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Elevate Textiles joins Sustainable Apparel Coalition

24 February 2021 | Beth Wright

Elevate Textiles has joined the Sustainable Apparel Coalition (SAC) to include its brands American & Efird (A&E), Burlington, Cone Denim, Gütermann, and Safety Components. ... read more

Elevate Textiles on track with emissions reduction

13 November 2020 | Beth Wright

Elevate Textiles, owner of the American & Efird (A&E), Burlington and Cone Denim fabric and thread brands, has reduced its absolute greenhouse gas emissions by 7.7% from 2016 to 2019, in line with its corporate goal of 2.5% per year reduction.... read more

American & Efird commits to further US investment

15 October 2020 | Beth Wright

American & Efird (A&E), which claims to be the largest supplier of sewing thread and specialty yarns in the US and second largest supplier in the world, has announced its continued investment in the company’s US manufacturing platform.... read more

American & Efird to acquire Charles Craft Performance Yarns

28 September 2020 | Beth Wright

Elevate Textiles Inc's American & Efird (A&E) division has struck a deal to acquire the high performance yarn business of Charles Craft Inc, a manufacturer and distributor of flame and cut-resistant industrial yarns.... read more

Fashion industry efforts to address global PPE shortages – Update

27 July 2020 | just-style

Texollini, Chargeurs*PCC Fashion Technologies, and Crystal International are among the latest fashion firms to mobilise their production facilities and supply chains to help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks and hospital gowns, amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. ... read more

A&E opens new thread making facility in Vietnam

4 October 2019 | Beth Wright

Sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has opened a new manufacturing facility in Vietnam to provide expanded services and regional support for apparel, footwear, handbags, and other sewn products in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.... read more

Elevate Textiles in responsibly sourced fibre pledge

27 September 2019 | Beth Wright

Elevate Textiles has outlined a series of new sustainability targets, including a goal for its Elevate brand products to be manufactured using at least 80% sustainably sourced cotton and 50% recycled polyester content by 2025.... read more

New Balance steps up on climate commitments

30 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Boston-based New Balance Athletics has pledged to source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2025 across its global operations as part of two new major climate commitments.... read more

New Balance to scale Made-in-USA 3D printing platform

3 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Boston-based New Balance Athletics has launched a new 3D printing platform based around a new proprietary photopolymer resin, which reduces the need for injection moulded thermoplastic and speeds its development and production cycles.... read more

Texprocess & Techtextil 2019 – Material innovations

10 June 2019 | Beth Wright

A number of new fibre and fabric concepts were on show alongside eco-innovations for clothing and footwear at the recent Texprocess and Techtextil trade shows in Frankfurt, Germany. A new line of identification threads, the "perfect alternative" to down, and a water-based breathable imitation leather were among some of the highlights.... read more

American & Efird reveals molecular-tagged thread

14 May 2019 | Beth Wright

Sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has unveiled a new line of molecular-tagged identification threads at this week's Texprocess trade show in Frankfurt, Germany.... read more

American & Efird outlines sustainability highlights

26 April 2019 | Beth Wright

Sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has hailed improvements in global water recycling and reuse, along with a reduction in carbon footprint, outlined in its ninth annual Corporate Sustainability Report.... read more

Elevate Textiles names Per-Olof Loof as CEO

5 April 2019 | Beth Wright

Elevate Textiles Inc, the parent company of A&E, Burlington, Cone Denim, Gütermann, and Safety Components – and formerly known as International Textile Group (ITG) – has named Per-Olof Loof as president and CEO.... read more

ITG rebrands as Elevate Textiles after A&E integration

23 January 2019 | Beth Wright

International Textile Group (ITG) is to rebrand as Elevate Textiles Inc following the integration of sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) and ITG last year.... read more

New Balance plans US advanced manufacturing facility

7 January 2019 | Leonie Barrie

Boston-based New Balance Athletics is preparing to open an advanced manufacturing facility in Methuen, also in Massachusetts, as it expands its domestic manufacturing footprint.... read more

New Balance and Vetta praised by Fair Labor Association

20 November 2018 | Beth Wright

The Fair Labor Association (FLA) has re-accredited New Balance's social compliance programme, and added fashion startup Vetta Brands to its network of accredited companies, in a move that confirms both companies have policies and practices in place to monitor and remediate labour abuses in their global supply chains.... read more

DeMartini to step down as New Balance CEO

1 November 2018 | Beth Wright

Rob DeMartini, CEO of Boston-based global athletic leader New Balance Athletics, is to step down next month after leading the firm for 12 years.... read more

Made-to-order apparel a highlight at Texprocess Americas

31 May 2018 | John McCurry

If there was a central theme to the 2018 edition of Texprocess Americas held in Atlanta last week, it was the movement towards made-to-order apparel. While this concept is in its relative infancy, equipment manufacturers are aggressively pursuing how to make it a reality.... read more

A&E develops Repreve recycled thread for footwear

23 May 2018 | Beth Wright

Building on its relationship with US yarn maker Unifi, sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has developed a new eco-friendly, performance sewing thread using the Repreve recycled filament fibre and designed for use in footwear.... read more

A&E develops PFC-free water repellency for thread

15 May 2018 | Michelle Russell

Sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has developed a PFC-free, water repellency enhancement for thread, which it says is ideal for outdoor and athletic wear.... read more

American & Efird shares sustainability highlights

23 April 2018 | Beth Wright

Sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has hailed continuing progress and improvements in global water recycling and reuse, along with a reduction in carbon footprint, outlined in its just-released 2017-2018 Corporate Sustainability Report.... read more

New platform targets counterfeit sewing thread

27 February 2018 | Beth Wright

Product authentication business Applied DNA Sciences (APDN) is collaborating with sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) on a new anti-counterfeiting sewing thread platform.... read more

KPS Capital Partners to sell American & Efird

27 February 2018 | Beth Wright

Private equity firm KPS Capital Partners has inked a deal to sell its portfolio company American & Efird (A&E) to Platinum Equity Capital Partners.... read more

Green supply chain map links China factories to brands

4 January 2018 | Michelle Russell

Six leading apparel brands have stepped forward to be featured on a new online map that claims to be the only tool in the world to openly link leading multinational corporations to their suppliers' environmental performance.... read more

RG Barry Corp taps Mullaney as CEO

12 December 2017 | Beth Wright

Footwear firm RG Barry Corporation has named former president and COO of Boston-based Shoes.com, Bob Mullaney, as president and CEO, effective immediately.... read more

American & Efird among new ZDHC affiliates

10 July 2017 | Beth Wright

Sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) is among seven new companies that have committed to the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) group.... read more

Transparency, traceability and trust key to A&E

5 June 2017 | Beth Wright

Sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) claims it its the "most sustainable thread company in the world" and will strive to maintain this status as it hails three concepts that drive its industry-leading sustainability programme - transparency, traceability and trust.... read more

Texprocess & Techtextil 2017 – Material innovations

18 May 2017 | Beth Wright

A number of new smart fibre and fabric concepts were on show alongside eco-innovations for more sustainable clothing and footwear at last week's Texprocess and Techtextil trade shows in Frankfurt, Germany. Electro-osmotic membranes, eco-efficient textiles and recycled yarns were among the highlights.  ... read more

A&E reveals Repreve recycled core spun sewing thread

31 March 2017 | Beth Wright

Sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has developed a recycled core spun industrial sewing thread using the Repreve recycled filament fibre.... read more

American & Efird develops reflective thread

24 February 2017 | Michelle Russell

Industrial sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) has developed an industrial sewing thread designed and engineered for reflective visibility.... read more

US defence bill to boost athletic footwear firms

12 December 2016 | Leonie Barrie

US footwear firms Wolverine Worldwide and New Balance have hailed the passage of a defence bill that includes language directing troops to buy American-made athletic shoes for military recruits.... read more

New Balance faces backlash for backing Trump on trade

18 November 2016 | Leonie Barrie

Global athletic brand New Balance is facing a backlash from customers threatening to boycott the brand after it appeared to back President-elect Donald Trump’s trade stance.... read more

American & Efird inks Philippines licensing deal

16 November 2016 | Beth Wright

Industrial sewing and embroidery thread major American & Efird (A&E) is expanding its business in southeast Asia, inking a licensing deal with a leading thread producer in the Philippines.... read more

What's 3D printing doing for apparel and footwear?

17 August 2016 | Guest author

3D printing has already transformed the manufacturing process in many industries, but an assessment of the technology by analysts at Bernstein Research seems to suggest much more progress still needs to be made before it has the potential to impact apparel.... read more

Gerber adds A&E threads and colours to YuniquePLM

13 July 2016 | Michelle Russell

Gerber Technology is offering a new way for designers and retailers to easily specify threads after integrating American & Efird's (A&E) products into the latest version its YuniquePLM technology. ... read more