Oeko-Tex® The International Oeko-Tex® Association, headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, was founded in 1992 by the Austrian Textile Research Institute and the German Hohenstein Research Institutes. Currently, its membership
includes 15 independent textile research and testing institutes with offices in over 52 countries. To date, more than 95,000 Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certificates have been issued‹and more than 10,000 in 2009 alone‹and 9,500 companies in 91 countries are working with Oeko-Tex® to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances. The Association also
offers the Oeko-Tex® Standard 1000 certification for environmentally and
socially responsible textile manufacturing facilities.
Ohmatex Founded in 2004, Ohmatex is a leader in the commercial development of prototype smart textile projects, which contain conductive yarns, ribbons and elastics. End-use applications include a prototype police uniform and a fire-fighters jacket with integrated heat sensors for VIKING Life-Saving Equipment. The company continues to focus on European collaborative projects, including Safe@Sea, Place-it, and the European Space Agency, ESA. The Denmark based Ohmatex also helped to develop a suit with sewn-in thermal sensors as an example of the intelligent clothing of the future.
Olbo & Mehler OLBO started producing industrial textiles in Germany 130 years ago. Nearly 300 years of experience accumulated by Olbo & Mehler are reflected in the design and development of technical fabrics for a wide range of applications including automotive, pharmaceutical, mining and security and defense areas. In 1996, the company established its production plant in Portugal, near the city of Oporto. Today the company exports 100% of its production from its plant in Vila Nova de Famalicão, in north of Portugal. Europe is the main market (70%) being Germany, the main destination representing 25% of the overall turnover, followed by North America (15%), Asia (5%), Australia (5%), South America (3%) and Africa (2%).
Optimer Brands (Textile Technology) Formerly known as Optimer Inc., a Sterling Partners Company, Optimer Brands is based in Chicago. Founded in 1993, Optimer Brands conducts textile research, development and marketing and has a scientific staff credited with over 100 patents and developments. Optimer Brands' registered trademarks include drirelease® and DRIFIRE®, a line of comfortable, flame resistant apparel and fabrics.
Organic Cotton Exchange Founded in 2002, Organic Exchange facilitates expansion of the global organic cotton fiber supply by working closely with the entire value chain, from farmers to retailers, to help develop organic cotton programs. OE has hosted numerous organic cotton conferences and trainings in supply chain centers around the world, including Brazil, China, India, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
OROX (Cutting & Software Solutions) Based in Italy, OROX operates in the field of high technology applied to the cutting of materials. With many years of experience, OROX develops innovated projects combining mechanic precision for the most advanced electronic control systems and operating performance software. The company’s business is deveoping automatic cutting fabric system solutions, aimed at offering technology applications machines and global services to the companies that operate in these fields.
OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics ™ (Narrow Fabrics Manufacturer) This innovative manufacturer of technical webbing for commercial and military applications, based in Bernardsville, NJ, sells narrow textile products to companies throughout the world. Highlights of the innovative development and production work done by OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics™ include: Fire retardant straps, elastics and ropes for breathing and safety equipment used by firefighters; Woven static control ribbons used in computer chip manufacturing; Pioneering development of electronic textiles for the United States military; Products for NASA, the United States Forestry Service, and numerous specialized Defense Departments applications.
Outdoor Retailer Outdoor Retailer is the tradeshow venue of choice for the outdoor specialty industry. Brands big and small have a focused and targeted forum to contribute and conduct the business of the outdoors, with key market exposure in the most comprehensive showcase of outdoor companies. As Outdoor Retailer continues to attract national and international dealers in every category - specialty, specialty chain, general sporting goods, military, resort, mail order, big box and mass merchant retailers, its commitment is to deliver the best outdoor trade environment for your business to flourish and grow.
Outlast Technologies (Textile Technology) Headquartered in Boulder, Colorado, Outlast Technologies Incorporated specializes in Outlast® Adaptive Comfort® technology that delivers superior comfort and performance. The company develops and markets products that interactively change temperature in response to the unique needs of each individual and the demands of their environment. Today the intelligent microencapsulated phase change material (PCM) is not only used in high quality apparel and footwear, but also in bedding and other applications of worldwide brand leaders.
Oxford Instruments (Textile-Based Equipment Manufacturer) Based in the UK, Oxford Industries has business groups operating in three sectors: Nanotechnology tools, Industrial Products and Service. The company designs and manufactures equipment that can fabricate, analyze and manipulate matter at the atomic or molecular levels. Oxford Industries turns smart science into commercially successful world-class products that support research and industry to address the challenges of the 21st Century.