July 2002 – Steve Fossett becomes the first person to fly solo around the world non-stop in a balloon; the International Criminal Court is established; Gareth Gates’s new single, Anyone of Us (Stupid Mistake), goes straight to number 1; former-England international, Gary Lineker, officially opens the Walker’s Stadium, new home to Leicester City FC; The Queen opens the Manchester Commonwealth Games; and Rupert Murdoch eyes up to purchase of UK terrestrial TV station, Channel 5. Meanwhile in the garment decoration industry…

Hybrid launches the Tx2 Textile Jetdigital printer; we report on Berkshire Hathaway’s acquisition of Fruit of the Loom, and the results of Fruit’s playground wearer trial of its next generation fleece fabrics; Rutland Plastic Technologies celebrates its 40th anniversary and names Mike Vaden as president and CEO; M&R equips the Sericol Training Centre; Xerox partners with Digital Screenprinting Technologies (DST) “to end poor quality transfers”; EthicStar introduces the new Skinny Vest; T Shirt & Sons explains how to work wonders with water-based prints; we profile Rowlinson Knitwear’s new Performa Sunprotect baseball cap with UPF 50+; and name the new Secret Pocket from US Basics as our Product of the Month.