Universal Fibers expands Virginia headquarters

January 29, 2010

Universal Fibers® has announced that it will invest $13 million in an expansion at its headquarters near Bristol, Va., that will create 84 new jobs. “Because here at the Industrial Park in Washington County, Virginia, is the location of our branded EarthSmart Technology® initiative, this location was our first choice for this exciting expansion,” said …

Tencel now used in carpets

January 26, 2010

Using a new Tencel fiber from Lenzing, natural cellulose fibers can now be processed in carpets, offering excellent moisture management properties; carpeting made with Tencel can also effectively combat the formation of mold. The carpets are also naturally moth-resistant, and, since Tencel has a natural moisture content of 13 percent (compared to only 1 percent …

Southcombe firefighting gloves

January 25, 2010

Southcombe Brothers Ltd. recently announced that the Indianapolis, Ind., Fire Department has purchased nearly 1,700 pairs of the company’s Firemaster® IV Kovenex® gloves, after months of rigorous testing. The gloves combine Kovenex’s inherent flame-, tear- and cut-resistant properties with Southcombe’s patented water- and chemical-resistant Pyrohide® to maintain the product’s NFPA 1971-2007 certification and EN659 rating, …

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AW Specialty Papers announces three new how-to videos

January 22, 2010

AW Specialty Papers announces three new how-to videos AW Specialty Papers launched three new videos demonstrating how to apply heat transfer paper onto dark-colored substrates using a commercial heat press. Available on YouTube, each video highlights one of three new products: the Koncert T’s, Laser Dark and 3G Jet-Opaque. The IMAGE CLIP series is for …

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Geosynthetics photo contest

January 21, 2010

The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) is holding its first-ever photo competition, just ahead of its planned April 2010 launch of the redesign IGS website and the May 2010 quadrennial IGS conference in Guaruja, Brazil. Winning photographs must demonstrate geosynthetic materials and technology in action, and may illustrate any phase of implementation, from design to completed …

PGI releases sustainability report

January 20, 2010

Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) has released its inaugural 2008 Sustainability Report. Prepared following framework of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an organization in which PGI recently became an organizational stakeholder, the report covers five sustainability goals the company hopes to meet by 2014. PGI is also participating in a pilot program with the Paris-based Organization …

Wind turbine props, textile-reinforced

January 18, 2010

Wind energy promises to become a staple of a green economy, and innovative strategies to make wind turbines more durable can give companies a competitive edge. Technical textiles developed with carbon, glass and aramid reinforcements bonded by thermosetting or thermoplastic agents give rotor blades the strength to hold up to wind, wear and weather. Karl …

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Sunbrella® area rugs

January 15, 2010

Tri Vantage® now offers the renaissance™ collection of Sunbrella area rugs and accessories to enhance sales. Made with Sunbrella yarns to offer exceptional durability, softness, long-lasting color and stain resistance, the area rugs are created through a flat braid process using 50 percent recycled content. The reversible, weather-resistant rugs can be used both inside and …

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ARA to recognize industry service at The Rental Show

January 14, 2010

The American Rental Association (ARA) recognizes individuals for outstanding service to the Association and the industry each year. At this year’s Rental Show, Stan Crumbaugh, president of Independence Rent-All, Independence, Mo., will receive the Meritorious Service Award, which honors an ARA member who has made a significant contribution and demonstrated leadership pivotal to the success …

Synthetic textiles industry in India sees recovery

January 13, 2010

The increase in cotton yarn prices has led to a growing interest in India’s manmade fibers, according to the Synthetic and Rayon Textile Export Promotion Council in Mumbai, India. For the period between April and September 2009, manmade fiber exports rose by 10 percent over the previous year. Demand for synthetics in Europe and West …

PGI invests in nonwovens technology

January 11, 2010

Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) is investing in nonwovens technology in both the U.S. and Asia to serve the hygiene and healthcare marketplace. PGI plans to install new custom-designed spunmelt machines in the U.S. and China. Construction associated with the projects is expected to begin early in the first quarter of 2010 and material is expected …

To lay off or not to lay off?

January 1, 2010

The Shared Work program can help answer the question of how to keep employees while reducing labor costs. By Sigrid Tornquist Anyone who’s been laid off from a job knows that the experience is usually accompanied by emotional and financial hardships. And anyone who’s had to lay off a valued employee knows that good employees …

Mobile grommeting gun is portable and expandable

Problem: Grommeting guns can be heavy and awkward to use for large projects. Solution: The Eagle Mobile grommeting gun from Adfast is portable, modular and expandable. The magazine and handle can be installed on either side of the unit and at just 25 pounds, grommeting around large tarps or banners is easy. Extra setting tools …

Textile wastes: re-use them or lose them

At the University of Borâs, Sweden, Ph.D. students devised a method to produce 500 grams of ethanol from a kilogram of denim waste. This is one example of the possibilities explored at a recent sustainability forum in Swinburne, Australia, sponsored by the Technical Textiles Nonwovens Association. Conference speakers examined ways that textile waste can sustainably …

Calderon to head St. Lucia business group

Paula A. Calderon, managing director of Caribbean Awning Production Co. Ltd. in St. Lucia, was elected president of the St. Lucia Manufacturers Association (SMA) at their recent annual meeting in October. Calderon was featured in a “perspective” interview in the July 2009 issue of Specialty Fabrics Review.

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Advanced Textiles 2010

The Industrial Fabrics Association International announced Advanced Textiles 2010, June 16-17, in Paris. The third of the association’s specialized conferences, which promote international cooperation among the United States and European technical textiles industry, includes nanotechnology, e-textiles, nonwovens, geosynthetics and applications within biomedicine, green building and sustainable design, aerospace, automotive, sports apparel, military, safety, architecture, graphics …

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Printed structure builds brand identity

By Abbie Yarger The project. A tour promoting Gatorade Tiger, a beverage endorsed by Tiger Woods, required a large, lightweight structure that would create a memorable experience for guests and build strong brand identity. The structure had to be easily transported. The companies. GMR Marketing, New Berlin, Wis., chose Pacific Domes, Ashland, Ore., to create …

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Geotextile boom in China

After the State Council of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) approved the Ministry of Railways’ investment plan of 2 trillion Chinese yuan in 2008, the Ministry of Transport is examining a plan to invest 5 trillion yuan over the next 3-5 years. In the ten measures issued by the Council to stimulate domestic demands, …

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Affordable solution for leather cutting

Problem: Since leather cutting equipment is expensive, big and complicated to operate, only very large production operations can afford to do it. Solution: The Vision Module & Leather Cutting System from Autometrix is a versatile, simple and affordable cutting machine that will cut leather hides and other fabrics as well. Easy to operate and maintain, …

Biomedical Textile Structures Laboratory opens

Forty years ago, Dr. David Brookstein, dean of Philadelphia University, was an undergraduate in the former Textile and Sciences College. In late October, he and the University president, Dr. Stephen Spinelli, presided at the grand opening of the new Biomedical Textile Structures Laboratory. The lab, funded by a $1.25 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department …

Primer for business success

Cable television series “Money Matters TV” recently featured independent money managers interviewing Dr. James Chan, president of Asia Marketing and Management, about how to work with Chinese businesses and markets. Now Malvern Press Ltd., Essex, England, has compiled a 60-minute DVD of the broadcast interviews with Chan titled “Secrets of Business Success in China.” Business …

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Gerber Graphics Solutions

Gerber Scientific Products formed the Graphics Solutions Business team comprised of Gerber professionals that will focus on Gerber’s Matched Technology System, the Gerber EDGE, OMEGA software package, and Gerber’s line of plotters, routers and high-performance films and foils. The Graphics Solutions Business team is Jay Dorman, global director of graphics business solutions, Dana Goodale, director …

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Commercial interior wall coverings boost graphics market

By Tim Greene In one of our recent surveys, commercial interior wall coverings was identified as one of the strongest growing applications for wide format digital printing. While the concept is not particularly new, we’re seeing new products from some of the originators of the wall covering substrate segment that are energizing the market due …

Fiber Society conference in Turkey

The Fiber Society’s Spring 2010 Conference is being organized by BUTEKOM, Bursa Textile and Confection (Home Textiles and Furnishings) Research and Development Center, in collaboration with Uludag Exporters Union and The Fiber Society. The event will take place in Bursa, the textile center of Turkey, May 12–14, 2010. Papers on fundamental research related to the …

Shrink wrap protects against corrosion

Problem: Corrosion of metal parts and products during transportation and storage causes high-cost rework for the customer. Solution: Transhield is a shrink wrap film laminated to a nonwoven liner. Within the adhesive layer, transhield has a VCI additive, which releases on the inside of the covered part, preventing corrosion. Although VCI is not new to …

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Auto interior manufacturers to attend conference

Despite a global recession, manufacturers of auto interiors keep driving forward. In February 2010, many auto interior innovators will be driving to the ims Automotive Interior Conference at the Royal Automobile Club in London, England. Topics being explored at the conference, sponsored by ims Automotive, include whether alternative vehicles need alternative interiors, the impacts of …

Recession report: trade flattens

Textiles Intelligence Ltd., Wilmslow, England, issued its 2009 edition of the “World Textile and Apparel Trade and Production Trends: the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico” in November, and the Americas are hurting. American consumer demand for clothing and footwear fell by 1.1 percent in 2008 and declined more in the first half of 2009, …

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Pantone names GM

Pantone LLC, an X-Rite Company, appointed Ron Potesky senior vice president and general manager. Potesky will spearhead the development of digital innovation to advance the Pantone Brand. Potesky previously served as senior vice president of marketing at Ricoh Americas Corp., having joined the company in 1999. Prior to joining Ricoh, Potesky spent seven years at …

Availability of CASmate program

Compiled by Juli Case Is the CASmate program still available? CASmate was a program produced by a company called Scanvec, which has since merged with a company called Amiable and is known as SAi. CASmate was used by awning and sign companies to cut out vinyl lettering. Unfortunately, CASmate was discontinued some time ago, and …

Protective fabric toughens ski apparel

Problem: Fabrics used in ski apparel don’t hold up to the fraying and tearing caused by ski edges and crampons. Solution: Originally developed for motorcycle racing, Schoeller-keprotec is a protective fabric for ski apparel that is abrasion proof, temperature and tear resistant, and comfortable as well. High-tensile aramid fibers such as Kevlar® ensure its extreme …

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South Carolina welcomes textile research firm

Materials Innovation Technologies, Fletcher, N.C., plans to open a new facility in Florence County, S.C., to expand its development of advanced carbon-fiber textiles for the automotive, aeronautics and defense industries. Governor Mark Sanford welcomed the high-tech company, which plans to begin hiring in February. Materials Innovation Technologies plans to create 120 new jobs at the …

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World solar challenges

The state of the race in photovoltaics and composites. By Marie O’Mahony If you want to stay abreast of future trends in solar, engineered and composite materials, you may want to tune in to a car race—the World Solar Challenge® in Australia. The race, in which solar racecars speed 1,864 miles through the Australian Outback, …

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Lectra and Eastman settle

Lectra and Eastman settled the pending patent infringement action brought by Lectra against Eastman and its distributor, Sewn Products, in October 2008, in U.S. District Court. The claims and counterclaims in the action were dismissed with prejudice. In the settlement, Eastman has acknowledged the validity of Lectra’s involved patent, U.S. Patent No. 5,867,392, and, while …

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How to find boat registries for a marine business plan

Compiled by Juli Case I’m applying for a loan, and the lender wants me to submit a business plan for my marine shop. How do I find out how many boats there are registered in New Jersey, so I can show them how many potential customers there are? Boat owners are usually required to register …

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Free-standing awning project provides shade

[The Awning Factory] Orlando, Fla., U.S.A. The Awning Factory designed a grand, 80-by-16-foot projection awning to provide shade for a second floor outdoor dining area at the Mona Lisa Resort in Orlando, Fla. Because the client requested that the awning not have columns or supports, the awning needed to be free-standing and cantilevered from the …

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New boat sales sinking

Spader Business Management, Sioux Falls, S.D., a training and consulting firm, reports that new boat sales dropped 34.2 percent and average total dealership sales declined by 23 percent during the first nine months of 2009. Revenue for pre-owned boats also dropped, but only by 5.2 percent. With boat sales down, a greater percent of the …

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Living architecture

Green roofs and walls, firmly planted in geotextiles, are a growing market. By Frank Edgerton Martin Jeffrey Bruce, FASLA, recalls that when he first came to Kansas City, Mo., from New Jersey as a young landscape architect, he drove out west into Kansas to see the plains. As the sun was setting, the immensity of …

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New printing accreditation

Printing Industries of America’s Center for Technology and Research developed the Digital Production Excellence Accreditation (DPEA) auditing program, designed to determine if a digital printer has implemented and maintained an effective management and control system. The key issues that the DPEA audit is intended to determine are the current state of business operations, methods and …

Defining the pass/fail for Title 19 afterflame requirement

Compiled by Juli Case What is the pass/fail for Title 19’s afterflame requirement? One supplier told me two seconds and another said four seconds. Which one is right? Actually, they’re both right; it’s complicated. In California, Title 19 is the regulation that affects textile products. Since California is a leader in the U.S. for flammability …

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Artistically designed awning meets customer needs

[Miami Awning Co.] Miami, Fla., U.S.A. Miami Awning took an exceptionally artistic approach to designing this 12-by-12-foot awning for an exclusive 26th-floor penthouse residence overlooking the bay and Atlantic Ocean. The awning covers a marble-topped bar area and is designed with flowing curves and accents that conform to the customer’s discriminating taste and love of …

Employees donate mosquito nets for the holidays

This year, employees of Insect Shield®, makers of insect-repellent clothing, gave a holiday gift that will keep on giving—donations to provide treated bed nets to Venezuelan indigenous people at risk for malaria and other insect-borne diseases. Insect Shield of Seattle, Wash., uses its EPA-registered pesticide (approved for clothing use) on “mosquiteros” nets, which are designed …

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Opportunities abound for printed fabric bags

By Janet Preus In 2009, Mexico City joined San Francisco, Calif.; Mumbai, New Delhi; and hundreds of other cities in banning plastic shopping bags. Entire countries are turning around our dependence on them, either with outright bans or, like Ireland, charging people to use them. The United States still is using around 100 billion plastic …

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New Aurora swatch book design

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. released its Northern Lights Printable Textiles swatch book. The new design contains the complete collection of fabrics for digital inkjet solvent, UV, dye sub, off-set litho and screen print technologies. The swatch book has been resized and includes two new styles: RePlay2 and Premium Poplin FR.

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Choosing light bulbs for backlit awnings

Compiled by Juli Case What kind of fluorescent bulbs should I use for an outdoor backlit awning, and where should I get it? We did a quick survey of awning manufacturers and were cautioned that the fluorescent bulbs you need should be able to withstand outdoor conditions—particularly cold weather. Specifically, you need to look for …

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Tensioned canopies cover outdoor escalators

[Fabritec Structures] Dallas, Texas, U.S.A. In 2008, California adopted an ordinance that mandates the covering of outdoor escalators to control water run-off during rainstorms. To that end, Fabritec designed tensioned canopies to cover four escalators in downtown Oakland, Calif. Fabritec’s design differed from the traditional barrel-type covers most often used for this type of application …

Nontoxic alternative to flexible PVC

R&D Magazine honors research and development breakthroughs with the annual R&D 100 Awards, and has recognized FlexOlé™ thermoplastic olefin polymer, an environmentally sustainable alternative to flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC). Dynamic Modifiers LLC, Atlanta, Ga., makes the nontoxic, flame-retardant polymer, which can be used to replace PVC in window treatments, floor and wall coverings, bedding, toys, …

Banner company reinvents for success

By Jill C. Lafferty Kurt Lisk watched the development of digital fabric graphics closely, but held off introducing the technology into his business until it was right for his product. “For us it became the right decision when they went to a direct-to-fabric print instead of a paper transfer,” Lisk says. “We were never happy …

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Reviewing basic sales strategies

By Pat Hayes, CPP Looking back at the founding of our company and how we started to sell our wares still brings a grin to my face. Although challenging, it was simpler. When I needed something done, I didn’t look far because I was the one to do it. That was also true in selling. …

Licensed sealing technology

Genesis Plastics Welding is now offering its proprietary ecoGenesis™ plastics sealing technology for license. The process allows RF welding of materials without the addition of toxic plasticizers or additives. Use of the technology enables the elimination of PVC and PU in products within industries such as the military, consumer, automotive and medical sectors. Manufacturers with …

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Tensioned fabric sculpture on display in Sydney

The Eora aborigines viewed the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788 from the current location of the Sydney Customs House, Sydney, Australia, which has served as a gateway to people and goods entering the country since 1844. Now this historic building hosts events and exhibitions, including a five-story, translucent green tensioned-fabric sculpture dubbed the …