Superior Sample announces new interactive website for customers

February 28, 2011

Superior Sample Co. of Ligonier, Ind., a national leader in swatch sampling services, has announced several new marketing initiatives for the 2011 calendar year and beyond. “We’ve survived over fifty years through various recessions, but the recent down economy has seriously affected our philosophy of how we market ourselves,” stated Peggy Daniels, president and co-owner. …

AATCC webinars on dyeing textile fabrics, March and April 2011

February 25, 2011

AATCC is hosting a series of webinars on dyeing textile fabrics. In March, Nelson Houser of M. Dohmen USA will present a live webinar on direct dyes. In April, Swain Bennett of Clariant Corp. will present a webinar about sulfur dyes. The previous five webinars in the AATCC dyeing series were recorded, and are now …

TenCate named as co-recipient of 2011 JEC Composite Innovation Award

February 24, 2011

TenCate Advanced Composites U.S.A. in Morgan Hill, Calif., is pleased to announce that a composite design utilizing TenCate thermoplastic prepregs is the recipient of a 2011 JEC Composites Innovation Award. TenCate Cetex® brand of PPS-based thermoplastic composite unitape is utilized in Cutting Dynamics’ award-winning composite aircraft seat design. The 2011 JEC Thermoplastic Composite Innovation Award …

SASMIRA announces international accreditation for testing services

February 23, 2011

The Synthetic and Art Silk Mills’ Research Association (SASMIRA), Mumbai, India, has announced its international accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), U.S.A., for chemical, mechanical and microbiological testing under its Center of Excellence, Agrotextile testing. SASMIRA offers testing services to textile manufacturers, traders, exporters, R & D institutions, public and private sector …

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Insolroll, Leviton combining to deliver complete solar shading solutions

February 22, 2011

Insolroll Window Shading Systems has allied with Leviton Mfg. to develop complete solutions for the integration of commercial lighting controls and solar shading window treatments. The Leviton/Insolroll Solar Shading System’s unified architecture uniquely incorporates Insolroll’s advanced fabrication of solar shading products and Leviton’s extended suite of lighting control solutions. Integration of Insolroll’s motorized window treatments …

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SEGD Diversity and Design at 2011 Conference+Expo+Awards

February 21, 2011

The Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) will convene its 2011 Conference+Expo+Awards in diverse and design-centric Montréal, the only North American city designated a UNESCO City of Design. Themed Vive la Diversité: Designing the Difference, the conference will be held June 1-4, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Montréal. SEGD’s annual event is the only international …

AATCC sponsors Art to Wear Fashion Show at NCSU, April 12

Students of North Carolina State University’s (NCSU) College of Design (COD) and College of Textiles (COT) are hosting Collection X: Art to Wear Fashion Show 2011 on April 7. Billed as “anything but your typical fashion show,” the show attracted 3,200 attendees in 2010, and has been covered worldwide in media outlets including ABC News, …

India’s Technical Textiles Mission: a new reality

February 18, 2011

By Seshadri Ramkumar, Nonwovens & Advanced Materials Laboratory, Texas Tech University, USA After a few years in discussion and decision making, on Jan. 20th the government of India officially launched the Technological Mission on Technical Textiles (TMTT) in an event jointly organized by the Ministry of Textiles and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce …

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Fabric and glass from OKALUX

February 16, 2011

OKATECH Vision from insulating glass specialist OKALUX offers an impressive harmonious connection of function and aesthetics. Due to its special optics, the plastic fabric Vision with its metal coating opens new possibilities for design with a large spectrum of application, from doors through room partitions to complete glass facades. As an exclusive partner of the …

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SEGD Diversity and Design at 2011 Conference+Expo+Awards

February 15, 2011

The Society for Environmental Graphic Design (SEGD) will convene its 2011 Conference+Expo+Awards in diverse and design-centric Montréal, the only North American city designated a UNESCO City of Design. Themed Vive la Diversité: Designing the Difference, the conference will be held June 1-4, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Montréal. SEGD’s annual event is the only international …

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Transfer paper videos released

February 14, 2011

AW Specialty Papers released three digital desktop heat transfer paper application how-to videos. The videos demonstrate the application of printing onto light-colored substrates using a commercial heat press. The IMAGECLIP for Inkjet video demonstrates how the cold-peel application transfers images to light-colored substrates. The Jet-Pro for Active Wear video focuses on transferring photos and images …

Blackstone completes acquisition of Polymer Group Inc.

Scorpio Acquisition Corp., an affiliate of Blackstone Capital Partners, has completed its previously announced acquisition of Polymer Group Inc. (PGI). The transaction helps continue to position PGI as a leader in the nonwovens industry. PGI’s chief executive officer, Veronica (Ronee) M. Hagen, stated, “Blackstone is committed to supporting our strategy of continued growth and investment …

AATCC to hold 2011 International Conference in Charleston, S.C.

February 11, 2011

AATCC’s 2011 International Conference will return to the Francis Marion Hotel in Charleston, S.C., U.S.A., March 22-24. The conference will feature three educational tracks which mirror the association’s interest groups: Chemical Applications, Concept 2 Consumer® (C2C), and Materials. Also featured will be the Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competition, poster session covering all areas …

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FLEXcon signs agreement to purchase graphics division of Arlon Inc.

February 10, 2011

FLEXcon, a leading manufacturer of pressure-sensitive films and adhesives, has announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire the business assets of the graphics division of Arlon Inc. of Santa Ana, Calif, to form a company to be named Arlon Graphics LLC, a new wholly owned subsidiary of FLEXcon. The move will strengthen FLEXcon’s …

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At the Miami Boat Show: “The Secrets Behind What YouTubeâ„¢ Can Do For You,” Feb. 17

February 9, 2011

With Americans spending more time viewing video online than checking e-mail, YouTube™, with its 455 million users, has great potential as a marketing tool for recreational boating. A leading YouTube and video marketing expert will demonstrate what this rapidly growing social network can do to positively impact business during a keynote presentation for Marine Marketers …

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It’s time for the Specialty Fabrics Review 2011 New Fabric Showcase

To all fabric suppliers: Deadline: Feb. 15, 2011 The editors of Specialty Fabrics Review are requesting that suppliers of fabric to the technical fabrics industry send information and images about their latest fabric innovations, to be published in the April and May 2011 issues of the magazine. All fabric manufacturers supplying material to the industry …

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Weathered leather from Texstyle/Jamie Stern

February 8, 2011

Sedona, a new introduction from Texstyle/Jamie Stern Leather, is inspired by the beauty of metal which, over time, and left out in the elements, gains a unique characteristic. During the process of weathering, the metal takes on a completely different range of colors from its original form. Sedona, named for the Arizona town famed for …

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New edge seal technology from Xtreme Seal

February 7, 2011

Xtreme Seal LLC has introduced Pro Seal, with new “Dual Durometer Edge Seal,” a groundbreaking technology for the marine industry. The soft expanded EPDM material, combined with a flat molded rubber attachment flap, allows the fabricator to tuck the seal under a binding edge easily and more securely. All of Xtreme Seal’s patented edge seals …

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FLEXcon signs agreement to purchase graphics division of Arlon Inc.

FLEXcon, a leading manufacturer of pressure-sensitive films and adhesives, has announced that it has entered an agreement to acquire the business assets of the graphics division of Arlon Inc. of Santa Ana, Calif, to form a company to be named Arlon Graphics LLC, a new wholly owned subsidiary of FLEXcon. The move will strengthen FLEXcon’s …

Progress in U.S.-China trade policy talks

February 4, 2011

The U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) completed its 21st session in mid-December, announcing significant progress in several areas, including enforcement of intellectual property rights. China has launched a Special Campaign against counterfeiting American products and pirating designs, an issue that has plagued U.S.-China trade relations. Other progress included agreements on technology standards, …

Airbag recalls for Cadillac CTS vehicles

February 3, 2011

General Motors Co. (GM), Detroit, Mich., recalled 96,000 Cadillac CTS vehicles with sensors that may disable the front-seat passenger airbags, preventing them from deploying during a crash. GM’s recall followed the launch of an investigation by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in September. The company will provide additional warranty coverage for another 63,000 Cadillac …

It’s time for the Specialty Fabrics Review 2011 New Fabric Showcase

February 2, 2011

To all fabric suppliers: Deadline: Feb. 15, 2011 The editors of Specialty Fabrics Review are requesting that suppliers of fabric to the technical fabrics industry send information and images about their latest fabric innovations, to be published in the April and May 2011 issues of the magazine. All fabric manufacturers supplying material to the industry …

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Custom vehicle covers: shrink to fit

February 1, 2011

Shrink-wrap protects everything from fresh food to retail products, and Transhield Inc., Elkhart, Ind., markets comparable protection during transport for larger items, such as planes, trains, boats and limousines. Shrinkable Fabric™ covers feature three layers: a UV-resistant, anti-condensation polyethylene stretch film layer; an olefin hot-melt adhesive middle layer; and a polyester nonwoven soft inner layer …

Alexium protective apparel for race car drivers

The racing suits, refueller overalls and gloves used by NASCAR auto racing must meet demanding standards for fire-resistance and water-proofing, and Alexium International Group, an Australia-based company with a Greenville, S.C., plant, wants to meet that demand. Alexium’s reactive surface treatment (RST) employs patented nanotechnology to give textiles multi-functional benefits, such as resistance to fire, …

AATCC honors Ian Hardin

AATCC will honor University of Georgia professor Ian Russell Hardin with the Olney Medal for outstanding achievements in the field of textile chemistry. Established in 1944 in honor of Louis Atwell Olney, the founder and first president of AATCC, the Olney Medal recognizes outstanding achievement in textile or polymer chemistry. The award consists of a …

High-speed, low-cost water purification

Researcher Yi Cui, associate professor of materials science and engineering at Stanford University, hopes a nanotube- and silver-enhanced piece of plain cotton fabric will bring clean drinking water to poor and remote locations in developing countries. Cui and his team created a water filter from cotton dipped in carbon nanotubes and silver nanowires which, when …

Coat empowers the homeless

[The Empowerment Plan] Detroit, Mich., U.S.A. Veronika Scott, a student in product design at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Mich., has designed the Elements S[survival] Coat for homeless people. Made from Tyvek®, wool or a synthetic, PVC tubing and plastic tubing, and Velcro®, the coat is self heated and waterproof, and transforms into …

CPAI-84 flammability specification

Compiled by Juli Case Does CPAI-84 apply to fabric screen houses? We make a product with mesh sidewalls and need to know if it falls under CPAI-84. CPAI-84 is a flammability specification, written by IFAI as a voluntary industry specification, at a time when our name was the Canvas Products Association International (CPAI). While the …

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Polyfab holds pre-trade-show workshops at IFAI Expo Americas

Polyfab USA LLC, Manhattan Beach, Calif., a manufacturer of shade sails and tensioned membrane structures, seized the opportunity to elevate the company’s profile at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo 2010 in Orlando, Fla. Expo visitors at the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) could attend pre-trade-show workshops on Polyfab product installation, then see a …

Clothes with a cause

[Insect Shield LLC] Greensboro, N.C., U.S.A. Insect Shield® repellent apparel and gear are an effective new tool to help battle insects and insect-carried diseases such as West Nile virus, malaria and Lyme disease. The combination of the patent-pending Insect Shield process with a proprietary formulation of the insect repellent permethrin results in an effective, odorless …

More information about CPAI-84 flammability specification

Compiled by Juli Case I’m buying FR treated nylon ripstop fabric from a vendor and my customer is requiring the flame spread data. When I asked my supplier for it, he suggested that I contact you for the CPAI-84 certificate. Can you help me? There are two inherent issues in your question. The first is …

Anti-counterfeit trade agreement drafted

The final text of an international trade agreement to combat infringement of intellectual property rights, counterfeiting and piracy has been published, paving the way for participating governments to adopt and incorporate the provisions. Participants in negotiating the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) include Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland …

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Sheltering supplies

[Rubb AS] Krøderen, Norway Rubb emergency relief shelters and buildings provide easily transported and erected rapid-response structures for emergency situations. These shelters can be set up in a few hours by local labor with simple tools and lifting gear, then re-deployed to meet later emergencies elsewhere. This Rubb Hall was one of five delivered to …

Comparing 20 CFM to denier

Compiled by Juli Case We’re making a filter bag for a local manufacturing plant and are told that the fabric needs to be 20 CFM. How does that compare to denier? It doesn’t, because they measure two different things. Denier is a weight-per-unit-length measurement and is used to describe the size of yarns or fibers. …

Powdered pigments from peanut shells

Argentina is the world’s top exporter of peanuts, and the Argentine National Institute for Industrial Technology (INTI) has developed a colorful way to recycle the shells and several other types of plant wastes. INTI extracts natural dyes from everything from parsley to lemon trees to sunflower seed shells, using a process that captures the pigment …

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Retractable canopy system is made for shade

Irregular shapes and sizes in outdoor shading can now be covered with a retractable canopy system. The patent-pending monorail drive that characterizes the unique system from ShadeFX offers design freedom and flexibility with new or exisisting pergolas. The system can extend into narrowing or out-of-square ends on any overhead frame and fit the canopy into …

Leno weave

Compiled by Juli Case What is a leno weave? A leno is a special woven construction in which the warp yarns work in pairs and are crossed out of position before and after interlacing with the filling yarn. This means that the warp yarns effectively wrap around the filling yarn; almost making little figure eights …

Bulletproofing cab drivers?

The New York Federation of Taxi Drivers says that cab drivers encounter 300 robberies and assaults each month, a growing occupational hazard that has some wearing bulletproof vests. A dozen drivers of livery cabs in tough areas of the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens will don police-issue bulletproof vests to protect themselves from big city crime. …

Climate-regulating polyester fibre

Outlast Technologies Inc., Boulder, Colo., has developed a climate-regulating polyester fibre, an innovation that comes just four years after the introduction of the first Outlast® viscose fiber and eleven years after the introduction of Outlast acrylic fiber with PCM. The newest member of the Outlast fiber family offers the added value of balancing temperature coupled …

Line of fabrics in black and white

Just as simple, bold and unforgettable black-and-white photographs became modern classics, Chella Textiles is celebrating its 10th anniversary by creating a memorable line of fabric classics in black and white. The Shadows & Light collection sheds a new, high-contrast light on the company’s solution-dyed acrylic jacquards, velvets, chenilles, matelasses and sheers: liveable luxury with durability. …

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Upscale bars, nightclubs hit the roof

The hospitality industry opened up a new frontier in the quest for customers seeking trendy bars, nightclubs and restaurants with an outdoors ambience—the roof. MDT-Tex, Tyrone, Ga., a designer and manufacturer of customized shade systems, increased sales significantly in the last half of 2010, noting rooftop getaways as one of the hottest trends. The Tulip …

Wearable electronic building bricks

Studio 5050 and Blacklabel Development, New York, N.Y., have launched a collection of soft, wearable, electronic modules or “bricks” that allow designers to focus on the creative aspects of making functioning, wearable electronic garments. The initial Fabrickit launch includes a rechargeable battery, connectors and light bricks that connect to each other with a conductive fabric …

Full contact heat transfer

Exclusive Drucktech membrane heat press features a special pneumatic membrane base plate that when inflated ensures a unique high-pressure, full contact heat transfer. Unique camber design requires very little down pressure to create an automatic locking/releasing feature, making it more efficient and easier to use. The membrane equalizes the differences in the thickness of the …

Locust swarms driving sales of bug screens

Australia’s Victoria Province anticipates a rough year in 2011, after receiving six inches of rain in 24 hours, experiencing record-breaking floods and facing predicted plagues of locusts. Torrents of vehicle owners are flooding auto parts businesses in the city of Ballarat in Victoria, buying car bug protection screens to prevent locusts from blocking up radiators …

Connecting with textile antennas

Thanks to the efforts of a Finnish company supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), clothes could send and receive messages through the use of textile antennas. Through the ESA Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) 5 project ‘Textile Antennas,’ Patria Aviation Oy, Halli, Finland, has demonstrated that an antenna can be built using textiles …

Eco-friendly alternatives for retail window and floor products

FLEXcon, manufacturing pressure-sensitive film solutions, has introduced eco-friendly alternatives for retail window and floor products: WINDOWdeco™ and FLEXmark® floor art™. These greener products deliver performance similar to vinyl—adhesive performance, opacity, printability and aesthetic appeal—with less impact on the environment. As an alternative for low-tack window graphics and signage, they capture the attention of visitors to …

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Reviving the outdoor furniture market

Economic turmoil, fewer new housing starts, scarce credit and consumer insecurities interrupted a healthy growth trend in the U.S. outdoor furniture market, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts Inc. (GIA), San Jose, Calif. That growth will resume in 2011, thanks to trends toward outdoor living, increased focus on quality time at home and …

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Riad Shakeer builds his company with diversification

Riad Shakeer moves his company forward through product diversification. By Sigrid Tornquist As soon as my business started to grow, I started looking for something else to produce,” says Riad Shakeer, owner of Calypso Marine Canvas Ltd. and Calypso Fabric Architecture Caribbean Ltd. in Chaguanas, Trinidad. “I’ve always had that intent to go further. What …

Metal detector conveyors

E-Z Tec® DSP Metal Detector Standard Conveyor Systems from Eriez® give users the highest level of protection against ferrous and nonferrous metal contamination, for use in the food, textile, pharmaceutical, plastics, chemical and many other industries. Conveyor system includes welded stainless steel frame, wash-down drive, variable speed control, belt-stop reject alarm and reject reset button. …

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Graffiti repellent wins SGIA Product of the Year

The Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) awarded Neschen Americas, Elkridge, Md., Product of the Year in the Finishing-Laminates, Adhesives, Films and Coating category for a pressure-sensitive laminated film that protects images printed on UV or solvent ink-jet printers from paint, permanent markers and acrylics. Seal® Print Shield® Anti-Graffiti is a clear, flexible film that offers …