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Oeko-Tex issues first Leather Standard certificates I


n time for its 25th anniversary, Oeko-Tex has expanded its product portfolio to cater for the leather sector with the Leather Standard by Oeko-Tex. Oeko-Tex now inspects and certifies leather products, such as all types of clothing, leather shoes, upholstery materials, as well as products that are a mixture of textiles and leather. This is in response to the latest developments in the textile and leather goods market.


During certification, leather products are tested with regard to formaldehyde, heavy metals such as chromium(VI), chromium, arsenic, lead and cadmium, pesticides, chlorinated phenols, phthalates, processing


agents and preservatives, PFOS, PFOA, as well as banned Azo colourants and other colourants.


As with Standard 100 by Oeko-Tex, the more intensive the skin contact, the stricter the limit values that need to be fulfilled. A distinction is therefore made between four product categories: product class I (babies and toddlers), through to product class IV (furnishing materials such as upholstery covers, etc.).


The first certifications are being carried out with the sheepskin producers G.L. Bowron and Gerberei Hofbrucker, as well as the retail chain Lidl. Further certificates are expected to be granted soon.


Snap Productsʼ 2017 catalogue out now


ith the launch of Snap Productsʼ 2017 catalogue, Promotional Merchandise Edition 5, comes the introduction of several new products. These include the exclusive refillable Auto Scent air freshener which can be presented in full colour blister packaging. Snapʼs new LED torches are available in a wide range styles, including the compact Lumino Torch Keying and the deluxe Alpha Torch, both ideal for laser engraving. Snap Products has also introduced new gift sets that pair best-selling writing instruments with high-quality accessories such as USB flash drives and power banks, presented in a smart black box for an appealing promotional gift. For a truly memorable gift, Snap Productsʼ new Pierre Cardin-branded notebooks marry high-quality materials with contemporary French design.


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Thanks to streamlined production processes, Snapʼs standard lead time on full colour digital printing is just three working days, while other branding methods can be turned around in just five working days.


ETC Supplies releases 2017 product brochure


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TC Supplies has finally released its new 2017 product brochure. Printing was delayed to include the most recent additions to the range that ETC Supplies offers. ETC Supplies offers the largest range of embroidery consumables available from a single supplier in Europe. The range includes everything that customers would want to run their embroidery machine. Jas Purba, managing director, said: “ETC Supplies now stocks 77 different types


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of embroidery backing, mostly manufactured in Europe to ISO and Oeko-Tex standards. We have a product to suit all machine


types and for any application. Customers rely on us for our expert support and we never stop developing solutions to difficult embroidery projects.” Customers will notice a huge range of embroidery frames in the new brochure. ETC Supplies offers the largest


The brochure’s front cover


range of embroidery frames in the UK and probably Europe. These are all backed up by stock support in the companyʼs Glasgow warehouse.


Dimensions creates new online ordering and reporting systems


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orporatewear supplier Dimensions has developed two brand new online systems for ordering and reporting for the benefit of clients.


The first of these is Detail, which provides a visual ordering experience for Dimensionsʼ customers and their wearers. This has been developed to be easy to use on a PC, tablet or smart phone.


The platform has the


flexibility to be tailored to meet specific client requirements and includes a user-friendly electronic catalogue, secure access, allocation control at point of entry, budgetary and authorisation controls, and order acknowledgment via email. A credit card payment facility is available if central invoicing is not a requirement.


Clients to benefit Dimensions has also launched MiDetail, a self- service reporting tool which gives up-to-date visibility of all the core information pertinent to the clientʼs relationship with Dimensions. The system provides the client with an initial data summary dashboard, which offers information and statistics relating to recent uniform sales and returns. This allows clients to view how their account is performing, whenever they need to. There is also an order profile section which includes data for any specific product, ordering location or time parameters that the client chooses. MiDetail provides 24/7 access to data and summaries, which are easy to interpret and utilise. The client also has the ability to control dynamic views, to sort or download the data as required and see information on a specific product, location or time. Data can also be downloaded into Excel for further analysis and manipulation.


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