Carnegie Fabrics, Resolute Lighting create new lighting lines

January 28, 2011

Two new lighting lines are the result of a collaboration between Carnegie Fabrics and Resolute Lighting, featuring shades made from Carnegie’s popular and environmentally sound Xorel® fabric. “Prosperity,” melding beauty with functionality, is designed to bring a touch of softness to the most difficult and highly regulated areas, including hospitals, hotels and highly trafficked public …

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Arlon and Mutoh to sponsor Graphics of the Americas Vehicle Wrap Center

January 27, 2011

Arlon Inc. and Mutoh America will team up for the third year in a row to sponsor the Graphics of the Americas (GOA) Vehicle Wrap Center, to be featured at the GOA tradeshow in Orlando, Fla., on February 24-26, 2011. Arlon will feature DPF 6000XRP, a 2-mil cast film with X-scape technology, which will be …

Miller Weldmaster hits the road with ‘Roadshow’

The Miller Roadshow, a traveling exhibit by Miller Weldmaster, is set to begin its 2011 itinerary in Florida, according to a press release from the company. The peripatetic Roadshow is actually a tradeshow that goes to MW’s customers and would-be customers. Eric Helmick is the Roadshow tech who offers advice and demonstrates the company’s machines. …

Alexium Intl. rolls out Cleanshellâ„¢ textile treatment

Alexium Intl. has announced the development and commercial roll-out of its Cleanshell™ textile treatment process, an advanced process for water- and oil-repellent treatment of textiles. It provides exceptional liquid repellency while preserving the breathability, hand and drape of the fabric. The Cleanshell process has already produced textile industry leading repellency for a number of liquids, …

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Arlon and Mutoh to sponsor Graphics of the Americas Vehicle Wrap Center

January 26, 2011

Arlon Inc. and Mutoh America will team up for the third year in a row to sponsor the Graphics of the Americas (GOA) Vehicle Wrap Center, to be featured at the GOA tradeshow in Orlando, Fla., on February 24-26, 2011. Arlon will feature DPF 6000XRP, a 2-mil cast film with X-scape technology, which will be …

Drytac expands into larger facility in Richmond, Va.

January 25, 2011

Drytac Corp. has expanded into a new larger facility, providing a larger warehouse, customer service and training facility in Richmond, Va. The expanded product stocking capabilities will expedite the company’s commitment to greater inventory levels and faster shipping turnaround for the east coast region. The new headquarters also includes a large showroom for Drytac’s extensive …

AATCC’s 2011 Concept 2 Consumer®; Student Design Competition

January 24, 2011

The seventh annual student design competition, sponsored by AATCC’s Concept 2 Consumer® (C2C) interest group, gives students a chance to win cash, prizes, and recognition in the textile industry. Because of the growing emphasis on sustainable textiles, this year’s theme is Eco Chic Bag. Students are challenged to lend a creative touch to the growing …

India officially launches technology mission for technical textiles

January 21, 2011

by Prof. Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, U.S.A. The government of India launched its five-year national mission on technical textiles to boost the growth of the nascent nonwovens and specialty textiles sector, as of Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011. The plan has an outlay of U.S. $45 million, with the time frame from 2011-2015. The announcement …

Outlast Technologies develops heat-management polyester fiber with key partners

January 20, 2011

Outlast Technologies, a global leader in heat management and moisture reduction technology, recognizes Far Eastern New Century Corp. as the primary partner involved in the new Outlast polyester fiber development, the first-ever heat management polyester fiber. Far Eastern’s extensive development capabilities proved invaluable in taking the basic technical concept of Outlast polyester through to new …

IFAI launches new website

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has launched a new website to better serve its members and the specialty fabrics industry as a whole. The site features an event calendar, news blog, news feeds from the association’s seven magazine websites, revamped bookstore and information on IFAI interest groups and services. Non-members can easily join the …

Brunschwig & Fils announces restructuring

January 19, 2011

Olivier Peardon, president and CEO of Brunschwig & Fils, has announced that the family-owned company has filed for Chapter 11 restructuring and, concurrently, that Kravet, a fourth generation family company, one of the largest privately held distributors of fabrics and home furnishings with locations worldwide, has agreed to buy Brunschwig & Fils subject to a …

BondCote BondBarrierâ„¢ on list of top textile innovations for 2011

January 18, 2011

BondCote Corporation’s BondBarrier™ has been listed as one of the top 100 textile-related innovations for 2011 by Future Materials (FM100). Each year, FM100 outlines the most remarkable developments from the previous 12 months. BondBarrier composites are produced using Saint-Gobain’s CoreTech barrier membrane, and are designed to provide protection against chemical and biological warfare agents. BondBarrier …

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Social media connections get sneak peek at Sawgrass eBook via Facebook and Twitter

January 17, 2011

Sawgrass Technologies, a leader in the development of on-demand digital printing technologies, announced its upcoming release of Sublimation 101, The Complete Guide to Successful Dye Sublimation Printing, for sublimators and aspiring digital decorators. The Sublimation 101 e-book provides answers to sublimation challenges. Topics include: color management, preparing images for printing, understanding light and color, vector …

Textile company wins State Department’s ACE Award

In December, the Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA) was awarded the State Department’s coveted Award for Corporate Excellence (ACE) for its outstanding corporate stewardship of Denimatrix in Guatemala. The award, presented by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, honors exemplary conduct, corporate responsibility and innovation in a company’s overseas operations. Only three companies a year receive …

India ITME to be held in Mumbai, Dec. 2012

January 14, 2011

India Intl. Textile Machinery Exhibition (India-ITME) Society has announced the launch of the 9th chapter of the India ITME machinery exhibition, to be held from Dec. 2-7, 2012, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre Mumbai, India. The show will be spread over 55,000 square meters, with anticipated participation of 750 exhibitors and thousands of visitors from …

AATCC honors Richard Malachowski with Chapin Award

January 13, 2011

AATCC will honor Richard A. (“Rich”) Malachowski as the 2010 recipient of The Harold C. Chapin Award in recognition for his outstanding service to the association. Malachowski will receive the Chapin Scroll at an awards luncheon on March 24, 2011, during the association’s 2011 International Conference in Charleston, S.C., USA. A member of the AATCC …

Tough, eco-friendly polyurethane vinyl from J. Ennis Fabrics

January 12, 2011

Boltaflex® Serengeti, 100 percent polyurethane vinyl, is antibacterial, mildew-resistant and passes 200,000 double rub abrasion tests, for use in the healthcare, hospitality, contract seating and marine interiors markets. The eco-friendly fabric contains no plasticizers or phthalates, and is offered in 16 color selections. Passes UFAC Class 1, NFPA 260 Class 1 and California Bulletin 117-Section …

JEC and IFAI create strategic partnership in the Americas

January 11, 2011

The organizers of the JEC Show and IFAI Expo Americas have announced plans to co-locate their 2012 events at the Boston Convention Center, Boston, Mass., USA. The events will take place Nov. 7-9, 2012. “After the creation of JEC Asia in 2008, we were asked by the industrial sector to bring the JEC Show and …

Condé Systems introduces roll media for Ricoh GX e3300N and GX7000 dye-sub printers

January 10, 2011

Condé Systems is now offering DyeTrans roll media for use with its successful line of Ricoh GX Series Printers. Available in 8.5-inch x 100-foot and 13-inch x 100-foot rolls, the paper can be easily cut to a desired length and loaded directly into the selected printer’s multi-bypass tray. By creating a user-defined paper size in …

Teijin to launch first polyester fabric offering pH control

Teijin Fibers Ltd, the core company of the Teijin Group’s polyester fibers business, announced today that it has developed a new polyester fabric that remains gentle to human skin by stably maintaining its mildly acidic pH level, similar to healthy skin. At launch, it will be the world’s first commercial polyester material to offer pH …

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Ronstan launches AIA CES course for architects

January 7, 2011

Ronstan Tensile Architecture, Portsmouth, R.I., has launched its continuing education course, “Exploring the Naturally Sustainable Form of Tensile Architecture,” on The Continuing Architect, an online educational platform. Accredited by the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Continuing Education System (CES), successful completion of the course earns one hour toward learning unit requirements, including the health, safety …

Leigh Fibers: Top 10 ways to make waste work for you

January 6, 2011

A free white paper from Leigh Fibers, Spartanburg, S.C., explains how a manufacturer can turn scrap into useful raw materials, benefitting both the company’s bottom line and the environment. “Waste Should Not Be Wasted—The Top 10 Ways To Make It Work For You” looks at waste from several different perspectives, among them material reclamation, disposal …

INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand now classified by key attribute

January 5, 2011

For more than 30 years, INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand has been recognized worldwide as a fabric of choice for products where durability counts—for military uniforms and load carriage, outdoor clothing and equipment, performance workwear, luggage and footwear. Now, those fabrics have been classified to help customers and consumers better understand the attributes and benefits of each …

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Voting now open for InTents Buyer’s Guide cover

January 4, 2011

InTents magazine, a publication of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), put out an open call for cover images for the 2011 InTents Buyer’s Guide. After receiving several pictures of tent installations, the editors have narrowed the choices to three, and are asking for the public to select the final cover. View the choices at …

Textiles in combat camouflage

January 1, 2011

The Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center (ATMC), run by the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, Fall River, Mass., has signed a three-year agreement to work with the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research Center to develop textiles for use in combat camouflage. The collaboration will involve development of high-speed digital printing and other technologies to create …

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New media presents new opportunities

Get your online lexicon in order. By Richard Ensman So what exactly is a “vlog” and what does it have to do with you? Can you really use podcasts to promote your products? And just how do you get your business on Facebook without sounding like a friendless geek? Businesses need to go where their …

Uniform protection

An improved version of TenCate Defender™ M flame-resistant fabric has been designed for the U.S. Marine Corps, designed for improved durability and protection on the battlefield, especially from burn injuries caused by IEDs. The additional durability adds to a fabric already selected by the military for its overall performance in terms of flame resistance, durability, …

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Printed nightclub curtains divide and conquer

Printed graphics provide bold colors and striking imagery to one of New York’s hottest nightclubs. By Mara Whitten New York-based Color X is no stranger to creative printing ideas. Specializing in large-format printing and digital graphics for high-end retail and exhibit displays, the company continually explores the latest applications for fabric printing. So when one …

Genesis expanding Class 7 clean room

The burgeoning medical equipment industry requires plastic products such as surgical instrument covers, medical inflatable devices, oxygen hoods, disposable warming blankets, fluid bladders and drainage bags—all of which must be welded in clean rooms. Genesis Plastics Welding, Indianapolis, Ind., invested $500,000 to expand its Class 7 clean room to increase production capacity of radio frequency …

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The high-tech world of marine fabrics

By Mary Jo Morris The expectations that boat owners have for their boat covers have grown beyond merely protecting their boats. As a result, manufacturers in the marine market have upgraded their product lines to meet those demands. Boat owners want covers that look as good as possible for as long as possible, with longer …

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Printed fabric fencing

By Janet Preus Fabric fencing, from orange plastic grids to drab windscreens, is fairly ubiquitous, quite necessary and generally unattractive. But it doesn’t have to be. The fact that there are companies that do almost nothing but printed fencing indicates that there is a market for printed fabric fencing. Everywhere a fabric fence is used …

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Workforce: a key to business success

By Pat Hayes, CPP Whether you run a one-person shop or a multi-national corporation, your workforce is a major key to your success. At our most recent county workforce investment board meeting, I heard a report by a major package delivery firm about a training grant they received from the Federal Government. The company established …

Thai company to distribute SmartSilver in India

NanoHorizons Inc., Bellefonte, Pa., wants the Indian textile market to incorporate its SmartSilver antimicrobial additive into its fabrics and footwear. The company is partnering with Indorama Polyester Industries Ltd. (IPI), Bangkok, Thailand, to market the Ambs polyester fiber line with SmartSilver to India’s emerging medical textile sector. “India is currently the world’s second largest producer …

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The Allianz Arena 5 years later

By Mark Zeh It’s been more than five years since the opening of the Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany. In the meantime, the stadium—designed by Herzog & de Meuron Architekten of Basel, Switzerland—has become a symbol of both Munich and Germany. Construction of the Allianz Arena, located in Fröttmaning, along the autobahn between Munich and …

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Stella Color practices sustainability in Seattle

By Jill C. Lafferty Lynn Krinsky, owner and president of large-format printer Stella Color, is used to people saying they can’t remember her name, but they know she’s the one with the dog on the card. Founded more than two decades ago in Seattle, Wash., Stella Color was named after Krinsky’s dachshund, who is immortalized …

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New products are good for the industry

By Tim Greene In recent InfoTrends research, we have found growing demand for the applications and the characteristics of dye-sub inkjet printing. The leading applications for wide-format digitally printed textiles include banners and soft signage. Wide-format printing companies continue to report high levels of interest in new market opportunities in general and in textile printing …

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Canopy and roll curtains allow outdoor entertainment

[Sunmaster of Naples Inc.] Naples, Fla., U.S.A. Sunmaster of Naples installed a 16-by-14-foot insulated canopy with a multiple-droop underlining covering over an outside patio bar. The clients wanted to enjoy their outside entertainment area during all types of weather conditions, so two 12-by-14-inch motorized, side-guided, clear vinyl roll curtains were also made to provide weather …

PPE conference in Brussels

A high-level conference on the latest developments and future trends in personal protective clothing and equipment (PPE) will take place in Brussels Feb. 1–2, 2011. The conference is being organized by Euratex and the European Textile Technology Platform, together with other key stakeholders of the European PPE sector such as the European Technology Platform on …

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Cooley, Formetco join forces

Cooley Group formed CF Solar LLC, a joint venture with Formetco Inc. The new company will combine flexible composites with thin film flexible photovoltaic solar panels, EcoSeries LED lighting systems and Smart Link controllers to create a new energy saving system. The CF Solar system includes equipment for integration to the electrical grid for billboards, …

Opaque films

Avery Dennison’s 900 Supercast Opaque films offer enhanced conformability and stay-down over deep channels, complex curves and rivets without the need for applying primer–making them ideal for fleet graphics, wraps, outdoor and architectural signage and public transportation. The Avery 900 Supercast films are suitable for 3-D applications, and are available in a broad range of colors, …

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Awnings make diner stand out

[Hoover Canvas Products Co.] West Palm Beach, Fla., U.S.A. A client in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., asked Hoover Canvas Products to transform the building for their diner and make it stand out. Using 500 fabric from Tri Vantage, the company installed box-shaped awnings in bright, warm colors on the façade of the building. The project was …

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Pricing and competition in temporary structures

MUTA executive committee member Cameron Stewart and Duncan Russell of new member Ten By Fifteen were part of a panel held at the Showman’s Show to debate issues affecting the temporary structures industry. The show was held at the Newbury Showground October 20–21, 2010. The debate was dominated by the “price war” within the marquee …

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Urmano named to SGIA board

In recognition of his contributions to the graphics arts community, Steve Urmano, director of marketing at Mimaki USA, has been elected to serve a three-year term on the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association board of directors. Urmano offers in-depth expertise on trends in the specialty imaging community, and is on a mission to help print providers …

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Metallic inkjet ink

XenInx Onyx metallic ink from Xennia is designed for digital decoration applications, including packaging, graphics, labeling and product decoration. XenInx Onyx can be used in combination with XenInx Diamond or XenInx Alexandrite CMYK inks to produce a colored metallic appearance. The ink works with a wide range of piezo printheads and is recommended for use …

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Cantilevered awning creates distinguished entrance

[Miami Awning Co.] Miami, Fla., U.S.A. Miami Awning Co. fabricated a cantilevered awning for the main entrance of a facility in Coral Gables, Fla., that is used for automobile auctions. As part of a commerce center, the client wanted to distinguish the front entrance with an awning that would maintain the overall design specifications that …

INDA’s Stretchable Nonwovens Report now available

The technologies behind stretchable nonwovens, key market opportunities and an explanation of market end uses highlight the “Stretchable Nonwovens Report,” authored by Smith, Johnson & Associates and recently released by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry. The report examines the top five enabling technologies related to stretchable nonwovens, along with new business opportunities by …

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ISA, SGIA audience survey

The International Sign Association (ISA) and the Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA) draw vastly different audiences to their annual expos. A recent survey, which compared four trade shows over a two-year period, revealed a 15.4-percent overlap in attendees between the two expos. That means that almost 85 percent of the attendees are unique to each …

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New knit fabric styles

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. introduced six new knit fabric styles for sublimation-transfer and UV-cure printing. The new additions to the Northern Lights Printable Textiles line include Heavy Knit 9 FR, Stretch Knit 5 FR, Soft Satin Knit FR, Ultimate Knit FR, Durable Flag FR and Universal Flag (also printable with direct disperse inks). All …

‘Jumped up’ in Saskatchewan: dynamic interiors for retail

Selling advanced electronics requires trendspotting, tech savvy and a future-friendly retail space. Jump.ca, which specializes in wireless devices, cable television and home security, wanted a dynamic redefinition of its store in the Cornwall Centre in Regina, SK, Canada. Eventscape Inc. of Toronto, a custom fabricator of architectural solutions in varied materials, developed a complex, curved …

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Cantilever creates stable sail of shade

TUUCI’s Ocean Master MAX Cantilever™ Collection, designed with a mast and parasol inspired by sailing yachts, creates a stable sail of shade over any outdoor living space. Recommended for the most demanding, wind-swept environments, it features a solid stainless steel milled fulcrum and automatic telescoping oval shavped mast, with a shade membrane that easily closes …