ITM Builds Wing to Accommodate New Looms

Kruishoutem, Belgium - The Belgian mill, ITM will begin construction on a new wing at its facilities in March, according to company sales manager Geert Van Brussel. ''Two years ago, we bought eight extra looms, which are in another facility,'' Van Brussel said. ''We will be closing the old facility,[...]

India’s Decorative Silk Companies are Busy Again

Frankfurt, Germany - After three years of sluggishness, Indian Silk decorative manufacturers at Heimtextil, Frankfurt were busy. U.S. markets have become buoyant, and select European markets have become active again. Companies like Chaitra Prints, (Bangalore) in pure silk showed their samples at[...]

The Furniture Show Should be a Public Event: Yea? or Nay?

Birmingham, England - The suggestion of a public viewing day at the Furniture Show lingers despite exhibitors' general misgivings about the idea and the fact that a public day tanked recently. Exhibitors appear to have no wish to sell to the public, and they claim that they would incur exorbitant co[...]

Furniture Show and Design Interiors Join Forces at the NEC

Birmingham, England - The Furniture Show 2000, combined with Design Interiors was held at the National Exhibition Centre 23-26 January. The move to hold the shows simultaneously drew praise. It may be the beginning of a sustained buoyancy in the U.K.'s economy, although the retail sector of the furn[...]

Intohome 2000 Organizers Hope For Greater Overseas Presence

Birmingham, England – The organizers of the Intohome, the home furnishings show being held at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, U.K., from 7-10 May, are banking on increased international participation at this year's event. Organized by Trade Promotion Services, Intohome 2000 anticip[...]

Textile Hearts Still Beating in Four West Yorkshire Companies

Despite an anemic domestic market, Lister, Prestigious, Hield Brothers and E. & S. Smith are finding ways to be successful. Lister Anything But Listless Bradford, England - One week he was in Germany, and the next he was in Dubai. Then he flew back to Manchester, England and the next week, [...]

After 45 Years, a Change of Guard at Mario Sirtori

Costamasnaga, Italy - Mario Sirtori SpA will be celebrating its 45th anniversary in November of this year. ''We will be giving a party in May, at Proposte, and we will be inviting our clients and the press - if they behave,'' said Mario Sirtori. Sirtori, a manufacturer of jacquard and velvet fab[...]

Proposte Boasts Intimacy, ‘Leisurely Pace’

Milan, Italy - In May, Proposte will hold its eighth annual trade fair in the Brianza area of Northern Italy, one of the country's most important centers for textile production. This Italian fair is one of few that caters specifically to the furnishing fabrics and curtains sectors , uniting the best[...]

Stork and Lectra Aim to Provide Integrated Digital Solutions

Frankfurt, Germany – Following their partnership agreement with the firm Stork, Lectra Systemes is developing a full range of digital fabric printing systems. Recognizing the demand in textile printing for faster printing and custom products, the partners presented the Amethyst printer at Heim[...]

DesignScope Says ‘Victor’ Offers Speed, Exclusivity

Frankfurt, Germany - At Heimtextil, the DesignScope Company unveiled new CAD/CAM software designed to be more efficient for customers. ''Our new software, Victor, was developed independently of an operating system in order to allow for changing trends in the computer industry,'' said Jill M. Simmons[...]

Sophis Network Printing Technology Aims to End Dark Days of ‘Sneakernet’

Frankfurt, Germany - Karl Noonan, technical director of Sophis Systems and of the Sophis Group, has worked in textile printing for about 20 years, but one thing still mystifies him about the business. ''Computers have been networked for years but most computerized looms are not,'' Noonan said. ''Th[...]

Wibitex to Offer Contract Lines

Varese, Italy - The Italian upholstery fabric manufacturer Wibitex will introduce three contract collections at Proposte. ''The contract market is important because it is the future of our industry,'' said Wibitex founder and president Walter Bortolossi. ''There is such growth in the hotel industry,[...]

Omnova Provides ‘Total Equation’ for Hospitality

Fairlawn, Ohio - In October 1999, Omnova's Decorative & Building Products and Performance Chemicals divisions broke from their parent company GenCorp Inc. The two divisions subsequently merged and formed one company, called Omnova Solutions. The company's goal is to be a one-stop shop. ''We're t[...]

Sounds Like Janson Has a Found a Niche

New York - Television recording studios, post-production rooms, every television station theatre uses acoustical fabric. Janson Design Group principal and founder Dennis Janson is one of the world's leading specifiers in this arena. This high end, control room specialist, whose clients include NBC t[...]

Ritz Hotel and Fabricut Make Licensing Agreement

Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. – The Ritz Hotel, Paris has licensed Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Fabricut to produce fabrics and trimmings to be marketed under the "Ritz Paris" brand, according to Nina Butkin, Fabricut vice president of design. "We have been asked to put out several collections of fabrics [...]

JAB Acquires Majority of Chivasso; Will Open Branch in Warsaw

Bielefeld, Germany – JAB, the goliath-sized editor/wholesaler of furnishings fabrics, is expanding its horizons. JAB recently purchased a majority share of the 10-year-old fabric and wallpaper editor Chivasso. ''Chivasso is a young dynamic editor of furnishings fabric,'' said JAB President C[...]

Eijffinger Grows Its Export Business

Zoetermeer, Holland - Gebr. Eijffinger BV, a member of Gamma Holdings, has consolidated two locations into one with the opening of its purpose-built 10,000 square meter headquarters and showroom along the A12 Zoetermeer highway exit. ''We decided to build this facility for ourselves rather than w[...]

Texdeco and Betina to Merge

Goor, Netherlands – Texdeco BV announced yesterday that it will merge its operations with Betina BV. All existing activities of TexDeco will be removed from Helmond to the present location of Betina in Goor. The headquarters of the Rath&Doodeheefver Group NV will also be moved to Goor. The[...]

Kaplan Named New Cone Decorative Fabrics President

Greensboro, NC, (USA) – Cone Mills Corporation has named Burton H. Kaplan president of its Cone Decorative Fabrics Group. In his new position with Cone, Kaplan will be based in New York. Kaplan has 30 years of experience in the home furnishings/textiles industry. He has a B.A. from George Wa[...]

Highland House, Harrods Announce Licensing Agreement

Thomasville, N.C. – Thomasville Furniture Industries, Inc., announced that it has signed an exclusive licensing agreement between its Highland House division and Harrods of Knightsbridge, the prestigious, 150-year-old British department store. The collection, to be marketed as Harrods Fine[...]

Andrew Purcell Takes the Reins of Purcell Letchinger

The Purcell Letchinger group announced the completion of a buyout in which Andrew Purcell became the company's sole owner. He acquired the company from Harold Purcell (his father) and Mel Letchinger, co-partners who formed the company 20 years ago in order to represent upper end European textile mil[...]

Sardelli Leaves Waverly For Brunschwig & Fils

New York – Waverly has announced that Albert Sardelli, vice president and creative director, is leaving the company. Sardelli has been with Waverly for almost four years. He said that he would begin working at Brunschwig & Fils Inc. on April 17. "My responsibilities at Brunschwig and Fils[...]

Conso Trims Goes Private

Union, S.C. Conso International Corp., a publicly traded company, has been taken private by J. Cary Findlay, Chairman, President and CEO. Conso had sales of $120 million in 1999 and is considered the largest producer of decorative trimming in the world. In March, Conso common stock shareholders[...]

Quaker Opens New Facilities in Brazil

Boston, Mass – In order to elevate its earnings for 2000, the American mill, Quaker Fabrics, has made several important moves abroad. Notably, Quaker president Larry Liebenow said that the company has just opened a wholly-owned subsidiary in Brazil. The new facilities include a fabric warehous[...]

Donghia Furniture/Textiles Ltd. Launches Hospitailty Line

New York – Donghia Furniture/Textiles Ltd. will unveil a new hospitality collection at Hospitality Design 2000 in Las Vegas. The line, Donghia Studio, includes a full range of furniture, and for the sake of its target market, sells at lower prices than other Donghia products. "Donghia Stud[...]

Koch At Argaman Textiles

Yavne, Israel - David Koch has been named managing director and CEO of the textiles division of Argaman Industries. He reports to Raanan Sobel, President and CEO of Argaman Industries, the parent company of the textiles division and three other subsidiaries: Lodzia North which produces underwear [...]

Arab Tower Contract Awarded to Irish Linen Weaver

Donaghcloney, Northern Ireland — Irish linen weaver Ewart Liddell recently secured a major six-figure contract for the Burj Al Arab (Arabian Tower) in Dubai, billed as the world's first luxury "seven star" hotel which boasts that it uses "the highest quality materials the world can offer." T[...]

Waverly Invests $4 Million In Branding, Plus Website

New York—Waverly is banking on its brand to further penetrate the home decorating market with a $4 million consumer advertising campaign, considered a major effort in the home furnishings industry together with a major Website, "The theme of the campaign deals with creating a be[...]

Sipco Names Kraus Associate Publisher

Briarcliff Manor, N.Y.—Lucille Carrozza Kraus has been named associate publisher of Fabrics & Furnishings International, published by Sipco Publications Inc. Previously, she was sales and marketing director for the publication. She will continue to report to Eric Schneider, president and publ[...]

Copyright Infringement Injunctions Served at Heimtextil

Frankfurt, Germany — Two injunctions were served on exhibitors for copyright infringement at January's Heimtextil exhibition. Court actions are now pending in two further incidents and at least three other companies decided not to take action on alleged infringements at the German show, where [...]

Choy’s Trading Company Banking on China

"The future of the fabric business is in China," says Jimson Choy, president of Choy's Trading Company, Choy's Trading and Young's Furnishing Fabrics Co. in Hong Kong. "China will also import better fabrics," he said at Heimtextil. He noted that Heimtextil produced 25 percent less visitors in 2000[...]

Jay Dash at Regal Contract

Middleton, Mass. - The converter, Regal Fabrics, Inc., has retained the services of Jay Dash, principal of JDI, a Miami (USA) based consulting and marketing firm. Dash will create a mill direct contract program for Regal, according to Steve Kahan, principal of Regal. "We started a new company ca[...]

Lanscot-Arlen Sold

Briarcliff Manor, N.Y. - According to a Lanscot-Arlen press release, the company's senior management, together with Equity Capital Partners, an Atlanta-based private equity fund, announced that they have acquired all of the assets and the businesses of Lanscot-Arlen and Wilmington Piece Dye Company.[...]

Culp Designs Accuses Ningbo Sunshine of Infringement

Messe & TPSA Remove Alleged Ningbo Copies Heimtextil Frankfurt – During Heimtextil Frankfurt, Culp Rossville division (USA) allegedly found copies of its designs at Ningbo Sunshine of China. Culp, a member of the Textile Producer and Supplier Association (TPSA), immediately reported the sus[...]

Dupont and Ciba Introduce Stain-Repellent Finish

Frankfurt, Germany - At Heimtextil, DuPont Teflon introduced a durable stain resistance finish. "This puts us way out in front of our competition," according to Huw Williams. DuPont claims that the new finish is considerably improved in terms of oil and water repellency and dry soiling. Dupont and C[...]