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China’s manufacturing activity shrinking says fresh report

The HSBC Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), which measures activity in smaller factories, fell to 48.5 in February from 49.5 in January – with Chinese New Year a possible factor.

China’s official PMI, which was released on Saturday and measures activity in big factories, fell to an eight-month low in February of 50.2 from 50.5 in January.

A reading above 50 indicates expansion.

Manufacturing is a key driver of China‘s growth, but the data may have been affected by the Chinese New Year when many factories were shut and workers went home in late January and early February.

Expectations for the official PMI survey were for a reading of 50.1, while the HSBC reading came in as expected, marking the third straight monthly decline and a seven-month low. Continue reading “China’s manufacturing activity shrinking says fresh report” »

Indorama set to Buy 80 % GmbH, PHP Fibers Pabric

Indorama Acquires PHP Fibers

Indorama Ventures Public Co. Ltd. (IVL), a global producer of polyester precursors, fiber, yarn and components, has agreed to acquire 80 percent of Germany-based PHP Fibers GmbH, Trevira GmbH, a global producer of polyamide 6,6 yarn for applications including airbags and tires, and of polyester industrial yarn. Japan-based Toyobo Co. Ltd. (global manufacturer of high-performance automotive and other industrial products) will own the remaining 20 percent of PHP.

“We believe that the strategic combination of Indorama Ventures’ Fiber business and PHP in Europe, North America and Asia will provide extensive synergies,” said Aloke Lohia, group CEO, IVL. “We are also very proud to partner with Toyobo, an eminent Japanese business leader, in this global venture.” The acquisition is expected to strengthen IVL’s ability to speed up the growth of its high-value-added business.
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World Antimicrobial Coatings Market to Record 11.8% CAGR Through 2018, According to MarketsandMarkets Report Published at

World Antimicrobial Coatings Market to Record 11.8% CAGR Through 2018, According to MarketsandMarkets Report Published at


London, UK (PRWEB) December 19, 2013

In 2012, the worldwide market for antimicrobial coatings was worth approximately USD 1.5 billion. The market is poised to witness an 11.8% CAGR between 2013 and 2018, driven to a large extent by the rapidly-growing Latin American and Asia-Pacific markets, along with strong investments made by the dominant companies (AkzoNobel, PPG, BASF, Sherwin-Williams, etc.). The developing countries are presently seeing the rising demand for antimicrobial coatings. In order to cater to this surging demand, the market players tend to develop new products and introduce novel R&D facilities.

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Microfiber Golf Towels and Other Microfiber Products Available for Holiday Delivery from Microfiber Tech

Microfiber Golf Towels and Other Microfiber Products Available for Holiday Delivery from Microfiber Tech

Microfiber Tech | Wholesale Microfiber Towels | Wholesale Microfiber Mops | Wholesale Microfiber Detailing Towels |

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) December 19, 2013

Microfiber Tech is now carrying high quality microfiber golf towels made from state of the art microfiber materials. Cutting edge technology is the hallmark of the 21st century digital age, and the textile industry is no different. And microfiber is the hottest textile cut from a different and technologically superior cloth. Microfiber Tech, a division of California-based Super Detail, Inc., is proving itself to be a leading expert in microfiber technology and products, and consumers are taking advantage of great deals on popular items like the extra plush terry microfiber towel and Korean waffle-weave drying towel during the holiday season.

Microfiber Tech has developed longstanding relationships with manufacturers and has cultivated the inside track on a wide array of specialized retail and wholesale microfiber products. Some of their most popular items include the 16” x 16” extra plush terry microfiber towels which come as a pack of ten and is a hit with car buffs detailing their prized autos and other hard to clean items. The Korean waffle weave drying towel is also a hit with its high absorbency and no streaking or lint left behind. The company’s extensive experience makes it easy for microfiber wholesale buyers to figure out what products best fit their needs. Microfiber Tech currently provides wholesale microfiber products to schools, hospitals, retailers and other businesses and institutions. Car wash chains looking for wholesale detailing towels for their outlets will be as likely to find exactly what they need on Microfiber Tech’s user-friendly website as will the mom or dad searching for a single microfiber mop to protect their investment of a new hardwood floor in their home. In addition to popular items like the microfiber towels and mops, textile techno-files can find a veritable laundry list of products such as fabric rolls, dusters, carpet bonnets, melamine eraser sponges, micro-restore detergent, micro-boost cleaner, mitts and other tools. Customers can even find iPad cloths to clean the accumulation of smudges and fingerprints for their iPads, e-readers, smart phones or other devices that utilize “hands on” screens.

The microfiber towels and mops and other products differ in how they are most aptly used by their different weaves and their GSM. Consumers can find out more details about the Waffle Weave, Closed Loop, Glass and Window Cloth, Terry, and fabrics pile at They can also find out about GSM (grams per square meter), which is an indicator of microfiber fabric weight and absorbency with most general use microfiber being between 200-350 GSM. Consumers in the market for wholesale microfiber products should also make themselves familiar with the particular care instructions to maximize the life of their investment in the new trendsetter in the textile industry. Buyers can find out more details at their website

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Jimmy Gyasi Boateng Announces Release of ?What?s Up??

Jimmy Gyasi Boateng Announces Release of ‘What’s Up?’

Pawtucket, R.I. (PRWEB) December 20, 2013

In “What’s Up?: Vocabulary for Those New to the United States, Volume II” (published by iUniverse), author Jimmy Gyasi Boateng’s new vocabulary book, readers are invited to learn the primary language used in the United States.

“It can be hard enough for a native speaker, but it’s even more daunting for immigrants,” says Boateng, a native of Ghana who has been living in the United States since 1978.

Within “What’s Up?,” readers learn how to use certain words and phrases to help them overcome problems that confront many secondary speakers of English.

This guidebook will help readers discover how to:

    use slang properly and at the right times
    adapt to a new style of speaking English
    decipher hidden meanings behind certain words and phrases.

“You can find out exactly what people are saying and know how you can join the conversation after reading my book,” says Boateng. “By understanding the language and employing it properly, you can start down a path that will lead to success.”

“What’s Up?”

By Jimmy Gyasi Boateng

Softcover | 6 x 9in | 68 pages | ISBN 9781475998658

E-Book | 68 pages | ISBN 9781475998665

Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author

Jimmy Gyasi Boateng, a native of Ghana, served in that country’s parliament for 10 years before going to work as a librarian at the State Insurance Corporation of Ghana. He moved to the United States in 1978 and has worked for numerous employers, including serving as an interpreter for the Massachusetts judiciary. He graduated from Rhode Island Trade Shops School with a diploma in culinary arts, as well as a certificate from the New England Gerontology academy. He has been voted to the board of trustees for the American Amalgamated Clothing and Textile Workers Union Local 1832T three times.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, LLC, self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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Burlington Celebrates 90 Years of Business

Burlington Celebrates 90 Years of Business

Greensboro, NC (PRWEB) December 20, 2013

The Burlington® brand continues today as a leader in technology and textile innovations, supplying advanced performance fabrics to the apparel, military, active wear, barrier, and contract markets around the world.

Joseph L. Gorga, CEO of International Textile Group commented, “Burlington’s successes came from its innovations with new products, new machinery, and new branding strategies, and we congratulate the men and women of Burlington, both today and generations before us, for their contributions to this great brand.”

“Burlington’s first success came from the ambition and willingness of Spencer Love to take a risk and try a new fiber, called rayon,” said Jeff Peck, President of Burlington. “Throughout the past 90 years we’ve overcome many challenges by returning back to our entrepreneurial roots, and today Burlington’s legacy continues on a global scale, focused on innovation and advanced performance fabrics.”

Burlington’s performance technologies and brands are found today across the military, outdoor, active wear, barrier, apparel and safety markets and include No Fly Zone™, MCS®, Maxima™, Class C™, Durapel Plus™, Easywool™, Synatural Cool™, and Sigma 4 Star™.

From the beginning

J. Spencer Love, a Harvard graduate and young soldier just home from World War I, headed to Gastonia to join the family textile business. Using his savings he purchased the struggling mill from his uncle and moved the equipment to Burlington, NC, a town looking to attract new business. The cotton fabrics he produced soon fell from style and Love decided to try weaving a new experimental fiber, called rayon. The new fabric was a success and within a few years Burlington was the national leader in rayon.

From its humble beginnings Burlington grew rapidly through the challenges of the early years and the Great Depression, buying and reopening many textiles mills that had closed. The corporate headquarters was moved from Burlington to Greensboro in 1935, and by the following year the company had grown to 22 plants and sales of $ 25 million. Burlington Mills made its appearance on the New York Stock Exchange in 1937. World War II brought new challenges to the industry and nation. Burlington’s research laboratories focused on government projects including the development of parachute cloth made with another experimental fiber, nylon.

Burlington’s post-war growth was extensive, mostly focused on civilian uses for nylon and the great diversification of its products across apparel, home furnishings, furniture, hosiery, industrial, and specialty markets. “If it has anything to do with textiles, Burlington does it, and does more of it than anyone else in the world” became Burlington’s mantra entering into the 1970s. The company reached its peak employment in 1973 with 88,000 employees and 169 plants in the U.S. and abroad.

Import pressures brought a new dynamic to the industry, and Burlington further refined its products, modernized its facilities, and greatly improved efficiencies to better compete on a global scale. The company successfully fought a hostile takeover in 1987 and becoming a smaller, private company. It emerged again as a public company in 1992. Continued import pressures and heavy debt led the company to restructure again in 2003 before becoming part of International Textile Group, a textile conglomerate formed by WL Ross & Company.

“The resiliency of the Burlington brand is as strong as ever,” said Peck. “We are rooted in our heritage and poised for growth as a global leader in quality, styling, and advanced innovation.”

About the company

Burlington operates as part of the International Textile Group, Inc. (ITG) which employs approximately 5,000 people worldwide with operations in the United States, Mexico, and China. Celebrating 90 years of textile leadership, Burlington is a global diversified provider of textile solutions across performance & specialty apparel fabrics, active wear, advanced uniform fabrics, and technical fabrics. To learn more visit and

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Mallard Creek Polymers Releases Year-End Review of Sustainability Efforts

Mallard Creek Polymers Releases Year-End Review of Sustainability Efforts

Mallard Creek Polymers, Inc.

(PRWEB) December 20, 2013

Mallard Creek Polymers, Inc. (MCP) has published its first summary of the Sustainability efforts pursued by the specialty synthetic emulsion polymers company.

By design, water-based acrylic polymer emulsions, styrene-butadiene latexes, and other chemistry offered by the company, for Specialty Coatings, Construction Adhesives, Packaging, and Building Products are very environmentally friendly relative to the solvent-borne or extrusion alternatives. The company, though, is driven to work with customers to continue to reduce the industry’s impact on the environment and greatly improve the sustainability of their customers’ products and markets.

“This Holiday Season provides the ideal time for our company to say ‘Thank You’ to our customers and other partners for working closely with us on sustainability efforts in 2013,” remarked Dave Hemm, Commercial Director.

There are many examples that MCP employees can point to in 2013, but many key initiatives will continue to grow in their impact in 2014. MCP embarked on developing its Natural/Synthetic Hybrid over two years ago, and that work has resulted in a number of new products. This work continues with the goal of offering polymers based on renewable resources. The company has confidential projects working closely with customers to eliminate waste sources and create environmentally friendly alternatives to existing processes. Additionally, the papermaking lab continues to support applications for fibers regenerated from waste textiles. In the building and construction market segments, MCP continues to develop technology to assist customers in moisture management in building envelopes. Applications range from bathroom tile installation systems to coatings to replace plastics in house wrap. The company has completed capital projects in its Charlotte manufacturing facility to reduce emissions. Lastly, the company is working to assure our products meet regulations around the world. MCP has gained REACH registration of styrene and butadiene so that customers can continue to export their products from other countries to Europe.

Details on how the company can apply its unique customization approach to your problem or opportunity can be discovered through visiting or by calling 1-877-240-0171.

About Mallard Creek Polymers, Inc (MCP):

MCP originally focused on styrene butadiene latex manufacturing. Through strategic growth and acquisitions, the company now services both domestic and international customers with a wide array of water-based polymers. Customer service, new product development, and flexible manufacturing are key areas of focus. The company is located in Charlotte, NC. MCP is a privately held specialty chemical company dedicated to innovation, quality, service, and sustainability. The company offers a diverse line of emulsion polymers: acrylic, nitrile, styrene-acrylic, styrene-butadiene, vinyl acetate, vinyl acrylic, vinyl acetate-ethylene, and thickener chemistries, to a variety of industries, including adhesives, nonwovens, paint, coatings, graphic arts, textiles, carpet, sealants, construction, oil services, paper, and personal care.

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Smart Coatings Market to Reach $3.0 billion by 2018 | Industry Shares, Size, Trend, Analysis, and Forecasts to 2018 Report Available Online by

Smart Coatings Market to Reach $ 3.0 billion by 2018 | Industry Shares, Size, Trend, Analysis, and Forecasts to 2018 Report Available Online by


Albany, NewYork (PRWEB) December 20, 2013

Smart coatings change in response to external stimuli and are finding a fast growing number of applications in several industries including construction, automotive, medical, consumer electronic goods and the military. NanoMarkets believes that these materials present a strong business case because of their unique functionality and their ability to be highly customized.

We think smart coatings will do especially well in medical, military and other applications, where quality and performance, rather than price, shape purchasing decisions. Consumer markets where the customer is willing to pay a premium for functionality such as scratch resistance or enhanced energy efficiency will also be important.

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NanoMarkets commenced coverage of smart coatings in 2011. As such it has a solid understanding of the dynamics of the smart coatings business and it brings this experience to this report. The report covers all the major markets for smart coatings including energy, automotive, medical, electronics, textiles and military. And it includes an assessment of the product/marketing strategies of key firms supplying smart coatings, as well as eight-year forecasts by applications sector and by type of coating. These forecasts are both in volume and in value terms.

This report also assesses the latest technical developments in the smart coatings space; smart coatings are becoming smarter and more biological, for example Based on the latest R&D and university research, we also examines future directions for smart coatings including important developments in manufacturing. We believe that this report will provide guidance to coatings and other specialty chemical firms, as well as firms making production equipment, and others planning to make investments of all kinds in smart materials.

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Executive Summary

E.1 A Generic Business Case for Smart Coatings

E.2 Summary of Key Commercial Opportunities for Smart Coatings

E.2.1 Building Materials and Energy Efficiency

E.2.2 Energy Generation

E.2.3 Automotive and Marine

E.2.4 Medical and Dental

E.2.5 Electronics and Displays

E.2.6 Textiles and Clothing

E.2.7 Military and Domestic Security

E.2.8 Other Applications

E.3 Firms to Watch in the Smart Coatings Sector

E.4 Summary of Eight-Year Smart Coatings Market Forecasts

E.5 Barriers to Growth in the Smart Coatings Market

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Chapter One: Introduction

1.1 Background to the Report

1.2 Objectives and Scope of this Report    

1.3 Methodology of this Report

1.4 Plan of this Report

Chapter Two: Smart Coatings: Technical and Product Trends

2.1 Self-Assembling, Self-Organizing and Self-Stratifying Coatings

2.2 Self-Cleaning Coatings    

2.3 Self-Repairing and Self-Healing Coatings

2.4 Corrosion-Resistant and Wear-Resistant Coatings

2.5 Antimicrobial Materials and Other Bioactive Coatings

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Casualplay Has Been Announced As a Winner of the Prominent Silver A’ Design Award

Casualplay Has Been Announced As a Winner of the Prominent Silver A’ Design Award

Casualplay Kudu by Casualplay Design Dept

Como, Italy (PRWEB) December 21, 2013

A’ Design Award and Competitions are proud to announce that the project Casualplay Kudu by Casualplay Design Dept has been acknowledged with the notable Silver A’ Design Award in Baby, Kids’ and Children’s Products Design Category.

Concerning Casualplay Kudu

Casualplay Kudu presents irregular shapes and geometry in structure made of high strength deep drawn plate aluminum. This technology is innovative as all the other products on market are manufactured using aluminum extrusion. The main advantage lies in the simple lines, different geometry and the number of sub-assemblies, parts and joints of the pushchair that are kept to a minimum. Therefore, Kudu is very easy to recycle as the chassis only has 3 parts: handle, front and rear assembly.

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Project Members for Casualplay Kudu

Casualplay Kudu was imagined by Design Engineers Antonio Caballero, Toni Parera, David Palau and Pedro Cabral , Aluminum Manufacturer Jerry Teng, Fiber Carbon Manufacturer Antonio Bayarri , Restyling Josep Muñoz, Textile Designers María Gasull and Marta Gómez, Graphic Designers Susana Dicenta and Mariona Arimany, Rendering Alejandro Carrillo, Video Lluís Dantí, Prototyping Pedro Buenavida and Marc A and Company Management Quim Jané

The Silver A’ Design Award

The Silver A’ Design Award is a prestigious award given to top 5% percentile designs that has delivered an exemplary level of perfection in design. The designs are judged by a panel of three different jury which is composed of Academic, Professional and Focus Group Members. The designs are evaluated with score normalization to remove any biases and are voted on aspects such as functionality, ergonomics, engineering, presentation, innovation, usability, fun details, technology, and any other specific points that could be considered, each of these points are further weighted for different jury groups.

About A’ Design Award and Competitions

A’ Design Award and Competitions, aims to highlight the excellent qualifications of best designs, design concepts and design oriented products. A’ Design Award and Competitions are organized and awarded annually and internationally in multiple categories to reach a wide, design-oriented audience. To learn more, visit:

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Poland Home Furnishings Equipment & DIY Retail Market with 2015 Forecasts in New Research Report at

Poland Home Furnishings Equipment & DIY Retail Market with 2015 Forecasts in New Research Report at

Dallas, TX (PRWEB) December 22, 2013

Professionals engaged in the home furnishings, equipment and DIY retail sector in Poland will appreciate the ability to find the answers to crucial questions within the pages of this report.

This publication describes conditions in several key segments: furniture and accessories, home textiles, carpeting, flooring, kitchen and tableware, sanitary articles and lighting.

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It quantifies value and describes performance for each, evaluates the influence of macroeconomic developments on market growth, and offers carefully compiled forecasts as to the directions the market will take as Polish consumers decide to what extent they’ll remodel, refurnish, re-design and redecorate.

This report updates readers on the competitive atmosphere in Polish home furnishings and DIY, supplying profiles of leading retailers that include names like: IKEA, Jysk, Komfort, Abra, Duka, and many others. It delivers data on value and growth, strategic plans, and new entries in the market, and conveys retailer evaluations of the market and its top products.

The Polish home furnishings, equipment and DIY retail market relies on a few key distribution channels, mainly specialist chains and DIY stores. Products of this industry are also available at Polish hypermarkets, and can be purchased online from sellers with brick and mortar stores as well as from retailers who concentrate their efforts 100% electronically.

This report is an informative asset to marketers, retailers, and distributors of home furnishings, equipment and DIY products in Poland. Consultants, research and investment professionals also use it to create market strategies for new products, evaluate regional locations in terms of saturation and in assessment of product demand and potential earnings. The unique combination of data, analysis and forecasts offers business people an opportunity to gain valuable, all around industry knowledge by purchasing a single convenient and economical publication.

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