Stephen R. Combes new president for Cematex

October 29, 2010

Cematex, The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers based in Zurich, Switzerland, appointed Stephen R. Combes as its new president at its recent General Assembly meeting held in Germany. Combes takes over the presidency from Albert Edward Roberts, who retires from the position after six years. Combes spent 13 years as managing director of SDL …

Cradle to Cradle® criteria for the built environment

October 28, 2010

Cradle to Cradle® (C2C) is a paradigm-changing innovation platform developed in the 1990s by Michael Braungart and William McDonough et al. Extensive books, cover stories and documentary films have been published and broadcasted about C2C since the 1990s and translated into at least a dozen languages. However, many planners are not yet familiar with how …

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Unifi Textiles (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. expands sustainable product line

October 27, 2010

Unifi Textiles (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. (UTSC) continues to be a global leader in sustainability with the introduction of REPREVE® FDY, a 100 percent recycled fully drawn yarn. The REPREVE family of recycled products available from UTSC now includes recycled filament polyester, recycled staple polyester, recycled filament nylon and recycled performance fibers, available with flame retardant, …

Camira Fabrics re-enters North American marketplace

October 26, 2010

Signaling its long-term commitment to the North American interiors marketplace, textile innovator Camira Fabrics has announced that it has joined the professional trade body ACT (Association of Contract Textiles). Camira is a leading European manufacturer of textiles for commercial interiors, and has recently re-entered the North American marketplace by establishing a stock backed cut yardage …

Leigh Fibers launches carpet and plastics recycling company

October 25, 2010

Leigh Fibers has established a dedicated business unit to divert discarded carpet and plastic from landfills and turn it into fibers and densified product used by plastics molders. Current and near-term equipment installations will give Leigh Carpet & Plastics Recycling LLC the capacity to keep more than 100 million pounds a year of used carpet …

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Glen Raven new Firesistâ„¢ color, stripes

Glen Raven will showcase an expanded line of Firesist™ flame retardant awning fabrics during IFAI Expo in Orlando. With one new solid color and three new stripes, Firesist is evolving to meet the changing needs of awning fabricators nationwide. Terracotta is the new solid color added to the Firesist line, drawing its inspiration from the …

Joy Jordan to present “Sustainability Initiatives at Kimberly-Clark”

October 22, 2010

Joy Jordan, global strategy program leader at Kimberly-Clark Corp., will present “Sustainability Initiatives at Kimberly-Clark” at this year’s NETInc Conference. The presentation is the lead-in to the conference’s “Session 12: Sustainability and Environment,” to be presented on Friday, November 12. The conference will take place in Raleigh, N.C., November 10-12, 2010. Larry C. Wadsworth of …

Obama to tour American Cord & Webbing Co.

President Obama will add a visit with American Cord & Webbing Co. factory workers in Woonsocket to his brief tour of Rhode Island on Monday, according to the White House. The White House announced earlier that the trip promotes two fundraisers to benefit Democratic congressional candidate David N. Cicilline and the party’s House campaign organization. …

STANMECH Technologies Inc. unveils new website

October 21, 2010

STANMECH Technologies Inc., Burlington, Ont., Canada, has announced the launch of their completely redesigned website, featuring industry-specific “mini-sites” which hold the information, product listings, case studies and resources relevant for each industry. Users may also search by type of tool required. STANMECH is a leading provider of applications involving plastics forming and joining methods (hot …

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Fisher Textiles expands Direct Disperse fabric line for dye sublimation printing

October 20, 2010

Fisher Textiles, a leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has added style DD 9374 Tri Poly (FR) to its Direct Disperse fabric line for direct dye sublimation printing. Direct Disperse fabrics have a special coating that allows for direct printing onto the fabric without heat transfer paper. They are compatible with printers using dispersed …

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Aurora named exclusive distributor of Stork Prints’ Sublimation Inks

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. and Stork Prints Group have announced that Aurora will be the exclusive distributor of Stork digital textile ink for direct and transfer sublimation printing in the United States and Canada. The offering will include c, m, y, k, lc, lm, ly, lk, blue, red, orange, grey, and deep black. Size …

NASA wants student innovators for 2011 Great Moonbuggy Race

October 19, 2010

Four decades after the first NASA lunar rover rolled across the surface of the moon, innovative students are preparing to design and build a new generation of wheeled wonders. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center organizes the races held at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, both in Huntsville. The event challenges high school and college …

Texas Tech’s Nonwovens Laboratory hosts international textile industry leaders

October 18, 2010

During the week of September 20-24, the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory at TIEHH, Texas Tech University, U.S.A. hosted a number of industry leaders from India, Pakistan, Australia and the United States to discuss research collaborations and showcase the nonwovens and advanced materials laboratory capabilities. Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, associate professor and manager of the nonwovens …

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Recyclable blockout banner from Ultraflex Systems Inc.

October 15, 2010

Ultraflex Systems Inc., Randolph, N.J., a supplier of wide-format printable media from 30 to 198 inches wide, has introduced a new 15 oz. smooth, scrimless blockout banner material with green characteristics; it is PVC free and 100 percent recyclable. SuperSmooth PET Blockout is best suited for double-sided signs and banners, compatible with eco-solvent, solvent, UV, …

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iBoatShowsâ„¢ App delivers boat show information on iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad

October 14, 2010

iTapTouch LLC, a mobile applications development company, has announced that their first app—iBoatShows™—has been approved and is now available in the Apple App Store. The application was designed in response to the growing demand for key information on boat shows and other marine-industry events. iBoatShows, available as a free download at the Apple App Store …

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Arlon launches two new cast overlaminates for print protection

October 13, 2010

Series 3220L (Luster) and Series 3220S (Satin) overlaminates will be added to the current Series 3220 cast overlaminate line from Arlon Inc., Santa Ana, Calif. Arlon now has a full offering of overlaminate products: Series 3200 high-gloss optically clear cast overlaminate, recommended for protecting window film and digitally printable reflective vinyl. Series 3220 premium cast …

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SGIA and IFAI supershows combine in strategic partnership

Organizers of SGIA Expo and IFAI Expo Americas have announced plans to co-locate their 2013 events at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The events will take place October 23-25, 2013, drawing potentially more than 25,000 visitors and 900 exhibitors. “The SGIA Expo is all about maximizing opportunities in diverse markets,” says Michael …

Teijin rolls out recycled Green Carpet at Tokyo International Film Festival

October 12, 2010

Teijin Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, has announced that for the third consecutive year it has produced an eco-friendly Green Carpet made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles, for the environmentally minded Tokyo International Film Festival, which will be held from October 23 to October 31. The Green Carpet is made entirely of Teijin Fibers’ ECOPET® recycled polyester …

Miller Weldmaster to auction T-300 Extremeâ„¢ welder at IFAI Expo Americas

October 11, 2010

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women between the ages of 35 and 55; one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. The cure rate is 90 percent or greater if the disease is detected in its earliest stages. This October 27-29, at IFAI Expo Americas in …

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Miller Weldmaster to auction T-300 Extreme welder at IFAI Expo Americas

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women between the ages of 35 and 55; one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. The cure rate is 90 percent or greater if the disease is detected in its earliest stages. This October 27-29, at IFAI Expo Americas in …

Ultraflex launches Descor interior textile website

October 8, 2010

Descor from Ultraflex Systems Inc. is a high-quality textile used primarily for decorative wall and ceiling applications; it can be mounted into a corresponding track/profile system or hung in traditional methods for hanging textiles. Descor can be printed with UV or screen processes, and a solvent printable version (Digital Descor) is also available. The fabric …

Teijin selected for Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

October 7, 2010

Teijin Ltd. announced today that it has been named, following last year, to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World), a global indicator for Social Responsible Investment (SRI). The new DJSI World list was made effective on September 20, 2010. Of the 318 companies selected this year, 36 are Japanese. (Among the nine companies …

Antimicrobial monograph downloadable from AATCC—free to AATCC members

October 6, 2010

AATCC’s newest monograph, “Antimicrobial Testing & Technology,” is available for easy download. The monograph is a searchable collection of antimicrobial research papers presented at AATCC Conferences. “Antimicrobial textiles have become very important to both the textile and apparel industries and consumers over the past several years,” notes AATCC’s director of business development Perry Grady. “This …

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IRgA co-locates with ISA Sign Expo 2011

The International Sign Association (ISA) has partnered with the International Reprographic Association (IRgA) to locate its shows in one central location. The co-location will provide exposure to vertical markets that have historically not integrated. “ISA always strives to develop opportunities that create a win-win scenario for everyone,” says Lori Anderson, president and CEO of ISA. …

Free webinar: trade preferences for certain Haitian textile and apparel goods, Nov. 16

October 5, 2010

On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. (EST), the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA), will host a webinar on trade preferences for apparel wholly manufactured or knit–to–shape in Haiti. The webinar will feature background on the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act of 2006 (HOPE), the Food Conservation …

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Xennia releases UV cure inks for OEM printing systems

October 4, 2010

Xennia has released its XenInx Diamond general purpose UV cure CMYK ink set for use in printing systems based around a wide range of printheads. Xennia launched its XenInx range of high-performance ink products earlier in 2010, and recently announced the opening of its large capacity industrial ink production facility. XenInx Diamond CMYK ink, along …

India approves new Centers of Excellence for textile technology and development

The Expenditure Finance Committee of India has just approved the Technology Mission on Technical Textiles (TMTT), which will fund the creation of four new Centers of Excellence (CoE) with an investment of $22.2 million. The news was revealed to Seshadri Ramkumar of Texas Tech University by a senior government official of the Ministry of Textiles …

True felt

October 1, 2010

Compiled by Juli Case I have a client that is interested in having a replacement friction pad made for a chrome drum and is specifying a “true” felt. He says that anything else will scratch the drum. What is a true felt? Your customer is probably referring to a wool felt. Traditionally, to be considered …

Greenhouse film extends growing season in Canada

In the dead of winter, the heart of Canada’s Manitoba province sees temperatures tumble far below zero, with summers short and cool as well. But when Roger and Marie Haynes moved there from the United Kingdom 12 years ago, they sought a profitable career as farmers. After failed crops and cattle with mad-cow disease, they …

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AAD awards shade structure grants

In an effort to encourage communities across the country to Be Sun Smart and prevent skin cancer, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has awarded grants for the purchase of shade structures to the Chicago Park District and 37 other organizations around the country. In addition to the shade structures, each location will receive a …

Heat sealing vinyl-coated fabric

Compiled by Juli Case We’re looking into making truck covers and know that we will be heat sealing the seams. What is the recommended temperature range for heat sealing vinyl-coated fabric? The range of temperatures used to heat seal vinyl fabric is so wide that it isn’t something that you are likely to find useful. …

Helipad to speed helping hands

The new helipad built above the main entrance of the University Hospital in Aachen, Germany, has developed a nickname: The Hand of God. The proposed landing site, located above the square in front of the hospital complex, was designed by OX2architekten of Aachen to suggest a raised, open palm. The helipad’s function should be even …

Trade breaks for Pakistan after the flood

The EU foreign affairs chief urged EU states to back trade concessions to Pakistan, with growing concerns about the impacts of the devastating floods on the country’s economy and leadership. Supporters cite Pakistan’s strategic importance in the fight against Islamic militancy; some countries with competing textile industries oppose the breaks. The issue was debated again …

Defining EDPM

Compiled by Juli Case I have a client specifying an EDPM strap on a bid. What’s EDPM? EDPM is an abbreviation for a type of rubber compound. The full chemical name is Ethylene-Propylene-Diene Terpolymer, but suppliers should know exactly what you’re talking about if you just say EDPM. It’s used in a variety of applications, …

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Motorized yacht window system accomodates weather

Japan is an island nation, and yacht owners and dealers in the Japanese market suggested a motorized system to open and close the windshield to accommodate the weather. Marubishi Seisakusho Co. Ltd., Nagoya, Japan, delivered the Toma Flybridge Top and Windshield, a patented solution for the flying bridge boater who wants sea breezes during fair …

Aerostat material weathers extreme conditions

[Raven/Aerostar International] Sioux Falls, S.D., U.S.A. Raven Industries-Aerostar Division has completed successful flights and adverse weather testing of their proprietary High Strength Laminated Aerostat Material (HSLAM). Aerostar’s first TIF-25KTM HSLAM tethered aerostat weathered severe summer thunderstorms and extremely high temperatures without loss of helium or any damage to the aerostat. Aerostar is a supplier to …

“Senior Ballistic”

Compiled by Juli Case In a recent bid, I’ve had a client quote a fabric called “Senior Ballistic.” I’m familiar with ballistic nylon, but how is “Senior Ballistic” different? It’s not a different fabric as much as it’s a more specific way of referring to it. “Senior Ballistic” is, according to the supplier we talked …

Fabric basin collects aircraft engine wastewater

Ron Kensey began designing custom-fit airplane covers in his garage in the 1980s, cutting fabric on the floor and sewing on one lone machine. Kensey, who bought out his partner’s share of Kennon Products Inc., then in Los Angeles, wanted wide-open spaces. “My dream was to move to spacious Wyoming in a bus and raise …

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Tent systems for U.S. Armed Forces

[Eureka! Tents & Accessories] Binghamton, N.Y., U.S.A The Eureka! RDS was developed for the U.S. Armed Forces as a rapidly deployable tactical use shelter that maximizes modularity, ease of use, operational effectiveness, durability and versatility—all in a compact and lightweight package. With its interchangeable outer layer, units can change the skin, rather than the entire …

Comparing 10-mil vinyl and10-ounce vinyl

Compiled by Juli Case We need to compare two materials. Is a 10-mil vinyl the same as a 10-ounce vinyl? It’s hard to tell from the information you’ve given us, but we’re guessing that they’re not the same. “Mil” is a measurement of thickness (a mil is 1/1000th of an inch) and “ounce,” of course, …

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Free-standing shade system creates shade on demand

For centuries, people have used awnings to keep indoor and outdoor spaces cool and shielded from the damaging affects of the sun. It’s no surprise that today’s energy-conscious consumers are rediscovering the benefits of awnings for countless applications, including decks, porches, terraces, windows and window expanses. But what if you don’t have a wall or …

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Creating the future of textiles (part 3)

Fabric as we know it is transformed with electrical conductive nanocoatings. By Dr. Jamshid Avloni Part III of a series by speakers at the Advanced Textiles Conference 2010. Part I covers developments in advanced textiles, Part II addresses developments in auxetic materials and Part IV covers the potential of nanomaterials in creative applications. Part V …

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Outdoor urethane line offers luxurious upholstery products

The Soleil Collection from Spradling International Marine is the company’s latest group of outdoor urethanes, offering soft and luxurious upholstery products with a performance edge. A wide variety of colors is available with the SRX topcoat. The line’s combination of strength and style provides easy cleaning, high UV resistance, mildew resistance, a durable surface and …

Damask transforms indoor spaces

The Summer Ball is the event of the season at St. Piran’s School, Maidenhead, England, and each year the social and fundraising committee struggles with transforming a school sports hall into a glamorous venue for 260 guests. After hiring Oasis Events Limited in 2008 to create a huge and inviting Bedouin tent with exotic lighting, …

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Carole Bellon creates results for her clients and company

Carole Bellon’s straightforward and tough-minded approach to business results in a win-win situation. By Sigrid Tornquist When I was younger I wanted to grow up to be a doctor or a pilot—or a race car driver. I’ve always liked competition,” says Carole Bellon, owner and president of Bellon Industries, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. “Then I went …

Combination die-cutting system for optimum efficiency

The Spartanics Finecut-Plus-Rotary™ is a combination laser die cutting and rotary die cutting system, especially recommended for companies that are increasingly combining short-run and long-run work needing different cutting tools for optimum efficiency. Versatile system’s capabilities include rotary die cutting as fast as 400 fpm, tool-free laser die cutting as fast as 300 fpm, fast …

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Moss acquires Pink power, NYC foothold

Two powerhouses in the event, exhibit and display markets have joined forces, as Moss Inc., Elk Grove Village, Ill., has acquired the inventory and trade name of Pink Inc., New York City, N.Y. The new entity, Pink Powered by Moss, will operate out of a New York City location and service clients nationally. By combining …

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Remake spaces with fabric flair

“Space articulation” with fabric adds design flair with practical appeal. By Carla Waldemar Heard a lot of hammering lately? Not likely. The construction industry is among the hardest hit in this bleak economy. Few housing subdivisions, office parks, megamalls or public institutions are breaking ground these days. Yet retail businesses, hospitals, colleges, exhibition arenas and …

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Easy-to-use awning software

Awning Manager™–Sales & Fabrication Software, a collaboration between Donald Sweitzer of U.S. Canvas & Awning and John Contreras of Omnireign Solutions, delivers automated editable proposals and pricing, quotes, calculates material needs, provides editable 3D shop drawings, generates fabrication sheets, integrates Google maps, creates sales reports, maintains customer databases, and generally provides an affordable and essential …

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TenCate patents ‘grassy’ geosynthetic

TenCate Geosynthetics, Pendergrass, Ga., recently received a U.S. patent for its Miramesh® SG woven geosynthetic, which combines the benefits of its Miramesh GR open biaxial fibers with green synthetic grass fibers. The product, designed to stabilize soil on steep slopes and wire basket walls, immediately creates a finished, fully vegetated-looking wall face and eliminates the …