Sony launches the PlayStation 2, Pope John Paul II becomes first Roman Catholic pontiff to make an official visit to Israel, Vladimir Putin is elected President of Russia, Britain releases Chile’s General Pinochet, and 61-year-old Willie Fulgear recovers two Stolen Oscars from a dustbin in Los Angeles, and the Simpson’s episode, Bart to the Future foretells of a Donald Trump presidency! Meanwhile in the imprintable garments industry…

From left: Cover stars James Harvest Sportswear promise to add profile to your business, the news headlines in March 2000, Industry suppliers share their predictions for the future of the industry in the new millennium, GS UK goes for the burn with its new Rapide laser marking system

BTC activewear opens its new Midlands hub at Great Bridge… Mark Coudray launches NetSeps.com, an online subscription-based separations service… M&R acquires Amscomatic… Rutland appoints Coates as worldwide inks distributor… Blue Max introduces the long sleeve Penthouse Polo… Russell relocates its European HQ to Den Haag in the Netherlands… Fespa announces that Madrid is to host Fespa 2002… The Mantis brand launches with 12 styles aimed at “Those who think young regardless of age”… Chris Kay and Fuseon Graphics launch patented transfer system for printing Braille on garments… GS UK introduces the recently launched Rapide laser marking system… DVAG pays F1 driver, Michael Schumacher £5 million to put its logo on his baseball cap… and PenCarrie’s Paul Persey calls for garment manufacturers to “commit to the development of new products that are fashion-oriented and right for now.”