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NCTO Appoints Kim Glas as President & CEO
The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) has announced the appointment of Kimberly "Kim" Glas as the organization's new president and CEO, effective April 29. Glas will succeed Augustine "Auggie" D. Tantillo, who previously announced his intention to step down from the same positions at NCTO.
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Wrangler and Lee Leave Argentina
Kontoor Brands, the independent company resulting from the separation of Wrangler and Lee from VF Corporation, has announced its departure from the Argentinian market from March."Our 200 employees in Buenos Aires have already been notified that they will no longer have a job from March", said the company to local news site Minutouno.com. Last year the company closed down a factory in the province of La Rioja, where about 100 people worked.
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NCSU Professors File A Patent for Mosquito Bite-Resistant Garments
Five professors at North Carolina State University have filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for new mosquito bite-resistant garments. Andre J. West, Marian G. McCord, Charles S. Apperson, Richard Michael Roe, and Emiel A. DenHartog are the inventors of the garments.They created an insect-proof, form-fitting undergarment with top and bottom parts formed of selected breathable materials. These materials have omnidirectional stretch properties and top and bottom parts may be securely joined at the waist to prevent insect entry.
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Rebels Get Rehab in Colombia's Fashion Industry
With 7,000 former FARC rebels trying to find their way back into civil society, Colombia's $8 billion fashion industry has a unique role to play in the reconciliation of the country after 50-years of conflict. While working as a seamstress for the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia paramilitary group (AUC), Ederlidia Garizao gained a reputation for impeccable sewing skills, despite the clandestine nature of her work deep in the jungle.
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The Comeback Kid: Textiles Are Returning Stateside
After decades of textile manufacturers leaving the United States or outsourcing operations overseas, the industry seems to be making a stateside comeback. Global and domestic economic factors, as well as American consumer expectations, have certainly impacted the industry's inclination toward U.S. facilities. With this sea change comes the need for new or expanded textile facilities for today's advanced manufacturing. What companies in the textiles business should know is that economic developers are eager to support and encourage this industry throughout the country.
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Vietnam Targets $40 Billion in Exports from Textile and Garment Industry
Vietnam Textile and Apparel Association (VITAS) set the industry development target this year for export turnover at US$40 billion, which would mark a 10.8 percent year-on-year increase. The industry's trade surplus is expected to reach $20 billion this year. Employment will be ensured and income for 2.85 million workers would be increased, said VITAS.
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FreePoint Expands Into Soft Goods With TexTempo Partnership
FreePoint Technologies, an award-winning provider of software for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to manufacturers worldwide, announced that it has entered into a strategic relationship with TexTempo, a leading provider of software for labor efficiency tracking in the soft goods industries. Through this partnership, TexTempo will bring new capabilities for machine monitoring, downtime tracking, and operating efficiency to its existing portfolio of labor efficiency and payroll processing products.
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Henderson Sewing

New EFI Optitex eLearning Platform Offers an On-Demand, Unique Training Platform and Added Value Content
EFI Optitex continues its commitment to providing added value to its customers with the new EFI Optitex eLearning Platform, powered by Electronics For Imaging, Inc. This unique, on-demand training platform features how-to guides, videos, and podcasts, as well as full eLearning courses that can be purchased individually or as part of a complete EFI Optitex training package.
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Gerber Innovates to Meet Personalization and the Need for Speed Challenges with AccuMark® Version 12 Launch
Personalization, convenience, and value: online and offline shoppers want it all. They expect brands and retailers to understand their needs and deliver new styles and trends faster than ever before. "To survive and more importantly thrive in today's markets, fashion players need to improve their agility, speed, and connectivity," said Mary McFadden, VP of CAD Product Management, Gerber Technology.
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