesaving PPE and other medical products over the last year.  Since the spring of 2020, both Ferrara and Parkdale have retooled their production chains to help produce millions of masks and gowns to help workers on the frontlines. 

24.03.2021

NCTO: State of the U.S. Textile Industry Address

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) Chairman David Roberts, who was re-elected for the 2020-2021 term, delivered the trade association’s State of the U.S. textile industry overview at NCTO’s 17th Annual Meeting on March 24.

Mr. Roberts’s speech outlined (1) the U.S. textile industry’s heroic efforts producing PPE in the face of a once-in-a-generation pandemic (2) U.S. textile supply chain, economic, trade data, and (3) NCTO’s 2020 policy priorities for domestic textile manufacturers.

A link of his remarks as prepared for delivery are included in this press statement along with a link to a data infographic prepared by NCTO illustrating the current economic status of the U.S. textile industry.

Mr. Roberts is CEO of Cap Yarns, Inc., a South Carolina specialty yarn manufacturer and a leader in developing unique yarns for the knitting and weaving industry.

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) Chairman David Roberts, who was re-elected for the 2020-2021 term, delivered the trade association’s State of the U.S. textile industry overview at NCTO’s 17th Annual Meeting on March 24.

Mr. Roberts’s speech outlined (1) the U.S. textile industry’s heroic efforts producing PPE in the face of a once-in-a-generation pandemic (2) U.S. textile supply chain, economic, trade data, and (3) NCTO’s 2020 policy priorities for domestic textile manufacturers.

A link of his remarks as prepared for delivery are included in this press statement along with a link to a data infographic prepared by NCTO illustrating the current economic status of the U.S. textile industry.

Mr. Roberts is CEO of Cap Yarns, Inc., a South Carolina specialty yarn manufacturer and a leader in developing unique yarns for the knitting and weaving industry.

NCTO’s annual meeting was held virtually March 23-24.

24.03.2021

NCTO elects Chairman, Council Chairs and Board Members

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles from fiber through finished sewn products, held its officer elections for fiscal year 2021 today.

NCTO has re-elected David Roberts, CEO of Cap Yarns, as Chairman and David Poston, President of Palmetto Synthetics, as Vice Chairman.

In addition to the appointment of a new chairman and vice chairman, NCTO elected chairs for each of its four councils. NCTO is comprised of four councils to ensure a broad representation of the industry supply chain. Each council has an allotted number of members who are elected to the association’s Board of Directors, in addition to the Executive Committee.*

“This is a critical juncture for our industry, which answered the call of the nation to produce lifesaving personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic,” said NCTO President and CEO Kim. “We will continue to engage with all stakeholders to press for policies that support the industry overall, help onshore PPE production and create a permanent domestic supply chain.”

 

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles from fiber through finished sewn products, held its officer elections for fiscal year 2021 today.

NCTO has re-elected David Roberts, CEO of Cap Yarns, as Chairman and David Poston, President of Palmetto Synthetics, as Vice Chairman.

In addition to the appointment of a new chairman and vice chairman, NCTO elected chairs for each of its four councils. NCTO is comprised of four councils to ensure a broad representation of the industry supply chain. Each council has an allotted number of members who are elected to the association’s Board of Directors, in addition to the Executive Committee.*

“This is a critical juncture for our industry, which answered the call of the nation to produce lifesaving personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic,” said NCTO President and CEO Kim. “We will continue to engage with all stakeholders to press for policies that support the industry overall, help onshore PPE production and create a permanent domestic supply chain.”

 

*See attached document for more information.

25.01.2021

NCTO: Statement on "Made in America" executive order

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas issued a statement today on the White House announcement that President Biden will sign an executive order today, “ensuring the future of America is Made in America by all of America’s workers.”  Further, NCTO launched a new industry video campaign today that outlines steps the Biden administration and Congress must take to re-shore the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the entire supply chain for critical products. The video can be found here: MakeAmericanPPE.

National Council of Textile Organizations President and CEO Kim Glas said:
“We commend President Biden for taking action in his first days in office to strengthen our domestic supply chain and manufacturing base with a “Made in America” executive order directing the federal government to spend taxpayer dollars on American-made goods produced by American workers using American-made components.

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas issued a statement today on the White House announcement that President Biden will sign an executive order today, “ensuring the future of America is Made in America by all of America’s workers.”  Further, NCTO launched a new industry video campaign today that outlines steps the Biden administration and Congress must take to re-shore the production of personal protective equipment (PPE) and the entire supply chain for critical products. The video can be found here: MakeAmericanPPE.

National Council of Textile Organizations President and CEO Kim Glas said:
“We commend President Biden for taking action in his first days in office to strengthen our domestic supply chain and manufacturing base with a “Made in America” executive order directing the federal government to spend taxpayer dollars on American-made goods produced by American workers using American-made components.

Increasing the domestic procurement threshold and the price preferences for domestic goods under the current Buy American law will bolster domestic production and stimulate more investment in U.S. manufacturing.

We believe it is critical that taxpayer dollars are used to invest in American manufacturing and our workforce. It is essential that we close loopholes in our Buy America laws, expand application and product coverage of domestic content rules, and close unnecessary contract waivers that undermine American manufacturing and its workforce.
 
We look forward to working with the Biden administration and Congress on immediately strengthening our domestic procurement laws. The COVID-19 crisis was exacerbated when foreign supply chains broke down leaving our frontline workers vulnerable, underscoring the vital need for America to manufacture essential medical products at home. We look forward to working with the Biden administration on implementing this Executive Order, and with members of Congress to push critical bipartisan legislation to help ensure this onshoring effort is fully realized.

We also sincerely thank Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Representative Kathy Manning (D-NC) for their leadership in sending a recent letter to President Biden, requesting the president prioritize “Made in America” personal protective equipment (PPE) purchases and outlining key steps the administration can take to produce and procure quality American-made PPE for frontline workers.”

Weitere Informationen:
NCTO USA textile industry face masks Covid-19
Quelle:

National Council of Textile Organizations

24.01.2021

NCTO: Letter to President Biden to prioritize American manufactors

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Representative Kathy Manning (D-NC) wrote to President Biden calling on the Administration to prioritize purchasing fully made in America Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The lawmakers outline four steps the Administration can take now to ensure our frontline workers have products needed to effectively carryout their critical responsibilities and to support domestic manufacturers who are ready to scale up production and help keep workers healthy and safe.

In their letter, Brown and Manning call on President Biden, through Executive Order and legislative efforts, to:

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and U.S. Representative Kathy Manning (D-NC) wrote to President Biden calling on the Administration to prioritize purchasing fully made in America Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). The lawmakers outline four steps the Administration can take now to ensure our frontline workers have products needed to effectively carryout their critical responsibilities and to support domestic manufacturers who are ready to scale up production and help keep workers healthy and safe.

In their letter, Brown and Manning call on President Biden, through Executive Order and legislative efforts, to:

  1. Prioritize the purchase of fully made in America PPE “Berry compliant” to help continue bolstering the U.S. supply chain regardless of purchasing agency;
  2. Issue long-term contracts directly to domestic manufacturers when possible to help bolster the domestic supply chains;
  3. Adopt a contracting purchase methodology that uses “Best Value” criteria versus “Lowest Price Technically Acceptable” criteria; and
  4. Designate a point person in charge of coordinating the government’s efforts to procure PPE and other medical equipment who is responsible for meeting regularly with key domestic manufacturing stakeholders.

A full copy of Brown and Manning’s letter can be found here.

Weitere Informationen:
NCTO USA textile industry face masks Covid-19
Quelle:

National Council of Textile Organizations

21.01.2021

NCTO welcomes President Biden’s action plan and Covid-19 Response

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas issued a statement today welcoming President Biden’s action plan and COVID-19 response, accompanied by a series of executive orders, including an order signed today to strengthen U.S. supply chains by directing federal agencies to use the Defense Production Act (DPA) to address shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and related vaccine supplies.

“We are closely reviewing President Biden’s national strategic plan to confront the pandemic and welcome the executive order signed today to strengthen our supply chains by directing all federal agencies to use the Defense Production Act to address shortages of personal protective equipment, vaccine supplies and essential products. These are important steps that will help ramp up critical manufacturing of these essential PPE products and other critically needed supplies like tests and vaccines.”

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas issued a statement today welcoming President Biden’s action plan and COVID-19 response, accompanied by a series of executive orders, including an order signed today to strengthen U.S. supply chains by directing federal agencies to use the Defense Production Act (DPA) to address shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) and related vaccine supplies.

“We are closely reviewing President Biden’s national strategic plan to confront the pandemic and welcome the executive order signed today to strengthen our supply chains by directing all federal agencies to use the Defense Production Act to address shortages of personal protective equipment, vaccine supplies and essential products. These are important steps that will help ramp up critical manufacturing of these essential PPE products and other critically needed supplies like tests and vaccines.”

American manufacturers have been at the forefront of the effort to build a domestic PPE supply chain since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. textile industry retooled production and operations virtually overnight, producing millions of face masks, isolation gowns, testing swabs and other critical medical textiles.

The industry is dedicated to making significant investments in automated equipment for PPE, but the industry needs long-term, multiyear contracts to help realize that investment.

The deployment of DPA is one of the critical tools that will help incentivize investment in equipment, propel the hiring of U.S. workers and expand these critical production chains.

Since its inception, the DPA has been utilized by the Department of Defense to make critical investments in domestic textile manufacturing infrastructure and capacity, creating private-public partnerships through the government’s capital investments under the DPA and guaranteeing purchases through long-term contracts.  

NCTO applaud President Biden’s action and anticipate further steps including a reported order that will seek to strengthen government procurement of U.S. products in the coming days. NCTO appreciate President Biden outlining the “National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness” a series of actions and steps the administration will undertake to deploy and manufacture the vaccine and other essential products.

Quelle:

National Council of Textile Organizations

pro4tex®GmbH steigt erfolgreich in den Markt für Medizin- und Gesundheitstextilien ein (c) vti/Wolfgang Schmidt
Färbereileiter Frank Kirsten bei der Prüfung von Textilfarben.
04.01.2021

Sächsischer Textilveredler für Bodywear, Sport-Outfits & Co. steigt erfolgreich in den Markt für Medizin- und Gesundheitstextilien ein

  • Corona gab in der pro4tex GmbH, Niederfrohna, den Ausschlag für die Entwicklung hoch funktioneller Gesichts-Bedeckungen für den Einsatz in Medizin, Pflege und im Alltag
  • Masken mehrfach nutzbar
  • Modernes Unternehmen
  • Vorbildliches Wassermanagement

Niederfrohna– Kunden, die sich für Bodywear oder Sportbekleidung von bekannten Markenherstellern entscheiden, legen nicht nur Wert auf modischen Chic und hohe Verarbeitungsqualität. Ebenso wichtig sind ihnen Produkteigenschaften wie Hautfreundlichkeit, Farbechtheit und anhaltend gute Passform. Diese Qualitäten erwerben feine Strick- und Wirkwaren grundsätzlich in der Färberei sowie beim Waschen, Laugieren, Thermofixieren, Kompaktieren, Schlauchkalandern und Rauen sowie in der Ausrüstung durch den Einsatz entsprechender Chemikalien.

  • Corona gab in der pro4tex GmbH, Niederfrohna, den Ausschlag für die Entwicklung hoch funktioneller Gesichts-Bedeckungen für den Einsatz in Medizin, Pflege und im Alltag
  • Masken mehrfach nutzbar
  • Modernes Unternehmen
  • Vorbildliches Wassermanagement

Niederfrohna– Kunden, die sich für Bodywear oder Sportbekleidung von bekannten Markenherstellern entscheiden, legen nicht nur Wert auf modischen Chic und hohe Verarbeitungsqualität. Ebenso wichtig sind ihnen Produkteigenschaften wie Hautfreundlichkeit, Farbechtheit und anhaltend gute Passform. Diese Qualitäten erwerben feine Strick- und Wirkwaren grundsätzlich in der Färberei sowie beim Waschen, Laugieren, Thermofixieren, Kompaktieren, Schlauchkalandern und Rauen sowie in der Ausrüstung durch den Einsatz entsprechender Chemikalien.

Zu den dem Endverbraucher meist unbekannten Firmen, die diese Prozesse beherrschen, gehört die pro4tex®GmbH mit Sitz in Niederfrohna unweit von Chemnitz. „In der Fachwelt sind wir bekannt als Textilveredler für feine Maschenwaren und spezielle technische Textilien. Wir haben Auftraggeber in Europa, Asien und Nordamerika“, erläutert Geschäftsführer Björn-Olaf Dröge. Der aus Detmold (NRW) stammende und seit 20 Jahren in Sachsen lebende Diplom-Ingenieur (FH) für Textiltechnik hatte die Firma 2009 mit 60 Mitarbeitenden übernommen und 2011 das Partnerunternehmen Willy Hermann – Superfine aus Hard (Österreich) als Mitgesellschafter für die GmbH gewonnen. Mittlerweile zählt pro4tex 104 Beschäftigte, die die moderne Veredelungstechnik dreischichtig auslasten. Auf 16 Mio. EUR belaufen sich die die Kosten für Neu- und Erweiterungsinvestitionen in vergangenen zehn Jahren. Der Betrieb ist zertifiziert nach den DIN-EN-Normen ISO 9001, ISO 14001 und ISO 50001. Mit rund 7,5 Mio. EUR Umsatz liegt dieses Ergebnis im Corona-Jahr 2020 um 15 Prozent unter dem Wert von 2019

„Textilveredler galten früher als Umweltverschmutzer, insbesondere in puncto Abwasser. Das hat sich in den vergangenen drei Jahrzehnten gründlich geändert“, erläutert Dr.-Ing. Jenz Otto, Hauptgeschäftsführer des in Chemnitz ansässigen Verbandes der Nord-Ostdeutschen Textil- und Bekleidungsindustrie e. V. (vti). „Dennoch geht es beim Färben und Ausrüsten nicht ohne Chemikalien. Bei deren Einsatz sind unsere Firmen strengen europäischen Umweltrichtlinien unterworfen.“ Nach Angaben des vti existieren im Verbandsgebiet, den ostdeutschen  Bundesländern, mehr als 20 mittelständische Betriebe, die Textilien für modische, technische oder medizinische Zwecke fit machen.

Die pro4tex GmbH verfügt bereits seit langem über ein qualifiziertes Wasser-Management. „In der Färberei geht ja ohne Wasser fast gar nichts. Deshalb widmen wir dem wertvollen Nass unsere besondere Aufmerksamkeit“, erklärt Geschäftsführer Björn-Olaf Dröge. „Wir decken unseren Wasserbedarf vollständig aus drei eigenen Brunnen und nicht aus dem öffentlichen Netz. Das in der Produktion gebrauchte Wasser unterziehen wir anschließend diversen chemischen, biologischen und physikalischen Reinigungs- und Wiederaufbereitungsprozeduren. Am Ende fließt unser Wasser klar und für die Umwelt unbedenklich in den nahegelegenen Frohnbach. Wir sind stolz darauf, dass wir zu den wenigen europäischen Textilveredlern gehören, die in der Fachsprache ‚Direkteinleiter‘ genannt  werden und dafür die behördliche Genehmigung haben."

Bereits vor Ausbruch der Corona-Pandemie hatte sich pro4tex mit der antibakteriellen Ausrüstung von Gesundheitsschutz-Textilien beschäftigt. Als dann zu Jahresbeginn die Lieferungen aus China ausblieben und plötzlich Mund-Nasen-Masken aus deutscher Produktion gefragt waren, reagierte das pro4tex-Team innerhalb weniger Tage. „Im Kooperation mit einem ostsächsischen Klinikum und dem Textilkonfektionär Fifty-Fifty im benachbarten Burgstädt, haben wir partielle Gesichtsbedeckungen entwickelt und damit erstmals in unserer Firmengeschichte ein Endprodukt auf den Markt gebracht“, berichtet Geschäftsführer Björn-Olaf Dröge. Dabei handelt es sich um hoch funktionelle Mehrweg - Masken, die dreilagig aufgebaut sind. Die in mehreren Farben und Designs erhältliche Außenhaut wirkt abweisend gegen Tröpfchen bzw. Flüssigkeiten, der darauf angebrachte Einsatz aus ein Spezialvliesstoff filtert feinste Partikel aus der Atemluft. Die am Gesicht anliegende atmungsaktive Schicht wird weder gefärbt noch anderweitig behandelt. Da es sich bei Innen- und Außenhaut um feine Polyestergestricke handelt, zeichnen sich Mund-Nasen-Bedeckungen durch ein angenehmes Tragegefühl aus. Die nach der für medizinische Gesichtsmasken gültigen Norm DIN EN 14 683 zertifizierten Masken sind atmungsaktiv und durchnässen nicht. Nach dem Erstgebrauch können sie mindestens 20 Mal bei 75 Grad Celsius gewaschen und ebenso oft wiederverwendet werden. Mittlerweile sind sie in Berliner Kliniken, bei der Deutschen Bundesbahn sowie in anderen Unternehmen im Einsatz. „Wer einmal unsere flexiblen Gesichtsbedeckungen getragen hat will keine andere mehr“, zeigt sich Björn-Olaf Dröge überzeugt. Und er verweist darauf, dass er Sachsens Ministerpräsident Michael Kretschmar wiederholt mit einem Erzeugnis aus seinem Unternehmen
gesehen hat.

10.12.2020

NCTO welcomes Katherine Tai as new U.S. Trade Representative

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas, representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles from fiber through finished sewn products, issued a statement welcoming the reported selection of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Chief Trade Counsel, Katherine Tai, as the next U.S. Trade Representative.

“We applaud President-elect Joe Biden’s expected nomination of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Chief Trade Counsel, Katherine Tai, as the next U.S. Trade Representative. This selection is welcome news to the U.S. textile industry, which has worked closely with Katherine on several critical trade issues over the years.  She is an exceptional candidate to serve as the next USTR, having dedicated her career to enforcing our trade laws, and, most recently, serving as a key lead negotiator in the House securing key improvements in the USMCA agreement.
 
She will be a powerful and thoughtful advocate on behalf of American workers and our environment.  The U.S. textile industry looks forward to working with her on our top trade priorities.”

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas, representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles from fiber through finished sewn products, issued a statement welcoming the reported selection of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Chief Trade Counsel, Katherine Tai, as the next U.S. Trade Representative.

“We applaud President-elect Joe Biden’s expected nomination of the House Ways and Means Committee’s Chief Trade Counsel, Katherine Tai, as the next U.S. Trade Representative. This selection is welcome news to the U.S. textile industry, which has worked closely with Katherine on several critical trade issues over the years.  She is an exceptional candidate to serve as the next USTR, having dedicated her career to enforcing our trade laws, and, most recently, serving as a key lead negotiator in the House securing key improvements in the USMCA agreement.
 
She will be a powerful and thoughtful advocate on behalf of American workers and our environment.  The U.S. textile industry looks forward to working with her on our top trade priorities.”

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17.11.2020

Kelheim Fibres Partner in ETP-Programmen „Bio-Based Fibres“ und “Circular Economy”

Der bayerische Viskosespezialfaserhersteller Kelheim Fibres ist Partner der European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing (ETP) in zwei strategischen Programmen: „Bio-Based Fibres“ und „Circular Economy“.

Im Sinne der immer wichtigeren Nachhaltigkeitsdiskussion vollziehen sich gerade fundamentale Veränderungen innerhalb der textilen Kette. Dem tragen die jeweils dreijährigen Programme „Bio-Based Fibres“ und „Circular Economy“ des ETP Rechnung. Es geht darum, Schlüsselfiguren aus Industrie und Forschung zusammenzubringen und gemeinsam eine Langzeitstrategie zu entwickeln, um die nachhaltige Neuausrichtung der Europäischen Textilindustrie aktiv zu gestalten.

Der bayerische Viskosespezialfaserhersteller Kelheim Fibres ist Partner der European Technology Platform for the Future of Textiles and Clothing (ETP) in zwei strategischen Programmen: „Bio-Based Fibres“ und „Circular Economy“.

Im Sinne der immer wichtigeren Nachhaltigkeitsdiskussion vollziehen sich gerade fundamentale Veränderungen innerhalb der textilen Kette. Dem tragen die jeweils dreijährigen Programme „Bio-Based Fibres“ und „Circular Economy“ des ETP Rechnung. Es geht darum, Schlüsselfiguren aus Industrie und Forschung zusammenzubringen und gemeinsam eine Langzeitstrategie zu entwickeln, um die nachhaltige Neuausrichtung der Europäischen Textilindustrie aktiv zu gestalten.

„Wir stellen seit beinahe 85 Jahren bio-basierte Fasern her – sie bestehen aus dem nachwachsenden Rohstoff Holz und sind am Ende ihres Lebenszyklus vollständig biologisch abbaubar. Als Alternative zu erdölbasierten Materialien finden diese Fasern mehr und mehr Anklang in den verschiedensten Einsatzgebieten. Das liegt auch daran, dass wir unsere Spezialfasern während des Produktionsprozesses ganz gezielt mit den jeweils geforderten Eigenschaften funktionalisieren können. Im Hinblick auf die Performance müssen sie sich nicht hinter synthetischen Materialien verstecken“, erklärt Dr. Marina Crnoja-Cosic, Leiterin der Abteilung New Business Development bei Kelheim Fibres.

Zu Kelheims Nachhaltigkeitsanspruch gehört aber auch, den gesamten Lebenszyklus der Produkte zu betrachten. Wenn aus einem Textil am Ende seines Gebrauchs der Rohstoff für neue Fasern und neue Produkte entstehen kann, ist das für Crnoja-Cosic ein großes Plus in Puncto Nachhaltigkeit. „Wir wollen das Bestmögliche – biobasierte Fasern UND Kreislaufwirtschaft sind der Weg dahin.“

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JUMBO Exoskelett (c) JUMBO-Textil
01.10.2020

Jumbo Textil: Textile Lösungen für Exoskelette

Elastics für die Kraftunterstützung in Medizin und Arbeitswelt
Menschen, die körperlich schwer arbeiten, werden entlastet; Menschen, die nach einem Unfall oder Schlaganfall wieder zu gehen trainieren, erhalten Support; Menschen mit Handicap gewinnen größere Mobilität – Exoskelette bieten in vielen Bereichen wertvolle Unterstützung. Wichtiges Bauteil für die „Kraft-Anzüge“: Elastics von JUMBO-Textil.

Unterstützungskonstruktion mit und ohne Antrieb
Ein Exoskelett ist eine Art Roboter zum Anziehen: eine Konstruktion aus vorwiegend textilen Komponenten, die über den Körper gestreift und angeschnallt wird. Integrierte Sensoren registrieren die Körperbewegungen. Diese Impulse werden in elektrisch angetriebene Bewegungen des Exoskeletts umgewandelt, die die menschliche Bewegung unterstützen oder verstärken. Daneben werden auch Exoskelette ohne Antrieb entwickelt: Diese Konstruktionen zielen darauf ab, Gewicht von schweren Werkzeugen oder Lasten direkt in den Boden abzuleiten.

Elastics für die Kraftunterstützung in Medizin und Arbeitswelt
Menschen, die körperlich schwer arbeiten, werden entlastet; Menschen, die nach einem Unfall oder Schlaganfall wieder zu gehen trainieren, erhalten Support; Menschen mit Handicap gewinnen größere Mobilität – Exoskelette bieten in vielen Bereichen wertvolle Unterstützung. Wichtiges Bauteil für die „Kraft-Anzüge“: Elastics von JUMBO-Textil.

Unterstützungskonstruktion mit und ohne Antrieb
Ein Exoskelett ist eine Art Roboter zum Anziehen: eine Konstruktion aus vorwiegend textilen Komponenten, die über den Körper gestreift und angeschnallt wird. Integrierte Sensoren registrieren die Körperbewegungen. Diese Impulse werden in elektrisch angetriebene Bewegungen des Exoskeletts umgewandelt, die die menschliche Bewegung unterstützen oder verstärken. Daneben werden auch Exoskelette ohne Antrieb entwickelt: Diese Konstruktionen zielen darauf ab, Gewicht von schweren Werkzeugen oder Lasten direkt in den Boden abzuleiten.

Hohe Anforderungen, individuelle Lösungen
Da die Skelette am Körper getragen werden, müssen die verbauten Textilien und textilen Bauteile hautfreundlich und so leicht wie möglich sein. Die körpereigene Temperaturregulation darf nicht behindert werden. Die Auflageflächen dürfen keine Druckstellen erzeugen. Und die Exoskelette müssen sich individuell an die Körpermaße der Nutzer*innen anpassen (lassen).

Hightech-Elastics von JUMBO-Textil bieten Lösungen für die Entwicklung von Exoskeletten – in puncto Funktionalität, Sicherheit und Tragekomfort: Sie halten, spannen, schließen und sichern. Sie entlasten und dämpfen Bewegungen und Krafteinwirkungen. Sie leuchten und leiten Signale weiter. Die atmungsaktiven Schmaltextilien sind je nach Bedarf in beide Richtungen dehnbar. Sie schmiegen sich eng an den Körper an und machen jede Bewegung mit. Vollflächig klettfähige Elastikbänder bieten eine einfache, sichere und individuell anpassbare Befestigungsmöglichkeit. Für textile Bauteile als Befestigungslösung nutzt JUMBO-Textil konsequent Komponenten aus Kunststoff oder Leichtmetall. Als Lösungspartner für anspruchsvolle Aufgaben – z. B. im Arbeitsschutz – entwickelt JUMBO-Textil ¬mit seinen Kunden gern auch gekühlte oder beheizte Textilien. Ebenso möglich: die Entwicklung selbstleuchtender Schmaltextilien – für zusätzliche Sicherheit.

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24.09.2020

NCTO President & CEO Kim Glas Testifies at U.S. International Trade Commission Hearing on Challenges Related to U.S. PPE Production

The U.S. International Trade Commission held a public hearing on September 23-24 as part of its investigation of conditions impacting U.S. industry sectors and supply chains in the production of medical goods related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President & CEO Kim Glas is testifying on panel 5.

“Amid the devastating challenges of responding to COVID-19, NCTO members have been at the forefront of deploying manufacturing resources to address the critical need for personal protective equipment (PPE),” Glas said in testimony prepared for delivery.  “Our members quickly mobilized, proactively retooling production lines and retraining workers to provide U.S.-made PPE to frontline medical workers.”

“Despite these heroic efforts to confront the ongoing crisis, the onshoring of a permanent PPE industry will only materialize if proper government policies are implemented to incentivize the long-term investment needed to sustain PPE production in the United States,” Glas said.

The U.S. International Trade Commission held a public hearing on September 23-24 as part of its investigation of conditions impacting U.S. industry sectors and supply chains in the production of medical goods related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President & CEO Kim Glas is testifying on panel 5.

“Amid the devastating challenges of responding to COVID-19, NCTO members have been at the forefront of deploying manufacturing resources to address the critical need for personal protective equipment (PPE),” Glas said in testimony prepared for delivery.  “Our members quickly mobilized, proactively retooling production lines and retraining workers to provide U.S.-made PPE to frontline medical workers.”

“Despite these heroic efforts to confront the ongoing crisis, the onshoring of a permanent PPE industry will only materialize if proper government policies are implemented to incentivize the long-term investment needed to sustain PPE production in the United States,” Glas said.

Glas’ testimony as prepared for delivery can be found here.

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LECTRA Umfrage: Wie sind Fast Fashion-Unternehmen in puncto nachhaltiger Mode aufgestellt? (c) Lectra Deutschland GmbH
16.07.2020

LECTRA Umfrage: Wie sind Fast Fashion-Unternehmen in puncto nachhaltiger Mode aufgestellt?

  • 10 % ihres Angebots ist ökologisch verantwortungsbewusst.
  • Nachhaltige Baumwolle ist für Einzelhändler in den kommenden Jahren eine Priorität.
  • Nachhaltige Kleidung kostet weniger als Standardkleidung.
  • Mit Fashion on Demand gemäß den Verbraucherwünschen ein transparentes und nachhaltiges Angebot auf den Markt bringen.

Ismaning/Paris – Lectra, Technologie-Partner für Textil und Leder verarbeitende Unternehmen, hat basierend auf Analysen von Retviews, einem kürzlich erworbenen Startup,  bei führenden Fast Fashion-Brands eine Umfrage zu nachhaltiger Mode durchgeführt. Modeunternehmen haben sich entsprechend der neuen Gesundheitsschutzregeln angepasst und ihre Geschäfte wieder geöffnet.

  • 10 % ihres Angebots ist ökologisch verantwortungsbewusst.
  • Nachhaltige Baumwolle ist für Einzelhändler in den kommenden Jahren eine Priorität.
  • Nachhaltige Kleidung kostet weniger als Standardkleidung.
  • Mit Fashion on Demand gemäß den Verbraucherwünschen ein transparentes und nachhaltiges Angebot auf den Markt bringen.

Ismaning/Paris – Lectra, Technologie-Partner für Textil und Leder verarbeitende Unternehmen, hat basierend auf Analysen von Retviews, einem kürzlich erworbenen Startup,  bei führenden Fast Fashion-Brands eine Umfrage zu nachhaltiger Mode durchgeführt. Modeunternehmen haben sich entsprechend der neuen Gesundheitsschutzregeln angepasst und ihre Geschäfte wieder geöffnet.

Covid-19 hat bei zahlreichen Konsumenten den Wunsch geweckt, ein sinnvolleres Leben zu führen und sich verantwortlicher zu verhalten. Der Kunde wägt seine Kaufentscheidung neu ab und ist weniger angezogen von der Fiktion der Hyperauswahl durch Fast Fashion und sucht Einzigartigkeit, Inspiration und Kreativität. Für die Modeindustrie kann dies der Auslöser sein, um die Art und Weise zu ändern, wie sie ihre Produkte entwirft, produziert und vertreibt. Mit dem Kauf eines Produkts möchten Kunden von heute ihre Werte zum Ausdruck bringen und bekräftigen. Demzufolge müssen Modemarken ihr Angebot zukunftsorientiert verändern und einen ökologisch verantwortungsvolleren, authentischen und transparenten Ansatz verfolgen.

Bedarfsgerechte Supply-Chain für nachhaltige Produkte und weniger Überbestände

Die Fashionbranche kann Echtzeit-Verbraucherdaten verwenden, um die tatsächliche Nachfrage und die finale Produktion aufeinander abzustimmen: das richtige Produkt, zum benötigten Zeitpunkt, in der nachgefragten Menge, in der richtigen Qualität. Überbestände können mit Fashion on Demand minimiert werden in dem Material eingespart wird. Rabattschlachten und hohe Preisabschläge sind beendet. Mit Fashion on Demand für den Händler schnell auf Nachbestellungen und Nachschub reagieren, neue Marktchancen rund um Themen wie Made-to-Order (Kleinserien), Made-to-Customize, Made-to-Measure realisieren. Alles heute möglich.
                                
Nachhaltige Kollektionen sind weiterhin selten

Die Retviews-Umfrage zeigt, dass der Anteil nachhaltiger Mode in den Kollektionen der verschiedenen Einzelhändler sehr unterschiedlich ist. Ökofreundliche Kollektionen machen beispielsweise einen geringen Teil des Angebots von führenden Marken wie Zara und H&M aus, die beim G7-Gipfeltreffen in Biarritz den Fashion Pact mitunterzeichnet haben.

Die Join Life-Kollektion von Zara macht 14 % der Gesamtkollektion aus, während die #Wearthechange-Kollektion von C&A fast 30 % der Gesamtkollektion darstellt. Die Conscious-Kollektion bei H&M, die den von der Fashion Revolution geschaffenen Fashion Transparency Index anführt, entspricht weniger als 10 % der Gesamtkollektion.

Produktzusammensetzung in umweltfreundlichen Kollektionen

C&A, H&M und Inditex (Zara) gehören zu den vier größten Verbrauchern von organischer Baumwolle. Alle Marken, die analysiert wurden, präsentieren ihre Baumwolle als nachhaltig und sehen dies für 2020 und darüber hinaus als Priorität.

Es besteht nur ein geringer Unterschied zwischen den häufig im Massen- und im Premiummarkt verwendeten Stoffen. Das gleiche gilt für den Vergleich zwischen ökofreundlichen und Standardkollektionen. Baumwolle, synthetische Stoffe wie Polyester, Elastan und Viscose sind die am meisten angebotenen und verwendeten Stoffe.

Sind nachhaltige Stoffe teurer?

Laut den Umfrageergebnissen ist die Annahme, dass nachhaltige Kleidungsstücke teurer sind, falsch. Zara’s nachhaltige Join Life-Kollektion ist ein gutes Beispiel dafür. Ein Kleid aus der Standardkollektion kostet im Durchschnitt €39,90, während ein Kleid aus der Join Life-Kollektion nur €31,70 kostet.
 
„Nachhaltigkeit bringt uns zahlreiche neue Chancen. Für die Generation Z ist Nachhaltigkeit ein sehr wichtiges Thema und Einzelhändler haben zugehört und diese Bedenken in ihren Waren berücksichtigt. 90 % der Verbraucher sagen, dass sie sich der aktuellen Umweltsituation bewusst und bereit sind, ihr Verhalten zu ändern*, um den Klimawandel zu bekämpfen. Das zeigt deutlich die Bereitwilligkeit, in ökologische Produkte zu investieren. Angesichts dieses Wandels haben Brands eine soziale Verantwortung: Sie müssen ihre Kunden informieren, ihre Fortschritte in diesem Bereich transparent darstellen und einige Herausforderungen, vor denen sie stehen, teilen, um ihre Kunden aufzuklären. Derzeit gibt es keine internationalen Regularien für die Definition von Nachhaltigkeit bei Bekleidung. Das bedeutet, dass wir noch einen langen Weg vor uns haben, bis es für nachhaltige Fashion eine Standardisierung geben wird“, erklärt Quentin Richelle, Chief Marketing Officer, Retviews.

02.05.2020

NCTO: Buy American Policy for Personal Protective Equipment

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas issued a statement, urging the government to institute Buy American policy changes to help bolster U.S. manufacturers producing personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If the government is sincere about reconstituting a U.S. production chain for medical personal protective equipment (PPE) to resolve the drastic shortages we are experiencing during the current pandemic, it is going to have to make key policy changes to help incentivize domestic production. A strong Buy American mandate for these vital healthcare materials needs to be instituted for all federal agencies, coupled with other reasonable production incentives, to help ensure a strong U.S.  manufacturing base for these essential products.

National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) President and CEO Kim Glas issued a statement, urging the government to institute Buy American policy changes to help bolster U.S. manufacturers producing personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If the government is sincere about reconstituting a U.S. production chain for medical personal protective equipment (PPE) to resolve the drastic shortages we are experiencing during the current pandemic, it is going to have to make key policy changes to help incentivize domestic production. A strong Buy American mandate for these vital healthcare materials needs to be instituted for all federal agencies, coupled with other reasonable production incentives, to help ensure a strong U.S.  manufacturing base for these essential products.

Our government already has an existing example of such a mandate that serves as an excellent model. The U.S. Department of Defense operates under a fiber-to-finished product Buy American rule for military textiles. This rule ensures that the vital textile materials our U.S. warfighters depend upon, come from a secure domestic production chain that cannot be severed during a military emergency by offshore entities.

There is a bipartisan call for action as members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have begun to acknowledge the need for these types of reasonable and essential policy changes.

Anything short of fully instituting domestic purchase requirements through Executive Order and other legislative initiatives will ensure that PPE production through U.S. supply chains that have been created overnight don’t evaporate as soon as this crisis is over.  

In the midst of the crisis, our failure to confront this challenge will allow for a repeat of the sins of the past that allowed sourcing agents to offshore the entire production of medical PPE in search of lucrative profits. While chasing the lowest cost import may have seemed cost effective at the time, these past few months have demonstrated that we paid a deadly price through this approach by jeopardizing the very lives of frontline medical personnel that are fighting the pandemic.   

This is a national security issue. It’s also a vital healthcare issue and it is decision time for U.S. policymakers. If our country is to be prepared for future deadly pandemics such as the one it is now facing, reasonable policy changes need to be implemented to ensure that we strengthen our domestic supply chain to address America’s security, safety and healthcare requirements.”


NCTO is a Washington, DC-based trade association that represents domestic textile manufacturers, including artificial and synthetic filament and fiber producers. 

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Parkdale Mills supply swabs for covid-19 tests
20.04.2020

Parkdale Mills Collaborates to Supply Swabs for Coronavirus Tests

Parkdale Mills Collaborates with FDA, Gates Foundation and Others to Supply Swabs for Coronavirus Tests

Parkdale Mills subsidiary U.S. Cotton has joined in an effort with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Gates Foundation, UnitedHealth Group and Quantigen to ramp up production of spun synthetic swabs to help the country’s frontline health care workers administering tests for the COVID-19 disease.

U.S. Cotton has developed a fully synthetic, polyester-based Q-tip-type swab that can be used in coronavirus diagnostic testing.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just announced that these synthetic swabs – with a design similar to Q-tips – could be used to test patients for the coronavirus.
U.S. Cotton, based in Cleveland, Ohio, plans to leverage its large-scale manufacturing capacity to rapidly increase production of large quantities of the polyester swabs, which are in short supply for testing kits across the country.

Parkdale Mills Collaborates with FDA, Gates Foundation and Others to Supply Swabs for Coronavirus Tests

Parkdale Mills subsidiary U.S. Cotton has joined in an effort with the Food & Drug Administration (FDA), the Gates Foundation, UnitedHealth Group and Quantigen to ramp up production of spun synthetic swabs to help the country’s frontline health care workers administering tests for the COVID-19 disease.

U.S. Cotton has developed a fully synthetic, polyester-based Q-tip-type swab that can be used in coronavirus diagnostic testing.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration just announced that these synthetic swabs – with a design similar to Q-tips – could be used to test patients for the coronavirus.
U.S. Cotton, based in Cleveland, Ohio, plans to leverage its large-scale manufacturing capacity to rapidly increase production of large quantities of the polyester swabs, which are in short supply for testing kits across the country.

The FDA has determined that spun synthetic swabs can be used in COVID-19 testing based on the results from a clinical investigation stemming from its collaboration with UnitedHealth Group, the Gates Foundation and Quantigen.  

This is the second major COVID-19 relief project that Parkdale has helped. Earlier Parkdale constructed a supply chain that includes Hanes, Fruit of the Loom, and many other U.S. companies in the production of PPE masks needed by frontline medical staff treating the virus.

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20.04.2020

NCTO Statement on Administration’s 90-Day Tariff Deferral

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles from fiber through finished products, issued a statement from NCTO President and CEO Kim Glas today, voicing concern over the administration’s executive order instituting a non-reciprocal 90-day deferral on certain tariffs.
The temporary postponement of duties does not apply to products with antidumping or countervailing duties or those products subject to penalty duties under Section 232, 201 and 301.

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO), representing the full spectrum of U.S. textiles from fiber through finished products, issued a statement from NCTO President and CEO Kim Glas today, voicing concern over the administration’s executive order instituting a non-reciprocal 90-day deferral on certain tariffs.
The temporary postponement of duties does not apply to products with antidumping or countervailing duties or those products subject to penalty duties under Section 232, 201 and 301.

“At a time when domestic textile producers and its workforce have mobilized to transform their production lines to manufacture the personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies for frontline healthcare and medical workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, the administration’s decision to defer duties for 90 days on the vast majority of products imported into the United States is counterproductive.
This move contradicts the administration’s top stated priority of rebuilding American manufacturing and buying American and could have severe negative implications for the entire U.S. textile industry, whose companies and workforce already are facing enormous economic hardship.
We support the need to temporarily eliminate barriers to the entry of emergency medical supplies and certain PPE inputs tied directly to the COVID-19 response. But make no mistake, the key drivers behind efforts to defer tariffs have nothing to do with facilitating access to PPE products or stopping the spread of COVID-19.
Our industry is being asked to do extraordinary things.  We are heeding that call, but we need help to ensure the supply chains we are creating overnight don’t evaporate tomorrow.  We need strong procurement policies and additional funding for our industries to ramp up and retool – not further measures that incentivize offshore production. We need to maximize the U.S. domestic production chain right now to every extent possible in helping fight COVID-19 and make the products American frontline workers desperately need.  

We need to provide immediate and substantial relief to our manufacturing sector and their workforce who are suffering enormously right now. It’s critical that we have a long-term U.S. government plan to ensure that we aren’t relying on offshore producers to make medically necessary, live-saving PPE.  We shouldn’t be providing handouts to reward the very companies that helped offshore these industries so many years ago.

Tariffs are one of the few mechanisms in place to help partially address the challenges U.S. manufacturers face in competing with imports from countries with exceptionally low wages, poor working conditions, and minimal environmental and safety standards.”, states the NCTO.

 

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Fairfield produces surgical gowns
08.04.2020

Fairfield Chair Pivots from Seating Production to Surgical Gowns

Fairfield Chair Co. has retooled its production of chairs and sofas to high-in-demand surgical gowns in an effort to help rush supplies to health care companies on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the spread of the coronavirus impacted Fairfield and the entire U.S. manufacturing sector, Fairfield executives jumped into action.

The seating manufacturer, which essentially took a crash course on apparel patternmaking and industry specs, has switched its production to surgical gowns overnight. In just over a week, Fairfield produced its first samples of the surgical gown and immediately received approval on the prototype from Blue Ridge Healthcare in North Carolina, which has placed an initial order for 1,200 surgical gowns.
Cotswold Industries worked closely with Fairfield to help the company pivot to gown and mask manufacturing and provide the materials needed for the finished products.

Fairfield Chair Co. has retooled its production of chairs and sofas to high-in-demand surgical gowns in an effort to help rush supplies to health care companies on the frontline of the COVID-19 pandemic.

When the spread of the coronavirus impacted Fairfield and the entire U.S. manufacturing sector, Fairfield executives jumped into action.

The seating manufacturer, which essentially took a crash course on apparel patternmaking and industry specs, has switched its production to surgical gowns overnight. In just over a week, Fairfield produced its first samples of the surgical gown and immediately received approval on the prototype from Blue Ridge Healthcare in North Carolina, which has placed an initial order for 1,200 surgical gowns.
Cotswold Industries worked closely with Fairfield to help the company pivot to gown and mask manufacturing and provide the materials needed for the finished products.

Fairfield is also tapping into the experience it gained from producing seating for senior living facilities, which require certain materials with antimicrobial finishes.
“We are very accustomed to working with antimicrobial fabrics however, we have never worked with wovens that are developed to meet specifications like this material has to,” states McClurd, vice President of imports of Fairfield.

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