Media Contacts: Trish Martin firstname.lastname@example.org 336-286-0373 Steven Anderson Unimark USA email@example.com 770-475-3197 Unimark Acquires Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certification to Provide Healthier Heat Transfer Products Greensboro, NC—June 19, 2008— Unimark, the leader in heat transfer products for apparel, footwear, home fabrics, and other textile categories, announced that it has been granted the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certification. This acclaimed international eco-label indicates that Unimark will voluntarily test its products to assure they are free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances known to be detrimental to human health. “As concerns about textile safety grow in the industries we serve, we determined that the Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certification was the best method to reassure our customers that our products are safe,” says Steven Anderson, Global Sales and Marketing Manager for Unimark USA. “Oeko-Tex is well regarded in our European markets and our US customers are expressing interest in certified products, now more than ever, and we’re responding.” The Oeko-Tex Standard 100 is a global certification that guarantees manufacturers, retailers, and consumers that textile products are tested to be free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances that can be dangerous to humans. The International Oeko- Tex Association’s 14 independent facilities test textiles for substances that are prohibited and regulated by law as well as for chemicals that are known to be potentially harmful to humans but are not yet regulated. The Oeko-Tex restricted substances list (RSL) includes formaldehyde, heavy metals, pesticides, and carcinogenic dyestuffs. Unimark secured Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certification for its major product lines: the Easy Stretch Series of transfers for demanding stretch fabrics, the Comfort Series of stretch transfers for tagless labels in close-to-the-body items, and Tuff Text rugged transfers for sports uniforms. Unimark was granted Product Class 2 certification for items that come into close contact with human skin, such as intimates, clothing and bedding, and the more stringent Product Class 1 certification for children’s apparel, textile toys and bedding. “Unimark’s leadership in textile safety is commendable,” says Dr. Manfred Wentz, US Director of Oeko-Tex. “Their Oeko-Tex certified transfers not only make the textile items in which they are used more attractive and more comfortable but also safer for the people who wear them.” About 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 14 independent textile research and testing institutes with offices in over 40 countries. To date, more than 60,000 certificates have been issued and 8,000 companies in 84 countries are working with Oeko-Tex to ensure that their products are tested for potentially harmful substances. For more information, visit the website at Oeko-Tex.com. About Unimark Established in 1906, Unimark is the market leader in the heat transfer industry with the broadest assortment of innovative products for the apparel, footwear, textile, and medical industries. From operations on every major continent, Unimark today provides its customers with innovative solutions to their heat transfer graphic needs for decorating, branding, and labeling. More information is available at the company’s website, UnimarkUSA.com.
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