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Konica Minolta IJ Technologies, Inc. announced the launch of Nassenger VII, a high-speed inkjet textile printer equipped with newly developed high-performance inkjet printheads. Sales of the printer will begin in the European market in mid-April, 2009.

The new Nassenger VII, is characterized by newly developed 512-nozzle high-speed drive inkjet printheads to deliver a maximum print speed of 210 square meters per hour (about 3.6 times faster than its predecessor, Nassenger V) making it one of the fastest inkjet textile printers in the world. This printing speed allows Nassenger VII to be highly productive, comfortably meeting the needs of print works for short-run production of a variety of printing in small lots. Furthermore, equipped with a multi-gradation recording mode to control droplet size, the new printer enables the reproduction of a wide range of tones from the lightest to the darkest. Whereas it is quite difficult to produce a subtle gradation using the conventional screen textile printing, the new mode allows users to meet varying design needs of the textile industry while ensuring high-quality printing.

Alpha Pro Tech (NYSE Amex: APT) a leading manufacturer of products designed to protect people, products and environments, including disposable protective apparel and building products, today announced that it has signed a three year renewable private label manufacturing contract with a Fortune 1,000 company. The Company expects to begin sales to this customer in the second quarter of 2009.
Intertek, a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world is expanding its presence in Mexico to meet demand for independent testing, inspection and certification services in the country. Intertek has three new laboratories currently under construction which are due to go live this year, which join six new facilities added in the past 24 months, giving Intertek an infrastructure in Mexico of 20 locations and 500 employees.

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Cautious Investment Sustains Global Textile Machinery Market Growth" report to their offering.

The global economic recession, especially in the West, has had a deep impact on the global textile machinery. Having witnessed a favorable investment climate in the first half of 2007, particularly, the textile machinery industry is growing at a relatively slow pace.

Executives at Los Angeles denim manufacturer J Brand have announced the re-launch of the company’s website. A new Web address, jbranddenimco.com, will spotlight the company’s recently launched, vintage-inspired men’s line, while the existing jbrandjeans.com will focus and expand on the core women’s line.

Hong Kong-based global consumer goods exporter Li & Fung Limited ("Li & Fung" or "the Group," SEHK: 494) and Mexx Europe BV, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Liz Claiborne Inc. (NYSE: LIZ), today announced that they have entered into a Buying Agency Agreement whereby Li & Fung will act as the primary global apparel sourcing agent for the MEXX brand. Mexx's existing buying offices, which will be integrated into the Li & Fung organization, are located in Hong Kong, Bangalore, Shanghai and Shenzhen. Completion of the deal is expected to take place by 19 December 2008.

Zazzle, (www.Zazzle.com), the only on-demand retail platform for consumers and major brands, today announced the launch of real, high-quality, on-demand embroidery, an industry first. Embroidery designs will be viewable in real-time through Zazzles innovative Stitch Player, which provides an incredibly realistic and interactive view of exactly what the embroidery will look like.

Through Zazzles unique technologies, creating and buying custom embroidery products is quick, easy and affordable the experience is unlike anything else available online. Consumers are able to choose from pre-designed embroidered products from the Zazzle community, as well as more than 15,000 customizable clip art designs, which are available on an array of products. In addition, consumers can design their own embroidered products by using Zazzles design tools to add text, upload their own stitch files, or upload bitmap images which Zazzle will convert to stitch files. If image conversion is necessary, its done at the highest quality, takes 24 to 48 hours and has an affordable one-time fee. Image conversion prices start at $5, and once the image is converted, Zazzle will manufacture the product within 24 hours.

APPAREL SINGAPORE, the Singapore government-supported and newly launched brand for the Singapore-managed apparel industry, is seeking to strengthen their long-term trusted partnership with retailers in the United States.

Coolibar, one of the nations leading sun protective clothing manufacturer, announced recently the Skin Cancer Foundation endorsed Coolibars clothing, sun hats, umbrellas, accessories and other sun protection products by awarding them the Foundations Seal of Recommendation. Coolibar was the first clothing company to receive this honor in 2003 and has been given the Seal of Recommendation for six consecutive years.
Avery Dennison, the leading global manufacturer of labels and printing systems for the textile apparel industry,  has launched its new “Designer Collection Autumn/Winter 2009/2010.”

 

Created by designers from Germany, France and the U.S., the collection was launched the week of September 1, 2008 at the Munich Fabric Start, in the Munich MOC, and at Tissu Premier, in Lille, France.

Ground has been broken on the new ecologically friendly model factory in Saigon, Vietnam of the Germany/Chinese leather producer ISA Tan Tec. Founder and CEO Thomas Schneider gave the go-ahead for the construction of a tannery that will emit 35 percent less CO2 than conventional production facilities. This figure is derived from the plants CO2 footprint, which is based on the carbon dioxide emissions for each square meter of leather produced. "This is the only factory in the industry of this size that is pursuing such an ambitious environmental plan," remarked Thomas Schneider. The new tannery will start operations in June of 2009 with 280 employees producing two million square meters of high-quality leather each year.

Talon International Reports Second Quarter 2008 Financial Results

Talon International, Inc. (OTC BB:TALN.OB - News), a leading global supplier of apparel accessories including Talon zippers, fasteners, trim and interlining products, reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008.
Second Quarter 2008 Highlights

--  Talon zipper sales up 37% vs. Q2 2007
--  Net sales for the quarter $17.0 million, up 26% vs. Q2 2007
--  Net income of $0.6 million, up 22% vs. Q2 2007

Second Quarter 2008 Financial Results

Net sales for the second quarter of 2008 were $17.0 million, an increase of 26% from $13.6 million in the second quarter of 2007. The revenue reflects continued growth within Southeast Asia and within new brands and program sales of Talon Zipper and Trim products. Talon Zipper sales increased $3.1 million, or 37%, to $11.4 million in the quarter, as compared to the same period a year ago. Talon Trim sales increased $0.6 million, or 12%, to $5.5 million as compared to the same period a year ago. Tekfit waistband sales were as anticipated, $0.2 million less than in the same period in 2007.

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Eagle Industries today announced that they have filed an unfair labor practice charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) against UNITE HERE after Eagle New Bedford employees informed management that they were being harassed by union representatives at their homes, during their breaks or on their way home from work.

MBI Technology Co., Ltd, a global manufacturer of intarsia sweater knitting machines, announced today that they have developed a new intarsia knitting machine for intarsia sweaters with the maximum 42 color change in single course. The new intarsia knitting machine is named MBI-S1342 and will be available in domestic and international markets.
Alstyle Apparel & Activewear (AAA), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ennis, Inc. (NYSE: EBF) is pleased to announce that, subject to bank and board approval, a new manufacturing facility will be built in the town of Agua Prieta, in the state of Sonora, Mexico. Agua Prieta is a Mexican border town close to Douglas and Tucson, Arizona and was chosen after months of research because of solid employee base, abundant natural resources, favorable climate and trade corridor access to the North American Market.

Mr. Eduardo Bours Castelo, Governor of the State of Sonora, expressed his commitment and enthusiasm for this new investment in Sonora stating, This new project in Agua Prieta will not only benefit the company but the entire community. This is a wonderful opportunity to continue the development and economic growth of Sonora, as well as a market driven decision for Ennis. Through the years Sonora has been a profitable investment for them and this new project confirms it.

The North American manufacturing industry is under intense pressure to compete against lower-cost global regions and stop the migration of production work to overseas firms. Additionally, while manufacturing executives in the U.S., Canada and Mexico too frequently focus on cost alone, the basis of manufacturing success continues to include deliverability, quality and overall value.
Hanesbrands Inc. (NYSE: HBI) announced in March 2008 that the company has joined the Fair Labor Association and will undergo the FLAs two-year implementation process for accreditation of the companys global social compliance program.
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