Free webinar from OTEXA on textile industry competitiveness Oct. 21

September 30, 2010

On Thursday, October 21, 2010, at 12:00 p.m. (EST), the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA), will host a webinar on the profile of OTEXA and its available resources. The webinar will be geared toward providing university students with background on OTEXA and current textile and apparel programs; the implementation of …

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Tension shade workshop in Orlando Oct. 26, prior to IFAI Expo Americas 2010

September 29, 2010

Tim Collins, a 20-year veteran fabricator from Queensland, Australia, and other shade structure professionals will be demonstrating the design and fabrication of several shade sails—as these shades get installed on the second floor pavilion of the North Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., U.S.A., the same building that will house IFAI …

IFAI receives U.S. funding award to boost exports

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has announced the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is one of five organizations selected in 2010 to receive more than $1.7 million for projects that increase U.S. exports, create jobs and strengthen the U.S. global competitive edge. The awards are given under the Department of Commerce’s Market Development Cooperator Program …

Pikeur wins prestigious technology award with Barrier by HeiQ

September 28, 2010

PIKEUR, a leading German equestrian fashion brand, has won the “Spoga horse Innovation Award 2010” in Cologne, Germany, for innovative riding pants that achieve successful water and dirt repellency using the Barrier by HeiQ water and stain repellent treatment from HeiQ Materials. PIKEUR Reitmoden Brinkmann GmbH & Co. KG took home the award in the …

Innovative Nonwovens Conference to present State of the Industry session

September 27, 2010

Four industry experts will present a State of the Industry panel discussion at the opening session of the Innovative Nonwovens Conference (NETInc) on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, from 1 to 3 p.m. Moderated by TAPPI President and CEO Larry N. Montague, the panel will include Pierre Wiertz, general manager of EDANA; Michael Jänecke, brand manager …

Toho Tenax develops gas diffusion layer for fuel cells using carbon fiber fabric

September 24, 2010

Toho Tenax Co. Ltd., the core company of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibers business, has announced that it has developed a gas diffusion layer (GDL) made of a carbon fiber fabric for use as an electrode component for fuel cells. The new GDL will be marketed starting in late September. The new fabric-type GDL exhibits …

Global deliveries of rapier and projectile looms surge

September 23, 2010

Deliveries of rapier and projectile shuttleless looms to the world’s textile mills increased by 31 percent in 2009, a year when total loom purchases declined, according to a report from the business information company Textiles Intelligence. More specifically, shipments of rapier and projectile type looms to mills in Asia surged by 47 percent, while deliveries …

2010 Safety Products Student Design Challenge winners

September 22, 2010

The seventh annual Safety Products Student Design Challenge winners have been announced by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). The annual contest is developed and supported by two divisions of IFAI, Safety and Technical Products and the Narrow Fabrics Institute, and encourages post-secondary functional design training and the use of technical textiles in protective and …

Ronald Mark Associates Inc. announces new strategic business unit

September 21, 2010

Ronald Mark Associates Inc. (RMA), a New Jersey-based multifaceted manufacturer of supported and unsupported polymers, has announced the formation of Engineered Polymer Technologies (EPT). EPT was created to expand RMA into several new markets, including (but not limited to) geomembranes, fuel and water storage, air containment and medical products. EPT will capitalize on RMA’s 36 …

In memoriam: Russell B. Hogshire

Russell Beverly “Happy” Hogshire, third-generation president of Hogshire Industries Inc. in Norfolk, Va., died on Sept. 17 at the age of 77. Hogshire joined the company, which has specialized in canvas products since 1898, after serving in the U.S. Army. He worked on the board of the Industrial Fabrics Association International and was named an …

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Fabric education for architects and designers

September 17, 2010

With the current emphasis on sustainable building design, architects, designers, builders and other industry professionals are exploring multiple means to achieve sustainable design, such as natural ventilation and daylighting, energy efficient HVAC systems, green roofs and landscaping and the use of awnings and canopies. The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of the Industrial …

Performance Fibers to expand in China

September 16, 2010

Performance Fibers, a global supplier of industrial fibers, has announced that it will expand its polyester fiber and fabric capacity in Kaiping, China, to meet continued strong demand from China and the rest of the world. The increased capacity will double the company’s polyester production and expand its geographic reach over the next 12 to …

AATCC offers textile testing workshop, Dec. 8-9

September 15, 2010

AATCC is offering an Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop, December 8-9, at its Technical Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C., U.S.A. Workshop instructors will discuss and demonstrate AATCC and ASTM procedures for evaluating textiles, including basic color theory and measurement, as well as fiber identification. Participants will learn to use the AATCC Gray Scales for …

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Color-Logic and Mimaki to showcase wide format metallic printing

Mimaki wide-format printers will produce metallic images using the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System at three upcoming exhibitions for the printing industry: Labelexpo Americas, Chicago, Booth 6123 Graph Expo, Chicago, Booth 3212 SGIA, Las Vegas , Booth 457 The Color-Logic system will be used to generate print files at the three major wide-format exhibitions to …

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TenCate introduces MiraSpec software for flexible pavement designs

September 14, 2010

TenCate Geosynthetics North America has introduced Internet-based MiraSpec Design Solutions Software, an easy-to-use software program to assist engineers in flexible pavement design, while demonstrating the benefits of using TenCate Mirafi® RS580i woven reinforcement and stabilization geotextile in roadway structures. The program will allow pavement designers to perform AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation …

Textile Composites Conference in France, Oct. 26-28

September 13, 2010

TEXCOMP 10, the Textile Composites Conference, will be held in the Lille Grand Palais in Lille, northern France, Oct. 26-28. The goal of TEXCOMP is to promote knowledge in the field of textile composites throughout the world. By bringing together scientists and engineers active in a variety of disciplines, the conference provides a dedicated forum …

University of Missouri reports: How organizational identity affects profitability

September 10, 2010

With the fragmentation and globalization of the U.S. textile and apparel industry, business activities and roles have changed, impacting their organizational identity. The evolving organizational identity of these firms has created many questions as to how it affects the businesses financially. A researcher at MU has explored how U.S. textile and apparel firms describe themselves …

Oil engulfed, with microbe-enriched booms

September 9, 2010

Millions of gallons of oil were spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from the ocean floor well formerly attached to British Petroleum’s (BP’s) Deep Water Horizon drilling rig. The leak appears to have been stopped, but Gulf Coast states are still seeking protection for sensitive shoreline ecosystems, and EnSolve Biosystems, Raleigh, N.C., produces ShoreClean™ products …

Japanese nonwovens exporters pursue Chinese market

September 8, 2010

The average value of nonwoven products exported to China by Japanese manufacturers in 2009 was almost double the average value of materials exported to the U.S., according to a report by Textiles Intelligence. Exports to the U.S. had a total value of ¥8,282 million (US$88.5 million), but those to China were more than double this …

Items needed for 8th Annual IFF Silent Auction

September 7, 2010

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) is requesting donations for the 8th Annual IFF Silent Auction, which will take place at the IFAI Expo Americas Welcome Reception on Oct. 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Orlando, Fla. Previously donated items include custom quilts, vacation packages, jewelry, luggage and more. Funds raised through the auction …

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PAMA and IFAI Japan to host roundtable at IFAI Expo Americas 2010

All members of the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), and the awning industry at large, are cordially invited to attend a roundtable discussion with IFAI Japan at IFAI Expo Americas 2010 in Orlando, Thursday, Oct. 28. This is the second year that PAMA and IFAI Japan have hosted an international dialogue to foster the exchange …

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Economy Tent launches new website

September 3, 2010

Quality tent manufacturer Economy Tent Intl., Miami, Fla., announces the launch of their newly redesigned website at www.economytent.com. The new site features expanded content and streaming media to assist clients with their tent selection, color options, and accessories to best suit their requirements and budgets. The site prominently displays the most recent information for selecting …

5th Annual IFF Golf Tournament to take place in Orlando

September 2, 2010

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) will hold the 5th Annual IFF Golf Tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 in Orlando, Fla., during IFAI Expo Americas. The tournament will take place at Disney’s famed Magnolia Golf Course, a Golf Digest 4-star course featuring tree-lined fairways, strategic bunkering and rolling greens. Box lunches will be served at …

SunTex® 90 Design sun control for outdoor living spaces

Phifer Inc. has announced the addition of SunTex® 90 Design to its sun control products line. Created with the exterior roller shade market in mind, the new fabrics bring decorator touches to outdoor living spaces. SunTex 90 Design combines a rich, design-oriented look with the same weave and performance characteristics of traditional SunTex 90 fabric. …

BASF transfers additives business to Techmer

September 1, 2010

BASF, Ludwigshafen, Germany, and Techmer PM LLC, Clinton, Tenn., produce additives for the plastics and fiber industries. The recent acquisition of Ciba Plastic Additives by BASF has shifted the German company’s product scope, leading to the sale of its hydrophilic melt additives business to Techmer PM. The melt additives, marketed under the Irgasurf® HL brand, …

Employment taxes under fire

Although there is no way to avoid the NRP’s random employment tax audits, there are strategies to help businesses avoid potential trouble spots. By Mark E. Battersby The government’s own figures indicate that the payroll tax and self-employment tax gap (the difference between taxes owned and those actually paid) amounts to more than $200 billion …

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Changes to NAICS codes

The U.S. Census Bureau recently announced several changes to the industry classification (NAICS) codes that will be used in the 2012 Economic Census. Manufacturing facilities that previously have been classified as “Digital Printing” will now be combined into the larger “Other Commercial Printing (except Screen and Books)” category. Also, “Display Advertising” will be renamed to …

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Closing the sale

By at Hayes, CPP In more than 50 years of being involved in selling goods and services to both music and textile users, I am hard pressed to simplify my thoughts into a few basic ingredients. Selling is all about relationships. For me, closing the sale commences at the time I begin prospecting. What am …

Wagner makes ‘Top 100 Workplaces’

Workplace Dynamics, an employee research company hired by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, invited 1,193 companies in southeastern Wisconsin to participate in a survey about the best workplaces in the region. R & B Wagner Inc., Milwaukee, Wisc., ranked fifth out of 35 mid-sized companies (150-499 employees), which gave its workers—and its architectural and industrial metal …

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Fabrics offer standout options in promotions and advertising

By Gail Nickel-Kailing Although 2008–2009 was one of the most challenging periods that many print service providers have ever faced, wide-format digital and screen printers remained positive about how 2010 would play out. A report on digital printing of textiles from IT Strategies, Hanover, Mass., which advises companies in the digital print industry, forecasts an …

Moss acquires Pink Inc.

Moss Inc. has acquired the inventory and trade name “Pink Inc.” The Pink brand name will continue under a new identity, “Pink Powered by Moss.” According to the company, the addition of the Pink product line builds on synergies to be realized by the combination of the two national event and rental organizations. While Moss …

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Display panels

The domestically manufactured Vantage® narrow-profile LED backlit display is one of the brightest LED backlit displays on the market. Not only does the display offer the traditional benefits of energy efficiency and increased life expectancy of typical LED backlit displays, but it features a unit that rivals traditional fluorescent backlit displays in brightness. Clearr also …

OMNOVA wins safety and environmental awards

The Ohio Chemistry Technology Council recognized OMNOVA Solutions plants in Akron and Fairlawn, Ohio, with two 2009 Awards for Excellence in Environmental, Health, Safety and Security Performance. OMNOVA’s Akron Technology Center developed NM®-128, a zinc-free acrylic polymer that reduces impacts on lakes, rivers and streams, as well as PolyFox® wetting solution for high-gloss floor polishes …

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London hospital features ETFE skylight

A redevelopment of a city hospital complex called for reusing existing buildings while adding functionality. By Bruce Wright St. Bartholomew’s Hospital is the oldest established hospital in the United Kingdom, located on a tight city center site within 500 meters of St Paul’s Cathedral. The redevelopment of St. Bartholomew’s (Barts) and The Royal London Hospital …

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Fabric Images announces outdoor division

Developed through collaboration with Pratt Institute, Fabric Images Inc. announced its newest business division and product launch, FI Outdoors. One solution created from the partnership was the innovative Rhizome Chair. This sling chair is the first in a series of tensioned fabric solutions for outdoor use that can be utilized as temporary shelter for outdoor …

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Cutter line

The Kona Cutter line from Mutoh America features a full-color LCD touch screen with multiple language capabilities. The standard media support rollers allow trouble-free vinyl handling, while ensuring perfect tracking. The optional roll-off system is available for contactless loading of pre-printed rolls. The cutters integrate a laser-based optical sensor for automatic job recognition and accurate …

Sifting oil sands and GE nanotechnology

Canada houses 173 billion barrels of oil in a form supremely difficult to access. Extracting crude from a thick peanut-butter-like substance called oil sands takes time, costs money, uses excessive amounts of water and produces large amounts of CO2. General Electric (GE) Global Research, Niskayuna, N.Y., is taking on the oil sands with naturally occurring …

Industrial Fabrics Foundation advances interests of specialty fabrics industry

By Roy Chism The mission of the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) is to engage in research; educate the public and provide information regarding specialty fabrics; and to engage in other charitable educational activities as approved by the board of directors. Most recently, the IFF board launched the Innovation Award to inspire specialty fabrics companies from …

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Avery Dennison celebrates 75th year

Avery Dennison Corp. marked its 75th anniversary by having chairman, president and CEO Dean A. Scarborough and the company’s leadership team ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange. Avery Dennison was founded in June, 1935, by R. Stanton Avery, who developed the world’s first self-adhesive label and label-making machinery. Sales during his …

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Innovative ink

SEPIAX ink from Graphics One prints on virtually any substrate, whether coated or uncoated. The ink is eco-friendly, non-toxic, non-flammable and odorless. Lasting up to three years outdoors without any lamination, it offers a color gamut nearly identical to OEM eco-solvent inks with pigments that provide excellent light-fastness. SEPIAX ink works with printers from Mutoh, …

‘Buy American’ final rule issued by DHS

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) rejected concerns about whether the buy American requirements for textile and apparel products in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act sufficiently assists textile manufacturing in the U.S. The agency adopted, without change, the interim rule issued in August 2009, ignoring commenters’ call to have the new rules mirror …

The language of color

Compiled by Juli Case I want to bid on a cover project, but the fabric has to be the color RAL 5003. What is that? Color has a language of its own. One person’s simple green might be ‘hunter green’ to one person and ‘forest green’ to another—and neither of them match. To cut down …

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Textile printing in demand

The global production of printed textiles is projected to reach 32 billion square meters by the year 2015, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts Inc. Increased acceptance of digital printing and technological improvements in areas including inks and consumables, printheads and printing machinery are expected to increase the demand for textile printing. Asia …

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“Green” printer

The RJ900 iO from Graphics One is the first 42-inch printer to use SEPIAX ink. With the ability to print on virtually any substrate, the printer utilizes an integrated heating technology that maintains a temperature of between 45 and 55 degrees C, allowing the ink to properly adhere. The printer has a maximum printing width …

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Cars will drive up demand for carbon fibers

A new report by Textiles Intelligence, Wilmslow, U.K., predicts global demand for lightweight, strong carbon fibers will reach 8.5 million tons by 2015, driven by interest in carbon fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP) for use on cars and light vehicles. Currently, CFRP is used in aircraft, sports equipment and racing cars, where excess weight means excess …

Meeting Proposition 65

Compiled by Juli Case We’re located in Wisconsin and we’re making a fabric product for a customer in California. They’re asking that we provide certification that the product meets Proposition 65. How do we do that? Proposition 65 refers to the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, and requires the state of …

SEPIAX wins award

Representing over one million readers, the European Digital Press Association held its awards ceremony in Birmingham, U.K., for the world’s most innovative and market leading digital printing technologies. During the ceremony, SEPIAX was named the Best Environmental Ink of 2010 thanks in part to the product’s suitability for use in Epson DX3, DX4 and DX5 …

Sophisticated awning fabric

Tri Vantage’s Dickson® Orchestra North American Collection consists of 91 patterns, 25 of which are entirely new to the North American market. These new fabrics include unique solid colors, like gold and linen, and feature striped patterns that combine neutral colors with bold colors. The collection features solution-dyed woven acrylic fabric, which is water-repellent, mildew-resistant, …

Coated cotton separates oil and water

Since the Deepwater Horizon oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, scientists seeking solutions to the oil-water separation so crucial to cleanup are bringing forward ideas. Di Gao, assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering, Pittsburgh, Pa., used his expertise in nanotechnology to develop a polymer coating that allows water to …

Fabrics offer all-in-one sun control

SheerWeave® interior sun control fabrics offer protection from the sun’s heat and glare, cleaner indoor air, and excellent outward visibility. Lowering energy costs and helping to prevent fading on furnishings, the fabrics are also low maintenance and easy to fabricate into all types of window treatments. SheerWeave is offered in a variety of weaves and …