The following became corporate members of AATCC in February and March 2010. The profiles appeared in the May/June 2010 issue of AATCC Review
Alok Industries Ltd.
Headquartered in Mumbai, India, Alok Industries was established in 1986 with its first polyester texturizing plant set up in 1989. The company later expanded into weaving, knitting, processing, home textiles, and garments. The company has 12 manufacturing facilities spread across India in Vapi, Silvassa, and Navi Mumbai.
Alok places special emphasis on its vertical integration, says its president, K. H. Gopal. Operations
presently include spinning, weaving, knitting, yarn dyeing, and making up. To ensure quality and cost efficiencies, Alok has “integrated backward” into cotton spinning and manufacturing partially-oriented yarn through continuous polymerization.
Embroidered products are provided through its associate company, Grabal Alok Impex Ltd. Alok exports its products to more than 70 countries in North and South America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.
Arvind Ltd. started manufacturing fine and superfine fabrics in 1931 with the pioneering effort of the Lalbhai brothers. In the 1980s, Arvind began producing and exporting denim for leisure and fashion wear, and high quality fabric for cotton shirts and trousers.
Its denim business division in Ahmedabad, India provides garments to international and domestic customers, including Gap, VF Corp., Levi Strauss, Abercrombie & Fitch, Calvin Klein, and Tommy Hilfiger. The facilities of Arvind Denim are accredited to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and Oeko-Tex 100. The company exports to markets in Europe, US, West Asia, the Far East and the Asia Pacific region.
Located in Lima, Peru, CottonKnit S.A.C. specializes in the manufacturing and export of knit garments. Starting as a family-owned company in 1991, CottonKnit currently produces more than 600,000 garments per month, including the knitting, dyeing, cutting, sewing, laundry, embroidery, and screen printing processes. The company’s design department offers personalized services to its customers, specializing in the latest printing and embroidery techniques.
DyStar India Private Ltd.
DyStar is a supplier of dyes, services, and auxiliaries for the textile chain. The company has a broad range of dyes, including dye applications for cellulosics, acrylic, polyamide, wool and silk, polyester, and textile printing.
As a division of the DyStar Group, DyStar India in Mumbai manufactures dyes for the textile market, including pigments, dye solutions, resins, casein/waxes, mell modifiers, and other
ICQ USA Inc.
Located in Horsham, Pa., ICQ USA is a branch of the ICQ Group, founded in 1978. Nancy Rivera, ICQ USA’s general manager, says IISG/ICQ in Italy has a testing presence in Hong Kong and now the US to provide local support to the US customer base.
ICQ has more than 30 years of experience offering testing services, inspection, and quality control services for major US retailers. The company was the first non-US lab accredited by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
ITS Labtest Bangladesh Ltd.
As a division of Intertek, ITS Labtest Bangladesh helps ensure imported goods meet safety and other standards. Pre-shipment inspection ensures appropriate import duties are paid and clearance is expedited through customs. Intertek is approved to issue export and product certification to companies exporting to Bangladesh and other countries. ITS Labtest Bangladesh is accredited by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Nano-Tex is a leading fabric innovation company providing nanotechnology-based textile enhancements to the apparel and commercial and residential interiors markets. Founded in 1998, Nano-Tex is headquartered in Oakland, Calif., USA, with operations across the US, Asia, and Europe. Nano-Tex manufactures products that resist spills and static, release stains, and offer cool comfort.
The company currently offers apparel products including men’s, women’s, and children’s trousers, activewear, shirts, and business attire.
Prym Intimates Lanka (Pvt.) Ltd.
Prym Intimates is a global manufacturer of underwear accessories, offering made-to-measure solutions for the world’s premier lingerie firms. Prym Intimates Lanka Pvt. Ltd. was set up in Sri Lanka in March 2002 as a joint venture been Prym Intimates Group Ltd. and Stretchline Holdings. Prym’s Sri Lanka location is primarily a manufacturing facility, with marketing and sales offices in the US, UK, and Germany.
Utilizing state-of-the-art technology, the core range of products manufactured at the Sri Lanka facility include hooks and eyes, shoulder straps, and underwires, says Samantha Pradeep, the company’s senior quality assurance executive.
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