LICENSE TO SPILL: Textile manufacturer Dan River Inc. this month started shipping bottom-weight fabrics using Nano-Tex technology. The Danville, Va.-based mill said it had licensed the rights to use Nano-Care and Nano-Dry technologies earlier this year. Jim Martin, president of Dan River’s apparel fabrics division said the agreement was stimulated by the demand from the mill’s apparel-vendor customers. Nano-Care technology makes fabrics wrinkle resistant and oil and water repellent. Martin said the mill is currently using the technology on men’s and women’s pants in cotton and cotton blends, but plans to make blouses and shirts with Nano-Care attributes in the future. Nano-Dry controls moisture through wicking and will be used in similar products. Nano-Tex LLC, a subsidiary of Burlington Industries Inc., develops nanotechnology enhancements to fabrics.
GOING TO GRACELAND: Cotton Incorporated said it will hold the 15th Annual Engineered Fiber Selection Cotton Fiber Management System Conference in Memphis. this year. The conference — scheduled for June 10-12 — will focus on technologies that improve the natural fiber’s quality and yield.