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International Team Develops Longer Cotton Fiber

An international team of researchers from the United States and Uzbekistan has developed longer and stronger cotton fiber. The team used RNA interference (RNAi) technique to knock down one particular gene, resulting in longer fiber. The results have been published in a recent edition of Nature Communications. According to Alan Pepper, associate professor at Texas

Ingredient Branding Gains Traction in Textile Marketing

Ingredient branding – the term for identifying individual components in the final, finished product – is becoming a potent marketing tool. The power of ingredient branding was evident in the keynote presentation made at the recent Advanced Textiles symposium during the IFAI 2013 Expo, held Oct. 22-25 in Orlando, Florida. During their keynote presentation, Dina

Nonwoven Sector on the Rebound

The United States’ nonwoven sector is expected to grow at 4% per year for the 2012-17 period. Speaking at the Orlando Convention Center during the 2013 IFAI Expo, Brad Kalil, the new director for market research and statistics at the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry-INDA said the rebound in the housing market is helping

Indian Company to Build Cotton Spinning Plant in the United States

India-based Shrivallabh Pittie Group will build its textile plant in Screven county Industrial Park in the state of Georgia. The plant will cost $70 million. Governor Nathan Deal of Georgia announced yesterday that the spinning facility will create 250 jobs. The spinning plant will manufacture different counts of carded yarn, with state-of-the-art machinery. Market opportunity,

US, Australia Team Up for Cotton LEADS Initiative

The United States and Australian cotton industries have joined hands to increase awareness among manufacturers, retailers, brands and consumers on how the cotton industry leads in responsible production and having a balance of social, environmental and economic sustainability. Towards this end, a major initiative was launched this week by the cotton industry of the United

India Needs Additional Raw Material to Boost Technical Textiles

During his address at the recent Techtextil Symposium in Mumbai on October 4, Giuseppe Gherzi stated that India is limited in supply of raw materials for boosting the domestic technical textiles industry. While India’s PET (polyethylene terephthalate) capacity is good, other technical fibers such as aramids, PPS (polyphenylene sulfide) and flame-retardant viscose are basically non-existent.

Britain Lends Expertise to Bangladesh Garment Sector

According to Justine Greening, UK’s secretary of state for international development, British experts will go to Bangladesh to help improve the safety of the nation’s garment sector. The collaboration, which was made at the request of Bangladesh’s building regulations agency, involves a team of three UK experts who will examine building standards, legislation, and scrutinize the

Mumbai Conference Offers Insights on Fiber Advancements

The latest information on cutting-edge research on fibers, finishes, technical textiles, and nonwovens will be featured at the upcoming international conference in Mumbai. The U.S.-based American Association of Textile, Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) today announced the final program of its international conference in Mumbai to be held on October 1-2, 2013. The conference is jointly