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Mean Gene Leather – It’s Springtime for Burritos

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

The springs have landed and that means Burrito ammo pouches will be held under tension with springs rather than cordage.

AEC Narrow Fabrics Awarded OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Certification

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

Zürich (July 12, 2016)– The OEKO-TEX® Association is pleased to announce that AEC Narrow Fabrics (Asheboro Elastics Corporation) has been awarded the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification, that ensures that AEC narrow fabrics have been tested to be free of harmful levels of more than 300 potentially harmful substances. AEC manufactures a broad assortment of knitted and woven narrow fabrics for apparel, home textiles, medical, automotive, marine, and commercial applications. The Asheboro, NC company has operations in the US and Central America with global distribution. The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification was issued for products made at AEC’s facilities in El Salvador and Honduras, Central America.

“The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification is an important element of our overall quality assurance and product safety programs,” said Charles Adams, President of AEC Narrow Fabrics. “This voluntary certification is recognized and respected by our customers around the world, especially by those who are OEKO-TEX® certified themselves.”

By securing the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 certification for products made in its El Salvador and Honduras manufacturing facilities, AEC products made there can be used without concern in other OEKO-TEX® certified products. The modular nature of the OEKO-TEX® certification allows manufacturers to take credit for their suppliers’ certifications when applying for certification for their own products, therefore saving time and expense.

“Our customers appreciate us for our quality, service, and innovation,” commented Adams. “Now with OEKO-TEX® certification, we’re giving them another reassurance that our products are made with respect for the wellbeing of our associates, our customers’ associates, and the consumers who ultimately use the products that include our narrow fabrics.”

The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 list of concerning chemicals includes residual pesticides, carcinogenic dyestuffs, phthalates, heavy metals, and formaldehyde. The OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 is updated annually and reflects the latest advances in textile chemistry, up to date medical knowledge, and the current state of textile product safety regulations. To learn more about the portfolio of OEKO-TEX® certification systems and tools for textile manufacturers, brands, and retailers, or to see a listing of other OEKO-TEX® certified products and facilities, visit To see AEC Narrow Fabric’s website visit

Polartec Retains Fielding Miller for Brand Communications

Wednesday, July 6th, 2016

(Lawrence, Mass.) – July 6, 2016 – Polartec, the premium provider of innovative textile solutions, has retained the services of Fielding Miller to support its marketing efforts. Fielding Miller will oversee brand communications with a focus on editorial marketing, and content strategy, production and distribution.

“I think a great deal of Polartec, having worked with the company in an agency capacity in the past,” says Fielding Miller. “This is a special opportunity to work in a more integrated role as a member of the Polartec team. Polartec has developed more capabilities than any other fabric company, but what sets Polartec apart is its development work with partner brands, providing solutions specifically for them. I’m excited to tell those stories with Polartec partners, which include some of the best consumer brands in the world.”

“We are very excited to have Fielding join our team,” adds Gary Smith, Polartec CEO. “His prior agency work on our behalf provided him with deep knowledge of our products and markets. That experience combined with his passion for sport provides Polartec with excellent marketing communications capability.”

Polartec is an increasingly global solutions provider in a constant process of innovation. Polartec is currently launching Polartec Delta cooling fabric, the brand’s first fabric platform developed specifically for hot weather. In the second week of July, Polartec will announce the winners of the Polartec Apex Design Awards, highlighting some of the most innovative and appropriate uses of Polartec fabrics this year, in categories spanning technical outdoor, workwear, athletic and fashion.

National Molding – Duraflex Web Adapters And Release Pull Bead

Monday, June 27th, 2016

National Molding has introduced two new products. They’ll be offered in Black, Tan 499 and Ranger Green.



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Morgan Advanced Materials and D3O Announce New Helmet

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Morgan and D3O create world’s most advanced helmet for defence sector

Morgan Advanced Materials, a world leader in the application of advanced composite material technology, has incorporated D3O TRUST high-performance padding system into its ultra-lightweight combat helmet portfolio, the LASA AC914 and LASA AC915. The combination of Morgan’s hybrid composite ballistic helmet shell technology, with D3O’s impact pads is believed to be the most advanced combat helmet in the global market.

The D3O TRUST helmet liner system, created by the experts in real-world impact protection solutions, is engineered using patented composite materials. The seven-piece system which exceeds required Advanced Combat Helmet (ACH) protection levels by 33% at 10ft/sec, has now been used by Morgan to complement its world leading ballistic helmet shell technology.

Morgan’s LASA AC914 and LASA AC915 ballistic helmets are manufactured using proprietary ultra-lightweight, composite hybrid technology, which provides structure, durability and a level of protection at weights significantly lower than previously available. The helmets are the outcome of over three years of materials and product development at Morgan’s Ballistics Centre of Excellence.

Weighing in at 1.25kg (2.9lb) for a full cut LASA AC914 helmet and 1.15kg for a high cut LASA AC915 variant, these composite hybrid helmets are 7.5% lighter than a typical advanced combat helmets with 10% enhanced 17gr FSP Performance (735m/s). Built for comfort and endurance, the D3Oâ TRUST 10ft/sec blunt trauma impact padding system exceeds all regulatory performance standards and is recognised as the most durable and comfortable solution on the global market.

Duncan Eldridge, President of Morgan Advanced Materials – Composites and Defence Systems, explains: “Morgan has been at the forefront of ballistic protective combat helmet design for more than 30 years and we are proud to partner with D3O in the creation of our most advanced combat helmet yet”.

“The unrivalled performance of the D3O TRUST padding system and the resulting helmet is one which provides the highest levels ballistic protection at an extraordinarily low weight – a technological advancement which is sure to shape the sector.”

Todd Dunnagan, Director – D3O Global Defence Sector commented: “Morgan’s helmet shell technology provides flammability protection, ballistic protection and a structurally sound platform for the integration of blunt impact and retention systems, which, combined with the comfort and shock-absorbing capabilities of our D3O TRUST helmet liner system, delivers the ultimate lightweight, high-performance head protection solution.”

Available in a variety of configurations, the LASA helmets are compatible with in-service equipment including night vision goggles, as well as an array of other accessories. The LASA AC914 and LASA AC915 are available to purchase through Morgan’s locations in the UK, Canada and Singapore.

For more information on Morgan’s ballistic helmets, visit and for details on the D3O TRUST helmet liner system, go to

Arc’teryx Reminds You To Care For Your Gore-Tex Outerwear

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016

If you’ve got an Arc’teryx jacket or pants made from Gore-Tex, they’d like to remind you to give it a little TLC.

At the end of each season it’s a great idea to do a visual inspection of your gear so, if needed, you can have it repaired and ready for next season!

-Open and close each zipper and inspect teeth for damage.
-Verify that all internal elastic drawcords (i.e. hood and hem) are in good shape.
-Inspect the outside of the garment

In the event of a problem, warranty info is available at

MMI Textiles Now Offering Printed Narrow Fabrics

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

MMI partners with Mikan to expand product line and reinforce commitment to the military industry

WESTLAKE, OH – MMI Textiles, Inc., a leading supplier in the textile industry, announced today that they are introducing a line of printed narrow fabrics through an exclusive partnership with Mikan Printing. The goal of this addition is to better serve the military and tactical industry throughout the United States and around the world. These printed narrow fabrics will include webbing, binding tape, loop, elastic, zipper, and more. 

This product is currently available in MultiCam® with MultiCam Alpine®, Arid, Black and Tropic patterns being developed in the coming months. With higher quality inks and improved durability, this new product line is one of the best available in the market. It’s created with advanced-edge technology to give fabric a more concealed edge. It is 100% Berry Compliant maintaining MMI’s ability to offer so many products Made in the USA.

“Being able to offer printed narrow fabrics fills a need we heard loud and clear for our tactical and military customers. Current and future customers will have a high quality, innovative, and competitive option for printed narrow fabrics along with the commitment of the MMI team,” said founder and president of MMI Textiles Inc., Amy Bircher.

After 19 years in the business, MMI Textiles, Inc. has a long history and an excellent reputation of serving the industry. The company’s mission is to be an all-in-one supplier to both the commercial and military markets. MMI supplies fabric, hardware, labels, and more to customers all over the world.

A valued-partner, Mikan Printing, is one of the countries most respected and innovative leaders in the narrow-printed fabric industry–a family owned business with over 64 years of experience. This proven expertise will reinforce MMI’s commitment to providing quality products and valuable customer service.

Morgan Advanced Materials Launches Ultra-Lightweight Discreet Covert Ballistic Insert

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

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Morgan Advanced Materials, a world leader in the application of advanced composite armour technology, is delighted to announce the launch of the discreet, ultra-lightweight, buoyant, high performance covert ballistic insert, the ‘LASA LWB Covert’. Designed to fit under standard clothing, the LASA LWB Covert is ideal for military and law enforcement operations where the wearer needs to blend in with their surroundings.

Featuring a specialist discreet design and undetectable from metal detectors, the LASA LWB Covert is shaped to conform to the user’s body shape, with a thickness of just 13mm and edges tapering to 6mm for enhanced subtlety. Once in place, when used in conjunction with approved soft armour, it protects the wearer from special threats that include both the 5.56 x 45mm 55gr ball (M193) and 7.62 x 39mm 123gr PS ball (mild steel core) ammunition. Utilising a shooter’s cut; the LASA LWB Covert weighs just 686g with an aerial weight of 11.9 kg/m2.

LASA LWB Covert side

Duncan Eldridge, President of Morgan Advanced Materials – Composites & Defence Systems, commented: “we are delighted to launch the discreet LASA LWB Covert ballistic insert, which delivers exceptional, multi-hit covert protection at an extraordinarily low weight and thickness. Our expert knowledge in composite armour design has allowed us to add another world leading ballistic insert, meeting the varied needs modern military and law enforcement personnel to our suite of leading personal armour technology.”

The LASA LWB Covert is the latest product in Morgan’s Lightweight Armoured Soldier Architecture (LASA) portfolio, covering ultra-lightweight ballistic inserts, ballistic shields and hybrid composite helmets. The LASA portfolio includes a modular suite of ballistic inserts providing multi-hit protection against threats exceeding NIJ Levels III and IV and solutions tailored towards defeating special threats including the BZ and SS109 round at the lowest weight.