September '19

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6 P R I N T W E A R S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 9 6 P R I N T W E A R S E P T E M B E R 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. HanesBrands Teams Up with Pac-12 to Help the Homeless WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—Hanes and the Pac-12 team up to care for the homeless in Se- attle during the athletic association's Sustainability Conference. The conference took place in late June 2019 at the University of Washington. As part of the collaboration, Hanes provided an educational event that informed par- ticipants "about homelessness in America and (gave) them an opportunity to engage with and bring comfort to part of the local community who needs it most," the company says. Known as the "Day of Service," the day featured a presentation by Mark Horvath, founder of Invisible People, a longtime Hanes partner discussing how the public perception of homelessness impacts how the issue is addressed. Invisible People and Hanes collaborate annually on a nationwide Sock Drive to help the homeless throughout the U.S. "Invisible People is dedicated to changing the narrative of homelessness in the United States by giving a voice to those who are too often overlooked," says Horvath, who has experienced homelessness himself. "Our inability to relate to homelessness and to those who are experiencing it is one of the biggest obstacles to ending it. For the past decade, HanesBrands has demon- strated a strong commitment to helping us raise awareness about the experi- ence of homelessness in America." As part of the event, Horvath and volunteers from Seattle Homeless Out- reach also 14 participants into the community to deliver Hanes socks to the homeless following the presentation. Coinciding with the Pac-12 Sustain- ability Conference "green" theme, the donated socks are manufactured with recycled polyester fiber content. "We know how much basic apparel items, such as socks, mean to those living without shelter, and we are pleased to participate in an effort that will meaningfully impact hundreds of lives in Se- attle – and hopefully in other areas as participants travel home," states Chris Fox, vice president of corporate social responsibility for HanesBrands. INDUSTRY UPDATES ROSH HA'AYIN, Israel—Kornit Digital launches Kornit Konnect, a cloud-based platform to monitor production, analyze insights, and manage workflows at printing operations. The platform features a fleet management dashboard, data-driven benchmarks, actual production costs, and cost structures per job. For more information, visit TEMPE, Ariz.—InkSoft offers full integration with ShipStation, web-based shipping software that streamlines order fulfillment. The integration also allows users to print wirelessly and control settings from a mobile app that works with both iOS and Android devices. The configuration also helps users save on shipping costs. For more information, visit Epson Opens Textile Solutions Center in Japan TOKYO—Seiko Epson Corporation opens a new textile solutions center dubbed "TSC Asia." The facility is located at the company's Fujimi Plant in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Like Epson's Textile Solution Center in Como, Italy, the company says the new location "supports digital textile printing by conducting research and development and by using actual textile print- ers," to generate samples for customers throughout Asia. "I am pleased that we can now fully support the introduction and use of digital textile printing by an even larger audience thanks to the estab- lishment of TSC Asia," says Koichi Kubota, representative director, senior managing executive officer and chief operating officer of Seiko Epson's Printing Solutions Operations Division. "We will contribute to the develop- ment of digitization in the textile field with Epson's inkjet technology and will make Epson indispensable for the textile world." The company is currently growing its production and sales organiza- tions in an effort to provide goods worldwide. Epson says it will expand its prototyping and volume production operations for large industrial print- ers, such as the Monna Lisa series, with the completion of a new facility in Hirooka, Innovation Center Building B, at the end of March 2020. The company states it will also begin selling these products through its global sales network. Gildan Lays Plans for Large-Scale Manufacturing Hub in Bangladesh MONTREAL—Gildan grows its global footprint with plans to expand into Bangladesh. Gildan touts expansion into the Southeast Asian country as part of its new initiative to develop large-scale, vertically integrated manufacturing in the region. The company purchased a parcel of land in Bangladesh for the new operation on April 9 for approximately $45 million. "Our plans consist of the development of a large multi-plant manufacturing complex which is cur- rently expected to include two large textile facilities and related sewing op- erations," Gildan says in a financials report. "Once fully operational, this complex is expected to provide capacity to service $500 million in sales." Construction and build-out are expected to span through 2020 with manufacturing operations beginning at the location in 2021. The build- out of a large-scale operation in the region, will "significantly enhance" their "positioning to service international markets and support other key sales growth drivers," Gildan says.

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