THREE’S COMPANY: Hoping to prove that three heads are better than one, a trio of Italian mills have joined forces to operate as one entity in the U.S. They are Jackytex, a knit manufacturer in Florence; Bartolini, specializing in wool and wool blend wovens out of Prato; and SFT, a silk and silk-like weaver from Como.

Michael Marchese, formerly of Luigi Botto, has been appointed as the U.S. company’s new director of sales.

"It’s a real service for the market," he said. "We can now offer buyers three different products under one roof."

Piero Giachi, president of Jackytex, agreed: "It’s such a difficult time right now for textiles and we think this approach is going to help us create a very strong presence in the U.S.

GENERIC NEWS: The U.S. Federal Trade Commission assigned the new generic name lastol to Dow Fiber Solutions’ elastic fiber, DOW XLA, which was released on Sept. 30. The generic name can now be listed on FTC-required content labels affixed to garments containing the fiber. DFS — a division of Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Co. — said it began the process for establishing the generic in October 2001 and will market the fiber under DOW XLA.

CORN BRED: Minnetonka, Minn.-based Cargill Dow LLC unveiled its new corn-based fiber Ingeo as well as a list of partners that have signed on to use it, confirming a report in WWD. In a launch event in New York last month, Cargill Dow said it has more than 85 partners worldwide — nearly half of that figure represents mills and several manufacturers in the apparel industry that will introduce new products using the fiber, according to Cargill.

"The fiber has comparable performance characteristics to current synthetic fibers," said Tim Eynon, Cargill Dow’s general manager of fibers. "Yet it offers an environmentally responsible business system from raw material through end products."

Some mills expected to develop Ingeo fabrics include high-end French mill Guigou, Italy’s Grignasco Group, Malden Mills Industries Inc., Ge-Ray Fabrics Inc., Milliken & Co. and Burlington Industries Inc., as reported.

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