The following became corporate members of AATCC in August andSeptember 2010. The profiles appeared in the November/December 2010 issue of AATCC Review
Located in Greer, S.C., USA, Alexium Inc. is a newly-established subsidiary of Alexium International Group Ltd., headquartered in Australia, which holds proprietary patent applications for a process developed initially in the US Department of Defense. The process allows for the surface modification of nano-particles or multiple chemical functional groups to surfaces or substrates to provide functions, such as water proofing, oil proofing, antimicrobial, non-stick and UV protection. Applications under development include textiles, paints, packaging, glass, and building materials.
Alexium Inc. is producing innovative technical fabric products for the US military, and is cooperating with the US Air Force Research Labs (AFRL) to create new textiles and advanced materials for a broad range of commercial applications using a reactive surface treatment technology.
American Apparel Producers’ Network
Headquartered in Atlanta, Ga., USA, the American Apparel Producers’ Network (AAPN) is an international non-profit trade association representing the textile/apparel supply chain. The Association was first organized in 1981 by a group of contractors in Georgia. That small group of factory owners soon grew beyond Georgia’s borders to become a national organization focusing on products “Made in the USA.”
The company published its first magazine in 2004, in partnership with Textile World, featuring articles written and compiled from member meetings.
The Boppy Co. LLC
The Boppy Co. manufactures an organic nursery bedding line that follows the same concept as the company’s award-winning Boppy pillow. Created by mom inventor, Susan Brown in 1990, the Boppy pillow has become a “must have” in today’s nurseries. The company is dedicated to making life more comfortable for moms and babies. Located in Golden, Colorado, USA, the company is now a part of The Artsana Group, makers of Chicco brand infant products.
Dubai Municipality—Dubai Central Laboratory
The Dubai Central Laboratory is a centralized laboratory under the Dubai Municipality located in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, that conducts tests, research, product inspections, measurement, and certification. The laboratory was established in 1997 with the goal of centralizing all the labs within Dubai Municipality under one department, with the objective of “Enhancement of Quality of Life in Dubai.”
The laboratory provides engineering, consumer, food, environmental, calibration, and equipment testing services, as well as inspection, DCL certificate mark, and research services.
Express headquarters are located in Columbus, Ohio, USA, and New York City, N.Y., USA. Express is the sixth largest specialty retailer of women’s and men’s apparel in the US. Currently, the company operates more than 550 stores and an online store at Express.com.
Express started in 1980 as an eight-store experimental division called Limited Express for what is now Limited Brands. The brand went from zero to a billion dollars in sales in 10 years. In 2001, the structure division of Limited Brands was folded into Express to create the brand that exists today. In July 2007, Express was sold to Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm based in San Francisco, Calif., USA.
First Steps Babywear Pvt. Ltd.
Located in Bangalore, India, First Steps Babywear specializes in producing high quality, baby wear products for children up to three years old. The company emphasizes its upgraded safety concerns with all its products. Babywear has in-house design support, and lab, embroidery, and printing facilities. Baby apparel produced includes hooded towels, bodysuits, sleepwear, rompers, gift sets, and pajamas.
The company has expanded its in-house quality and testing facility to manage its customers’ testing requirements. Babywear’s expansion plans include adding an outerwear and nightwear line, and a design and support facility in the UK.
Korea Textile Inspection and Testing Institute
Established in 1961, Korea Textile Inspection and Testing Institute (KOTITI) is a global testing and inspection institute with research and development activity. The institute offers fully customized testing, inspection, certification, and research and development services for clients including textile manufacturers, agents, and buyers.
Headquartered in Seoul, Korea, KOTITI has four branches in Korea and four additional branches in China. The institute has worked with textile companies to develop new products and production technologies, especially in the areas of specialty spun yarn and functional finishing. KOTITI regularly conducts educational seminars and workshops on textiles and environmental hazardous restricted substances; and also publishes textile journals and technical troubleshooting books.
Morarjee Textile Ltd.
Morarjee Textile Ltd. (MTL) is a 100% cotton fabric producer, including high-end, yarn-dyed shirting fabrics, and prints and fashion fabrics in high-twist voiles, guthras, and satins. The company offers two exclusive collections—all black and pure white.
Morarjee Gokuldas Spinning & Weaving Co., India’s oldest textile mill, was established in 1871. In 1934, the Piramal family purchased it and renamed it Morarjee Textiles Ltd., integrating it with the larger parent company,
Ashok Piramal Group. The Morarjee Textiles facility is in Nagpur in central India, with two divisions—yarn dyeing shirting and fashion fabrics (prints, voiles, and satins.), while its headquarters are located in Mumbai. To meet international customers’ expectations, MTL has created a Milan-based Morarjee Textiles SRL. This division has a design studio which studies and creates collections.
Morarjee exports its products internationally including brands such as Dunhill, Zara, Esprit, Hugo Boss, Next, Paul Smith, and Zodiac
Sarla Fabric Pvt. Ltd.
Sarla Fabric Pvt. Ltd. (SFPL), established in 1994, is a part of Shahi Exports Group, a large garment manufacturer and exporter in India. Sarla Fabric entered into the fabric manufacturing business in 2007. The recent implementation of a modern weaving plant is just one of the steps towards fulfilling Sarla Fabric’s dream to offer complete fabric solution to its’ customers at the right price and quality.
Located in Ghaziabad, India, Sarla produces a diverse range of cotton fabrics including shirting and suiting, stretch, and home furnishing fabrics. The company’s main fabric types include cambric, poplin, twill, drill, satin, and dobbies with different types of count and construction weighing 50 to 300 grams per square meter. Sarla also offers a wide range of fabrics in bleached, dyed, or printed forms with all types of special finishes. Despite all of the above activities, SFPL is committed to sustain environmental balance through conservation of water, energy, and prevention of pollution.
Shaoxing Textile Testing Center
Shaoxing Textile Testing Center (STTC) is a testing facility located in Shaoxing City in the Zhejiang province of China
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