July '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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6 P R I N T W E A R J U L Y 2 0 1 9 6 P R I N T W E A R J U L Y 2 0 1 9 BUSINESS WATCH Stay up to date with what's happening in the world of apparel decorating and news relevant to your business. American & Efird Releases 9th Annual Corporate Sustainability Report MOUNT HOLLY, N.C.—American & Efird (A&E) releases its 9th annual corporate sustainability re- port, entitled "A Focus on the Future." The report highlights the company's progress in environmental sustainability and corporate social responsibility. A&E says it measures performance against its goals with its Eco-Driven program, the Ten Threads of Sustainability, with "a mission of ensuring that future generations will have a great place to live and work." The 10 guidelines in the program feature topics such as water stewardship, sustainable products, supply chain sus- tainability, and energy conservation. "A&E has a long heritage built on the manufacturing and distribution of quality, premium thread products, and responsible manufacturing," states A&E president Chris Alt. "We are excited to share with you the ac- complishments achieved and challenges faced over the last 12 months in this important area for our company. We remain committed to holding ourselves accountable to our customers and stakeholders as we conduct our business in a transparent and ethical fashion." This year's report includes highlights like more than 2 billion liters of re- cycled and reused wastewater, a 41% reduction in global water consump- tion since 2006, and 100% Zero-Waste-to-Landfill status at 16 global manufacturing operations and support facilities in 2018. A&E also notes a 13% reduction of the company's global carbon footprint (CO2e in kg per kg of thread) since 2006. INDUSTRY UPDATES MENTOR, Ohio—Transfer Express releases a free e-book ti- tled The Heat Printer's Ultimate Guide to Fabric Types. The book highlights transfer selection based on several different fabric types found in wholesale blank apparel. Inside, readers can find dozens of fabrics and the best heat transfer solution for each one. Download a copy of the e-book here: www.transferex- ISSAQUAH, Wash.—SanMar shares a podcast series that features individuals from throughout the company's ranks shar- ing their insights. The podcasts are part of the company's edu- cational resources entitled SanMar U and span a wide range of topics including decoration trends, social media strategy, and corporate social responsibility. The company offers the podcast on all major platforms including the App Store, Spotify, and Google Play. For more information, visit Ryonet Unveils Project 376 Eco-Conscious Initiative VANCOUVER, Wash.—Ryonet unveils a new program entitled Project 376. The initiative outlines goals by the com- pany to employ more eco-conscious practices. "Project 376 is a project that takes a holistic viewpoint to first acknowledge the current state of screen printing, build awareness of healthier means of production, educate on the financial and health opportunities of change, with the goal of education to actually improve the lives and work environments of printers, their customers, and effectively empowering the printer," the com- pany says in an announcement. The name Project 376 references the Pantone color of the company's custom green hue. In the near-term, Ryonet plans to improve the cost-effectiveness and eco-friendliness of its Sgreen Green Chemicals line. Additionally, the company says it will discontinue its Screen Opener product in summer 2019 and share "alternative methods that are more cost effective and easy for any printer to implement." Other changes in- clude ink alternatives slotted for early 2020. "Our mandates are that we will strive to offer the most ef- fective screen-printing products that are eco-friendly, and remain cost competitive," the company adds. Monarch Continues to Grow Distributorship CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Monarch Color Corporation adds Multicraft Inc. of Cleveland, Ohio and Screen Process of Alabama in Birmingham, Alabama to its distributorship. Mul- ticraft Inc. has been a supplier of screen printing and digital supplies in the United States for more than 50 years. Multicraft has two lo- cations, one in Cleveland, Ohio and one in Phoenix, Arizona. These loca- tions service the upper Midwest and Southwest. Screen Process of Alabama is a printing supply source, with products to help professional printers produce quality prints, maintain their equipment, and run a successful screen-print- ing business. The new distributorships continue Monarch's distributor expansion since 2018.

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