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Bally Ribbon Mills Since 1923, Bally Ribbon Mills (BRM) has been involved in the design, development, and manufacture of highly specialized engineered woven webbing, tapes, and specialty fabrics. These products are designed for aerospace, defense, medical, safety, automotive, commercial, and industrial applications. Ballys engineering team has also increased its efforts to meet the growing demand in the composites industry with woven preforms and 2 and 3-D structural fabrics. Bally Ribbon Mills Fabrics

  Basofil Fibers, LLC  (Fiber Producer) Basofil Fibers is a former division of BASF, and the North Carolina-based company that manufactures Basofil® melamine fiber. Basofil is inherently heat- and flame-resistant, and can be found in a variety of end-use categories, including friction parts, automotive insulation, protective clothing, and home furnishings.
  Bast Fibre Technologies Inc. Based in the North Rhine Westphalia region of Germany and Lumberton, North Carolina, BFT is a triple-bottom-line, cleantech fibre engineering firm manufacturing specialty natural fibres for applications throughout the nonwoven industry. The company's hemp and linen feedstock is sourced from farms throughout Europe and North America. BFT's SOIL-TO-SOIL sustainability goes beyond climate neutrality and works to repair the planet. Products include sero™ and novel™.
  Beaulieu Technical Textiles (Textile Manufacturer) This Belgium based textile manufacturer and member of the Beaulieu International Group, is an established leader and driving force in the global market of technical textiles. They combine a pioneering spirit with hands-on expertise. Its dedicated line-up of benchmark products is engineered to provide a tailored and high-tech response to present and future trends and demands. The result: a range of solutions that demonstrate exceptional quality and durability. Beaulieu Technical Textiles represents the cutting edge in the customer-oriented and market-specific production of polymer textiles. Its name has become a mark of excellence in the fields of carpet backings, agrotextiles, geotextiles, packaging and building textiles.
  Bebop Sensors uses smart fabrics to create elegant sensor solutions for OEMs. BeBop’s sensors comprehend force, location, size, weight, bend, twist, and presence across any size, resolution, and geometry. The sensors are available for a wide variety of applications, including industrial, medical, human factors, Virtual Reality, gaming, design, automotive, sports, and more. Where things or people interact, BeBop Sensors comprehends force, location, size, weight, bend, twist and presence across any size, resolution and geometry. BeBop’s technology is robust and proven with over four million sensors in daily use. Based in Berkeley, California, BeBop Sensors makes things knowable for product designers and visionaries.
  Bemis Associates Inc.  (Technology Company) Bemis is a major manufacturer of thermoplastic adhesives, coatings, tapes and specialty film products that serve various markets throughout the world. The company's products are specified in a number of industries for use in many different applications. From textile to industrial and apparel to building panels, Bemis provides cost effective solutions that often solve complex technical challenges within the manufacturing process. The company is most known for its branded product, Sewfree®, a bonding adhesive used in the stitch-free production of bodywear, intimate apparel, and technical outerwear. Flowfree


Sewfree® High Recovery TPU Elastomers

  Bergans of Norway (Apparel/Outdoor Equipment Manufacturer) Bergans was established in 1908, when Ole Ferdinand Bergan invented the first anatomical backpack. Today backpacks, functional outdoor clothing and tents are part of the portfolio of Bergans of Norway, as well as the ALLY brand of packable canoes. Adventurers such as South Pole conqueror Roald Amundsen, Mount Everest pioneer Sir Edmund Hillary, and Heroes of our time such as Polar explorers Rune Gjeldnes or Cecilie Skog trust Bergans equipment on their expeditions. The headquarter of Bergans Fritid AS is situated in Hokksund, Norway, 60 km southwest of Oslo, where 90-plus employees work in development, research, design and sales. Bergans is a market leader in Norway and steadily growing in several export markets in Europe and North America.
  Berwick Offray, LLC (Ribbon Manufacturer) Founded in 1876 and based in Berwick, PA, this third generation, family-owned business has the primary focus on weaving narrow nylon fabrics, and has pioneered the development of polyester ribbon. Offray is also the leading brand for washable, dry cleanable and colorfast ribbon. Whether the need is for crafting, sewing, or home décor ribbons, Offray offers a wide variety of ribbon types and widths in over 100 fashionable colors. Wired and non-wired options are also available, along with varying patterns and prints that offer something suitable for every season or special event. Offray's customer service team consists of product experts who can answer any ribbon questions or concerns. The company's product managers develop ribbons with the customer in mind. Berwick Offray Polypropylen Ribbons & Bows

Berwick Offray Woven Ribbon

  Beverly Knits, Inc. Located in Gastonia, NC, Beverly Knits, Inc. currently operates 210,000 square feet of space and 235 knitting machines. Two hundred-twenty associates produce more than 25 million meters of fabric annually. Beverly Knits, Inc. is a diversified knitting mill, operating the divisions of Creative Ticking / Creative Fabric Services. In addition to mattress ticking, the company also produces fabrics for the automotive industry, apparel markets, industrial markets and medical markets. Beverly Knits, Inc. has over 30 years of experience manufacturing top quality, unique fabrics by a team of proven professionals.
  BGF Industries Based in Greensboro, NC, BGF Industries is a manufacturer of woven and nonwoven materials from high performance fibers such as fiberglass, aramids, and carbon to make a variety of products including its line of PolyPreg™ products. BGF products are utilized in aerospace composites, marine and recreational composites, high temperature filtration, automotive and industrial insulation, ballistic protection, electrical insulation and PTFE coating materials. Their products deliver high strength, high temperature, lightweight solutions that provide structural integrity, thermal, environmental and ballistic protection, or decorative appeal in countless everyday products from circuit boards to surfboards, from mufflers to snowmobiles, airplanes to armor and everything in between.
  Bionic Based in New York, NY, Bionic is a mission driven company dedicated to reducing the flow of single use plastics into the world's oceans through building recycling infrastructure in coastal communities and supplying the consumer and industrial markets with fully traceable, high-grade textiles and polymers made with the recovered marine and coastal plastic it collects.
  Black Ember (Backpack Manufacturer) Working at the intersection of urban lifestyle, the Black Ember team designs and makes crafted technical backpacks with functional and aesthetic detail. Working with designers and developers for major brands like Nike and The North Face, the team adapts the best performance characteristics, as well as textiles from the outdoor and sport performance worlds, and adapts them for use in the modern urban environment. Each Black Ember pack comes with a lifetime warranty to back it up. The backpacks are durable (over-engineered), highly functional, and waterproof. Each textile or hardware specification has been carefully chosen for its particular performance characteristics and aesthetic quality.
  Blue Infusion Technology (Glove Manufacturer) Founded in 2010 by cousins and business partners, Willie Blount (a motorcyclist) and Tarik Rodgers (a skier), Blue Infusion Technologies is an inventive company specializing in enhancing experiences through the use of technology. The company’s flagship products are the ski and motorcycle versions of BEARTek Gloves which stands for Bluetooth Enabled Audio Regulation Technology. Blue Infusion Technology has plans to expand to additional markets and to provide additional Bluetooth enabled apparel.
  bluesign® (Certification) In response to colossally increasing demand for textile products that are environmentally friendly, pose no health hazards, and conserve resources to the greatest possible extent, the independent bluesign® standard has been established. The demand is originating as a result of strict legislation, and meeting it will be crucial for future success. The bluesign® standard is the most efficient way to guarantee compliance with the new requirements, without compromising functionality, quality or design. The declared objective of the independent bluesign® standard is to put a reliable and proactive tool at the disposal of the entire textile production chain – from raw material and component suppliers who manufacture e.g. yarns, dyes and additives, to textile manufacturers, to retailer and brand companies, to consumers. bluesign®

  Body Glove International (Apparel Manufacturer) Founded in Redondo Beach, California, in 1953 by twin brothers Bill and Bob Meistrell, Body Glove is the original wetsuit company. Today, the privately-owned, family-operated company is a leading global watersports brand that specializes in wetsuits, swimwear, clothing, footwear, accessories and technology products. Body Glove has supported surfers and the surfing industry since 1953. Through Reef Check, SIMA’s environmental fund, and the Surfrider Foundation, Body Glove also works hard to preserve and protect the oceans and waterways it loves. The company’s headquarters are still based in Redondo Beach, but its products are sold all over the U.S. by a network of independent retailers, at its own Dive N’ Surf retail shop and in approximately 50 countries worldwide.
  Bolatex Co., Ltd. (Hyperbola®) (Fabric Manufacturer) Also known as Hyperbola®, Bolatex was founded in 2000 with over 20 years of textile experiences. Hyperbola® focuses on developing customized high technology functional fabrics to meet the specific needs for all kinds of outdoor, recreational and extreme sports. Combining fashion with eco-friendly elements gained its business relations all over the world. Hyperbola ® wishes to be your best partner to success.
  Bolger & O'Hearn, Inc. (Specialty Textile Chemical Supplier) Based in Fall River, MA, Bolger & O’Hearn has been selling efficient, high quality chemicals for over 40 years. Its highly personalized service approach has been the pillar of its success. Since its traditional beginnings in the textile industry, the company has expanded into paper coatings, non-wovens, and many other non-traditional, non textile manufactured unique products that find applications in a wide range of industries. Today, Bolger & O'Hearn's diverse and comprehensive product line- with over 2,500 products available- is sold and distributed globally. Altopel F³


  Bombyx (Textile Manufacturer) Founded in 2017 by Profits Fund Global Holding Ltd (PFGHL Group), Bombyx creates environmentally conscious textiles through historically sustainable and responsible practices. Bombyx’s current product portfolio includes 100 percent silk and silk blends available to designers and garment manufacturers. Bombyx is connected to a network of ecologically-conscious partners, clients and communities. Through originality, communication and advocacy, Bombyx’s mission is to make silk an aspirational, affordable and sustainable material.
  Britannia Mills Ltd. (Textile Mill) BRITANNIA MILLS LTD., based in both New York and Los Angeles, makes high end fine knits for bridge to designer women’s apparel manufacturers, and wool knits for military application. Fabrics include: rayon, rayon/spandex, micro-modal, micro-modal/spandex, and wool knits. Constructions include jersey, interlock, rib, and ponte de roma. The company stocks many fabrics in a large range of colors. With wide color selection and fast turn, Britannia is the ideal choice for start up designers to established manufacturers. Britannia Mills Ltd expertise and background in wool makes it a leading company in wool knits. The high quality makes it an ideal choice for high end clothing from women’s wear to highly technical military application.
  British Millerain (Textile Mill) British Millerain was established by the Miller family and began trading in 1880 in Halifax, Yorkshire in the UK. It soon developed a reputation as a leader in waterproofed fabrics, which it maintains to this day. Most noted for the traditional waxed and oiled cottons originally developed for and made popular by early sea-farers, the demand for ‘Millerained’® fabrics is now greater than ever. British Millerain® is now a major supplier of technical textiles, producingapparel, canvas, medical, military, marine, industrial and sports fabrics. Concept III Textiles markets British Millerain's waxed cottons, coated and laminated natural and synthetic fabrics in North America.
  brrr° North America  (Cooling Technology Company) brrr° was founded in 2014 to develop technologically advanced fabrics with superior cooling performance to improve the items we touch in our everyday lives. brrr° enhances the comfort of business clothing, casual clothing, athletic apparel, denim, uniforms, sheets and other textiles. The privately held Atlanta-based company is led by Founder and CEO Mary-Cathryn Kolb, who previously held senior positions at Spanx, Seven Jeans, TOMS Shoes and Von Dutch.
  Buhler Quality Yarns Corp. (Yarn Spinner) Located in Jefferson, Georgia, Buhler Quality Yarns is an American subsidiary company of Hermann Bühler AG, Switzerland. Bühler has been in the business of producing high-quality yarns for more than 200 years, and the company has never stop looking forward. Buhler is always investigating new spinning, fiber and wet processing technologies to provide its customers with access to cutting-edge final products. As innovators, Buhler has developed popular market and performance-oriented products including Rainbow, Royal and Transdry to meet a variety of customer needs. The company's own trademarks, along with supplier brands like US Supima, US Lenzing MicroModal,l Edelweiss and US Lenzing Micro TENCEL, give Buhler customers confidence in their ability to create unique quality textiles. SwissCotton® AirJet

SwissCotton® Compact

SwissCotton® Organic

SwissCotton® Rainbow

SwissCotton® Royal

SwissModal® Rainbow

SwissModal® Silk

  Burlington Industries  (Textile Manufacturer) Burlington Worldwide Activewear is the premier supplier of technical fabrics to leading activewear brands and retailers worldwide. The company designs and engineers performance fabrics for technical sportswear, performance outerwear, active sportswear, swimwear, and fitnesswear. Burlington's key brands include Xalt®, M.C.S. Blocker, Durepel Plus®, Versatech®, No Fly Zone®, Ultrex®, Micromove®, M.C.S. - S.R.®, Bioguard®, and M.C.S. Comfort Zone®. M.C.S. Blocker®



  Buzz Off Insect Shield, LLC (Supplier) In July 2003, Buzz Off Insect Shield, LLC, introduced the first EPA-registered insect-repellent apparel. Buzz Off Insect Shield¹s patent-pending technology provides effective, invisible and odorless protection against mosquitoes, ticks, ants, flies, chiggers, and midges (no-see-ums). Buzz Off Insect Shield apparel categories include outdoor, golf, hunting, fishing, and equestrian in partnership with select brands including ExOfficio, L.L. Bean, Orvis, Rocky Outdoor Gear, Imperial Headwear, Ariat, Stearns, and Gold Toe. Buzz Off Insect Shield gear categories include camping, patio, beach, pet, and horse products, in partnership with brands such as Horseware Ireland and Orvis. Insect Shield® Repellent Technology

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