Aurora promotes Mike Richardson

September 29, 2009

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc., Aurora, Ill., announced the promotion of Mike Richardson to director of sales and marketing for their Northern Lights Printable Textiles™ line of fabrics. Richardson, who joined Aurora in November 2008 as director of marketing – print media, will have direct revenue responsibility for the line.

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The business of shade

September 28, 2009

By Janet Preus It appears that not enough of us are taking skin cancer statistics seriously. Dr. Sarah Schram, dermatology resident at the University of Minnesota, says that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and in the United States alone there will be more than one million new cases this year. The …

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Marketing 101

September 25, 2009

By Pat Hayes, CPP Reviewing our company’s development and how we originally created a marketing plan started me thinking of the company’s humble beginnings. We started it from scratch; two employees and one customer. The plan seemed to develop as we progressed. As a one man show, you wear many hats and move through stages …

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Speaker to address vehicle manufacturing standards at Expo Hightex

Serge Carignan, study director for the Association du transport urbain du Québec, will present a report on manufacturing standards that must be met during the production of vehicle components. The presentation will also address future opportunities for the textile industry in Québec’s transportation market. Expo Hightex will take place on Oct. 7 in Montréal, Québec, …

Free service helps textile companies work with NATO

By Juliana Wallace Government agencies don’t always have the best reputation for making life easy, but a free service from the U.S. Department of Commerce is trying to break past those stereotypes to bring together textile companies and NATO. The Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) is a gratis service for companies interested in working …

Hanesbrands Inc. launches Mount Everest expedition

September 24, 2009

Hanesbrands Inc., Winston Salem, N.C., and its Duofold and Champion apparel brands introduce “Expedition Hanesbrands: Climb With Us,” a Mount Everest expedition that will take place in the spring of 2010. The climb, which will feature international mountaineer Jamie Clarke, will take place to promote the company’s research and development in the textile industry and …

Keynote speaker reassures Expo attendees: “We will come out of this”

September 23, 2009

By Janet Preus “It’s not the end of the world,” CNBC Senior Analyst, Ron Insana, told IFAI Expo attendees in this morning’s keynote address, even though we were ‘that close’ to going over the edge, he said, pinching his fingers together to illustrate. “We will come out of this,” Insana emphasizes, although certain aspects of …

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3M extends Warranted Durability of Finished Graphics

September 22, 2009

3M extended the Warranted Durability of Finished Graphics used in digitally-imaged sign faces to six years. Products backed by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty include finished graphics using 3M™ Scotchcal™ Luster Overlaminate 3619 and 3M™ Scotchcal™ Matte Overlaminate 3620.

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Rosa Parks Transit Center opens in Detroit

September 17, 2009

Detroit has something to feel good about as the new Rosa Parks Transit Center recently opened to rave reviews. By Bruce N. Wright In a city that was known as the automobile transportation center of the world for much of the twentieth century, the notion of a bus terminal as the key to the future …

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In Memoriam: Brad Kisner, INX Digital International

September 15, 2009

Brad Kisner, president of INX Digital International Co., passed away Sat., Aug. 22, after suffering a heart attack while visiting family in Santa Cruz, Calif. He was 47. Kisner’s name was synonymous with Triangle inks, from the founding of Triangle Digital LLC with his brother Ken, in 2002, through its evolution as a major component …

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ARA international rental exchange participant works in Texas

September 14, 2009

Michael Hayek, branch manager for Kennards Hire P/L in Sydney, Australia, is working with Eagle Rentals in Seguin, Texas, through Sept. 18 as part of the American Rental Association (ARA) international rental exchange program. After his stay at Eagle, Hayek will work at Taylor’s Rental Equipment Co., Fort Worth Texas, and will later work at …

Online calculator measures carbon footprint

September 11, 2009

The German Convention Bureau and CO2OL have launched an online calculator that measures the CO2 emissions generated by events, meetings and conventions. The companies are offering the calculator service to event and meeting planners in order to encourage more eco-friendly event planning. In addition to the calculator, the CO2OL website offers tips on how to …

Dow Corning to present at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics

September 9, 2009

Dow Corning, Midland, Mich., will present “Dow Corning® DS-9000 Eco Repel™ – A New Additive for Flame-Retardant Textiles” at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China. The presentation will discuss Eco Repel, an eco-friendly silicone additive that increases the softness of technical textiles without affecting flame retardancy. Intertextile …

Interactive forum to address use of military textiles

September 8, 2009

An interactive forum will offer apparel and textile manufacturers the opportunity to ask military officials from the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Army about specific military needs and how the textile industry might be able to meet those needs. The meeting, sponsored by the Textile Industry Coalition on Government Procurement, National Council of Textile …

TEXbase launches new software

September 3, 2009

Insight, the new software from TEXbase, acts as a custom system to track textile and apparel company performance. Real-time data is presented in color-coded graphs, charts and RSS feeds to monitor critical material and supply chain information at every stage of production, as well as supplier and staff efficiency.

PGI sells FabPro Oriented Polymers LLC

September 2, 2009

Tricor Pacific Capital Inc., Lake Forest, Ill., has agreed to buy FabPro Oriented Polymers LLC, Kingman, Kan., a subsidiary owned by Polymer Group Inc., Charlotte, N.C. FabPro owns manufacturing facilities in Clearfield, Utah and Kingman, as well as a converting facility in Guntown, Miss. The financial details of the sale, expected to close within 30 …

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Fabric Graphics magazine launches new website

Fabric Graphics magazine, the official publication of IFAI’s Fabric Graphics Association, has launched a new website. The site features the current issue of the magazine, up-to-date fabric graphics 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 …

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New welder leaves a clean finish

September 1, 2009

The Triad from Sinclair Equipment Co. was designed around the basic finishing needs of the digital graphics market as an upgrade from glue, tape and outsourcing. The welder leaves a clean finish, no distortion to solvent inks and can be done with a simple one-person operation. A variety of welding styles can be achieved, including …

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HP increases Scitex production capacity

HP announced the end of its successful beta testing program for the HP Scitex FB7500 flatbed printer and the first commercial installations of the printer at Fair-play BV in Amsterdam, Netherlands, and Kürten & Lechner in Köln, Germany. HP increased production capacity for the HP Scitex FB7500 printer by more than 150 percent and augmented …

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Defining PVDF

Compiled by Juli Case What is PVDF? PVDF stands for polyvinylidene fluoride, and with a name like that, it probably won’t surprise you to learn that it is part of the fluoropolymer family. PVDF is used as a topcoat, usually on vinyl fabric, particularly for the awning and fabric structure industries. The slick surface of …

Curtains help control infection in Wisconsin hospital

[InPro Corp.] Muskego, Wisc., U.S.A. Waukesha Memorial Hospital, Waukesha, Wisc., U.S.A., is the first hospital in the U.S. to use Shield™ infection control fabric privacy curtains throughout most of its facility. The hospital was a participant in the “5 Million Lives” campaign, implemented by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, a project that included initiatives for …

Textile growth continues in China

May figures for Chinese industries with annual incomes of more than five million Yuan (approximately $730,000) showed textiles as a continuing lynchpin of economic growth. The textile industry grew 8.3 percent in China, according to fibre2fashion, an online industry Web resource. However, the export of Chinese goods overall decreased by 15 percent, compared to 2008 …

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Dreamscape introduces metallic enriched textured media

Dreamscape BLING! is a metallic enriched textured media that produces a sparkling metallic look with regular solvent, eco-solvent or UV-curable inks. BLING! has a textured surface with a silver colored coating of fine metallic particles. The textured surface produces sparkle under regular room light. Designers, artists and printers can create a high-end wallcovering look with …

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Starleaton appoints distributors

Starleaton Digital Solutions, a converter and distributor of wide format printing technologies and consumables, appointed Positive Camtec, Australia, as a reseller of SEAL brand laminators and laminates, plus Neschen brand vinyl, fabric and eco-friendly materials for signage and display. Wide format supply company Aarque Graphics will market the same brands to the New Zealand industry. …

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Custom-fit structure covers pool during renovation

Custom covering for a hotel pool renovation quietly appears overnight. By Chelan David When the highly glamorized world of haute couture beckons, typical pool renovation techniques do not apply. Such was the case last April when EventStar Structures, Medley, Fla., was assigned the task of covering the pool at the Raleigh Hotel in Miami’s South …

Air Force aero-medical units to use portable structures

[Gentex Corp. Respiratory Systems] Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., U.S.A. Air Force aero-medical units around the world will soon be using the Gentex® Patient Isolation Unit (PIU), a temporary, single-use, portable structure designed to contain and transport a patient and prevent particulate cross-contamination between the patient, the external environment and the caregivers. Made of a breathable, HEPA …

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Geotextile growth projected in India

Economic stability in India has boosted demand for more roads, railways, highways, bridges, canals and dams, and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) projects a 20 percent increase in the geotextile sector based on the boom. Geotextiles enhance design, durability, cost-effectiveness and aesthetics of infrastructure projects, and demand is expected to …

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Printer uses advanced 12 wave technology

The GO Salsa TX 64-inch printer handles direct-to-fabric and paper transfer for dye sublimation. The Salsa TX can print direct and dye sub, with an emphasis on soft signage, flags, banners, wall murals and trade show exhibits. Paper transfer capabilities include dye sub paper for apparel, carpets and rigid materials. According to the company, the …

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Moss announces personnel moves

Moss Inc. announced the appointment of Vince Marler executive vice president, operations. Marler served as Moss’ executive vice president and chief financial officer for two years and was instrumental in the acquisition and integration of the former Nichols Company based in Salt Lake City. Prior to joining Moss, Marler was corporate senior vice president-central operations …

Fabric collection made from post-consumer and post-industrial yarns

The Everlasting collection is made from post-consumer and post-industrial yarns, is available in six different patterns for contract, hospitality and home décor use, and has received Silver MBDC Cradle to Cradle certification. Fabrics pass UFAC Class 1 and California Bulletin 117-Section E fire retardancy, and are durable enough to pass contract-rated abrasion. SOURCE J. Ennis …

College utilizes upholstery vinyl to combat MRSA

[Sylvester Solutions] Jessup, Pa., U.S.A. [CMI Enterprises] Miami, Fla., U.S.A. Lackawanna College, Scranton, Pa., has declared war on germs, including Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus/MRSA. The school upholstered their state-of-the-art fitness centers in Dimensions™ upholstery vinyl with Nanocide® antimicrobial, made by CMI Enterprises and offered by Sylvester Solutions, creating the beginning of an environment that offers a greatly …

Vietnamese textile exports recovering

The U.S. and European Union received 70 percent of Vietnam’s garment and textile exports in 2008, but orders dropped sharply in the first four months of 2009. However, Diep Thanh Kiet of the HCM City Association of Garment-Textile Embroidery-Knitting industries says many association members had orders through the summer. Japan is importing more Vietnamese products, …

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INX announces global availability of print head cleaning service

INX Digital International Co. announced the global availability of its UV HeadCure print head cleaning service. Employing a new, patent-pending technology, it has shown to provide 100-percent recovery of UV print heads with obstructed nozzles and restricted flow. Unlike solvent inks, UV inks cannot be dissolved once they have cured, which creates a problem when …

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Printed tent houses the Acatemy

By Abbie Yarger The project. To create and install a 30-foot by 60-foot tent structure for an exhibit promoting Meow Mix products. Interactive play areas inside the tent allowed visitors to bring their cats into the structure, which traveled to 11 U.S. cities. The structure, appropriately named The Acatemy, was part of the Meow Mix …

Canvas can be stretched and framed without cracking

Malibu Canvas GF, the newest addition to the Northern Lights Printable Textiles™ collection, is a soft, bright white canvas with an acrylic gesso coating for solvent inkjet and UV cure print technologies. Made of 100 percent spun polyester yarn, the fabric can be stretched and framed without cracking. Standard width is 120 inches but it …

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Fabric structure allows science museum visitors to experience the human cell

Science North, a science museum and family attraction in Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, wanted visitors to experience the inner workings of a human cell. Its Club Génome exhibit opened in March 2009, a fabric structure and multimedia space where the red glow of blood cells and a hanging nucleus complement up-tempo music and an educational program …

OSHA recognizes GE for employee safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) recognizes work sites that demonstrate exceptional safety, health and environmental practices. The General Electric (GE) energy production facility in Slater, Mo., received an award of excellence for its outstanding commitment to employee protection. VPP facilities such as the GE Slater site have gone beyond …

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Barak line of printers offers new features

Matan Digital Printers announced new features available for the Barak line of super-wide-format hybrid printers 5 and 3.5 meters wide. Matan developed with Caldera a specific set of transition curves for light and dark inks optimized for the new eight-color-printing Barak. Caldera implemented the curves and settings within the OEM edition of GrandRIP+. SOURCE Caldera

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Digitally printed carpet

By Tim Greene One advantage of some of the new digital printing ink formulations is that they allow direct printing to industrial textiles. The advantage of digital printing is the ability to more cost effectively print short runs or turn jobs around quickly. Recently, I saw some examples of digitally printed carpets. I spoke with …

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Shade in a Box contains awning components in economical package

The RollingShield™ Shade in a Box includes all awning components in one economical package, and includes high-performance WeatherMax 80 fabric from Safety Components, chosen for performance, durability and affordability. The package uses 40mm square aluminum carrier bar, available in three widths and three projections, and five WeatherMax solid colors. The fabric uses tightly woven, solution-dyed …

Researchers discover magnetic microspheres for rewritable color display

University of California–Riverside researchers have discovered a reliable way to incorporate color into paints, printing inks and displays—and change the color instantly, and reversibly, with magnetic fields. “For the first time, stable photonic materials with tunable colors can be fabricated on a large scale,” says Yadong Yin, an assistant professor of chemistry at UC–Riverside. Yin …

Victor Group joins Sustainable Furnishings Council

The Sustainable Furnishings Council is a nonprofit coalition formed in 2006 to promote sustainable manufacturing through controlled carbon emissions, reduced waste, recycled content and renewable raw materials. Victor Group, Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada, recently became the first textile maker to join the coalition at the Silver Exemplary level. To meet this standard, Victor Group demonstrated that …

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Sawgrass releases bulk ink for direct-to-garment printing

Sawgrass Technologies, a developer of on-demand digital imaging technologies, released NaturaLink bulk ink for direct-to-garment printing on Epson-based garment printers to produce images on cotton and cotton-blend garments. NaturaLink features cross-link chemistry to create images that have virtually no hand on light and dark garments. Heat activation bonds the dye and pigment ink with cotton …

Moral fibre: Business ethics and the specialty fabrics industry

By Christopher J. Nolan Most business owners would probably agree that three words—profitable revenue growth—could summarise their corporate objectives, even if expressed more subtly. Understandably, as the storm-ravaged economy, supported by a government lifebelt, traverses further shoals, this business paradigm is being questioned. Has it got us into this economic mess, and does the continuing …

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Waterproof ink for screen printing provides durability

M-FP Ink Film Positive is a dye-based waterproof ink for screen printing that provides superior durability, UV-blocking and image definition at a lower cost than high-priced waterproof film. With the ability to dry quickly on most standard clear films, the ink allows users to print multiple films at once and burn screens immediately after printing. …

Biodegradable coffin is an underground sensation

In 1667, the English Burial in Wool Act required people to be buried in wool shrouds to stimulate the struggling woolen industry. A. W. Hainsworth and Sons Ltd., a West Yorkshire fabric company, takes the concept to a whole new level with its Natural Legacy coffins and burial urns made of biodegradable woven wool and …

CMAI offers market reports and global analyses

Chemical Market Associates Inc. (CMAI) provides consulting for the chemicals, plastics and fiber industries, offering weekly and monthly reports and global analyses of nylon, polyester, carpet, resin and film markets. Analyses highlight strategic issues, such as supply/demand, capacity, long-term price and margins.

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Océ adds 5 digital cutting tables to ProCut system

Océ added five digital cutting tables to its ProCut system, enabling shops with larger roll-based inkjet printers to cut and trim media and provide better support of oversized rigid media. The ProCut tables perform trimming and contour-cutting, through-cutting, kiss-cutting, routing and creasing, and are suitable for roll media, sheets or rigid substrates up to 1.97 …

SBA loan program may help stressed small businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has a loan program that may help small businesses faced with short-term cash problems. SBA’s America’s Recovery Capital (ARC) Loan Program can provide up to $35,000 in short-term relief for viable small businesses facing immediate financial hardship, to help ride out current uncertain economic times and return them to …

Water- and oil-repellency system protects fabrics

Barrier by HeiQ water- and oil-repellency system provides extraordinary protection against the elements and stains for all types of fabrics. The unique 3D structure of the textile surface is built up by specialized microsized particles firmly embedded in the finish for enhanced performance. Special surface structure minimizes the contact area between water or oil and …