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NCTO Elects New Chairman for 2016

NCTO Elects New Chairman for 2016


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Robert H. Chapman III, Chairman, CEO and Treasurer of Inman Mills was elected to serve as Chairman of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) for 2016 at the group’s 13th Annual Meeting held April 12-14 at The Capital Hilton hotel located in Washington, D.C. Inman Mills is a family-owned textile company headquartered in Inman, SC that manufactures yarns and fabrics –


Elected as NCTO Vice Chairman for 2016 was William V. McCrary Jr., President & CEO of William Barnet and Son LLC. Barnet is a global fiber, yarn and resin manufacturer. The company’s head office is located in Spartanburg, South Carolina.


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American Fiber Manufacturers Association Endorses Trans-Pacific Partnership

American Fiber Manufacturers Association

Endorses Trans-Pacific Partnership


Arlington VA – At the winter meeting of its Board of Directors in Tampa, FL, the American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) voted to formally support the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement. The final TPP text had been signed at a meeting in Auckland, NZ on February 4, 2016, by the United States and eleven other countries.

AFMA’s Board recognized the special care given to fiber producer’s analysis and advice by United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and his team across more than five years of intense and complicated multi-country negotiations. “Inclusion in the final TPP text of the yarn-forward textile rule of origin so critical to U.S. fiber and yarn producers underpins our endorsement” stated AFMA Chairman William McCrary, Jr. at the conclusion of the Association’s Board meeting. He added “. . . this important trade provision is now intact in U.S. free trade agreements with over twenty countries, a consistent outcome that assures an integrity in U.S trade policy so important to America’s manufactured fiber producers, workers, and communities”.

The AFMA Board took note of the recent TPP endorsement by the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO). AFMA and its members will continue to work with NCTO in the pursuit of public policies important to the success and prosperity of the entire American textile supply chain.

2016 AFMA Scholarship Award

AFMA Announces Winner of the
2016 Paul T. O’Day Scholarship

ARLINGTON, VA. March 24, 2016 --- The American Fiber Manufacturers Association (AFMA) announces Mr. Matthew Lamb of Greensboro, N.C. as the recipient of the 2016 Paul T. O’Day Scholarship Award.  Matthew will graduate in June an AP Scholar with Distinction from Grimsley High School, Greensboro, North Carolina. He will pursue a major in engineering and has applied to the University of Michigan, Northwestern University and North Carolina State University.

Matthew is ranked in the top five of his class and has received numerous Superior Achievement and Excellence Awards in Math, Science and English. In additional to his outstanding academic record, Matthew has been a part of the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra, All State Orchestra and the Tri-M Music Honor Society. He is Captain of the JV soccer team and has been a member of both the JV and Varsity teams for the past 4 years. Matthew was also appointed executive officer of Service Learning Ambassadors at Grimsley High School and leads a team of volunteers to help fellow students and families in the community.

AFMA Board Chairman William V. McCrary, Jr., CEO of William Barnet & Son, LLC, commented, “We are pleased to recognize Mr. Lamb’s exceptional record of achievements with his selection as the 2016 recipient of the Paul T. O’Day scholarship. All of us on the AFMA Board of Directors congratulate Mr. Lamb and wish him every success in his academic career.”

The AFMA Board established the scholarship program in 2014 in honor of Paul T. O’Day who has served as AFMA’s President for three decades. Scholarship recipients receive a $5,000 award each year, totaling $20,000 for four years of study. Sons or daughters of AFMA member company employees are eligible to apply. Mr. Lamb’s father, Daniel Lamb, is an employee of Nilit America Inc.

The American Fiber Manufacturers Association is the U.S. national trade association representing the interests of America’s manufactured fiber producers and the official source for U.S. fiber industry data. Information on the Association’s activities and products is displayed on the AFMA FiberSource website at

Barnet Europe certified according to ISO 9001:2008.

Barnet Europe Fair Booth Fakuma 2015

Barnet Europe is proud to announce that we are now certified according to ISO 9001:2008. We received the Certificate on January 25th 2016. ISO stands for International Organization for Standardization and the Certificate shows an adherence to a Quality Management System.

Our decision to become ISO 9001:2008 certified further demonstrates our commitment to providing high quality products and services to all our current and future customers and it will also make our organisation function as efficiently as possible.

In order to maintain our certification, Barnet Europe will perform audits to ensure that our policies and practices continue to meet the standard and also to assess initiatives for ongoing improvement.

The certificate can be downloaded here Certifications

AFMA Chairman

AFMA Chairman

William V. McCrary Jr. of William Barnet and Son, LLC. has been elected Chairman of the American Fiber Manufacturers Association, Inc. The American Fiber Manufacturers Association, Inc. (AFMA) is the trade association for U.S. companies that manufacture synthetic and cellulosic fibers. AFMA exists to promote the U. S. Fiber Industry and also advocates on behalf of the industry on a broad range of regulatory and international trade issues.  The industry employs 27 thousand people and produces over 6 billion pounds of fiber in the U.S. Annual domestic sales exceed $8 billion. Membership is limited to U.S. producers that sell manufactured fiber in the open market. The Association maintains close ties to other manufactured fiber trade associations worldwide. The Association's Board of Directors is made up of senior executives from each of AFMA's member companies. Most AFMA programs are managed through committees and task groups of policy and technical experts from the companies.


Mr. McCrary is President, Chief Executive Officer, and principal shareholder of Barnet, a synthetic fibers/yarn/polymers company with presence in the Americas, Europe and Asia.  He has been in his present position since 2001 and with the company in a variety of responsibilities since 1970.  Mr. McCrary has served on a number of boards – both business and community – over the years.


SCMA Safety Award


In March 2014, The South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance (SCMA) recognized 105 manufacturing plant sites throughout the State for outstanding workplace safety accomplishments during 2013.   Facilities with a low rate of incidents resulting in lost workdays, job transfers or restrictions were nominated for recognition. Plants submitting an incidence rate below the statewide average for their NAICS code received an award. "To ensure a successful business environment for South Carolina manufacturers, it is essential that we also ensure a safe working environment for our associates," said Scott Coleman, SCMA Plant Safety Conference Chairman and HR Manager for Sage Automotive Interiors.  "We are proud to recognize the achievements of so many manufacturing facilities for meeting and exceeding the standards of this ambitious award. By making the safety and health  a top priority, it is evident that manufacturers across the State are committed to providing a safer, more prosperous South Carolina." Both Barnet Polymers, LLC and William Barnet & Son, LLC were recipients of this award.


Barnet Europe is pleased to announce that our website is out now available for our French speaking customers!




SCMA Excellence Award


In April 2013, William Barnet and Son, LLC and its subsidiary (Barnet Polymers, LLC) won the "South Carolina Excellence in Corporate Responsibility Award" through the South Carolina Manufacturers Alliance. This award recognizes positive contributions made by companies in their respective communities. There are three categories of the award: Community Involvement & Philanthropy , Environmental Stewardship, and Employee Safety and Wellness. Barnet prides itself on being a good corporate citizen and is very pleased to have won this award for the 2nd consecutive year.

Oeko Tex® Standard 100 – now available for yarns supplied by Barnet Europe

Oeko Tex® Standard 100 Certificate

Our yarns are used increasingly more in applications which are subject to Oeko Tex® certification. In order to follow this trend and to simplify the certification for our customers, we have decided to issue a certificate for our high tenacity and textile yarns.

Barnet Europe is now officially certified for certain yarns which meet the human-ecological standard presently established for baby articles (product class I). These yarns also fulfill the requirements according to REACH and do not contain any listed Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) as published by ECHA.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, if you need an Oeko Tex® Certificate for yarns supplied by Barnet Europe. We will be pleased to assist.

Barnet Celebrates the Grand Opening of its Specialty Fibers Plant in China



On April 16, Barnet celebrated the Grand Opening of Barnet Fibers Shanghai.


Attending were representatives from Barnet Europe, Barnet USA, Barnet Asia and „special guests” !  Barnet Fibers will produce specialty fibers to serve customers in the Asian market.


4月17日,百莱特纤维(上海)有限公司隆重开业,百莱特集团美国总部,欧洲公司和亚洲公司的代表出席了开幕式,百莱特纤维上海生产特种纤维, 主要服务于亚洲市场。