The American Association of Textile Chemists & Colorists (AATCC) has published "Technical Supplement," a compilation of textile procedures and guidelines. In addition, 115 AATCC test methods and eight evaluation procedures may be purchased online (see "Products," then "Test Methods" at the Web site below). 919-540-8141 GÇó www.aatcc.org
The Web site www.clothingconnections.com has been launched as a free forum for accessing links to thousands of apparel industry companies, including firms offering men's wear, women's wear, children's wear, textiles and machinery.
Representing several publishers, Joel Kaye is offering a variety of directories, databases and resources, including: The Directory of Brand Name Apparel Sourcebook; Fabric Marketing Research (database of apparel manufacturers, textile mills, converters, etc.); Salesman's Guides (directories of retail executives and buyers); "The Birnbaum Report" (monthly strategic apparel sourcing report); and the Apparel Manufacturers and Importers Sourcebook Directory by The Fashiondex Inc. 818-785-5480 GÇó [email protected]
The National Competitive Research Association, with sponsorship from several Turkish textile and apparel firms, has released "From MFA to ATC, 2005," a 512-page CD report about global buyers' sourcing strategies and the technical obstacles, developing social standards and strategic plans of apparel-producing countries and companies. www.competitiveturkey.org GÇó [email protected]
[TC]2, the Textile/Clothing Technology Corp., has released more data from the SizeUSA national sizing survey. Included are average key body measurements for men and women of different ethnic groups. 919-380-2177 GÇó www.tc2.com
The U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) has issued its annual "Manufacturing in America" report, including 63 recommendations to strengthen manufacturing. The DOC conducted more than 20 public roundtable discussions, including manufacturers from small-, medium- and large-sized companies, from major industry sectors. www.doc.gov