INVISTA LAUNCHES LYCRA SPORT: Invista is looking to put a more prominent stamp on the outdoor and activewear markets with the introduction of the Lycra Sport label. Fabrics qualifying for the Lycra Sport identification must meet technical requirements for performance characteristics such as fabric weight, recovery power and shrinkage. Invista based the standards on its own research on Lycra and an analysis it performed on more than 50 garments from other sport brands. The program is being supported with a new hangtag and marketing campaign.

CLEAN TRUCKS ROLL: The Port of Long Beach said 52 percent of the container cargo it handled for the week ended July 21 was moved by truck models no older than 2007. About 16,000 trucks have registered in the port’s Clean Truck Program. A third of those trucks are from 2007 or later and emit 80 percent fewer air pollutants compared with older trucks. The port also recently granted subsidies for 100 new trucks, 98 of which will run on liquefied natural gas.

MICROTEX SIGNS RODRIGUEZ: Microtex has signed an agreement with designer David Rodriguez to produce a new line targeted at the misses’, petites and plus-size markets. The line, dubbed Fleur by David Rodriguez, will launch for spring. Microtex also intends to introduce products such as intimate apparel and robes.

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