Coney Island ampitheater features new roof

July 31, 2009

The iconic Coney Island has been through its share of troubles, but a $47 million, 8,000-seat amphitheater designed by Grimshaw Architects, New York, N.Y., could help bring more people to the famous location. The theater will feature a 5,400m2 roof made of steel and translucent fiberglass lit up by strobe lights. Marty Markowitz, president of …

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The future of smart materials

July 29, 2009

Sustainable materials expert Blaine Brownell discusses possible futures for textile-based architecture. By Mason Riddle “Within this exploding environment of new materials, I quickly realized how limited the architect’s palette is” states Blaine Brownell, recounting his epiphany a few years ago after working as a practicing architect. “We architects simply have to get smarter.” Given such …

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ARA Rental Show to return to New Orleans

July 28, 2009

The American Rental Association (ARA) announced its 2012 Rental Show will be held in New Orleans instead of the initial location of Atlanta. The move was prompted by ARA members who requested the change after the 2007 Rental Show was moved to Atlanta after Hurricane Katrina. The show, which has not been held in New …

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Wimbledon’s new retractable roof lets the match continue

July 27, 2009

By Abbie Yarger Throughout the world, sports venues are being built or remodeled to include retractable roofs. In areas where bad weather can cause delays that disappoint fans and players alike, these roofs allow games to continue. That’s why the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) wanted a retractable roof for the Wimbledon Centre Court …

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Geosynthetics revive Irish bog

July 22, 2009

Geosynthetics-lined ‘floating trail’ protects and displays rejuvenated blanket bog at Cuilcagh By Shelby Gonzalez Introduction: Bringing a bog back to life In the late 1980s, the blanket bog on the slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, was in bad shape. Years of overgrazing, mechanized peat harvesting, and other mistreatment had damaged the …

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Fabric trends webinar to examine new applications for fabric

July 21, 2009

The Event Marketing Institute will hold a webinar titled “Fabric Trends: New Materials & New Apps for a New Look” on Friday, July 24. The webinar will feature event professionals discussing the role of functional fabric in event design with an emphasis on new fabric materials, fabric graphics and fabric structures.

SCORE to recognize first-ever SCORE Awards winners

July 20, 2009

SCORE has announced the winners of the first-ever SCORE Awards, which recognize achievement in America’s small businesses. Winners will receive their awards at a black-tie gala ceremony on Thursday, September 17 at the Renaissance Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C. Visit www.score.org for more information and a list of winners.

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Showrooms benefit upholstery businesses

Showrooms prove profitable and satisfying additions to upholstery businesses. By Andrea Swensson As with any business, there comes a point in the lifespan of an upholstery shop when the inevitable question arises: What can we do to grow our business? For many upholsterers, expanding their workshop to include a showroom is a seemingly obvious next …

Two Netherlands universities receive solar cell research subsidies

July 17, 2009

Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands, are to receive a 1.2 million euro subsidy as part of the Joint Solar Programme (JSP) to reduce the costs of solar energy by increasing solar cell efficiency. The subsidy was awarded by the Foundation for Fundamental Research on Matter (FOM) and …

Teijin Limited updates BIOFRONTâ„¢ bioplastic

July 16, 2009

Teijin Limited, Osaka, Japan, improved BIOFRONT™ bioplastic by increasing its resistance to hydrolytic degradation to at least 10 times that of commercial bioplastic. Now, the bioplastic is almost as durable as polyethylene terephthalate (PET). Visit www.teijin.co.jp/english for more information.

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Fabric canopy helps cantina practice sustainability

July 15, 2009

The new Sante Fe Opera cantina observes sustainable conventions and leaves the patrons fed and dry. I love sitting underneath the canopy at the Cantina on a rainy day,” says architect Hugh Hardy, principal of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, designer of the new Sante Fe Opera dining facility in the New Mexico desert. “You can …

Thermoplastic composite research center established in The Netherlands

July 14, 2009

The Thermoplastic Composites Research Centre (TPRC), formed in response to the increased demand for thermoplastics in the aerospace industry, has been established at the University of Twente, Enschede, The Netherlands. Officials from Boeing, Chicago, Ill., Stork Fokker, Papendrecht, The Netherlands, TenCate, Almelo, The Netherlands, and the university launched the center to further explore the benefits …

Fabric Architecture Continuing Education

Regulatory considerations in the design of fabric awnings By James A. Strapko Awnings in the architectural design process Recent trends in building regulations for commercial and residential projects may push architects toward taking awning design more seriously. In the past, architects have been tempted to view the awning as a discrete, subordinate element of a …

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The benefits of branding tents

July 13, 2009

Tented events maximize clients’ branding needs. By Elizabeth Kephart Reisinger Derek Stagner knows branding. As a managing director for Relay Worldwide, an experiential marketing and sponsorship consulting firm headquartered in Chicago, Ill., he and his colleagues create branded environments around the world for high-profile clients. The company often chooses to use tents because of the …

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Geotextiles in levees (Part 2 of 2)

July 9, 2009

History, performance, and design of geotextiles in levees: A report from New Orleans. By Jody Dendurent and Mark Woodward Editor’s note: Part 1 of this 2-part series ran in the April/May issue of Geosynthetics. Following the Abstract and Introduction below, Part 2 concludes with sections 3, 4, and 5 of this manuscript. Abstract Geotextiles are …

Universal Fibers® partners with Rouse Enterprises LLC

July 8, 2009

Rouse Enterprises LLC, Charlotte, N.C., has partnered with Universal Fibers ®, Bristol, Va., to represent Universal’s solution-dyed industrial products in the U.S. and Canada markets. The eco-friendly dying process used to produce the yarn products ensures long-lasting color and extended life of the fabric.

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Problem-solving helps tent company execute extravagant event

July 7, 2009

A private party that required every piece of equipment to be craned onto the property showcases a tent company’s problem-solving skills. Most tent installations have one challenge or another to overcome—but when Leavitt and Parris Inc. of Portland, Maine, took on an installation for a private party at a Boston-area residence in September 2008, the …

IMB Forum 2010 dates changed

July 3, 2009

IMB 2010, organized by Koelnmesse GmbH Cologne, Germany, will be held in November instead of May in hopes of an economic upturn later next year. The forum, to be held at the Exhibition Centre Cologne, will feature several IT services and products designed specifically for use in the textile processing industry. See the event calendar …

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InTents magazine launches new website

July 2, 2009

InTents magazine, an IFAI publication serving the tent rental and event industry, has launched a new website. The site features the current issue of the magazine, up-to-date tent industry news, and two years of previously published content. New issues of the magazine will be uploaded on the first of every other month. Check out the …

Ending Berry Amendment exemptions urged

July 1, 2009

Two exemptions in the Berry Amendment that allow U.S. government procurement of imported para-aramid and fire-resistant fibers are unwarranted and should be eliminated, according to Senator Jim Webb, D-Va. The Berry Amendment requires the Department of Defense to give preference in its procurement to domestically produced, manufactured or home-grown products, excepting para-aramids and fire-resistant fibers …

Taming tsunamis with style

Membrane fabric tidal wave barrier doubles as fair weather shelter. By Chelan David Since ancient times, ports and harbors in Japan have suffered frequent tsunamis, and the damage can be substantial. Tsunamis are not mere floods or tidal waves, but seismic sea waves caused by earthquakes or volcanic eruptions under the seabed. In August of …

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Composite technology stretched to the limit

Composite technology is stretched to the limit on the exterior of the KG-1 concept car, an eerily humanoid vehicle introduced by KesselsGranger Design Works, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, at the AutoRAI 2009 in Amsterdam. The lightweight carbon-fiber-reinforced skin, stretched around the exterior frame, retains its elasticity and strength. Manufactured by TenCate, Almelo, The Netherlands, the composite …

New dyeing technology developed

Three professors from the University of Leeds, Leeds, U.K., have developed a unique dyeing process that creates colored polymers inside textile fibers via a catalyst, and have formed a new company, DyeCat Ltd., to market the technology. “Simple colorless molecules, some derived from natural starting materials, are linked together by a novel catalyst,” says Dr. …

William T. Burnett & Co. produces eco-friendly polyurethane foams

Burnett is featuring environmental improvements in polyurethane foams with the Eco Cell™ series, which uses renewable resources to reduce the foam’s environmental footprint. More than 30 grades of foam are available for industrial acoustic, automotive, packaging and apparel markets. Eco Cell performs equally in all physical categories and consists of at least 10 percent renewable …

Fasnap Corp. provides grommets, tools and clips

Fasnap® now has stainless steel rolled rim grommets with spur washers in sizes #0 and #0 long barrel that can be attached using a bench or kick press, or semi- or fully automatic machinery. Ideal for heavy-duty applications such as tarps, awnings, signs and banners. The Snap Dragon Tool™ is capable of stretching a variety …

JTE Machine Systems Inc. features FIAB welders

For the first time in the U.S., JTE will feature FIAB’s 1400 traveling gantry RF welder, a system that allows the user to work from behind the table. With a turnable with advanced travel features, it is well suited for large material projects and military tent welding. The Windows® CE-based control system makes it easy …

Orange County Industrial provides parts, service and technical solutions

Orange County Industrial, distributor of industrial sewing and cutting brands such as Brother, Juki, Atlanta Attachment, Pegasus, Yamato and Seiko, offers parts, service and technical solutions—specifically, wholesale parts and machines, retail parts and machines, machine rentals, custom machine and attachments for special applications, consultation, PROM programming and machine repairs or modifications. SOURCE Orange County Industrial

Sinclair Equipment Co. manufactures welding machine for variety of materials

Sinclair Equipment Co. manufactures the Triad Wedge Welding System that can weld PVC, PE, PP, urethane and many other weldable flexible membranes used for welding tents, tarps, awnings, banners, liners, covers and tubes. Combined with Thermal Bonding Tape, it has the capability to weld most acrylics and other nonweldable products. Sinclair also offers the Spec …

China launches three-year stimulus plan

Chinese textile manufacturing has slowed, and unemployment in China has grown, leading the China State Council to announce a three-year plan to assist the ailing textile sector. The Council announced its fifth export tax rebate since August 2008, urged producers to explore mergers and acquisitions, will assist with reduced energy consumption and greater efficiency, and …

Collaboration brings new life to old wetsuits

Rip Curl and textile students collaborate—fashionably. By Marie O’Mahony Have you ever wondered what happens to old wetsuits? Rip Curl, the iconic Australian sportswear company, has, and so have students at the University of Technology Sydney’s (UTS) Department of Fashion and Textiles. The two got together earlier this year to work on Fashion Technology: The …

Hoods provide skin protection

Heat stress or heat stroke can cause faintness or confusion, which can be lethal to firefighters engaged in a critical incident. American manufacturers of protective hoods such as Fire-Dex, Lifeliners/Stanfield’s, Majestic and PGI are moving to Lenzing FR®, a fire-resistant fiber with skin-friendly softness and moisture management. Lenzing Group, Lenzing, Austria, manufactures the colorfast and …

Nilit acquires Nylstar Inc. in Virginia

After opening a production facility in China last year, nylon yarn manufacturer Nilit®, Migdal Ha’emek, Israel, took another step toward a global network with the acquisition of Nylstar Inc. and its Martinsville, Va., plant. As part of the acquisition, former Nylstar president Basil B. (Sonny) Walker will be also preside over the new entity, Nilit …

Chameleon International offers unique color-changing material

ChroMyx™ from Chameleon International is a complete line of waterproof, temperature-sensitive, color-changing material that can be fabricated into virtually any product. Its color-changing properties, indicated visually, cannot be washed off or damaged by marring. The material will change color even in extreme weather conditions. SOURCE Chameleon International

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Fiberweb Inc. offers assortment of fabrics and covers

Typar®, a geotextile fabric that cuts construction and maintenance costs, is used in unpaved and paved roads, parking lots, industrial yards, subsurface drains, erosion control, landfills, recreation facilities and waste handling systems. Biobarrier® root control fabric offers guaranteed protection against root damage to landscapes and hardscapes, but costs only pennies per square foot per month. …

Kem-Wove Inc. introduces series of skid-resistant materials

Kem-Wove has introduced a new series of one- and two-sided, skid-resistant materials that provide anti-slip and anti-skid gripping. This series is breathable, has the ability to contour to various forms and shapes, and works on both hard or soft surfaces, including carpet. Place under a throw rug in front of the sink, on an outdoor …

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PARA S.p.A. supplies resistant fabric

TEMPOTESTSTAR® fabric is made from 100 percent polyester, dope-dyed fiber, featuring colorfastness and resistance to UV damage. Characterized by a high degree of resistance to deformation and traction, it is suitable for use in large structures such as hooded awnings, shade sails with eyelets subject to heavy traction and cassetted awnings. Available in a wide …

Snyder Manufacturing introduces laminated fabric for athletic applications

Safe-Gard™ technology is now available in LeatherLike™ Lite Fabrics.The new phthalate-free and lead-free technology also boasts anti-mildew, anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties. Used in athletic and gymnasium applications, such as spa covers, gymnasium mats, field covers and divider curtains, the leatherlike, embossed, laminated fabric is available in an array of stocked and special order colors. SOURCE …

India buys U.S. cotton

In an unusual turnaround, Indian textile manufacturers who built industries around domestic cotton are importing U.S. cotton. “Indian prices are not reliable,” says Ashish Shah, managing director of Aarvee Denims, an Indian clothing manufacturer. Cotton buyers in China, Turkey and Egypt also are turning to cheaper imported cotton, depleting India’s cotton exports from 8.5 million …

ARA partners with the U.S. Census Bureau

With the 2010 Census less than a year away, preparations for the nationwide effort to count all U.S. residents are already underway across the country. Census data affects critical decisions from congressional representation to the allocation of more than $300 billion annually in federal funds. The American Rental Association (ARA), representing the $35.3 billion equipment …

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Shade structure covers skate park

The City of Bowie, Md., wanted to upgrade its aging Bowie Skate Park to a premier destination for skateboard athletes. City project manager Matt Reno wanted skaters performing gravity-defying feats for friends and family to enjoy the outdoor venue’s half-pipes and banked ramps without excessive exposure to the sun’s harmful UV rays. The city chose …

Rainier Industries receives ISO-14001 certification

In 2006, Rainier Industries, Seattle, Wash., developed a sustainability plan, and in 2008 launched a formal environmental management system. Now, in 2009, the company has received ISO-14001 certification to confirm its commitment to environmental stewardship. Rainier, a producer of fabric shelters, awnings, displays and other products, uses many strategies to minimize its impacts on the …

J.A. Cissel Mfg. Co. offers netting and industrial fabrics

J.A. Cissel manufactures and fabricates monofilament and multifilament netting and industrial fabrics for the sporting goods industry, as well as for agriculture, aquaculture and fencing. Products include shade cloth, windscreen, bird netting, fabric fencing, privacy screen, ball barrier netting and other custom-manufactured goods. SOURCE J.A. Cissel Mfg. Co.

Fil-Tec Inc. releases bonded polyester thread

Fil-Tec’s new Premo Bond is a premium bonded, twisted polyester thread for outdoor and canvas sewing applications. UV treated for durability and resistant to wicking. SOURCE Fil-Tec Inc.

King Tech Industry provides fabric technologies

HyGy™ is a patent-pending nanotechnology applied to finishing fabrics. The finished HyGy performance fabric is single layer, super strength, lightweight, breathable, water repellent, water resistant, temperature tolerant from -60 to -300 degrees C, colorfast, anti-abrasion, anti-germ, anti-mosquito, nontoxic and recyclable. The process is applicable to various materials, such as polyester, nylon and cotton, with and …

Pennel USA presents two new products

Pennel USA presents two new products: ORCA® Tube Cleaner and Tube Deep Cleaner. This range of chemicals is specifically designed to clean and restore ORCA fabrics used for RIB tubes. The Tube Cleaner washes and maintains the tube of the RIB, and the Tube Deep Cleaner cleans more deeply and restores the tube of the …

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Somfy Systems Inc. releases eco-friendly protective products

Somfy Systems Inc. manufactures specialized motors and electronic controls for residential and commercial interior and exterior window covering markets. Somfy is introducing products to increase energy savings and provide extra living space and protection from UV rays. Somfy’s RTS accessories include the Sunis WireFree™ RTS sensor, a solar-powered sun sensor that uses Radio Technology Somfy® …

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers uses fabric maintenance hangar

[Rubb Inc.] Sanford, Maine, U.S.A. Rubb Building Systems manufacturer of relocatable fabric structures, collaborated in the design, delivery and installation of a fixed-base fabric maintenance hangar for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Based at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan, the hangar is designed to accommodate a C-130 aircraft and has a clear span …

Business fighting labor legislation

A number of business organizations, including many textile and apparel manufacturers, are working to defeat legislation that would overhaul the way union elections are held. The Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) would direct the National Labor Relations Board to certify a union as a bargaining agent on the basis of a majority of signed cards …

Nanotechnology goes to the dogs

When Rover rolls over on his fabric-covered pet bed, most dog owners resign themselves to an ongoing, unsightly mess of dog coat oil, dirt, grime, food stains and hair. Banishing dirty dogs from the family hearth isn’t a viable option, but Nano Pet Products LLC, a Wilton, Ct., manufacturer of pet products, thinks nanotechnology can …

Solar panels made in the U.S.A.

Advanced Solar Photonics (ASP), Lake Mary, Fla., will celebrate Independence Day in July with the launch of its monocrystalline solar panel production line. “Our SolarFABT facility will not only be the largest thin film and monocrystalline solar manufacturing plant in the United States, but unlike any other company, 100 percent of the components and materials …