Three Mills Near Hanzhou: Companies Concentrate on Increasing Exports

Hanzhou, China - There are many decorative fabric mills within one half hour flying time of Shanghai, but I chose to take a bus and a train for my visits just to sample the local transportation and get the lay of the land. A visual inspection of these mills revealed older but serviceable equipm[...]

Deal with Scandic Hotels A Step Toward More Contract For Boräs Cotton

Company's After five years of negotiations, Boräs Cotton, one of the largest textile producers in northern Europe, recently landed a deal to supply curtains, bedspreads and bed valances for the Scandic Hotel Group's new hotels and renovations. The company hopes this deal lends momentum to its pla[...]

Shanghai Victoria Opens China’s Largest Fabric Showroom

Shanghai, People's Republic of China — At 10,000 square meters on four floors, the recently opened Victoria Fabric Depot is believed to be the largest fabric retailer in China today with 250 employees. The importance of the store to Shanghai and the country is underscored by the attention its [...]

SCR Sees Designer Role Changes Contract Jobbers Miss Retro Look

New York - The designer's job description has changed, according to Ed Bajbeck, a 30-year veteran of the design world and Senior Vice President, Director of Design for SCR, a major specifier of corporate interiors. ''Designers are no longer educators but problem solvers and creators of value for mon[...]

Duquesne Joins Burlington

Greensboro, N.C. - Stephan P. Duquesne has joined the International Sales division of Burlington House. This was confirmed by sources at Cone although neither Duquesne nor Burlington House President Jack Ganley could be reached for comment. Company officials described Duquesne's departure from C[...]

Mastercraft Taps Thompson; Gurman, Aingorn Depart

Spindale, N.C. - Peter Thompson has joined Mastercraft Fabrics as Vice President of International Sales, according to Ray King, President. Thompson will be responsible for export and import activities for Mastercraft, Doblin and Home Fabrics. He was regional Vice President of Sales for the CDF div[...]

Decosit ’99 News Briefs

Brussels Fabrics at this year's Decosit are softer, plusher and more tactile. Whole emphasis is on surface interest. This has been achieved through more interesting yarns, including but not limited to chenilles. Boucles are softer especially when combined with chenilles. Other combinations are silk [...]

Roc-Lon Introduces Its Solution for a Better Night’s Sleep

New York -- According to Sleep Medicine Studies, 92 million Americans suffer from sleep deprivation, and this number jumps vastly when speaking about the problem on a worldwide scale. This sleeplessness is a major cause of traffic accidents and health problems, not to mention inefficiencies, errors [...]

Research Yields New Marketing Program for Lakatex/Muller Zell

Goor, The Netherlands -- Dutch Lakatex and German Muller Zell, the Interior Textiles Group within the Blydenstein Willink textiles concern have completely changed their collection strategy. They are now devoting more attention to the creation of themes, geared to specific fields of interest or clien[...]

A’alam Saudi Furniture Opens Showroom on 20th Anniversary

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia -- A'alam Saudi Furniture Factory is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the opening of its tenth showroom in the southern part of Saudi Arabia, according to Abbas Ali Slim, international purchasing manager.Saudi Arabia is considered by far to be the largest market in the Midd[...]

Walsden Gets Contract with Concord to Print High-End Designs

Lancashire, UK -- Like so many of his compatriots, Jim Kidd, managing director of Walsden Printing Co., has found the past twelve months hard going, affected as they have been by unstable world markets and the high level of sterling. But unlike so many of his compatriots, Kidd has been able to land [...]

Tapecol’s Decosit Show to Feature Innovative Qualities, Colors

S‹o Paulo, Brazil -- With an annual turnover of U.S. $70 million, Textil Tapecol is the biggest and most important manufacturer of jacquard products for decoration in Latin America. While it is known for top-quality prices at competitive prices, Tapecol will use Decosit to showcase its new tex[...]

Italy Section: New Products Drive Mario Sirtori Sales

Costamasnaga, Italy -- Buoyed by the great success obtained through its product 'Acquacotton,' Mario Sirtori SpA has recently launched 'Cotton Stripe.' This product is a velvet in 100 percent cotton, soft to the touch and machine washable. It is available in 25 colors."The effect is that of a cotto[...]

ITMA Fair Showcases Improved Technology in a Down Market

Paris -- 'Value added' was the buzzword at the International Textiles Machinery Association fair held in Paris, France from June 1 -10.Systems integration combining software, hardware, looms and/or printers are being designed to offer the mill owner or converter better value, speed and flexibility."[...]

Weathervane Hill Increases Business by More Than 50 Percent

Norwalk, CT (USA) -- She calls it "boutique branding" and according to Meri Stevens of converter Weathervane Hill, it is the crux behind the company."We saw that there was a definite need in the marketplace for a small boutique brand," said Stevens. "Our point of view is targeted marketing. We are n[...]

Focus on Mills: The U.K. Mills of Yesteryear Look for New Strategies

The United Kingdom -- If one requests the Public Relations department at a mill in the United Kingdom, the operator remains silent. For years, mills in the UK created fabrics. They didn't market themselves, or try to put a creative flair to their work. Now, times have changed. The stagnant market ha[...]

Tana-Tex has Firm Hold on Healthcare Institutions

Chicago, (USA) -- 'Point of View 100/104', the one piece integral fabric for cubicle curtains has been a market leader for many years. The patented fabric is the main focus of Tana-Tex, Inc., a small but successful manufacturer and jobber of healthcare furnishings for the past eighteen years.The int[...]

Lampe Claims Success Due to Creativity, Quality and Logistics

Tielt, Belgium -- The ongoing success of Lampe Textiles is based on a combination of creativity, quality and logistics. The success of its new mattress ticking collection at the Interzum Exhibition was attributed to a new creative approach."True, mattress ticking is a purely utilitarian article, bu[...]

Blum is Now Third Generation Owner of Craftex After Buyout

Blue Bell, Pa. - Bob Blum, president of Craftex, has acquired 100 percent ownership of the mill by purchasing the privately held shares owned by his partner and cousin, Jeff Seder, who has chosen to leave the textile business.The sale to Blum has ended rumors running through the industry that had er[...]

3M Launches Major Consumer Effort to Promote Scotchgard Products

New York - An advertising campaign with an eight figure media budget is being launched in the USA by 3M to promote its entire line of Scotchgard'  products using the theme: 'Got a life? Gotta Ask for Scotchgard.'The tagline reads 'There's protection. Then there's Scotchgard protection.'' This wi[...]

Milliken Millennium Sees $15-$20 Million Business in 5 Years

New York, NY - Within five years, Milliken & Company will be a $15-20 million contract fabric business, said Paul Loadholdt, the marketing manager of Milliken & Company. Based in Spartanburg, S.C., the company recently introduced Jacquard Plus to its Millennium line for healthcare and hospitality ma[...]

Marriage of Converter and Mill Works for Rapier-Cambridge and Covington

High Point, NC (USA) -- Rapier-Cambridge has ex-panded its distribution of mill wovens by adding coordinated prints since its acquisition by Covington Industries Inc. in January, according to Bob Ellsweig, president of Rapier and Fame divisions."Our business is growing significantly since the a[...]

Niazzi Chohfi — Brazilian Importer Hits the Contract Market

S‹o Paulo, Brazil -- Sixty-five-year-old Cia Textil Niazzi Chohfi has most recently found success in the contract market. In only two years in the market, the company has earned a reputation as a respected supplier."There are so many new hotels, chains and companies coming to Brazil. It i[...]

World Market for Upholstery Leather Still Growing

New York (USA) -- Leather, once the exclusive domain of the wealthy, has become an attainable luxury for an expanding market segment. Increased affluence as well as increased awareness of leather's unique properties have both been credited with the upswing in the popularity and attainability of lea[...]

U.S. Wholesalers Reap the Benefits of Flourishing Economy

Sipco News Network -- The U.S. is a boom economy. Interest rates are low and so is inflation. American wholesalers couldn't be happier. A great economy at home has allowed them to thrive."We're living in a phenomenal time. I can't imagine any distributor not enjoying very good sales," said Jay Casse[...]

Textile Printing Market Turns Around After Peak in the 1990s

Boxmeer, The Netherlands -- The textile printing market posted a slight recovery in 1998 and expects further gains in 1999 and 2000. This assessment is a part of a recently published report from Stork Textile Printing. The company, which is a leading producer of textile printing machines, sent out q[...]

Bernhardt Furniture Reported 1999 as its Most Successful Year

Lenoir, NC (USA) -- After 110 years and four generations, Bernhardt Furniture Company has avoided the "stodgy" label and has, instead, evolved as a fashion-forward visionary. Its debut of 'New Vintages' during this year's spring International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, NC, for example, p[...]

Warwick Fabrics UK Names Roger Head New Managing Director

Warwick Fabrics UK Names Roger Head New Managing DirectorCameron Warwick to Return to Australia to Further Develop Relationship with UK SyndicateCheltenham, UK -- Roger Head has been named managing director of Warwick Fabrics UK Ltd. as of September 1."With the addition of Roger Head, we want to str[...]

China: An Opportunity Waiting to Happen for U.S. Companies

L. Han of China Market Corp. Examines the Important Attributes of a Successful Importer New York (USA) -- In the wake of the Asian financial crisis, China has become a major focus of the United States both politically and economically. China is an interesting market for U.S. companies for two reaso[...]

Kravet’s Mulberry Purchase Drives European Sales to New Heights

Bethpage, NY (USA) -- Kravet Fabrics Inc. has purchased the assets, business and licensing agreement to produce the fabrics and soft furnishings of Mulberry plc, the English manufacturer of luxury leather fashion accessories. The purchase price was 1.5 million pounds," said Cary Kravet, president. [...]

Germany’s New Generation Shakes Up Old Mentality With Aggressive Export Effort

FRANKFURT, Germany - German upholstery and drapery manufacturers are finding new life by focusing on producing products for niche markets abroad in better price points. In years past, German producers could rely on strong growth in their local markets and other parts of Europe.Today, that is no long[...]