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MMI Textiles Announces MultiCam Woven Loop

Thursday, September 8th, 2016

9/8/2016 — As a part of their new printed narrow fabrics line, MMI Textiles, Inc. is now offering printed loop in both MultiCam® and OCP. MMI is responding to a need within the industry for printed loop and now after approval, the product is available for sale. It is the only printed woven loop that is made to A-A-55126 available in the market, and has excellent quality and resolution.

It’s just one of the many products within their new line. After announcing a partnership with Mikan Printing in May, the company rolled out a line of printed webbing, binding tape, loop, elastic, and zipper. Most of these are currently in stock in MultiCam® pattern, with MultiCam® Alpine®, Arid, Black and Tropic patterns being developed in the coming weeks. OCP is being printed on various materials as needed and by government contract only. Samples are available from MMI by request.

These materials are 100% Berry Compliant and created with patent-pending technology that gives the usual “white-edge” much more of a concealed appearance.

This news illustrates MMI’s on-going commitment to serve the military and tactical industries. For any inquiries or interest in samples, call MMI at 440-899-8050 or email them at

MultiCam® is a registered trademark of Crye Precision

Duro Textiles Closing

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Rumors regarding the future of Duro Textiles have been swirling the cut-and-sew industry since Duro Textiles failed to reopen their doors after their annual Summer break.

Reportedly, Duro sent the Massachusetts Division of Career Services a WARN Act notice (Worker Adjustment Retraining and Notification ) that it would be permanently laying off its 131 person workforce by 15 October and closing the factory, which has been in operation for almost 70 years.

Industry sources I had spoken with informed that a potential buyer had expressed serious interest in the troubled brand, currently managed by investment firm Patriarch Patners.  Unfortunately, that deal hasn’t seemed to materialize. 

This is a major blow to the tactical industry as they have printed specialty camouflage patterns for several brands.  So too will the US Army’s attempts to source royalty-free OCP (Scorpion W2) fabrics be seriously undercut.  

MultiCam patent holder Crye Precision Has been fighting a protracted legal battle with Duro over IP issues with Crye filing an appeal to a court decision earlier this year to dismiss the case. 

We wish all of the laid off textile workers well in their search for new employment. They clothed generation after generation of American service members. 

MATBOCK Monday || Ghost and Ghost Lite

Monday, August 29th, 2016

MATBOCK was in search of a lightweight material that was not only strong, but durable and would outperform existing materials. After 2.5 years of searching and failing to yield acceptable results, MATBOCK decided to develop their own blend.

In keeping with their motto of “Lighter Faster Warriors”, they had to ensure that the material was going to be lighter than anything else on the market so they started looking at fiber based materials. This led them to test materials such as Tyvek®; however, it was not strong enough. In keeping with that same mentality they started researching sail cloth or dyneema based materials and ultimately Ghost was born in an alloy type laminate allowing for the strengths of many different materials to shine through. After years of testing on and off the battlefield, Ghost has met the demanding requirements.

Traditional manufacturing methods of nylon do not work well with Ghost, leading MATBOCK to continually test, develop and improve their methods for construction. At nearly half the weight of alternative fabrics, and nearly 4 times stronger, they are excited to finally bring this capability to the tactical gear market. MATBOCK would never put a piece of gear in the field that did not meet their own rigorous standards as it is their own brothers, friends, and teammates depending on it.

Below you can find the Spec Sheet for Ghost.


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Blue Force Gear Receives Patent

Friday, August 26th, 2016

SAVANNAH, GA-August 10, 2016- Blue Force Gear®, a growing design and manufacturing company in the firearms accessories industry, announces that it has been granted its second US patent for the Helium Whisper® load carrier system and associated manufacturing methods. US patent 9,295,319 embodies the ability for a load carrier system to include a unitary piece of material.

The patent covers two embodiments of the load carriage system. One of which pertains to the unitary piece of material, and the other being the benefits through manufacturing methods of Helium Whisper®.

Helium Whisper® revolutionizes the MOLLE attachment system by combining a single piece back panel with ULTRAcomp®, an extremely durable, lightweight high-performance proprietary laminate. By reducing the number of parts involved in MOLLE attachment, the single-piece design decreases potential errors and weak points, provides easier production and offers a lighter alternative to any other pouch system.

“Blue Force Gear continues to innovate as the leader in the production of lightweight gear,” says CEO Ashley Burnsed. “For more than two decades the primary health threat to troops has been common joint, muscle and bone injuries including back pain. The average load carried by a Rifleman can be in excess of 127 pounds. Blue Force Gear celebrates every ounce of weight reduction because ounces equal pounds, and our pouches built with the Helium Whisper® system can reduce weight by up to 60 percent, making our service members lighter, faster and quite possibly healthier.”

This patent solidifies Helium Whisper® as a true innovation in lightweight attachment systems. In addition to Blue Force Gear’s products, the Helium Whisper® attachment system is in wide use by manufacturers such as SAFARILAND Group, Velocity Systems, Platatac and Strategen who license the technology from Blue Force Gear directly.

National Molding – Ghost Eye Hooks

Friday, August 26th, 2016

Duraflex Ghost Eye Hooks from National Molding are made right here in the USA and available in 3/4″ and 1″.

ACW MSR Side Release Buckle

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

American Cord & Webbing Co., Inc. (ACW Co., Inc.) is a leading designer and manufacturer of certified Berry-compliant plastic hardware that meets and exceeds the specifications necessary for military applications. We stock a wide range of products to fit all of our customers’ needs, and all of our buckles are molded in our RI manufacturing facility.

Our MSR Buckles are all military-approved in all widths and are the industry’s standard for both performance and appearance among molded fasteners. Our product line includes MSR Side Release, MSR Male Buckle with Hole, MSR Field Attachment, MSR Double Adjust, MSR Camo, MSR Male Loop, and MSR Buckle with Slot. All buckles also have the ACW IRR Scattershield surface finish and are available in standard materials (Acetal, Nylon, FireLoc), as well as custom options. The buckles can be ordered in a variety of color options (Black, White, Coyote #498, Tan #499, Foliage Green #504, Camo pattern and custom colors).

In the marketplace today, there is a need for certified & approved, Berry-compliant products that maintain the highest strength and quality. ACW is able to provide those products all the while exceeding market expectations. Our knowledgeable customer care representatives are able to provide further product specifications upon request.

ACW is located in Woonsocket, Rhode Island in a state-of-the-art weaving and molding manufacturing facility. You are also able to reach us at

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