NEW CONCEPT: Red Bank, N.J.-based Concept III Textiles took over the merchandising, sales and marketing operations of New York-based converter Travis Textiles on Aug. 6 with the goal of expanding its international presence.
The 50-year-old Travis, which specializes in high-performance woven fabrics for outerwear, among other end uses, sources domestically and currently caters to the U.S. market only. “Domestic sourcing retains many advantages,” said David Parkes, president of Concept III Textiles. “But it is imperative that U.S. companies be able to look beyond our shores now, to be flexible enough to take advantage of the best combination of opportunities in the marketplace for their customers.”
BRITISH TEXTILE AWARDS: Five British textile students were honored at the July Texprint Design Awards, which recognized new ideas in woven fabrics, knitted fabrics, color, print and breaking new ground.
All five categories that make up the awards seek to showcase work from textile design graduates of British colleges to the fabric industry.
The winners were: Kristy McDougall, for wovens; Lisa Gormley, for color; Hannah Cannell, for prints; Anna Wheeler, for knits, and Neil Lewty, for breaking new ground.
Fashion designer Bella Freud, among noteworthy others in the British apparel industry, judged the competition.
The Woolmark Co. was a sponsor of the contest.
“As a company, we work closely with the industry to develop new and innovative fabrics and products,” a Woolmark spokeswoman said. “We have sponsored the awards for many years now and feel it is important to assist new design talent in reaching the industry.”
The five prize-winning fabrics will be on display at the Indigo fabric show in Paris, Sept. 18-21, and at Interstoff Asia Oct. 2-4 in Hong Kong.
SHORE TO MAURITIUS: Shore to Shore, a maker of labels and tags, last month opened a plant and distribution center on Mauritius. The new location, in Port Louis, will serve apparel manufacturers on that Indian Ocean island, as well as those on its large island neighbor Madagascar and in sub-Saharan Africa.
Lee Koening has been named managing director of the office.
“This new venture…not only allows us to offer our customers local production in Mauritius, but will also act as a hub for Southern Africa,” said regional director Gary Harper. “It is another step forward for Shore to Shore’s global strategy to offer local merchandise-identification production in the apparel manufacturing centers of the world.”
Shore to Shore is based in Miamisburg, Ohio.
Mauritius is one of the nations covered by the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act of 2000, which granted duty- and quota-free entry for apparel made in sub-Saharan Africa. Last year, it was the 42nd-largest exporter of apparel and textiles to the U.S., shipping $238.3 million worth of goods. The island is small, about 11 times the size of Washington, D.C., but its manufacturers have expanded operations into Madagascar and other nearby nations.
BAYER HIRE: Michael N. Radermacher was named managing director of Bayer Faser GmbH — the German parent company of Bushy Park, S.C.-based Bayer Corp. Radermacher — who assumed the position earlier this year — was previously senior vice president of fibers, for Bayer Corp.’s fibers, additives and rubber division, which makes Dorlastan spandex.
Radermacher succeeds Klaus Schrewe, who retired after 34 years with the company. Radermacher began his career with Bayer in 1986 but joined the fibers group in 1992, when it launched Dorlastan.