MONROE, NC— May 22, 2019 — Remarks by Vice President Pence:
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Well, hello, North Carolina! It is great to be back in the Tar Heel State. Thank you all. Thank you all for that wonderful, warm welcome.
And I especially want to thank my friend, Secretary Wilbur Ross, an extraordinary business leader. He joined this administration and brought that tough-minded commitment to putting America first, to lead the Department of Commerce. Would you just join me in thanking the Secretary of Commerce of the United States of America, Wilbur Ross? (Applause.) Good job.
And speaking of friends of mine, allow me to bring greetings from another friend of mine. I spoke to him on my way here. He’s a man who loves North Carolina, who loves this growing state, and who believes that we have only just begun to see North Carolina and American prosper. I bring greetings from the 45th President of the United States of America, President Donald Trump. (Applause.)
But it’s — you know, it’s great to be here at Parkdale — I’m told one of the largest producers of spun yarn in the world. I was so impressed as we walked around the facility. And I want to thank — I want to thank the leaders of this great company and all of you for the warm welcome.
But would you especially join me in thanking Charles Heilig for his hospitality today, and, of course, the Chairman and CEO of Parkdale, Andy Warlick. Thanks for leading a great company. (Applause.)
And finally, I just want to — I want to recognize a couple of great members of Congress from North Carolina who flew out here on Air Force Two with me. And they are friends of mine I’ve known for many years, and they served North Carolina with integrity and with conservative principle every single day: Congressman Richard Hudson from the 8th District, and Congressman Mark Walker. Thank you so much — (applause) — for your tremendous leadership and your support of this administration. We’re truly grateful.
You know, from our very first year in office, President Trump promised the people of North Carolina that we were going to work to make sure that American was growing again, that wages were rising against for American workers, and that we were going to be rebuilding American cities and towns. But he said then we were going to focus on manufacturing, because “when we grow American manufacturing, we don’t [just] grow…jobs and wages.” As the President said,” [We] grow America’s spirit.”
And I’m incredibly proud to report that under President Trump’s leadership, we’ve done just that in a little more than two years by rolling back federal regulations, unleashing American energy, passing the largest tax cuts and tax reform in American history. This economy is roaring, and American manufacturing is back. (Applause.) It’s true.
Since Election Day 2016, America — businesses large and small, just like this one, have grown by more than 5.8 million new jobs, including 180,000 jobs here in the state of North Carolina.
The unemployment rate today is at a 50-year low, and I’m especially proud to report the unemployment rate for African Americans and Hispanic Americans is the lowest level ever recorded in American history. (Applause.) The American Dream is working again for every American.
And as our economy is expanding, you all would know here at Parkdale, wages are rising. In fact, they’re rising at the fastest pace in more than a decade across this country. And I think maybe most meaningfully to me and the President is that wages are rising most rapidly for blue-collar, hardworking Americans. You know, the way we like to put it is: The forgotten men and women of America are forgotten no more! And America is growing for working Americans. (Applause.)
And jobs and opportunity are everywhere. You know, now for the 13th month in a row, there are actually more job openings in this country than there are Americans looking for work.
And, you know, before 13 months ago, that had actually never, ever happened. This economy is roaring. And it’s particularly true when it comes to manufacturing. You know, it’s amazing to think the last administration actually saw this country lose 200,000 manufacturing jobs. And the last President said, in 2016, when he was asked about manufacturing jobs coming back, he famously asked that question, “What magic wand do you have?”
Well, we didn’t need a “magic wand.” We just needed President Donald Trump in the White House — (applause) — to bring manufacturing back.
Advancing that agenda I just described, working with the great partners in the Congress of the United States, we’ve seen more than 500,000 manufacturing jobs created in a little more than two years, including 10,000 good-paying manufacturing jobs right here in North Carolina.
The truth is, manufacturing has come roaring back. But the President and I understand what your CEO understands and all the leadership of this company understands. And companies like this all across the country — it’s people like all of you that are making happen. This American renaissance in manufacturing is a testament to the integrity and the work ethic of men and women across this country.
In fact, this room is filled, and this company is filled, with stories of hardworking Americans, like a spinning technician I just heard about here at Parkdale, who, by July, will have worked here for almost 25 years. I’m told she’s a model employee — hardworking, thoughtful, and kind. She’s always wearing a big smile on her face that I’m told brightens everyone’s day.
And when she isn’t here, she is usually spending time with her mom; her niece, who’s like a daughter to her; and with a good book or a challenging puzzle. Would you all just join me in showing all of your appreciation for Sandra Olivia, who is with us today? Sandra. (Applause.) Sandra, come on up. Want to say a word? (Laughs.)
OLIVIA: Thank you. I’ve worked here for almost 25 years and I love my job. I love working for Parkdale. (Applause.)
THE VICE PRESIDENT: (Laughs.) That’s great.
OLIVIA: Thank you.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Thank you. Great job. Great job, Sandra.
We’re also joined today by one of Parkdale’s machine technicians, another great example of the kind of people that are really bringing this economy back and bringing manufacturing back. I’m told he’s also worked here for more than 25 years, always willing to go the extra mile for his company and his co-workers.
And he’s more than just a great employee; I’m told he’s a sports fan. Coaches basketball and baseball in a youth church league. He’s, in fact, a deacon at his church. In fact, I’m told that his favorite thing to do is just talk to people about his faith, and he always does it with thoughtfulness.
So join me in recognizing another outstanding member of the Parkdale Mills family, Bernard Walker. Thank you for — so much for being who you are. (Applause.)
Bernard, you want to say a word? Say something about the company. Appreciate you.
WALKER: Giving God the highest praise is always a blessing. Parkdale has been good to me. We have worked so hard to get to where we are now. So we just continue to just praise Parkdale and just keep working. Amen.
THE VICE PRESIDENT: Amen. (Laughs.) (Applause.)
Appreciate you, buddy. God bless.
Sandra and Bernard are — they’re great people. Give them another round of applause. I didn’t tell them I was going to call them up. Wasn’t that great? Beautiful. (Applause.) Great job. That was just great.
But I know these two great people are just — they’re really emblematic of all of you in this room, men and women who are really renewing American manufacturing and living the American Dream right here at this great company.
So thanks for doing what you do. Thanks for coming to work every day and making a great company even better every day. Give yourselves a round of applause — the whole Parkdale Mills team. You do a great job. (Applause.) You ought to be proud.
You know, the President and I know everything that we’ve accomplished in the last two years is really a testament to people like you. And I did come here to say thanks.
But I’m also here today to ask for your help, because for all the progress we’ve made, that’s just what this businessman-turned President calls “a good start.” It really is.
And to keep this economy rolling again, the President and I know, first and foremost, that we’ve got to level the playing field for American workers by forging trade deals that put America first. And that’s what we’ve been fighting for every day of this administration. (Applause.) It’s true.
From Europe to the Pacific, we’ve been negotiating deals that promote free, fair, and reciprocal trade. This may be one of the President’s favorite words about trade. We really do believe in free trade but we think that countries that we trade with ought to treat our businesses and our workers the same way that we treat theirs; that we ought to have the same access to their markets that they have to ours.
In that spirit, the President has taken action to reject trade deals that “tie our hands, [or] surrender our sovereignty, [or] make meaningful enforcement” impractical. That’s why this President, on day one, withdrew the United States of America from the TPP. (Applause.)
The President really does believe in negotiating trade deals one on one at arm’s length. Doesn’t he, Wilbur? He really believes in sitting down with countries and figuring out what works between us, and not these multinational, multilateral deals all across the world.
We’ve also renegotiated new deals that actually were working against American workers and American jobs, including the United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement, a huge improvement on the deal that was already in place.
And I’m proud to report that after the President took decisive action to protect American steel and alumian — aluminum, this week, we reached an agreement that put’s American steel and American jobs first. And it will have Mexico and Canada lift their retaliatory tariffs on agricultural goods. Under this new agreement, effective this last Monday, North Carolina farmers and workers are going to win like never before. It’s going to happen. (Applause.)
So we’ve been making some progress but we’ve still got a lot more work to do. We’ve got a great opportunity in front of us. As much as this economy has already grown, we really do believe that if we continue to let people keep more of what they earn, we continue to roll back federal red tape, we continue to expand access to American energy and have free and fair trade deals, that we’ll be able to make even more progress for American workers and American jobs.
Unfortunately, as I stand before you today, Democrats in Congress seem more interested in playing politics than making progress for the American people.
You saw what we’re up against today. This morning, an hour before Democrat leaders were scheduled to go to the White House to meet with the President to talk about rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure, the Speaker of the House actually accused the President of the United States of engaging in a cover-up.
The truth is, as the President said this morning, this is one of the most transparent administrations in the history of this country.
Our administration fully cooperated with the Special Counsel for more than two years. We provided more than 500 interviews, over a million documents, all of which confirmed what the President said all along: There was no collusion and no obstruction.
But while we’ve been focused on growing the greatest economy in history, it seems like Democrats just want a do-over. But reckless accusations won’t pave a single new road, and partisan investigations won’t create a single American job. Enough is enough. And the American people deserve better.
It’s time for Congress to end these partisan games and work with us for the good of every American. (Applause.)
And I’ll make you a promise: No matter how much the other side tries to obstruct, I came here to North Carolina to say that we’re going to keep fighting. We’re going to keep fighting for a stronger and more prosperous North Carolina and a stronger and more prosperous America.
And the best opportunity we have to do that — to grow this economy and our country’s economy — is for the Congress to step up and pass the largest trade deal in American history. The time has come for Congress to pass the USMCA. (Applause.)
You know, I’ve been traveling all across the country talking about the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and the difference that it’s going to make not only in manufacturing but in industries all across our economy.
I mean, we all remember NAFTA. It was adopted back in the 1990s. And I don’t — I don’t have to tell you about the impact that it’s had on our communities. Over in the Hoosier State, where I grew up, where I served as governor, we saw almost entire communities shuttered, as factories closed and moved south of the border. But those days are over.
The USMCA, once adopted, will impact more than 2 million American manufacturing jobs; jobs that depend on exports to Canada and Mexico. And we believe it’s absolutely essential to get it passed by the Congress because it will finally give American workers and farmers the level-playing field that they need to compete and win like never before.
The USMCA will help American companies protect innovative technologies that give us an edge in the global marketplace. It’s going to end programs in Canada that allow low-priced products to undercut American dairy, and it’s going to ensure that agricultural product grading is fair and transparent.
We’re simply not going to allow an outdated trade deal to hurt American manufacturers or American farmers anymore. (Applause.) We’re not going to stand by while a trade deal undermines good-paying jobs — jobs that have built our middle class in the past and are rebuilding it — rebuilding it all across America again today.
Under the USMCA, the President loves to say, American workers are going to win like never before. And it’s true. You just watch. But we’ve got to get it done. And it’s why I’m here in North Carolina today. The clock is ticking. It’s time. We need Congress to approve the USMCA, and we need Congress to approve the USMCA this summer. (Applause.)
I’m going to be in Canada about this time next week talking about just how important this trade deal is to the people of this country and, frankly, to all three countries here in North America.
The truth is, the President and I have done our jobs. But it’s time for the Congress to do their job and pass the USMCA. And I’m here to ask you to make a difference in that. I mean, the truth is, the men and women of American manufacturing, of manufacturing here in North Carolina, need to be heard. You to let your voices be heard.
So I want to encourage each and every one who came here today: Make sure your elected officials in Washington, D.C., in both political parties, know just how important USMCA is to this company, to this community, this state, and to this nation.
I mean, I have to tell you: The President and I couldn’t be more grateful to have the strong support of Congressman Richard Hudson and Congressman Mark Walker for the USMCA. But I hope you’ll encourage the rest of the delegation from North Carolina that serves in Washington, D.C., to join them to do the same — to step up, to speak out, to encourage the Democratic leadership in the Congress to step forward and do their job.
So go out there and tell the story. Tell people that, you know, “I ran into Mike the other day at Parkdale.” (Laughter.) “And he was real excited about this USMCA. He told us this thing is going to open up doors of opportunity, that it’s going to not only strengthen the company where I work, but it’s going to strengthen North Carolina and strengthen this country.”
So make no mistake about it: Your voice will make a difference. So let your voice be heard. I know if all of us do all that we can, we’re going to — we’re going to get this done. We’re going to get this Congress to step up and do their job. We’re going to pass the USMCA, and we’re going to get this economy growing even more than ever before. All right? (Applause.) So let’s get it done.
So, thanks for coming out today. I’m looking forward to saying hello to as many of you as time permits before they whisk me away.
But I want to promise you, before I leave, that in the days ahead, the President and I are going to keep on fighting. We’re going to keep on fighting for all the policies that North Carolina has supported over the last two years that are reviving this economy. They’ve revived American manufacturing and have Americans standing tall at home and abroad again.
And I truly do believe, if all of us do all that we can to continue to support those policies that are making this country strong and prosperous, that with your continued support, with President Donald Trump in the White House, with the great support of partners in the Congress and at every level across this country, and with God’s help, we’re going to make North Carolina and America more prosperous than you could possibly imagine. We’re going to make North Carolina and America safer than ever before. And to borrow a phrase, we’re going to make America great again.
Thanks, everybody. (Applause.) God bless you. God bless North Carolina. And God bless America.
RICHARDSON, Texas — May 22, 2019 — Fossil Group, Inc. (the “Company”) announced the election of Kevin Mansell to its Board of Directors, effective May 22, 2019. With Mr. Mansell’s election, the Company’s Board of Directors consists of nine members, including eight independent directors and one current member of senior management.
“Kevin has extensive experience leading one of the most successful omni-channel retailers in the country,” said Kosta N. Kartsotis, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. “We are excited to add his insight to our Board of Directors as we continue to focus on transforming our sales channels and driving innovation throughout the Company.”
Mr. Mansell spent over 35 years at Kohl’s Corporation, most recently serving as its Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President prior to retiring in May 2018. Mr. Mansell began his retail career in 1975 with the Venture Store Division of May Department Stores, where he held a number of positions in buying and merchandising. He joined Kohl’s Corporation in 1982 as Divisional Merchandise Manager. He served as Executive Vice President and General Merchandise Manager from 1987 to 1998 and as Senior Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Marketing from 1998 to 1999. Mr. Mansell served as Kohl’s President from 1999, Chief Executive Officer from 2008 and Chairman of the Board of Directors from 2009 until his retirement in May 2018. In March 2019, Mr. Mansell was appointed as a director and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance and Audit Committees of Columbia Sportswear Company, a leading innovator in active outdoor apparel, footwear, accessories, and equipment.
“Fossil Group has always kept great design and innovation at its core, both of which are essential to success in today’s digital world,” said Kevin Mansell. “I’m eager to join the board and to support the organization to further innovate the watch and accessory space.”
CLERMONT-FERRAND, France — May 22, 2019 — CARBIOS, a company pioneering new, bio-industrial solutions to reinvent the lifecycle of plastic and textile polymers, is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) members: Prof. Dr. Uwe T. Bornscheuer of Greifswald University in Germany and Dr. Ludwik Leibler of ESCPI Paris1 in France.
CARBIOS Chief Scientific Officer, Prof. Alain Marty will now take the lead as president of the SAB. He is surrounded by 3 researchers with complementary scientific skills. With their strong international backgrounds and a shared vision of innovation, members of the SAB will bring to the Company their expertise in the field of polymer sciences and enzymology. In addition, they are actively pursuing research that values sustainability and a green economy.
Prof. Alain Marty comments: “It is a pleasure to have such high-quality scientific researchers in the fields of polymer sciences and enzyme technology which are the heart of CARBIOS processes. I look forward to the exciting discussions and advices that this new Scientific Advisory Board will generate and welcome its two newest members to the team.”
The major research target of Prof. Dr. Bornscheuer is the development of tailor-made biocatalysts suitable for industrial applications, based on a strong expertise of enzyme optimization. He is named inventor on more than 40 patent applications and published more than 450 scientific articles in this field of research. Bornscheuer’s international affiliations include an adjunct professorship in Thailand, a research stay at Kyoto University in Japan, two sabbaticals at the National Institute of Agricultural Research (INRA) in Toulouse and at Diversa Corp. in San Diego (Calif., USA) a postdoctoral stay at the University of Nagoya in Japan, and awards from the German Lipid Society, American Oil Chemists’ Society, the French Society of Lipid Research, and the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science as well as the prestigious BiocatAward in 2008. He leads the Dept. of Biotechnology & Enzyme Catalysis at the university’s Institute of Biochemistry, and he is now Vice-Dean of the faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at Greifswald University. Indeed, he shares with CARBIOS a global perspective on the importance of enzyme catalysis technology in helping to establish a circular economy and sustainable solution to the problem of plastic pollution.
Dr. Leibler is currently distinguished Professor at Ecole supérieure de Physique et de Chimie de Paris (ESCPI Paris). He is member of the French Academy of Sciences and Foreign Associate of National Academy of Engineering (USA). He received his PhD in 1976 in Theoretical Physics from Warsaw University, and then spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Collège de France in Paris under the direction of Pierre-Gilles de Gennes. He joined the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) in Strasbourg, then Paris where he worked on theoretical and experimental aspects of polymer self-assembly and dynamics, interfaces, gels and charged polymers. From 1996 to 2003 he was the founding director of a joint laboratory between CNRS and chemical company Elf-Atochem (later Arkema) and between 2003 and 2017 served as Director of Soft Matter and Chemistry Laboratory at ESPCI in Paris. During the last decade, Dr. Leibler and his team discovered a self-healing supramolecular rubber that self-repairs by simple contact after being cut and a new class of organic materials, called vitrimers, which like glass are malleable when heated, the discoveries lauded by 2015 European Inventor Award of European Patent Office.
Dr. Leibler has received number of honors and awards from various international organizations including Polymer Physics Prize of American Physical Society, American Chemical Society Award in Polymer Chemistry, Descartes – Huygens Prize of Academy of Sciences and Arts of Netherlands, Tartufari International Prize of Accademia Nazionale Dei Lincei (Italy) and in France, Grand Prix of Fondation de la Maison de Chimie, Grand Prix IFP of l’Acadeìmie des Sciences and Grand Prix Pierre Süe of the French Chemical Society, Silver Medal and Medal of Innovation from CNRS. He is named as inventor on around 50 patent applications and published more than 200 scientific articles.
Returning member Dr. Philippe Dubois will continue to serve as member of CARBIOS’ SAB. He is currently Rector-President of the University of Mons in Belgium, where he also leads the Laboratory of Polymeric and Composite Materials, Center of Innovation and Research in Materials & Polymers CIRMAP. His expertise covers organic chemistry; macromolecular chemistry; catalysis in polymer materials; and (reactive) processing of (nano)composites and nanohybrid materials, including biosourced polymers. He has pursued a scientific and professional career in the design and application of polymers as well as polymer-based nano-composites. He has published more than 740 peer-reviewed scientific articles and is the inventor of 71 patent applications. He is President and Scientific Director of Materia Nova Research Center, Belgium. He is Adjunct Professor at the Chemical Engineering Faculty, Michigan State University, MSU, Lansing (USA) and Guest Professor at the National key-lab of Chemical Engineering, Zhejiang University (Hangzhou, China).
Prior to taking over as Rector-President, Dr. Dubois was Vice-Rector of research at UMONS for more than 7 years. He also served as President of the Royal Society of Chemistry in Belgium in 2006-2007. Since 2010 he has been a titular member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, Belgium and in 2017 was elected member of the European Academy of Sciences (EurASc) Engineering Division. In 2016, King Philippe of Belgium personally awarded Dr. Dubois as a laureate of the FNRS Quinquennial Award in applied exact sciences (2011–2015), the highest scientific award of FNRS delivered every five years. The award recognized Dr. Dubois’ research on reaction processes as providing a “fundamental contribution to the advances of green chemistry and to society in general.”
HOUSTON — May 21, 2019 — Orion Engineered Carbons S.A. (the “Company“ or “Orion”), a worldwide supplier of specialty and high-performance Carbon Black, today announced the following changes in its executive management team:
Carlos Quinones is appointed Senior Vice President, Global Operations. Mr. Quinones will join Orion and assume his role on June 3, 2019. Mr. Quinones has over 25 years of chemical industry experience with Arco Chemical, Rohm and Haas/Dow Chemical, Praxair and Air Products and Chemicals. “Carlos has deep chemical manufacturing experience across a number of operations including high temperature reactions, waste heat optimization and high reliability systems,” said Corning Painter, CEO of Orion. “Carlos will strengthen our leadership to advance our plant productivity and reliability to new heights.”
Pedro Riveros is appointed Senior Vice President and General Manager, Americas. Mr. Riveros will join Orion and assume his role on June 3, 2019. He joins Orion following a long career at Air Products and Chemicals, where he held numerous business and general management roles in North and South America and managed large P&L’s. Orion’s CEO, Corning Painter, said, “Pedro is an excellent business leader with a track record of accomplishment in each of his various positions. He is very experienced in business management and strategy, applications development and selling, and working across functions to deliver value to customers. He will bring outstanding leadership to the Orion Americas team.”
Patrick Tuttle is appointed Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources. Mr. Tuttle will join Orion and assume this role on June 10, 2019. Mr. Tuttle was most recently vice president and chief human resources officer for ESAB, a global manufacturer of welding supplies, and previously served as vice president of human resources and strategic business partner for Reichhold LLC, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of unsaturated polyester resins. He has over 20 years’ experience in human resources, many in international roles. “We are pleased to have Patrick join our team at Orion,” said Corning Painter, CEO. “His exceptional background in human resources will be invaluable to driving our strategic growth and value enhancement initiatives.”
Current holders of these roles will be succeeded by Messer’s Quinones, Riveros and Tuttle, who will all be based in Orion’s Principal Executive Offices in Houston, TX, USA. Dr. Claudine Mollenkopf, Senior Vice President Specialty Carbon Blacks, will be leaving the Company to pursue other business interests. Her role will be reassigned within Orion.
NEW YORK — May 21, 2019 — PVH Corp., one of the world’s largest apparel companies and owner of iconic brands, including CALVIN KLEIN, TOMMY HILFIGER, Van Heusen, Speedo, and IZOD, announced today the appointment of Stefan Larsson to the newly created role of President, PVH Corp. effective June 3, 2019. Mr. Larsson will have the responsibility for managing PVH’s branded businesses and regions, with each of the three brand CEOs and the Regional Presidents reporting to him. He will report to Emanuel Chirico, PVH’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. In connection with this announcement, Mr. Chirico signed a new five-year employment agreement with the Company.
PVH Presiding Director, Henry Nasella commented that “With the signing of Manny’s new employment agreement and the hiring of Stefan in the newly created role of President, we believe that PVH is extremely well-positioned from a leadership and a management succession perspective to continue to execute our strategic plans well into the future.”
Mr. Larsson was most recently Chief Executive Officer of Ralph Lauren Corp., where he successfully refocused the company on what made it iconic, improved its performance and set the path for future growth. Prior to that, Mr. Larsson served as the Global President of Old Navy, a division of Gap Inc., and helped Old Navy deliver 12 consecutive quarters of profitable growth, adding $1 billion in profitable sales. Over nearly 15 years, Mr. Larsson was part of the team that grew Swedish retailer Hennes & Mauritz (H&M) sales from $3 billion to $17 billion and expanded the company’s operations from 12 to 44 countries.
“Stefan’s talent and operational track record make him a strong addition to the PVH senior management team,” said Emanuel Chirico, Chairman and CEO. “He is highly regarded for his strategic focus, proven leadership and global experience in driving transformation and brand building in an increasingly dynamic and ever-changing consumer landscape. As our President, I am confident that Stefan is uniquely qualified to help fuel our global growth by successfully leading our brands and regions to execute against our strategic priorities, and deliver consistent top and bottom line growth and returns to our stockholders.”
Stefan Larsson commented, “PVH is an exceptional company and owns some of the most iconic global lifestyle brands. I have long admired what Manny and the PVH management team have achieved, with a history of successful, transformative acquisitions, exceptional brand building, reinvention and innovation, strong operating platforms and connection to its consumers. I look forward to contributing to the power of PVH and partnering with the entire leadership team to drive the business forward.”
ANN ARBOR, Mich. — May 22, 2019 — Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. (“Company”), a developer of spider silk based fibers, announces today that it has submitted five new provisional patent applications, for technologies related to its recombinant spider silk technologies. These applications cover a broad range of technologies in the creation, screening, and production of new recombinant proteins. These new applications expand beyond the Company’s publicly disclosed silkworm and silk technologies, to include advanced construction systems, methods, and non-native proteins.
In November, of 2018, the Company retained Workman Nydegger as its Intellectual Property counsel and expects to utilize their expertise in prosecuting these, and all future, patent applications.
“Our R&D team is constantly looking for opportunities to strengthen our competitive potions, products, and processes. The recently submitted provisional patent applications cover key technologies and processes, invented by Dr. Kane and our team, as well as new applications that build upon our technologies,” said Kraig’s COO Jon Rice. “These new technologies have the potential to significantly reduce future R&D costs and break open new markets for recombinant protein products, reaching far beyond silks and apparel.”
ROSEVILLE, MN — May 22, 2019 — Targeting the future was the goal of the 2019 Outlook Conference, sponsored by Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). This year’s Outlook Conference, held May 6-8 at the beautiful Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Ga., attracted 111 textile manufacture leaders, who gathered for education and updates on government relations, economics and sustainability.
“The USIFI advisory board and the staff members who produced the 2019 Outlook Conference did a great job,” notes IFAI president and CEO Steve Schiffman. “Great content, great venue and a lot positive feedback from attendees and sponsors!”
Sessions began with the third-ever Military Morning. Sixty-eight attendees came to the conference early to take part in this military focused education. Ron Houle of Pivot Steps Consultants, Burke, Va., kicked off the meeting with “Making (Some) Sense of the DoD Budget.” Houle was followed by a presentation from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) and a session on the supplier chain prospective of the Berry Amendment.
As Outlook launched in full, presenters took new approaches with educational sessions, kicking off with a sustainability panel. Colin Touhey of Pvilion, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Karen Leonas of North Caroline State University (NCSU), Raleigh, N.C.; and Chad Bolick of UNIFI, discussed sustainability and what this means for companies and the supply chain. The discussion reconvened the next day with returning Outlook presenter, Aubrey Hilliard of Texican. Hilliard emphasized that the time for making changes in manufacturing practices is now.
The conference featured two keynote speakers. David Hinks, Dean of Wilson College of Textiles at NCSU, spoke on his journey in the textile industry along with his thoughts on innovation and workforce development. Byron Reese, futurist and technologist, closed out the conference with his optimistic views on the future of humanity.
Along with the education, the attendees enjoyed lakeside networking, golfing and skeet shooting. The retreat atmosphere gave attendees opportunities to learn, recharge and network.
“The Outlook Conference was easily one of the best conferences I have attended,” remarked first-time attendee, Kasper Van Veen of Vintex Inc. “The content was thought-provoking and insightful, and the speakers proved to be well qualified to share their views on the topics. The outstanding location and the ease of networking among the attendees contributed to make this a great experience.”
Posted May 22, 2019
Source: Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI)
TURKEY — May 22, 2019 — The last frontier of innovation in racing suits made with yarns in Metamicro is the model Prime SP-16+, designed in collaboration with the Team McLaren Honda F.1
The spinning mill Filidea, joint venture between Marchi & Fildi spa and Abalıoğlu Holding A.Ş specialized in technical and high performance yarns with natural and synthtic fibers, is parter of Sparco, italian Company leader for the production of automotive components and technical apparels for the most important world Championships.
The cooperation between the two Companies located in Piedmont, northern Italy, is focused on the supply of yarns with Metamicro in an exclusive composition, that are used for the production of the racing suits Sparco of the Premium range for Formula 1 and the World Rally Championship. The fire resistant yarn Metamicro based on aramidic fibers are a product of the latest generation, for their production it is necessary a special spinning line. The production is following the strict Sparco standards. Sparco controls all the production chain of racing suits, from Filidea, who has the competence to dye all the yarns with aramidic fibers in its own dyeing plant, to the woven fabric, produced and dyed in its own plant, to the woven fabric made by the italian Company TAT, till the production of garments. The process is always improved and tested.
Metamicro yarns are made by an high peformance spinning process. They are used for the production of fire resistant fabrics, that make a protection barrier for the body against flames and high temperature. The very fine micronage allows the production of very light fabrics with thick texture, the perfect base for light and comfortable suits. These features assure easier movements to the driver and the maximum protection from fire, keeping high breathability.
The model Prime SP-16+ represents the perfect application of this technology, designed in cooperation with the Team McLaren Honda F.1. This racing suit is FIA approved and it is the lightest suit in the world. Sparco raised the bar to new levels to the highest performance limit.
Prime Sp-16 was born in Sparco R&D division and has exceptional performance: it is the lightest suit in the world, (Fernando Alonso’s suits weight is less than 600 g), its breathability and comfort are unique. The suit is composed by 2-fabrics layers, made by Metamicro yarns. It has all the latest accessories such as a lighter, slimmer zip, ultra-thin stitching to give a flat stitching pattern.
Metamicro is the principle of the whole Premium Sparco collection, both for woman and man and of some iconic models. The celebration suit made for the retire of Fernando Alonso from Formula 1 will be in exhibition at Filidea stand during Techtextil.
Frankfurt — May 14, 2019 — 3D right from the outset, across all process steps – this accelerates work processes in the fashion industry and also provides retail store customers with new shopping experiences. Experience the advantages of digitalization live at the Assyst booth (Hall 4.0, C21) – now more tangible than ever!
Assyst will be focusing its comprehensive digitalization know- how in one location at the trade fair, making it possible for visitors to experience how 3D not only massively accelerates familiar workflows, but also raises the results to a new level of quality.
3D – the key technology of digitalization
Whether it’s design, product development or selling clothing, Assyst has the right IT solutions for every stage of the process – and they all mesh perfectly with one other. 3D is now being used throughout all process stages for the first time, and it’s proving to be the key technology of digitalization for the apparel industry. The perfect interaction of the proven Assyst products Cad.Assyst, PLM GoLive, Automarker/Autocost and iSize results in solutions for completely new workflows that reduce both timeframes and costs.
Scenarios that are just like those in everyday working life
To illustrate this for different workflows, Assyst has developed realistic scenarios for the Texprocess, based on the working environment of the trade fair visitors. “It was important to us that we didn’t simply show isolated solutions,” says Dr. Andreas Seidl, CEO of Assyst. “We want our exhibition visitors to find themselves in their working environments and discover the solutions they’ve been waiting for.”
Three different scenarios will be presented – for design, development and distribution. Taking an idea and creating a first design concept from it as quickly as possible – a concept which then becomes the basis for the further development of your collection? Assyst now makes this easier than ever with 3D Vidya Sketch. One highlight for product development is the digital photo studio, thanks to which 3D designs can be optimally prepared for web shops and catalogs. Assyst will also be showing a digital showroom with a completely digitalized order process for the sales & distribution sector – plus a retail store scenario that presents completely new shopping experiences for customers, including a virtual fitting with an individual avatar.
Collaboration is one of Assyst’s main trade fair themes. The company will be showing how all your relevant 3D content can be distributed in the Cloud, edited with your team(s) and taken forward towards the end product. The integration of technologies from other companies is also an important topic for the successful digitalization of the industry, and Assyst will also be addressing this at the Texprocess: Together with the Digital Textile Connection, Assyst will show visitors how the combination of technologies in the field of material and color
imaging can raise 3D to a new and exciting level of reality, reliably transporting color-accurate information across various process steps. Assyst will once again be part of the Digital Textile Microfactory (Hall 4.1, D45) coordinated by the DITF Denkendorf, showing how digitalization makes new business models possible.
Texprocess premiere for Avalution
Avalution – the Human Solution Group’s youngest company – will also be in the Assyst booth at the trade fair. The Sizing & Fitting and Body Scanning divisions of Human Solutions were transferred to Avalution in September 2018 – and the young company’s solutions fit seamlessly into Assyst’s scenarios. Two special highlights: Avalution will be bringing the results of the Size NorthAmerica serial measurement survey to Texprocess and presenting a new body scanner.
HELSINKI — May 22, 2019 — Klaus Korhonen (LL.M.) has been appointed Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Legal Affairs at Suominen. He will be a member of Suominen’s Executive Team and report to President and CEO Petri Helsky. Korhonen will start in his new position latest in September.
Korhonen joins Suominen from Kemira Oyj, where he has worked as General Counsel, EMEA. Before that he has had several managerial positions in legal and HR functions in Kemira.
“I am pleased that a person with expertise in commercial and corporate law now joins our company. Klaus Korhonen has a wide knowledge in legal matters from the same geographic regions that Suominen operates in. Klaus also has strong experience in HR management in an international environment,” says Petri Helsky, President and CEO of Suominen.