Steel Heddle® Introduces Wide-Width Heddle Frame

Steel Heddle® — a manufacturer of heddles, frames and related weaving accessories; and a
Belgium-based GTP Global Textile Partner company — has introduced a 5,475-millimeter (mm)-wide
heddle frame that requires no center support. According to the company, this is the longest frame
ever manufactured without center support. The frame is suitable for weaving machines operating at
high speeds, especially those used to manufacture technical fabrics.

The frame is a modified version of Steel Heddle’s HybridPower 158 frame, which features an
aluminum frame with carbon strips to provide stability for high-speed operation. GTP has supplied
more than 40,000 HybridPower 158 frames to global customers.

March 17, 2010