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Techtextil North America & Texprocess Americas Postponement Rescheduled for October 2020
Earlier this month, organizers of Techtextil North America and Texprocess Americas announced that the co-located events, initially scheduled for May 12 - 14, 2020 would be postponed to December 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Today, the organizers have announced that the postponement has been rescheduled.
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Making Masks and Other PPE to Help with the COVID-19 Pandemic

One thing about a crisis like the COVID-19 pandemic is that it can bring people together to come up with creative ways to help. We are hearing stories about how players in the textiles and apparel industry are doing just that, converting operations to the production of much-needed masks and other Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and we wanted to share these inspiring stories with you. Many companies are retooling their operations to make masks as well as keep people employed.

Textile/Apparel Coalition Working to Produce Millions of Face Masks for Healthcare
Amid warnings of an impending shortage of protective equipment for medical staff, a coalition of iconic American apparel brands and textile companies responding to the urgent call of the White House for medical supplies has come together to build a supply chain virtually overnight and fast-track the manufacturing of medical face masks to help hospitals, health care workers, and citizens battling the spread of the COVID-19 disease.
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Equipe Athletics
Patrick Tio at Equipe Athletics in Southern California has two styles of face masks that meet the current CDC guidance in the event of a shortage of certified face masks during the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Eder Flag
A Wisconsin-based manufacturer is pivoting from making American flags to producing masks for medical workers.
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AST Sportswear
A California-based sportswear company is also shifting its focus to meet the needs of medical personnel. "I have to do something. I have a big factory. I can do something," Abdul Rashid, chief operating officer of AST Sportswear said. The company reconfigured manufacturing almost overnight.
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Ariel Swedroe
Teen fashion designer Ariel Swedroe is just one of many that are turning her skills and passions into active support for fighting the virus. Not only is she using her sewing skills to produce masks, but she has also posted a how-to tutorial on Instagram so others can pitch in as well.
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OnPoint Manufacturing
One customer that has taken swift action is Alabama-based OnPoint Manufacturing. Kirby Best, the company's chairman, says he started receiving calls in mid-March, and within a couple of days, the company had converted its production plant to 90% production of PPE.
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The Leather Sofa Company
North Texas-based, Leather Sofa Company in Lewisville, Texas is making face masks to help fill a critical gap in protective equipment.
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Gerber Technology Using China Experience to help Global Customers and Increase Production of PPE
Based on its successful initiative in China, Gerber Technology announced the creation of the Gerber PPE Task Force and Resource Team to support their global customers and partners as they work to increase their production or transition to manufacturing personal protective equipment (PPE).
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Eastman Machine Continues operation to Aid in COVID-19 Crisis
Eastman Machine Company, manufacturer of handheld cutting machines, automated cutting systems, spreading and material handling systems, has been granted a waiver of continued operation by New York State. NYS recognized Eastman's ability to provide essential services, valuable work, and products to those who are being asked by New York Governor Cuomo and President Trump to manufacture bulk medical supplies.
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All Net Proceeds from Sales of New Performance Activity Mask and Inspirational "Best Defense" T-Shirt to Benefit All Clear Foundation
Founder Sport Group, a leading provider of performance athletic apparel, announced that it is committing part of its manufacturing facilities to join in the effort to help fight the spread of COVID-19.
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Textiles Industry Getting Creative in Fight Against COVID-19
Companies ranging from advanced textiles to apparel manufacturers are getting creative in supporting the fight against the coronavirus. As the COVID-19 virus is a novel strain, vaccines and medications are not yet readily available to treat the infected, and good hygiene practices will play a greater part in preventing its transmission.
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Trade Groups Want Uniform Definition of Essential Companies; ST&R Can Help
Dozens of trade groups are asking President Trump, as well as state governors and city mayors, for more uniform determinations of which companies and industries are considered essential and will be able to continue operating as a growing number of jurisdictions issued orders shutting down non-essential activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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