The following became corporate members of AATCC in February and March 2011. The profiles appeared in the May/June 2011 issue of AATCC Review
BioMed Protect, LLC
BioMed Protect LLC is a“start-up” company located in Maryland Heights, Mo., USA.
Breezeware is a privately-held soft ware company based in Atlanta, Ga., USA. Th e company’s specialties include solving complex challenges with soft ware, analytics, and integration;
developing easy-to-use software systems; and hosting, supporting, and maintaining applications in a timely manner. Breezeware offers its Colorspace software system to set up and tell the complete “color story” through seasonal color development and trend reports.
Brooks Sports Inc.
A subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Brooks was founded in 1914 and is headquartered in Bothell, Wash., USA. Brooks Sports designs and markets high-performance men’s and women’s running shoes, apparel and accessories in more than 40 countries worldwide and is dedicated to
inspiring people to run and be active by creating innovative gear that keeps its customers “running longer, farther, faster, and happier.”
The Brooks brand creates performance running shoes and apparel, while the Moving Comfort brand
creates sports apparel and bras. Tricia Schalekamp, Brooks’ senior product development manager, says the Moving Comfort sports bras are “made for women by women, which is why they fit and function as the best bras on the market.”
Christopher & Banks Corp.
Christopher & Banks is a specialty women’s apparel retailer serving the“baby boomer” woman, who seeks clothing that is suitable for both work and leisure, while providing style, fit, and value. The company has successfully established its own Christopher& Banks private label brand, and
offers “department store” quality fashions at lower prices through its direct import program.
Located in Minneapolis, Minn., USA, the company originated with Gil Braun opening the fi rst Braun’s store in Minneapolis in 1956. Braun’s Fashions became a publicly traded company in 1992, and the name of the company was officially changed to Christopher & Banks in July 2000. The company has grown to more than 800 women’s specialty stores in 46 states throughout the United States.
Headquartered in Heerlen, the Netherlands, DSM’s main biotechnology center is located in Delft in the Netherlands. The company’s main businesses include nutrition, pharmaceuticals,
performance materials, and polymer intermediates. DSM’s contribution to textiles includes
sporting and leisure clothing, wool substitution, tough industrial yarn, and next-generation textile adhesives and coatings for the fabric and leather industry. DSM’s primary interest within the textile industry is enzymes for processing of fibers, and bioscouring and finishing of textiles.
Theo Verleun, DSM’s business manager–enzymes says, “In enzymes, we have almost 130 years of experience, starting with the first ever
industrial enzymes produced in our facilities in the late 1800s, aimed at the textile industry in the north of
France. Today, we are a leading biotech
company with business in many fi elds for enzymes, microbes, and antimicrobial agents.”
Gold Star Textiles Ltd.
Gold Star Textiles Ltd. is a manufacturer and exporter of fabric and textiles, specializing in the
production of knitted and polyester fabric. Headquartered in Tsuen Wan, Hong Kong since 2002, Gold Star also has a factory located in Sanshui, Foshan, China. Th e company’s major export market includes China, Hong Kong, Japan, North America, and Western Europe.
HQTS QA International Services Co., Ltd.
HQTS-QAI is a quality assurance solutions company that provides verification, testing, product certification services, and global compliance data management. HQTS-QAI assists companies in improving profitability through increased productivity and meeting the global requirements for
supply chain quality control. Since 2005, HQTS-QAI has provided services that improve efficiency, optimize production, reduce risk, and deliver competitive advantage for its clients in areas including: safety compliance consultation and testing, physical and chemical testing, random sampling, and material management services.
Testing can be performed on a wide range of materials, products, product lines, prototype creations, and services. HQTS-QAI is accredited to test using national and international
standards including those published by AATCC, ASTM International, US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), International Safe Transit Association (ISTA), European Standards and Directives, and International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
Headquartered in Mundelein, Ill.,
USA, the company also has representation in Austin, Tex., USA; New
York, N.Y., USA; and Raleigh, N.C.,
USA. Established in 1993, HQTSQAI
was formerly QAI China
Insect Research and Development Ltd.
Headquartered in Stow cum Quy, a small village near Cambridge, UK, Insect Research and Development is involved in independent testing of materials for activity against house dust
mites. The company is currently expanding its allergy testing facilities to include testing for anti-fungal and bacterial materials. Research work also includes laboratory trials on attractants, repellents, insecticides, powders, aerosols, paints, pre-treated fabrics, and tiles.
Insect Research and Development
began in 1984 when it was located in
the University of Cambridge in the
UK. The company conducted various
types of testing on insects and
arachnids at the university. With the closure of the applied entomology department at Cambridge, the company moved to its current location. Throughout the company’s history, house dust mite testing has been conducted from small lab tests to full scale clinical trials. Recently a clean
environment allergy testing room was built to expand the testing facilities.
Jay Apparel Group LLC
Jay Apparel Group specializes in woven fabrics for finished shirts, focusing primarily on non-iron fabrics. Located in New York, N.Y., USA, the company provides apparel and apparel-related
services as well as home furnishing and private label products and accessories.
Jay R. Kapadia, founder and president of Jay Apparel Group, is the inventor and producer of an apparel technology called Button-Ez. The company is also launching its own brand of cotton shirts called Just Jason, and its Batton line of clothing, which is a blend of cotton and bamboo.
P2i is a solution provider with product experience in many markets. Its patented nano-coating technology delivers performance benefits for a wide range of products—from footwear to consumer electronics. P2i’s brand for textiles, “ion-mask,” is used to reduce the overall liquid
permeability of material, ensuring it resists absorption of water and dirt, protecting the item from staining and allowing the natural air flow of the chosen material. Headquartered in Oxfordshire, UK, the company also has a technology center in Savannah, Ga., USA, a processing center in
Beaverton, Oreg., USA, and a representative office in Singapore.
P2i’s technology is based on PhD
research carried out by P2i’s now
chief technical officer, Stephen
Coulson, at Durham University. P2i originated as a project within the UK government’s Defence Science and
Technology Laboratory (DSTL), to
make soldiers’ protective clothing
more eff ective against chemical attack while maintaining comfort. P2i Ltd. was established in 2004 as the fi rst DSTL technology transfer company, created to commercialize technologies
developed by the UK government. P2i went full circle and delivered its first military clothing system back to the UK Ministry of Defence in 2010.
Premier Colorscan Instrument Pvt. Ltd.
Headquartered in Navi, Mumbai, India, Premier Colorscan was established in 1986 by Raymond
Ramrajkar, managing director. The company is a manufacturer of color matching systems, and is the exclusive Indian representative of Q-Lab for its lightfastness instruments, SDL Atlas for its physical and chemical lab testing instruments, and Mingscape for its dispensers. In the last 25
years, Premier Colorscan has sold more than 3,000 systems in more than 55 countries around the world.
Situ Biosciences LLC
Situ Biosciences LLC is an independent microbiology consultation and testing laboratory. Th e company provides microbial testing and formulation development for suppliers, manufacturers, and retailers of material and products with microbial products, and has a long history in antimicrobial product development for textile auxiliaries.
Located in Skokie, Ill., USA, Situ Biosciences offers a full range of product testing performed at its microbiological test facility for antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-algai chemistries and formulations. The company uses microbiological test standards including ASTM, AATCC, JIS, AOAC, ISO, TAPPI, and MIL-STD.
TÜV Rheinland of North America Softlines
TÜV Rheinland of North America provides comprehensive product testing and certifi cation services for North America, Europe and Asia. While headquartered in Newtown, Conn., USA, the company opened a new laboratory in March 2011 in Bentonville, Ark., USA, which will provide an extensive portfolio of testing and certifi cation services for mainstream consumer products. The
lab will focus mainly on providing testing and assessment services for soft lines including wearing apparel, costumes, upholstery, and home furnishings as well as toys and children’s products. Other testing capabilities offered by the new lab include consumer electronics, appliances, household goods and decor, and cosmetics. The Bentonville facility is TÜV Rheinland’s first North American
laboratory for these market segments.
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