Towels and Textiles

International Cotton Prices Decline Slightly in September
October 3, 2012

The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC) reported that in September 2012, international cotton prices declined slightly, whereas Chinese cotton prices increased a little bit. This might indicate price directions over the next few months. In China, cotton prices in 2012/13 will be supported by the minimum support price policy, under which the government is organizing daily purchases of new crop cotton between September 2012 and March 2013. In the rest of the world, the pressure of accumulating stocks, combined with weak demand, could drive cotton prices down.

P³i Design Lab Innovates Smart Textiles That Heal Wounds, Signal Seizures
October 3, 2012

Researchers in the United Kingdom are developing a new breed of smart garments poised to change the way we interact with our bodies. The recently inaugurated P³i research group at Northumbria University aims to marry design with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (collectively known as STEM) to create “intelligent products, services and experiences” that serve the needs of our future society.

Beauty Sleep
October 1, 2012

What can a distributor do to make "pajamas" mean "profits"? Read through our list of seven ways to sell robes and spa wear and you'll find out.

Uzbek Cotton Farms Rely on Human Labor
September 19, 2012

As the harvest gets underway in Uzbekistan’s massive cotton industry, experts say the heavy reliance on human labor reflects a dire shortage of farm machinery.

In early September, the authorities mobilized public-sector workers, students and lecturers and sent them out to gather cotton.

Cotton Prices Fall 66 Percent From Last Year
September 5, 2012

66 was yesterday’s magic number. That’s how much cotton prices have fallen since last year’s peak of $2.20 a pound, cutting raw-material costs for apparel makers like San Francisco’s Levi Strauss.

Record prices spurred farmers to expand output, and the 2012 harvest will exceed demand for a third straight year, swelling stockpiles by 10 percent to 74.7 million bales by August, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates.

In the Know
August 7, 2012

Are you looking for a product that sends just the right message for an awareness campaign? Here are some suggestions.

US Textile Sector Supports Wear American Act of 2012
August 1, 2012

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) put its Made in the USA seal of approval on the Wear American Act of 2012. This legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) would require all government agencies to source 100 percent Made in the USA when procuring textiles, textile components and apparel items. 

Rob Ball joins Misiorowski and Associates, Towel Specialties
August 1, 2012

Towel Specialties, based in Baltimore, and Linda Misiorowski and Associates recently added multi-line representative Rob Ball to cover Illinois and Indiana. Ball will also be representing other Misiorowski and Associates lines in Wisconsin as well.

Pro Towels Etc. Honored as Abbeville Rotarians Business of the Year
July 18, 2012

Pittsburgh-based Pro Towels Etc. was recognized as the 2012 Business of the Year by the Abbeville County Rotary Club. Accepting the award on behalf of Pro Towels Etc. was Tonya Cochran, art director; Greg Morrow, warehouse manager; and Jeremy Scott, vice president of operations.