DuPont™ Sorona® Brand Becomes bluesign® System Partner

Renewably Sourced Fiber Meets Rigorous Sustainable Textile Production System;
Recognized for its Environmental Responsibility in the Supply Chain

DuPont Industrial Biosciences announced today its partnership with bluesign® for the bio-based, high-performance polymer Sorona®. The bluesign® system unites the textile supply chain to jointly reduce its impact on people and the environment, ensure responsible use of resources, and guarantee the highest level of consumer safety.

DuPont™ Sorona® is a versatile polymer comprised of 37 percent renewable plant-based ingredients, using 30 percent less energy and releasing 63 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions as compared to Nylon 6. In addition to reducing its reliance on fossil fuels, Sorona® polymer combines eco-efficiency with function for use in a variety of applications due to its performance attributes. Its exceptional softness, inherent stain resistance and uncompromising durability offer a sustainable, high-performing material option for customers throughout the supply chain.

As a bluesign® system partner, DuPont™ Sorona® brand joins a growing collection of chemical suppliers, manufacturers and brands that are responsible acting parties of the textile value chain. The partners are committed to applying the system in their business through continuous improvement of environmental performance and a focus on a sustainable future.

“This recognition from bluesign® as a verifier and supporting partner of the responsible industry underscores the commitment of Sorona® brand to embracing sustainability and minimizing environmental impact in the long term,” said Rene Molina, global product manager for DuPont Industrial Biosciences. “With Sorona® polymer, we’re not only providing customers with an eco-efficient, practical materials solution, but also laying the groundwork for a sustainable textile future – and this certification truly reinforces our mission.”

To qualify for the bluesign® system partnership, DuPont™ Sorona® brand completed a comprehensive company assessment and roadmap meeting – demonstrating its merit for the certification of its products.

“Our unique Input Stream Management approach ensures approved chemicals and raw materials, such as DuPont™ Sorona® polymer, are used in all steps of the manufacturing processes to reduce risks to both people and the environment at the very beginning of the supply chain,” said Kurt Schlaepfer, head, Customer Relations Management at bluesign® technologies. “Sustainable chemical and material inputs are the foundation for the bluesign® system, driving a socially and environmentally responsible value chain within the textile industry, and the natural origins of DuPont™ Sorona® polymer adeptly align with the bluesign® criteria.”

About bluesign technologies ag

The bluesign® system is the solution for a sustainable textile production. It eliminates harmful substances right from the beginning of the manufacturing process and sets and controls standards for an environmentally friendly and safe production. This not only ensures that the final textile product meets very stringent consumer safety requirements worldwide but also provides confidence to the consumer to acquire a sustainable product. bluesign technologies ag was founded in 2000. Since then, the bluesign® system has been adopted by worldwide leading textile and accessory manufacturers. Various significant key players of the chemical and machine industry rely on the bluesign® system. And well-known brands of the outdoor, sportswear and fashion industry rely on the extensive knowledge of bluesign technologies.

About DuPont Industrial Biosciences

DuPont Industrial Biosciences, a DowDuPont Specialty Products Division business, works with customers across a wide range of industries to make products and industrial processes more efficient and sustainable. Through a unique combination of agriculture, biotechnology, chemistry and material science capabilities, we advance market-driven, biobased solutions to meet the needs of a growing population, while protecting our environment for future generations. For updates about how DuPont Industrial Biosciences is helping customers deliver cost-effective products with superior performance and sustainability, follow @DuPontBiobased on Twitter, find us on LinkedIn or visit our website at http://biosciences.dupont.com.

About DowDuPont Specialty Products Division

DowDuPont Specialty Products, a division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials, ingredients and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, building and construction, health and wellness, food and worker safety. DowDuPont intends to separate the Specialty Products division into an independent, publicly traded company. More information can be found www.dow-dupont.com.

A&E’s New REPREVE® Recycled Sewing Thread Targets Footwear and Non-Apparel Applications 

American & Efird (A&E), the world’s foremost manufacturer and distributor of industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles, released Anefil Poly® using REPREVE®. Incorporating REPREVE fiber made from recycled drinking bottles, and available in a comprehensive color range, this sustainable, continuous-filament, polyester sewing thread provides manufacturers, brands, and retailers the ability to complete their respective non-apparel sustainability stories with the manufacturing of environmentally, responsible products.

“A&E recognized the lack of options for an eco-friendly, performance sewing thread,” said Chris Alt, Senior Vice President Sales. “A&E’s new Anefil Poly using REPREVE fills the need for sustainable sewing thread within a number of market segments including footwear, automotive, and outdoor products.”

Available in a wide range of color possibilities, this new eco-friendly thread product is ideal for the sewing of everything from automotive and footwear applications to luggage and handbags.

In addition to Anefil Poly using REPREVE, A&E has also formally introduced two new, innovative product offerings this month. The first is REPEL, a water repellency option for every sewing and embroidery thread, and specialty yarn A&E produces. The second, introduces a smaller thread size of Anefil™Reflector, A&E’s reflective sewing thread, for sewing in embroidery applications.

Commitment to sustainability is an important and ongoing goal of A&E, and its latest achievements were recently detailed in its annual sustainability report. Some of these achievements include a 48% reduction of global water usage since 2006, 16 global manufacturing operations and support facilities reaching 100% Zero-Waste-to-Landfill status, and an 11% reduction of global carbon footprint since 2006. The full report is available to view and download at amefird.com/sustainability.

ABOUT UNIFI

Unifi, Inc. (NYSE:UFI) is a global textile solutions provider and one of the world’s leading innovators in manufacturing synthetic and recycled performance fibers. The Company’s proprietary technologies offer increased performance, comfort and style advantages, enabling customers to develop products that perform, look and feel better. Through REPREVE®, one of Unifi’s proprietary technologies and the global leader in branded recycled performance fibers, Unifi has transformed more than 10 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new clothing, shoes, home goods and other consumer products. Unifi continually innovates to meet consumer needs in moisture management, thermal regulation, antimicrobial, UV protection, stretch, water repellency and enhanced softness. Unifi collaborates with many of the world’s most influential brands in the sports apparel, fashion, home, automotive and other industries, including New Era, Lands’ End, Levi’s, Target, Ford and more. For more information about Unifi, visit www.Unifi.com.

ABOUT REPREVE®

Made by Unifi, Inc. (NYSE:UFI), REPREVE® is the global leader in branded recycled performance fibers, transforming more than 10 billion plastic bottles into recycled fiber for new clothing, shoes, home goods and other consumer products. REPREVE is the earth-friendly solution to making consumers’ favorite brands more environmentally responsible. REPREVE fibers can also be enhanced with Unifi’s proprietary technologies for increased performance and comfort. For more information about REPREVE, visit www.REPREVE.com, and connect with REPREVE on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

ABOUT AMERICAN & EFIRD

A&E is the world’s foremost manufacturer and distributor of premium quality industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles. Producers of apparel, automotive components, home furnishings, medical supplies, footwear and a diverse range of industrial products rely on A&E industrial sewing thread to manufacture their products. Customers select A&E as the preferred choice for industrial sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles because of A&E’s dedication to providing its customers with the finest products and services, at the highest quality, delivered globally. Through its global network, A&E’s products are manufactured in 21 countries, distributed in 50 countries and sold in over 100 countries. In addition to A&E’s steadfast commitment to superior quality and customer service, A&E is a recognized industry leader in environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility, and operates its global facilities with the utmost regard for the safety and health of its associates employed worldwide. A&E owns or operates 27 manufacturing facilities and employs over 10,000 associates around the world directly or in partnership with joint venture partners.

Successful closing of sale of Polymetrix shares

Bühler successfully closed the sale of 80% of the Polymetrix shares to Sanlian Hope as per March 22, 2018. The Bühler Group remains a minority shareholder with 20% of the Polymetrix shares.

On November 10, 2017, Sanlian Hope signed a share purchase agreement for 80% of the Polymetrix shares with the Bühler Group. After approval by the Chinese state and Chinese stock exchange regulations, the closing of the sale was successfully completed as per March 22, 2018. The direct buyer is Sanlian Material Science S.à.r.l. in Luxembourg, a subsidiary of Sanlian Hope. With its 20% ownership, the Bühler Group is now a minority shareholder of Polymetrix and remains represented on the board.

Polymetrix operates under the name of “Polymetrix, a Sanlian-Bühler Company”.

REPEL Provides PFC-Free Water Repellency Versatility for Every A&E Sewing Thread 

American & Efird (A&E), a global leader in industrial sewing thread manufacturing, announced the official launch of REPEL, an advanced, PFC-FREE, water repellency enhancement. REPEL is an additional feature customers can order and have applied to A&E’s global sewing thread brands.

As consumers evolve in how they use and wear products, A&E believes it is important to support manufacturers, retailers, and brands by producing sewing threads that evolve to meet and exceed customer expectations. REPEL is ideal for backpacks, footwear, athletic wear, uniforms, and workwear.

“As a trusted partner, we work very closely with our customers to understand and anticipate current and future needs, offering the very best sewing thread and specialty yarn products in the marketplace,” said Chris Alt, Senior Vice President Sales. “REPEL is an example of smart innovation as A&E continues to expand the boundaries of what performance sewing threads can do through the development of advanced and thoughtful products.”

A&E’s popular Perma Core®  D-Core®, Wildcat Plus®, Perma Spun® and Excell® product lines and virtually all other apparel and non-apparel thread and specialty yarn products A&E manufactures are compatible with this new water repellent feature.

REPEL will not affect product color.

REPEL will carry A&E’s PFCZERO™ designation as it contains no perfluorocarbons (PFC-free). Perfluorocarbons are considered greenhouse gases which have been linked to global warming. It has been 3rd party tested on seam and meets rain test method: ISO 22958-2005 (OR AATCC 61).

A&E’s achievements in sustainability, thread product innovation, color, and sewing performance are well known within the textile industry. Recently A&E has released a number of sustainable, sewing threads manufactured with recycled polyester fiber, made from recycled drinking bottles, and has recently announced new research efforts to develop secure thread product authenticity solutions and resources.

ABOUT AMERICAN & EFIRD

A&E is the world’s foremost manufacturer and distributor of premium quality industrial and consumer sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles. Producers of apparel, automotive components, home furnishings, medical supplies, footwear and a diverse range of industrial products rely on A&E industrial sewing thread to manufacture their products. Customers select A&E as the preferred choice for industrial sewing thread, embroidery thread and technical textiles because of A&E’s dedication to providing its customers with the finest products and services, at the highest quality, delivered globally. Through its global network, A&E’s products are manufactured in 21 countries, distributed in 50 countries and sold in over 100 countries. In addition to A&E’s steadfast commitment to superior quality and customer service, A&E is a recognized industry leader in environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility, and operates its global facilities with the utmost regard for the safety and health of its associates employed worldwide. A&E owns or operates 27 manufacturing facilities and employs over 10,000 associates around the world directly or in partnership with joint venture partners.

For more information, please visit www.amefird.com

Report Offers INDA Members Key Metrics to Assist in Decision Making

INDA, the Association of the Nonwovens Fabrics Industry, is pleased to publish the fifth edition of the annual North American Nonwovens Supply Report for its members.

Based on extensive research, producer surveys and interviews with industry leaders, the report provides an overall view of North American supply, including the key metrics of capacity, production and operating rates, in addition to regional trade. New in this year’s report is the inclusion of production by end-use markets and regional trade figures in dollar value, in addition to the previously reported tonnage. The 64-page report offers 34 figures and 13 tables.

“This report is the benchmark for North American nonwovens supply information, including not only rolled goods information, but also material produced for internal consumption. It details the industry operating rate; an essential element for our members’ strategic planning and business investment decisions,” said Dave Rousse, INDA President.

The report — and the quarterly INDA Market Pulse and monthly Price Trends Summary — are provided to the 360-plus INDA member companies and associates as part of their membership.

New findings include:

In 2017, North American nonwoven capacity increased to 4.96 million tons, a net increase of 2.5% (122 thousand tons) over 2016. This growth figure accounts for not only the addition of new lines, but also machine productivity increases and line closures (11 in 2017) to arrive at a net increase growth figure. Through the last five years (2012-2017) an additional 663 thousand tons of net capacity have been added to the North American market, with the drylaid forming process accounting for 58% of those tons.

North American imports and exports, in tonnage, declined 2.9% and 2.3% respectively year-over-year. However, the trend downward of exports and upward in imports continue, as over the last five years exports have declined 7.9% annually and imports have increased 10.4% annually. Even with the significant shifts in North American trade dynamics, nonwovens tend to stay where they are produced, with the net trade balance (imports less exports) accounting for only 4.1% of the region’s capacity.

“It is INDA’s objective to provide valuable data and actionable industry information. As always, the increasing participation of nonwoven producers – both members and non-members – providing their insights and results makes our success possible,” said Brad Kalil, Director of Market Research and Statistics, INDA.

About INDA
INDA, the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, serves hundreds of member companies in the nonwovens/engineered fabrics industry in global commerce. Since 1968, INDA events have helped members connect, learn, innovate, and develop their businesses. INDA educational courses, market data, test methods, consultancy, and issue advocacy help members succeed by providing them the information they need to better plan and execute their business strategies. For more information, visit www.inda.org, or download the INDA mobile app for immediate updates.