Rental industry actively trending upward, reflecting industry optimism for 2011

March 31, 2011

Attendance at The Rental Show 2011 displayed a marked increase over 2010, reflecting a renewed optimistic attitude throughout the rental industry. The show was held Feb. 27–March 2 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas. According to Christine Wehrman, American Rental Association CEO, “Attendees demonstrated they were here to buy equipment, strengthen their …

Australia invests US $100 million to set up advanced fibers research center

March 30, 2011

By Seshadri Ramkumar, Texas Tech University, U.S.A. Cotton, wool, nanofibers, carbon fibers and composites will soon get a research boost in Australia. The Australian government and other funding partners will invest US $100 million over a period of three years (July 2010–June 2013) to set up the Australian Future Fibers Research and Innovation Centre (AFFRIC) …

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Miller Weldmaster partners with Global Imaging

Global Imaging is now Miller Weldmaster’s U.S. sign industry distributor of the 112 Extreme, Impulse Extreme and the T-300 Edge. The distribution agreement strengthens the partnership between Miller Weldmaster and Global Imaging, benefiting end-user customers by providing the finishing equipment they need to keep their complete jobs in-house. “Our partnership with Global Imaging is going …

Conductive fiber manufacturers to form trade council

March 29, 2011

Conductive fibers occupy their own unique niche in the wire and textile marketplace, but the industry’s identity is not distinctive, with conductive fibers treated as another wire or textile. These manufactures are now joining together to form a trade council, the Conductive Fiber Manufacturers Council. Conductive fibers have a long history: The filament in Thomas …

ASTM Intl. Textiles Executive Subcommittee appoints new chairman

March 28, 2011

Shreyaskar Chaudhary, CEO and managing director of Pratibha Syntex Pvt. Ltd. in Madhya Pradesh, India, has been named chairman of ASTM International Subcommittee D13.40 on Sustainability of Textiles. The newly formed subcommittee was formed after extensive discussion within ASTM International Committee D13 on Textiles, a committee that oversees more than 300 international standards related to …

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Thrace-LINQ releases Product Finderâ„¢ mobile app for geosynthetics

March 25, 2011

Thrace-LINQ, a supplier of woven and nonwoven geosynthetic technical fabrics, has released the Thrace-LINQ Product Finder™ mobile application for BlackBerry®, Android™ and Apple® mobile devices. Within seconds, it helps users identify geosynthetic products to meet specific project needs. Version 1.0 of the Thrace-LINQ Product Finder is a free, easy-to-use app that allows users to search …

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Environmentally friendly casual furniture fabrics now available from Tri Vantage®

March 24, 2011

GeoBella®, a line of outdoor cushion fabrics combining performance, comfort and recyclability, has been added to furniture fabric offerings from Tri Vantage®. Woven by Phifer Inc. using post-industrial olefin yarn wastes, GeoBella fabrics are PVC-free and 100 percent recyclable. Available in 78 solid colors, stripes and patterns, GeoBella fabrics offer a soft hand and are …

Teijin joins U.N. Global Compact

March 23, 2011

Teijin Limited announced that it has joined the United Nations Global Compact as part of the company’s commitment to socially responsible sustainability. The U.N. Global Compact is a set of principles for self-conduct that participating organizations worldwide follow in their independent efforts to achieve sustainable growth. Participants are required to support and implement 10 basic …

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) updated

March 22, 2011

The International Working Group on Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS IWG) has announced the release of Version 3.0 of its organic fiber processing standard. Revisions include a prohibition on garment finishing methods considered harmful to workers (such as denim sand blasting), a requirement that any polyester in GOTS-certified products be made of post-consumer recycled material …

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Production Digital Imaging installs Durst Rho Printers

March 21, 2011

Owing to a relatively strong national economy and astute business planning, commercial imagers and digital print providers across Canada made sizable investments in capital equipment—specifically, wide-format digital imaging platforms—over the last 12-15 months, evidenced by the significant number of Durst Rho UV production inkjet printers installed during that period, Durst Image Technology US LLC said. …

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IFAI Report: North American Geosynthetics Market Snapshot

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has released its “Market Watch: Geosynthetics Market Snapshot” for 2011. The report’s chief focus is on the U.S. geosynthetics marketplace, particularly as it relates to market size and growth, predominate materials/polymers; applications used in the U.S. market, trends, opportunities, threats, and market outlook. IFAI Market Research Manager Jeff Rasmussen …

Industry organizations address AWP Personal Fall Protection (PFP) safety education

March 18, 2011

The American Rental Association (ARA), the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) and the Scaffold Industry Association (SIA) have once again joined forces to develop a new educational document, which focuses on personal fall protection for users of AWP equipment. The result of this joint …

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Custom-blended QuietLeigh recycled fibers help reduce noise and waste

March 17, 2011

Without making a lot of noise about it, some automotive suppliers have embraced sustainability for years by producing sound-attenuating components with shoddy made by Leigh Fibers Inc., Wellford, S.C., from recycled denim and other textile materials. QuietLeigh™ recycled fibers have become an industry standard for acoustical padding, contributing to quieter rides while helping to keep …

Heightened interest for nonwovens exhibition, Index 11, April 12-15

March 16, 2011

Index 11 will take place at the Geneva Palexpo, Switzerland, April 12-15. EDANA, the international association representing the nonwovens and related industries, and the sponsor of Index 11, says that innovation and sustainability are the drivers at this year’s event. More than 12,500 visitors from over 100 countries are expected to attend the 2011 event, …

Lectra releases new Leather Suite V3R1 for leather cutting solutions

March 15, 2011

Lectra, a leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using soft materials—textiles, leather, industrial fabrics, and composite materials—is pleased to announce the release of the new Leather Suite V3R1, specially designed for leather cutting and aimed at manufacturers in the automotive and furniture markets. The new software suite integrated into Lectra’s leather cutting solutions …

FabricLink to host seminar at L.A. Textile Show

March 14, 2011

FabricLink Network, an educational resource for textile fiber and fabric information, will host the “Technology Driven Fashion” seminar at this month’s L.A. Textile Show. The panel event is scheduled for March 28th, 2011, from 3:30–4:45 p.m., in the Penthouse, 13th floor suite 19, California Market Center. New fashion textiles often come through advancements in manufacturing …

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Arlon offers new printable, pressure-sensitive film

Arlon Graphics LLC has announced the launch of DPF 4560MTX, a 3-mil digitally printable matte white calendered film with X-scape Technology. The film has a tinted, permanent pressure-sensitive adhesive, featuring the X-scape technology, assures fast and easy installation and doesn’t compromise on adhesive strength. Recommended for POP displays, tradeshow graphics and medium term signage. Arlon, …

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Now accepting entries for the 2011 Upholstery Awards

March 10, 2011

Get your leopard print lounge chair and gold-glittered vinyl seating to strike a pose; it’s time to enter the 2011 Upholstery Awards. We welcome your upholstery entries into what was formerly the Upholstery Journal Design & Craftsmanship Awards and now is a part of the International Achievement Awards (IAA) competition. You’ve not heard of IAA? …

Thrace-LINQ expands Quality Assurance Department, adds process improvement

March 9, 2011

Thrace-LINQ™, a supplier of woven and nonwoven geosynthetic technical fabrics, has announced the expansion of its Quality Assurance Department to include Process Improvement, ensuring the control of all manufacturing processes and the highest quality products for its customers. Leading the Process Improvement team is James H. Brown, quality assurance manager. With more than 15 years …

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Mark Sonder Productions owner recertified as CSEP

March 8, 2011

The national headquarters of Mark Sonder Productions Inc. has announced that owner and Chief Entertainment Officer Mark Sonder has just received the official notification that he has been recertified as a Certified Special Events Professional (CSEP). Sonder, a pioneer in the meeting and event industry, was in the first group to achieve this professional designation …

Multi-Media, Multi-Material Color Control Symposium from AATCC, April 28-29

March 7, 2011

AATCC and the Inter-Society Color Council (ISCC) will jointly sponsor the 4M Color Management: Multi-Media, Multi-Material Color Control Symposium. The program will be held April 28-29, 2011, at the Hilton University Place in Charlotte, N.C. Presentations will focus on online and multi-material color control, developments in digital color management in the supply chain, and color …

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Drytac to sell Visual Magnetics graphic system

Drytac Corp., Richmond, Va., has become a direct sales provider for the Visual Magnetics Graphic System™ in the United States, Canada and the U.K. The Visual Magnetics Graphic System can be combined to meet an array of changeable graphic needs utilizing three major components: high quality MagnaMedia™ digital print films with a patented magnetic-receptive coating; …

German Technology for the Vietnamese Textile Industry, April 6-7

March 4, 2011

Sponsored by the VDMA Textile Machinery Association, the conference and exhibition “German Technology for the Vietnamese Textile Industry” will take place in the New World Hotel in Ho-Chi-Minh City on April 6-7, 2011. The symposium is officially supported by the German Ministry for Economics and Technology as well as by AGTEK, the Association of Textile …

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Arlon offers new printable, pressure-sensitive film

March 3, 2011

Arlon Graphics LLC has announced the launch of DPF 4560MTX, a 3-mil digitally printable matte white calendered film with X-scape Technology. The film has a tinted, permanent pressure-sensitive adhesive, featuring the X-scape technology, assures fast and easy installation and doesn’t compromise on adhesive strength. Recommended for POP displays, tradeshow graphics and medium term signage. Arlon, …

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Drytac to sell Visual Magnetics graphic system

March 2, 2011

Drytac Corp., Richmond, Va., has become a direct sales provider for the Visual Magnetics Graphic System™ in the United States, Canada and the U.K. The Visual Magnetics Graphic System can be combined to meet an array of changeable graphic needs utilizing three major components: high quality MagnaMedia™ digital print films with a patented magnetic-receptive coating; …

Flying a new flag at Olympus

March 1, 2011

Olympus Flag & Banner, Milwaukee, Wisc., recently changed its name to Olympus Group, reflecting expanded product offerings and consolidation of several divisions under one umbrella organization. In 2010, Olympus invested more than a million dollars to update its technology, expand 10,000 square feet at its headquarters and acquire several companies with complementary products and services. …

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Fabrics drive innovation in automotive markets

Lighter, stronger and more economical, specialty fabrics drive innovations in automotive applications. By Holly O’Dell Since the first automobiles appeared on American streets more than 100 years ago, fabrics have had important functions in car manufacturing—most obviously in upholstery. But the use of specialty fabrics extends far beyond seating, and many textiles used in vehicles …

Thread and bobbin system prevents seam leakage

The Aqua-Seal™ thread and bobbin system, used in combination, will assist in preventing seam leakage. The patented bobbins repeatedly absorb water to help provide a leak-proof seam, eliminating the need to tape the seam. Non-wicking polyester thread is UV-resistant, colorfast and fade-resistant. Using the Aqua-Seal stitch formation, top thread tension is increased to pull the …

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Project to advance printing

The Natick Soldier Systems Center (NSSC) and the University of Massachusetts—Dartmouth finalized a research and development agreement aimed at advancing new digital high-speed textile printing processes and technology. Organizers hope their research will create jobs and help develop textiles for military clients in need of specialized camouflage clothing and equipment.

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Flexible substrate

Wide Flex 6 Wide Width from Arlon is a flexible and digitally printable PVC white seamless substrate for large sign faces. Standard sizes are 4 feet by 6 inches, 6 feet by 6 inches, 8 feet by 6 inches, 10 feet by 6 inches, 12 feet by 6 inches, and 16 feet by 4 inches. …

The FabricLink Network announces its Top 10 Innovations for 2010

The FabricLink Network’s inaugural Top 10 Innovations for 2010 acknowledges leading product developments from the textile products industry. This year’s winners highlight an array of new products, from fiber and yarn construction to exciting new recyclable performance fabrics and materials to recent developments in nanotechnology. The new technologies are commercially available in the specialty fabrics …

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Repurposed tarps for less

A Denver company manufactures high-quality tarps that can cost signficantly less than comparable products sold by competitors. What’s the secret? The tarps began life as large vinyl billboards and ended up at Repurposed Materials Inc., Denver, Co., instead of a landfill. The tarps are 20 mils thick and made of three-ply material, a polyester mesh …

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Advances in digital printing

Emerging technologies in fabrics, inks and printing equipment lead the way to innovations in digital textile printing. By Holly O’Dell and Amy Orchard Digital textile printing offers a variety of advantages over more traditional printing methods, including lower costs for short-run end products; speedy, on-demand production of crisp, colorful items; higher productivity due to shortened …

Bar codes allow faster die cutting

Spartanics Finecut Laser Die Cutting Systems now offer even greater line speeds through the addition of bar codes that automate job changes in seconds. The quick changeovers not only allow manufacturers to run multiple jobs very efficiently from a single roll, but also to integrate job data into a database for complete product tracking. By …

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Larger letters improve safety

To help improve visibility and safety for an aging U.S. population, street signs must now incorporate letters at least 6 inches tall, compared to the previous standard of 4 inches. According to the Federal Highway Administration, all local governments must purchase new street signs that comply with the updated standards, which can be reviewed in …

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Printing package

The VersaArt RS-640S from Roland is an entry-level-priced option that can print to soft signage and textiles. A dye-sublimation version is applicable for soft signage, flags, banners and home or commercial furnishings. The printer has a maximum resolution of 1440 by 720 dpi, a production speed of nearly 32 square meters per hour and is …

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Canvas canopies mushroom in renovated gallery

The Brooklyn Museum completed the first phase of renovation in its 10,000-square-foot colonnaded great hall and sought a unique installation to celebrate the space and serve as a hub for visitors. Situ Studio, Brooklyn, N.Y., created huge, mushroom-like canvas canopies around each of the gallery’s monumental columns to give the late 19th century architecture a …

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Stuart Rental Co. formed

Two providers of special event tents combined forces in January to create a full-service business for event production, large-scale clear span structures, tents and party rental products. Stuart Rental Company, Milpitas, Calif., has merged with Top Productions, Richmond, Calif., to offer the San Francisco Bay area more options and experience. The new Stuart Rental Co. …

Keeping an eye on property taxes

By Mark E. Battersby Despite all of the attention focused on income taxes, it’s the bill for the tax on the property owned—or leased—by many industrial textile products businesses that is the biggest expense, and the most difficult to manage. According to the Council On State Taxation, a Washington, D.C. think tank, American businesses shell …

Rug collection creates soft feel for feet

The Sheer Bliss rug collection from Texstyle/Jamie Stern uses hand-tufted needlepoint loop with tip shearing, available in a subtle collection of neutral colors, or custom colored in hundreds of other shades. Worsted woolen/silk or bamboo silk fibers mirror the soft feel of a chenille throw—but for the feet. The durability of wool, coupled with the …

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Avery Dennison wins lawsuit

Avery Dennison Corp. announced that 3M’s request for a preliminary injunction was denied. As part of a patent infringement lawsuit filed by 3M against Avery Dennison last June, the request tried to block the company’s OmniCube product from competing in the marketplace for retroreflective sheeting. The Court found that Avery Dennison had raised a substantial …

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Vinyl alternatives

Flexcon WINDOWdeco and FLEXmark deliver adhesive performance, opacity, printability and aesthetics comparable to vinyl. FLEXmark was designed for indoor floor advertising and meets the industry standard for slip resistance based on ASTM D 2047. For removable window and counter mat applications, WINDOWdeco offers performance and printability similar to vinyl. Both products are phthalate free and …

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Modular tensile fabric ceiling system streamlines Dublin airport

Each year, 15 million passengers will traverse Dublin Airport’s Terminal 2 (T2), visiting Ireland’s capitol for tourism or business, and the Dublin Airport Authority wanted a striking modern statement in the T2 design. Architects Pascall + Watson of Dublin created an airy, modern space with a white ceiling, natural light, soaring fan-shaped vaults and 290,000 …

New reports on textile markets

Market Publishers Ltd., London, England, publishes a range of Textiles Intelligence reports on various markets and has just added five new reports to its list. These include: Fast Track: Should Questions about the Safety of PTFE Worry the Performance Apparel Industry? Nanotechnology in Performance Apparel: Using Small-scale Materials to Create Big Opportunities Performance Apparel Markets: …

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Custom auto upholsterers craft classic interiors

Successful custom car upholsterers know how to take a client’s idea and turn it into a one-of-a-kind interior. By Jill C. Lafferty When brothers Adam and Noah Howard began doing custom interior upholstery work for hot rod enthusiasts, they were surprised by the roller coaster of emotions exhibited by their clients. Customers were initially excited …

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Silicone printing inks

Dow Corning Silicone Textile Printing Inks offer a soft, non-tacky, elastic printing ink that provides the needed aesthetic and design choices, is durable, and does not harm the environment. The inks are Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 compliant, as well as fast-curing, durable and easily pigmented; they offer high elongation, anti-color migration, no cracking at low temperatures, …

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Fabric selection 101

By Jeff Leagon If you are a print service provider, it’s likely that most of your technical expertise is in the areas of digital printing and color management, and not necessarily in fabrics. Even if you print exclusively on fabrics, it’s difficult to become an “expert” on them since there are many different types and …

Printing software

eQuantum and eQPrint, part of Cheran Digital Imaging & Consulting’s eQSuite software system, offer enhanced color matching accuracy when printing. Using a spectral-based color management system, the software eliminates the traditional inaccuracies found in ICC color managed systems. The software allows for control of specific ink parameters and includes digital lab dips with full traditional …

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Wearable advertising on the move

Want to take advertising to the level of couture? A new line of backpack advertising products allows eager salespeople to wear a flag or billboard printed with marketing messages, an attention-grabber that might just lead to a banner sales day. Tex Visions, Carlisle, Pa., manufactures three versions of backpack advertising, a walking flag, Bowflag® (which …

Assessing the value of nanotechnology

Smart money has been invested in nanotechnology innovation, but estimating the actual monetary value of the benefits of nanotechnology has been tricky. The United Kingdom’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) commissioned Oakdene Hollins Research & Consulting to develop a toolkit with methods to calculate the value of nanotechnology. The toolkit allows governments, …