Photo-catalytic fabric retains color on canvas surfaces

May 1, 2008

Dynastar photo-catalytic fabric, developed by Kanbo, and made with titanium dioxide, enables the canvas surface to keep its original color for years. The titanium layer acts as a photo-catalyst when exposed to UV rays, oxygen and water, renewing the surface. The fabric is hot air and RF weldable. SOURCE Kanbopras Corp.

Midwest merger forms new fabric association

Two Midwest zones agreed to band together to form a new fabric association, and more than 160 people from 75 companies met in St. Louis at the annual Tri-Zone convention. Attendees from Mid-America 8, Upper Midwest and Zone 7 gathered Jan. 30-Feb. 1 to learn, share ideas and information, and shore up a solid path …

Inflatable structure showcases international rugby

Any brand of football in which the players maul, ruck and scrum has got to be a fan favorite, and rugby’s rough and rowdy play is a hit worldwide. To celebrate the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Ferrari Group, La Tour du Pin, France, created a huge, inflatable rugby ball structure, which will be displayed at …

Suppliers offer lightweight ripstop fabric

We’re looking for a very lightweight ripstop fabric, something around 20 denier. Do you know of any suppliers? By its very definition, ripstop is a lightweight fabric, with heavier yarns woven in a crosshatch pattern to help prevent ripping. It’s used for applications like hot air balloons, kites, and sleeping bag covers. A fabric made …

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RIP software developed for digital textile printing

After one and half a year of intense development, the implementation of many suggestions from customers, and a concentrated beta-test period, the new ErgoSoft RIP software TexPrint v.2008 is now available. The new RIP software is especially developed for digital textile printing. The qualities of TexPrint, such as the intuitive user interface and usability, have …

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Ohio lawmaker proposes ban on foreign-made flags

Retailers that sell U.S. or Ohio flags made in other countries would face possible jail time and fines, under legislation proposed by one Ohio state lawmaker. Senate Bill 316 would ban the retail sale of U.S. or Ohio flags made outside U.S. borders. Those found guilty of doing so would face third-degree misdemeanor charges, punishable …

Mesa Laminated Fabrics introduces new laminates

MesaThane is a reinforced premium-grade aromatic urethane laminate that features superior abrasion resistance, tensile strength and flexibility. MesaThane is available in a variety of specifications to meet the needs of specific applications. Mesalon 7010 is a reinforced polymer laminate designed to provide superior chemical resistance, tensile strength and flexibility. It is well suited for 100 …

Atkins & Pearce develops engineered textile innovations

Atkins & Pearce’s “Science-in-Motion” exhibit, which will be at IFAI’s Expo 2008 in Charlotte, N.C., Oct. 21–23, represents textile-based technologies and capabilities developed by the company’s research and development department. These will include out-of-the-box concepts designed to meet a variety of challenging applications for a diverse range of industries. Through its product development capabilities, A&P …

Chemists test possibility of self-cleaning fabric

More bad news for the Maytag repairman and dry cleaners everywhere: Self-cleaning clothing is no more than a few years away, according to Cosmopolitan magazine’s Cosmos Online. Nanocrystals of anatase titanium dioxide bonded to fibers such as silk and wool are capable of using light to break down dirt, stains and [potentially] micro-organisms. Chemists Walid …

Stock photo company provides images of awnings

We want to make a banner for an upcoming home show and are in need of some professional-quality awning photos that we can use. Do you know where we can get some? Obviously, the ideal would be to have a professional photographer take photos of your company’s work, but that’s not always practical. While associations …

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Portable fabric walls provide durable, lightweight solution

National Sign Systems, Molendinar, Australia, now offers portable fabric walls, a new lightweight and durable solution for clients requiring pop-up displays for trade shows and exhibitions. The aluminium frame can be stored in the transport carrying case, which is supplied by the company. The big fabric banner image is 2260mm high x 2260mm wide. The …

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Pat Hayes named chair of EDC

Pat Hayes is the new chair of the Elgin, Ill., Chamber of Commerce Challenge 21 Economic Development Council. Hayes is founder and chairman of Fabric Images, which specializes in high-resolution four-color process dye sublimation printed graphics on fabrics. The company now operates in Elgin; Orlando, Fla.; and Mexico City. He serves on the Fabric Graphics …

Fabric technology fights body odor

VisaEnduranceShield™ odor-adsorption fabric technology fights odors, wicks moisture, dries quickly, and repels and releases stains to deliver superior comfort and enhanced performance. The patent-pending technology adsorbs and suppresses most body odor molecules in fabrics, then releases the odors during traditional home machine laundering with unscented detergents. The fabrics are more breathable, flexible and less bulky …

Shepherd Color Co. introduces new pigments

The Shepherd Color Co. introduces two new colors into the PRECISE™ product line of durable pigments designed for coloring fibers and films. CI pigment Green 26, a seafoam-green color, and CI pigment Blue 28, a cobalt-blue color, are 100 percent high-performance, inorganic pigments. They are durable, have high-temperature stability,are chemically inert, insoluble and resistant to …

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Cotton matrix becomes ‘Roads’ warrior

Better Roads magazine recognized HydraCX2® Cotton Fiber Reinforced Matrix, a hydraulically applied erosion-control product, as one of its Top Rollouts for 2007. The cotton hydromulch products were developed by North American Green, Evansville, Ill., from cotton-ginning byproducts. “Cotton by nature is porous, absorbent and biodegradable—an excellent trio for controlling erosion and establishing seed,” says Tim …

Independent consulting and product certification

A client has asked if our product is TUV certified. What’s that? TÜV stands for Technischer Überwachungs-Verein, or Technical Monitoring Association in English. It’s a family of organizations, originating in Germany, that provide independent consulting, certifying that products are safe for human use. For more information, contact TÜV’s headquarters at: SOURCE TÜV Rheinland Group Juli …

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Graphics RIP allows maximum output

DigiFab Systems, Los Angeles, Calif., a manufacturer of pre- and post-press digital printing equipment, CAD and RIP software, and pre-treated textiles, announces the new DigiFab Evolution Graphics RIP. The new graphics raster image processor (RIP) offers smoother continuous tones, support for 12-color printers, and 16-bit processing capabilities. A RIP allows users to get the maximum …

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FESPA Digital Green Trail includes 3P InkJet Textiles AG

3P InkJet Textiles AG, Stephan-skirchen, Germany, has been included on the FESPA Digital Green Trail. 3P InkJet Textiles AG offers a wide range of recyclable fabrics for digital printing. The complete “green” Value line for direct sublimation printing is recyclable, in addition to the new UV-Transfer line for transfer sublimation and UV-curable inks. The natural …

Recycled-content fabric for structures and banners

Moss Green Knit, made with recycled content, can be used for structures, including custom projects, Moss Shapes and Entasi, and banners. The fabric can be printed using Moss’s state-of-the-art Photo Fabric printing process. Sixty percent of the yarn used in making Moss Green Knit is 100 percent recycled. SOURCE Moss® Inc.

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Designer creates complementary fabrics

The design approach of correlating fabrics by color and texture has been extended to the newest generation of performance fabrics for home interiors. To help consumers visualize correlation possibilities with his ever-expanding collection of Sunbrella® performance fabrics, Joe Ruggiero, an internationally acclaimed home furnishings designer, has created several correlated sets of Sunbrella fabrics that illustrate …

Heated mattress technology eliminates dust mites

Some like it hot, but dust mites don’t, and the Hohenstein Institutes are capitalizing on that knowledge. Dust mites are microscopic insects that feed on dead skin cells from humans and animals, producing wastes notorious for triggering allergy and asthma attacks. Dr. Dirk Hfer at the Institute for Hygiene and Biotechnology at the Hohenstein Institutes, …

Bernhardt supplies designer upholstery materials

We have a client specifying Bernhardt Winkraft fabric for an outdoor awning. Is this an awning fabric? Probably not. Bernhardt Design is a supplier of designer upholstery materials. Within the last couple of years, Bernhardt collaborated with Winkrelative to create Winkraft, a line of contemporary materials, including upholstery fabric. From what we can tell, the …

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Ticona unveils UV-stabilized Riteflex thermoplastic polyester elastomer

Ticona Engineering Polymers, Atlanta, Ga., recently unveiled its new UV-stabilized Riteflex thermoplastic polyester elastomer (TPC-ET) for monofilamentsat Techtextil North America 2008. It represents an ultraviolet (UV) and weathering solution for office furniture, auto interior, and outdoor products that must stand up to the harsh abuse of light and weathering. SOURCE Ticona Engineering Polymers

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Details of ATNT 2008 announced

The 5th edition of the International Conference on “Advances in Textiles, Nonwoven and Technical Textiles-ATNT 2008” will be organized by Texas Tech University in collaboration with Avinashilingam University for Women, Coimbatore, India from July 14–16, 2008. Several leading international professional bodies, including IFAI (Safety and Protective Products Division), serve as honorary sponsors. The theme and …

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Tri Vantage LLC releases new fabrics

Dickson® Sunblock and Lac 650 SL are both designed for large structures, clearspan and tents. Protected by the Lowick System, the fabrics block moisture penetration and resist UV degradation, mildew, discoloration and soiling. The Cleangard SL finish photo-regenerating lacquer protects the fabrics’ surface from pollution and the sun’s harmful rays. Sunblock and Lac 650 SL …

Underwriters Laboratories certifies Kovenex fabric

Waubridge Specialty Fabrics LLC received four Underwriters Laboratories (UL) certifications of its patented Kovenex™ fabric. Each UL certification is in accordance with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1971-2007 standards and will allow Kovenex to be used in safety applications including turnout and extrication gear, hoods, ear covers and gloves. Waubridge recently unveiled the Kovenex Occupational …

India invests in cotton textiles

From 2000 B.C., India has made art and commerce out of cotton textiles, and it is this expertise that may lead India’s resurgence in exports of high-end cotton textiles, knitwear and hosiery, according to Hari Sud, former vice president of C-I-L Inc. and investment strategies analyst. China is the world’s largest cotton producer, but Sud …

Suppliers provide fabrics for making keder

Where can we find fabric to use to make keder? Keder is a component piece used in construction methods in which fabric has to be threaded through a track or channel. It’s used primarily in the construction of tents and fabric structures, but has other applications as well. Keder consists of fabric wrapped around a …

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Foss debuts state-of-the-art needle punch line

Foss Manufacturing, Hampton, N.H., has unveiled its new state-of-the-art needle punch line. The new equipment positions the company for future growth in industrial fabrics, and assures a more productive and efficient way to do business. New Hampshire Governor John Lynch was the guest of honor at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. SOURCE Foss Manufacturing

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Roland DGA holds “I love my Roland” contest

Roland DGA, Irvine, Calif., is on the lookout for the most creative, outrageous, and dedicated Roland enthusiasts with its “I love my Roland” contest. Entries received before July 31 will be featured on the Roland Web site. Twenty-five finalists will be chosen to participate in a drawing for prizes. The contest is open to customers …

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Structural materials offer benefits for construction engineering

Duraskin® structural materials are designed for construction engineering, and feature high-tensile strength, low mass per unit area, adequate flexibility, and excellent weather resistance. Applications include mechanically and pneumatically supported roofs and hall construction. Depending on the application and requirements, Verseidag-Indutex offers several types of Duraskin based on fabric woven in polyamide, polyester and glass. The …

TurtleSkin materials offer personal protection

TurtleSkin® is a family of new patented materials, which are woven with high-strength fibers to be thin, yet protective. TurtleSkin’s weave interlocks aramid fibers so tightly they won’t shift or leave gaps for needles or other fine penetrators to slide past. Less than the thickness of three sheets of paper, the fabric offers personal protection …

Spanish textile group Inditex expands in Asia

The Spanish textile group Inditex, which markets the Zara clothing brand, will set up operations in Seoul, South Korea, to boost growth, the company announced in February. The group wants to see Asia account for 15 percent of its sales by 2009, up from 8.9 percent in 2006. Inditex opened an outlet in China in …

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What you need to know about coated fabrics

Coatings are very important for direct solvent printed fabrics. Inks and coatings need to be matched to ensure adhesion of the inks to the fabric and to avoid print flaws, like “fish eyes”. Sublimated fabrics can be coated to ensure that the transfer process maximizes the penetration into the fabric. Testing of the fabric and …

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Ultraflex Systems Inc. introduces blockout banner

Ultraflex Systems Inc., manufacturer and worldwide distributor of diverse options of digital solvent, UV and screen printing substrates, has added a new blockout to their line of specialty products. DSS is a double-sided, smooth blockout banner that is fire resistant and lightweight. DSS rolls are available in the several widths by 164 feet (50M) in …

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OptiTex Ltd. sponsors Nolcha Fashion Week

OptiTex Ltd., New York, N.Y., was a sponsor of Nolcha Fashion Week, London 2008, which featured work by New York-based artist Laurance Rassin. He premiered a line of silk dresses with abstract prints, designed using OptiTex software. OptiTex’s CAD/CAM software provides fully adjustable 2D and 3D models. Designers can now increase speed to market and …

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Non-PVC coated textile fabrics offer range of features

Decoprint® coated textile fabrics for the indoor and short-term outdoor markets offer a range of features for digital inkjet printers (solvent, eco-solvent and UV curable) and transfer printers (dye sublimation). Decoprint uses no PVC resins in its coatings, and has launched two new “green” products, which are formaldehyde free (Skin FF and High Drop FF) …

Carbon-core fiber reduces static

Problem: Clothing that produces static electricity is a nuisance and hazard to U.S. military and industrial workers in environments where sparks can start fires or trigger explosions. Solution: A carbon-core fiber developed by Invista integrated into Cordura® Nyco with P-140 Static Dissipative Fiber reduces static charge on fabrics and other materials with which the fabric …

NCTO advocates currency legislation

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) joined other trade and industry groups in calling for legislation to curb Chinese currency manipulation that is hurting U.S. markets. “Congress must quickly pass currency legislation and give our companies and their workers the ability to defend themselves against China’s predatory trade practices,” says Cass Johnson, president of …

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Textile designers rethink digital printing

From trompe l’oeil to edgy to personalized, digitally printed fabric is beginning to catch the imagination of more textile designers—even those who previously viewed the method as inferior. “Ugh, the computer does it, it’s digital.” That’s the reaction that Raylene Marasco, ower of Dye-Namix, New York, N.Y., came to expect from clients and designers. But …

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Bamboo plants used for textiles

It can be stronger than iron, yet fragile as paper. It can be eaten as well as worn. As a source of medicine, it can heal. It cleans the air and makes music in the wind. Now, make room in your closets for the newest in textile plants…bamboo. In an April, 2008 article, www.naturalnews.com reports …

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Kuraray Co. Ltd. completes manufacturing facility expansion

Kuraray Co. Ltd., Fort Mill, S.C., has completed expansion of its Vectran® fiber manufacturing facility in Saijo City, Japan. The manufacturing facility in Fort Mill has also undergone recent improvements to increase capacity. The company said it is increasing production of its Vectran fiber by 40 percent, to 1,000 tons annually. This fiber is the …

Research produces polyethylene membrane structure fabrics

Nova-Shield II™ with ArmorKote® is the culmination of a two-year research project involving optimizing the properties of the membrane without sacrificing the outstanding strength-to-weight properties of the fabric. Four times the abrasion resistance of the competition, improved seam strength at room temperature and at elevated temperatures, improved chemical resistance and UV protection provide for long-lasting …

Fire-resistant antimicrobial protection

Problem: The U.S. military requested fire-resistant cotton or cotton/polyester base layer undergarments that wouldn’t melt, wouldn’t drip and offered antimicrobial features. Solution: Never fear, Undershield® is here. Gehring Textiles developed a patent-pending modacrylic/XStatic™ circular knit version of the Gehringuard fabric line. Undershield doesn’t melt or drip, wicks moisture away from the skin and has antimicrobial …

South Africa declines clothing and textile agreement with EU

Citing unreasonable demands by the European Union (EU), South Africa and Namibia pulled out of an economic partnership agreement that would have eased the movement of clothing and textile products into European markets. The existing African Growth and Opportunities Act (AGOA), under which African countries enjoy preferential access to U.S. markets, requires a product to …

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Practicing good customer service on the phone

Better customer service starts with a smile; even when it’s a telephone call, it makes good sense to use a friendly tone of voice. Listen to good speakers on the radio and note the warm, inviting tone of voice. You want to replicate this relaxed, easy-going style in all of your telephone calls. Also, give …

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Textured vinyl media offers excellent hiding power

Dreamscape, Rockaway, N.J., has unveiled Dreamscape Peel N Stik, a textured vinyl media with excellent hiding power, and the ability to reduce glare and light reflection. It is more durable and thicker than other peel and stick films, and is appropriate for wall graphics, trade show displays, wide format murals, advertising and point of purchase …

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Performance Fabrics and Fibers LLC expands

The Williamsburg County Development Board and the South Carolina Department of Commerce joined Performance Fabrics and Fibers LLC in announcing that the company has expanded in Williamsburg County, adding a manufacturing facility and 42 full-time employees. Performance currently operates in Williamsburg County, S.C., and has expanded as a result of market demands.

Vinyl-coated polyester features high tear and tensile strengths

SVP-14-515 is a 14-ounce vinyl-coated polyester with a tear strength of 100 pounds and tensile strength of 450 pounds. This fabric is appropriate for the sides of truck tarps, where it is advantageous to lower the weight of the tarp. SOURCE First Source Coated Fabrics

Durable Kevlar braid offers protection

Problem: Customers want a braid or cord that offers high strength, chemical and flame-resistance, durability and protection for industrial applications. Solution: Tough Kevlar® braid is lightweight; resistant to chemicals, cuts and flame; self-extinguishing; flexible; and five times stronger than steel. SOURCE Mitchellace Inc.