The following became corporate members of AATCC in June and July 2010. The profiles appeared in the September/October 2010 issue of AATCC Review
Advanced Academy for Development of Textile Technologists
The Advanced Academy for Development of Textile Technologists (AADTT) was jointly set up this year by DyStar India Pvt. Ltd., a provider of dyes, auxiliaries, and services to the textile industry, and Alok Industries Ltd., a major Indian textile manufacturer. Located in Navi, Mumbai, AADTT is the first-of-its-kind in India and will provide the opportunity for identification, training, placement, and career development of textile professionals.
Alok’s managing director, Dilip B. Jiwrajka says, “The AADTT is but one small step by two leaders in their respective fields for the benefit of the industry at large.” Rajesh Balakrishnan, DyStar India’s managing director, stresses the importance of this cooperation for all partners, and states that AADTT will be a wonderful avenue for competent students graduating out of textile institutes to upgrade their skills and knowledge.
Headquartered in Lima, Peru, Creditex is a completely vertical textile organization. The company operates a cotton farm (through a subsidiary company); three cotton gins; four spinning installations; a printing, yarn, and fabric dyeing and finishing facility; and cutting and sewing facilities. The company has also entered the retail business in Peru with two brands: Norman & Taylor specializing in fine shirts, and Marc Bohler offering formal and casual men’s clothing.
Creditex is a fine-count spinner, producing specially-woven fabrics for garments, home textiles, and decorative accessories. Working with Pima cotton, the company has eight plants/mills in provinces throughout Peru. The company markets its products abroad under internationally known brand names.
Highland Industries Inc.
Headquartered in Greensboro, N.C., USA, Highland Industries specializes in industrial and automotive textile product solutions. The company offers state-of-the-art research facilities, delivering products for a variety of diverse markets, including aerospace, airbag, circular knit, coated and laminated, rubber-coat, and weft knit and woven reinforcement fabrics, as well as racing harnesses, and Highland’s “HiFlow” spacer fabrics and “Infinity” digital imaging fabrics. The company has manufacturing facilities in Kernersville, N.C., USA and Cheraw, S.C., USA, and a sales office in the UK.
Intertek Consumer Goods
Intertek Consumer Goods has expanded its textile testing services to its state-of-the-art facility in Arlington Heights, Ill., USA. With additional testing capabilities for fabric, garment, and soft home products, the Illinois textile lab now completes Intertek’s Center of Excellence. Gene Rider, president of Intertek Consumer Goods, says “the enhanced resources at our Arlington Heights lab will help textile clients effectively tackle the laundry list of standards they’re facing today.”
Intertek offers extensive testing capabilities for textiles, apparel, and footwear, including fiber identification, flammability and performance testing, slip resistance, and colorfastness. Intertek is accredited to test according to an array of national and international standards, such as European Standards, AATCC, ASTM, CPSC, and CPSIA.
Oxford Technologies Australia
Founded more than 25 years ago in Melbourne, Oxford Technologies Australia (OTA) manufactures and supplies dyes and auxiliaries to the Australian markets, and exports mainly to the Southeast Asian countries. OTA supplies state-of the-art single or multi-component stain blocking systems and fluorocarbons to the Australian and New Zealand carpet industry. The company also produces new technology carpet spinning lubricants that are totally biodegradable, nonhazardous, and are resistant to dry soiling. With headquarters, warehouse, and laboratories located in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, OTA also has a manufacturing facility in Taiwan and company representatives in Bangladesh. The company plans to expand to North and South America as well.
Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association
The Synthetic Yarn and Fiber Association (SYFA) is a nonprofit organization comprised of individuals affiliated with the synthetic yarn and fiber industry. The role of the SYFA is to promote the production, improvement, and use of synthetic yarns and fibers. The association provides its members with a forum for discussion and presentations related to the improvement of synthetic yarns and fibers and their applications. The association was originally known as the TYAA (Textured Yarn Association of America) and was formed in 1972. In order to broaden its scope, the SYFA was established in 2006 to include both the fiber and yarn industries. Based in Clover, S.C., USA, the SYFA has been focusing on the importance of sustainability.
Warwick Mills Inc.
Headquartered in New Ipswich, N.H., USA, Warwick Mills was founded in 1870 and started its business with the manufacture of cotton-based textiles. Currently, the company’s engineered materials include puncture-resistant and high-tensile fabrics for space exploration, chemical and biological warfare, body armor, airships, flotation, reinforced rubber, diaphragms, and filters. The company works closely with its clients in the international defense, military, aerospace, safety, and law enforcement professions. Warwick also manufactures TurtleSkin protective products, specifically body armor and gloves, for personal and occupational safety.
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