Printwear

May '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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BUSINESS WATCH 8 || P R I N T W E A R M A Y 2 0 1 6 Penn Emblem Receives Safety Achievement Award MIRA LOMA, Calif.—Penn Emblem receives the Safety Achievement Award from Captive Resources LLC. An independent consulting company focused on controlling insurance costs, Captive Resources awarded Penn Emblem's Mira Loma safety committee for displaying exceptional safety and loss prevention practices. The company received the highest score on Captive Resource's risk control report card. A statement released by the company says that it continues to prioritize safety for its employees and customers and that it is honored to accept the award. Global Organic Textile Standard Re- ports Increase in Certifications WASHINGTON—The Global Organic Textile Standard announces an increase of certified facilities from 2014–2015. Recorded growth includes both the mass market and larger brands. The GOTS reports that certifications grew from 3,663 in 2014 to 3,814 facilities in 2015. A major figure in processing standards for organic textiles, the GOTS also requires compliance with social criteria. "The figures show that GOTS' credible and independent certification of the entire supply chain is an important driver for the business case for sustainability—in contrast to mere self-claims," says Claudia Kersten, GOTS Marketing Director. Countries and regions with the largest increase in GOTS certification for 2015 spanned multiple continents, including India (+74), Europe (+58), Turkey (+27), and Bangladesh (+21). To date, the GOTS also reports there are 847,749 people working in 2,799 (out of the actual 3,814) GOTS-certified facilities. This figure is likely to reach one million when the final numbers are received. Within the United States, multiple textile companies also became GOTS certified, including Draper Knitting, O Ecotextiles, and United Medical Enterprises. STAHLS' Protects Patents, Trademarks STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich.— STAHLS' successfully defends its intellectual property rights after reaching a settlement in a federal lawsuit. In a press release issued by the company, STAHLS' states that three defendants have agreed to cease infringement on the company's trademarks, patents, and copyrighted content relating to Hotronix heat press equipment. The settlement also included an agreement to stop sales and importation of said products within the United States. "STAHLS' has dozens of issued patents and pending applications, as well as many federally registered trademarks," says Ted Stahl, executive chairman at STAHLS'. "We have made significant investments in research and development to design the most technologically- advanced heat press on the market, and we will fight back against threats to our intellectual property." STAHLS' worked with intellectual property counsel Fishman Stewart soon after learning of the infringements. Both parties successfully had the products in question pulled from online marketplaces, including third- party sites like eBay, Amazon, and Facebook within 24 hours of discovering the infringement. "As we continue to innovate to meet ever-changing demands of today's textile and garment decoration industry, we will move quickly whenever and wherever necessary to protect our customers against knockoff imitations looking to capitalize on STAHLS' good name," adds Chris Lawson, CEO at STAHLS'. Ryonet Becomes Gold-Level SGP Sponsor VANCOUVER, Wash.—Ryonet is now a gold-level sponsor for the Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP), which provides information and resources for companies who want to become more sustainable, as well as a certification program. Sponsorship gives Ryonet the opportunity to share information and materials on its website that benefit customers, along with key activities and opportunities related to the sustainability of the printing community. "At our core, Ryonet strives to develop green products and processes by providing an eco-friendlier experience for printers and the earth," says Ryan Moor, president. "We actively work with our suppliers to develop products based on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) definition of sustainable chemistry. As a SGP sponsor, we are expanding our efforts to provide safer working conditions for textile screen printers with a less- harmful impact on the planet."

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