Paul T. O’Day, President & Counsel American Fiber Manufacturers Association Passed Away

The American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) is saddened to announce that long-time President Paul T. O’Day passed away on June 1st, 2017.

“This is a very difficult day for the entire AFMA family. Paul was not only a great man, but he was also a friend and confidante to so many of us in the industry,” stated Mark J. Ruday, current AFMA chairman. “As he would have wanted, Paul’s legacy and dedication to the fiber industry will live on through the continuation of the Paul T. O’Day Scholarship fund, which was set up three years ago to help students pursue a degree in a fiber related field.”

O’Day was appointed President of the Association in 1984. He was fiercely dedicated to the industry he loved for 33 years. A true gentleman and powerful intellect, Paul O’Day led the Association with a sophisticated wit and charm.

His government service included appointments as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development, Executive Assistant to the Secretary, and other senior positions in the Commerce Department and the Office of the United States Trade Representative.

O’Day led the initial implementation of the multi-fiber arrangement (MFA), the international agreement which imposed quotas or quantity limits on Textiles and Clothing from Developing Countries, in force from 1974 until 2004. He played a key role in the creation of OTEXA, the Office of Textiles and Apparel, to monitor the MFA agreements, and the creation of the Committee for Implementation of Textile Agreements, comprised of representatives from Commerce, USTR, and OTEXA to insure administration and compliance of Bilateral Agreements.

He was key negotiator on Bilateral Agreements with Developing Countries under the auspice of the MFA ensuring realistic quota outcomes on sensitive items and was lead negotiator for fibers and yarns in the Uruguay Round, the most ambitious multilateral trade agreement in history, calling for elimination of all textile and apparel quotas by January 2004. O’Day was a lead negotiator in textiles and clothing in the NAFTA agreement, the first Free Trade Agreement with phase out of tariffs among partners, and was responsible for establishing a Yarn Forward Rule of Origin which became standard for all subsequent FTA agreements.

After a 50% plus decline in fiber and filament yarn production volume resulting from MFA phase out, O’Day redirected the mission of AFMA and added an Associate Member base of organizations with a significant commercial relationship to the sector and a new High Performance Fiber Council. AFMA membership grew from 15 members in early 1980s to 43 in 2017.

Milliken Named an Ethisphere Institute 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company for 11th Year

Milliken, a global innovation company with textile, specialty chemical, and manufacturing expertise, has been recognized by the Ethisphere® Institute, a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2017 World’s Most Ethical Company®.

Milliken has been recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company for 11 years, every year since the award was first given in 2007 – a consecutive distinction given to only 13 companies. This year, it is one of only 20 privately-owned companies receiving the honor.

The decade-long distinction underscores Milliken’s commitment to leading ethical business standards and practices.

“How Milliken grows is equally as important as how much we grow – this is an integral belief that each Milliken associate holds, and that directs their work daily. It is an honor to be annually recognized for this perspective on a successful, values-based business,” shared Milliken & Company President, CEO and Chairman, J. Harold Chandler.

The 150-year-old company has developed a long-standing reputation of engaged corporate citizenship throughout its headquarter community of Spartanburg, South Carolina, with a combined associate and company foundation donation of more than $500,000 to local nonprofits in 2016 alone. As environmental stewards, Milliken diverts waste from landfill, utilizes renewable energy and maintains a 600-acre corporate arboretum, where it hosts numerous community events. Moreover, Milliken locations around the world each engage in their local communities through philanthropic activities and meaningful career opportunities for associates and their families.

Twenty-seventeen is the eleventh year that Ethisphere has honored those companies who recognize their role in society to influence and drive positive change, consider the impact of their actions on their employees, investors, customers and other key stakeholders and use their values and culture as an underpinning to the decisions they make every day.

“Over the last eleven years we have seen the shift in societal expectations, constant redefinition of laws and regulations and the geo-political climate. We have also seen how companies, such as Milliken, honored as the World’s Most Ethical respond consistently to these challenges. They invest in their local communities around the world, embrace strategies of diversity and inclusion, and focus on long term-ism as a sustainable business advantage,” explained Ethisphere’s Chief Executive Officer, Timothy Erblich. “Congratulations to everyone at Milliken for being recognized as a World’s Most Ethical Company for more than a decade.”

Methodology & Scoring

The World’s Most Ethical Company assessment is based upon the Ethisphere Institute’s Ethics Quotient® (EQ) framework which offers a quantitative way to assess a company’s performance in an objective, consistent and standardized way. The information collected provides a comprehensive sampling of definitive criteria of core competencies, rather than all aspects of corporate governance, risk, sustainability, compliance and ethics.

Scores are generated in five key categories: ethics and compliance program (35%), corporate citizenship and responsibility (20%), culture of ethics (20%), governance (15%) and leadership, innovation and reputation (10%) and provided to all companies who participate in the process.


The full list of the 2017 World’s Most Ethical Companies can be found at

Best practices and insights from the 2017 honorees will be released in a series of infographics and research throughout the year (view or download the 2016 insights). Organizations interested in how they compare to the World’s Most Ethical Companies are invited to participate in the Ethics Quotient.

About Milliken  

For 150 years, Milliken has been innovating with the purpose to explore, discover and create ways to enhance people’s lives. Our community of innovators has developed one of the larger collections of United States patents held by a private U.S. company. With expertise across a breadth of disciplines, including specialty chemical, floor covering and performance materials, we work around the world every day to add true value to people’s lives, improve health and safety, and help make this world more sustainable. For more information, visit

About the Ethisphere Institute

The Ethisphere® Institute is the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices that fuel corporate character, marketplace trust and business success. Ethisphere has deep expertise in measuring and defining core ethics standards using data-driven insights that help companies enhance corporate character. Ethisphere honors superior achievement through its World’s Most Ethical Companies recognition program, provides a community of industry experts with the Business Ethics Leadership Alliance (BELA) and showcases trends and best practices in ethics with the publication of Ethisphere Magazine. More information about Ethisphere can be found at:

CORDURA Brand and DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products Shape the Future of Sustainable Textiles

INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand and DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products announced a collaboration early in March 2017 to deliver a new chapter in innovative sustainable textile solutions for performance fabrics. Now, designers of apparel, footwear and gear will have access to leading durable performance fabrics that incorporate sustainable materials.

Both companies, who share a common heritage by tracing their roots to DuPont, a global science company, are marking major milestones. The CORDURA brand is celebrating 50 durable years of continuous advancements that have helped shape the world of military, workwear and outdoor products. DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products is celebrating a decade of offering high performing ingredients from a sustainable and renewable source based on leveraging the tools of modern biotechnology.

“Working with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products is the beginning of great things to come,” said Cindy McNaull, global CORDURA brand and marketing director. “At the core of our brand’s DNA is a dedication to delivering durable next generation fabric technologies. Products made with CORDURA fabrics are long-lasting, which means they need to be replaced less often, helping reduce waste. We constantly look at ways to increase the utility and durability of our products and ways we can benefit the environment. Ultimately, our belief is that ‘Sustainability Begins With Products That LastTM’, and this forms the perfect backdrop for our collaboration with DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products.”

DuPont Tate & Lyle’s Susterra® propanediol durable coatings and waterproof, breathable membranes are manufactured through a proprietary fermentation process using plant-derived glucose. In addition to being renewably sourced, Susterra is manufactured using a sustainable process that produces 50% less greenhouse gas emissions and consumes 42% less non-renewable energy than equivalent petroleum-based diols. At the manufacturing facility’s full capacity, that is equivalent to taking 40,000 passenger cars off the road and turning off one million 100W incandescent lightbulbs for one full year.

“We are thrilled to be working together with the CORDURA brand, combining our unique capabilities and expertise, and building on our track records of delivering innovation to the marketplace,” said Laurie Kronenberg, global marketing director for DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products. “Together, we can revolutionize the future use of sustainable textiles by delivering innovative solutions that marry the legendary long-lasting durability of CORDURA fabrics with the bio-based performance of Susterra propanediol based membranes and coatings.”

Unifi, Inc., Brings Home Gold at World Textile Awards

World Textile Awards announced in February 2017 Unifi, Inc. as its 2016 Fiber Producer of the Year, highlighting the company’s outstanding product lineup. Unifi is a leader in producing high-quality recycled fiber and other Premium Value-Added (PVA) technologies; the Company provides innovative, global textile solutions and unique branded yarns for customers at every level of the supply chain. Through its research and product development team, Unifi works with customers to develop products that meet the demands of their consumers.

“We’re proud to be recognized as a leader in the textile industry,” said Tom Caudle, president of Unifi. “Through our dedication to developing innovative products that combine environmental responsibility, style and performance, we continue to accommodate the trends of our ever-changing field.”

World Textile Awards is comprised of a combination of textile professionals and individuals with award competition experience. It is the first independent global awards competition dedicated to recognizing and rewarding excellence across the entire textile industry; its mission is to provide a global platform for outstanding textile companies to share their successes and promote their expertise at all levels of the industry.

About Unifi

Unifi, Inc. is a multi-national textile manufacturing company that produces and sells textured and other processed yarns designed to meet customer specifications, and premium value-added (“PVA”) yarns with enhanced performance characteristics. Unifi maintains one of the textile industry’s most comprehensive polyester and nylon product offerings. Unifi enhances demand for its products, and helps others in creating a more effective textile industry supply chain, through the development and introduction of branded yarns that provide unique performance, comfort and aesthetic advantages. In addition to its flagship REPREVE® products – a family of yarns made from recycled materials – key Unifi brands include: SORBTEK® , REFLEXX® , AIO® – all-in-one performance yarns, SATURA® , AUGUSTA® , A.M.Y.® , MYNX® UV and MICROVISTA® . Unifi’s yarns are readily found in the products of major brands in the apparel, hosiery, automotive, home furnishings, industrial and other end-use markets. For more information about Unifi, visit; to learn more about REPREVE®, visit 

Price Hanna with new report on global outlook for hygiene absorbent products

Price Hanna Consultants of the United States has recently published a February 2017 report on the world outlook for hygiene absorbent products and the key raw materials of nonwovens, fluff pulp, airlaid cores, superabsorbents and hygiene films.  Since 1993, Price Hanna has prepared thirteen in-depth reports analyzing the markets for absorbent products in key countries/regions throughout the world and the important materials used in them.  The last global hygiene report was released in February 2015.  This updated study now published by Price Hanna Consultants details the prospects for absorbent products in the key global markets of North America, Western Europe, the Pacific Rim, Central and South America, the Middle East, Central and Eastern Europe, China, India, Africa and the rest of Central Asia.

The report contains unit volume market estimates for 2015 and 2016 and projections for 2021 for 46 individual countries and all geographic regions.  The 2015 global and regional market share positions and volumes of the leading absorbent products competitors are estimated.  The study includes 2015 and 2016 estimates and 2021 forecasts of the consumption of key raw materials used in absorbent products (cover stock, superabsorbents, fluff pulp, airlaid cores and hygiene film) by product category and region.

The global consumption of hygiene absorbent products (disposable diapers, child pants, feminine hygiene and adult incontinence products) grew to almost 590 billion units in 2016.  Due to rapid market penetration and growth in the last several years, China is now the largest volume market for hygiene absorbent products.  Volume in the emerging markets collectively is substantially larger than the combined markets for these products in North America, Western Europe and Japan.

Growth rates for the next five years in the undeveloped and developing markets of Asia and Africa will continue to exceed the global average growth of this industry.  These regions provide significant market penetration and volume growth opportunities for absorbent product market participants and their suppliers.  The study details the five year market outlooks in each major country market and geographic region.  Demographic factors, such as declining birth rates and increases in elderly populations, are assessed in the projections of the potential market sizes for hygiene absorbent products.

This 211 page report is immediately available to subscribers.  To obtain a detailed prospectus and subscription order form for this study, please contact:

Price Hanna Consultants LLC
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