PGI announces long-term investment strategy for developing regions

April 29, 2011

Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) has announced long-term strategic growth plans to invest in new state-of-the-art spunmelt manufacturing operations in South America and China to solidify the company’s leadership position in these high-growth markets: an immediate follow-up installation of a state-of-the art, custom-designed spunmelt machine and a pilot line at its current facility in Suzhou, China, …

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Camira Fabrics to launch designer David Fox fabric collection

April 28, 2011

Textile innovator Camira Fabrics Ltd. is collaborating with award-winning British designer David Fox to create a stunning new fabric collection for launch at this year’s NeoCon, June 13-15 at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Fox will make a personal appearance at the Camira booth on Tuesday, June 14, to introduce the unique fabrics. The outcome …

Hohenstein researchers tackle unintentionally transparent clothing

April 26, 2011

Whether it is nurses in their uniforms, sportsmen in their training gear or anyone wearing light-coloured swimming trunks, everyone knows the problem of white garments which all too often reveal more than you want—either of yourself or of any white or dark underwear underneath. For things like scaffolding covers or trade fair exhibits, too, the …

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New Durst Textile Business Unit develops high-performance digital printer for ITMA

April 25, 2011

Durst Phototechnik AG, a leading manufacturer of industrial digital printing equipment, will present its new Textile Business Unit at the FESPA trade show in Hamburg, Germany, May 24-27. The new division, headed by Christoph Gamper, is working on the next generation of digital printing technologies for textiles. The Durst Textile Team, based at the company’s …

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New Las Vegas location on tap for The Rental Show 2013

April 22, 2011

When The Rental Show returns to Las Vegas in two years, it will be to a new venue: the Sands Expo and Convention Center. The Venetian and The Palazzo will be the headquarters hotels. The Rental Show 2013 will be Feb. 10-13, keeping with the current Sunday through Wednesday schedule. The move further north on …

New website for Top Value Fabrics

April 21, 2011

Top Value Fabrics has announced the launch of a new website to better serve customers and prospective customers. The new site, topvaluefabrics.com, features numerous upgrades and a modern design. “Our new website was developed with a focus on our customers,” said Chris Fredericks, president. “Our goal was to make the site user-friendly so that it’s …

Portable, heavy-duty Yellow Jacket® fan for industrial use

April 20, 2011

The Yellow Jacket portable fan from the Big Ass Fan Company® takes abuse and stays in use. Five years in development, it’s designed for incredible flexibility, quiet operation and long-term durability; it will never need to be replaced, according to the manufacturer. The new design offers: heavy-gauge steel carriage engineered to withstand the harshest environments …

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Economy Tent Intl. recognized by South Florida Manufacturers Association

April 19, 2011

Economy Tent Intl., Miami, Fla, has been recognized by the South Florida Manufacturers Association as first runner-up for Manufacturer of the Year for 2010. The award is presented to companies that provide positive economic, employee and community benefits to the South Florida region. Economy Tent, nominated by Citibank, was one of five finalists chosen from …

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IFF announces 2011 Innovation Award deadline: July 15

April 18, 2011

The purpose of the IFF Innovation Award is to inspire companies from all over the world to not only come up with great ideas, but make them happen. According to Beth Hungiville, Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) managing director, “We want to tell the stories of great specialty fabric manufacturers and suppliers who have challenged the …

Hohenstein awards first-ever sleep comfort label for children’s sleeping bags

In March, the first sleep comfort quality label for children’s sleeping bags was awarded to the company ARO® Artländer in Kettenkamp, Lower Saxony, Germany. Jörg Fricke of the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim presented the label to managing director Karl Rosenstengel. Test results were impressive—the children’s sleeping bag that was tested was awarded the mark 1.1 …

IFF announces 2011 Innovation Award deadline: July 15

April 15, 2011

The purpose of the IFF Innovation Award is to inspire companies from all over the world to not only come up with great ideas, but make them happen. According to Beth Hungiville, Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) managing director, “We want to tell the stories of great specialty fabric manufacturers and suppliers who have challenged the …

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Tri Vantage® Cover Express program adds eight textured Sunbrella® awning fabrics

April 14, 2011

Eight Sunbrella® textured awning fabrics have been added to the Tri Vantage Cover Express program, which assures rapid availability of ready-to-install Solair® Select and Solair® Comfort retractable awning systems. The new textured Sunbrella awning fabrics are Tresco in Birch, Ginger and Clay; Silica in Barley, Dune and Sesame; and Tweed in Walnut Brown and Charcoal. …

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Roland DGA expands end-user workshop and webinar series

April 13, 2011

Roland DGA has expanded the Roland Academy catalog of training courses, adding several specialized webinars to its series of popular hands-on workshops. Designed to provide end-users with the knowledge and expertise they need, Roland Academy workshops offer instruction by industry experts and are available for each of the company’s product lines. As an added bonus, …

Concrete advantages: Pollution-free fashion

April 12, 2011

Tactility Factory, a spinoff company from the University of Ulster, Northern Ireland, began with collaboration between an architect and a textile designer to create Girli Concrete™, concrete with a tactile fabric appearance created by embedding materials such as linen or velvet into the mix. The “dressed up” concrete, which can be used in building products …

IFAI Expo Asia 2011 debut exceeds expectations in Singapore

April 11, 2011

IFAI Expo Asia 2011 roared into Singapore, the lion city, March 22-25, and provided a new much-needed technical textiles forum for the Asia Pacific region. The combined trade exhibition and educational symposiums, held at the glittering new Marina Bay Sands Convention Center, covered the spectrum of cutting-edge developments occurring in the specialty fabrics industry. Participants …

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Roland DGA expands end-user workshop and webinar series

Roland DGA has expanded the Roland Academy catalog of training courses, adding several specialized webinars to its series of popular hands-on workshops. Designed to provide end-users with the knowledge and expertise they need, Roland Academy workshops offer instruction by industry experts and are available for each of the company’s product lines. As an added bonus, …

Fibertect cotton-carbon decontamination cloth now commercially available

April 8, 2011

First Line Technology, Chantilly, Va., a manufacturer of disaster preparedness equipment and supplies for first responders and the military, is now marketing Fibertect through a network of distributors. It’s available as preshaped mitts for personal wipedowns, individual wipe cloths and pads, and in rolls perforated to produce 12-inch by 12-inch sheets. It also comes in …

Philadelphia University and MAG establish new composites institute

April 7, 2011

Philadelphia University and MAG are establishing the Philadelphia University MAG Composites Institute for research and development of new textile-based composites that could have wide application in industry, including the aerospace, automotive and energy sectors. The new institute will be funded in part by $1.1 million from MAG, whose chairman and chief executive officer is Dr. …

H.P. White Laboratory to conduct comparative ballistics research for law enforcement

April 6, 2011

H.P. White Laboratory Inc., the world’s largest independent test laboratory for body armor, has contracted to work with the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF) to conduct comparative ballistics resistance testing on new and used law enforcement body armor for the research study: Physical and Environmental Effects on the Performance of Body Armor. The study is …

OMNOVA Solutions dedicates chemical facility in Caojing, China

April 5, 2011

U.S.-based OMNOVA Solutions has announced the grand opening of a new state-of-the-art specialty chemical plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industry Park (SCIP) in Caojing, China. The plant, part of a recent acquisition of ELIOKEM by OMNOVA Solutions, manufactures Pliocord® vinyl pyridine latex used in tires, hoses and other reinforced rubber applications for the fast-growing Asia-Pacific …

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IFAI Board of Directors call for candidates

The Leadership Development Committee of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is seeking candidates to be considered for positions on the IFAI Board of Directors. The current 1st Vice Chairman is “Chairman-elect” and shall automatically assume the duties of Chairman of the Board in October. IFAI is seeking candidates to fill the following positions: 1st …

Novelty checkerboard vinyl from J. Ennis Fabrics adds texture and toughness

April 4, 2011

Users get an arresting combination of patent shine and matte finish from the tone-on-tone look of Hopscotch from J. Ennis Fabrics. Hopscotch is available in 13 trendsetting colors such as Molasses, Copper Kettle and classic Black Magic. Hopscotch has a unique basket weave texture with a metallic look to its shine. Mildew resistant, with a …

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Hygienic upholstery on the move

April 1, 2011

One disadvantage of public transportation is the musty smells of bodies in various stages of hygiene that get trapped in the upholstery. Moisture from sweat, spills or condensation accumulates inside the upholstery, leading to growth of mold or bacteria. The Hohenstein Institute, Bönnigheim, Germany, is researching new types of upholstery that would transport or manage …

Conductive and antimicrobial electrostatic cuff

XP2TP300/S, a conductive and antimicrobial silver-based electrostatic cuff, is suitable for use in cleanroom and medical garments where static discharge control is desired. It will withstand 100+ nonchlorine bleach washings and is available in a variety of colors and sizes. WA, a rib knit trim in a blend of wool and acrylic, offers warmth, elasticity …

Fabric features improved finish

WeatherMax 80’s improved HydroMax finish with no C8 fluorocarbon chemistry, utilizes C6 chemistry and avoids the formation of C8 breakdown products such as PFOA, while maintaining high performance water resistance and breathability. WeatherMax LT also uses the improved HydroMax finish. For awnings and canopies, tents, banners, graphics and marine, military, and automotive applications. Light Charcoal …

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Hanging hardware

Pick-N-Hook, for hanging corrugated plastic substrates, allows users to simply press the spike end into the edge of the corrugated plastic substrate so that it penetrates across the corrugated flutes, and then hang it up. Twist-N-Hook, to be used with foam or gator board, is twisted into the side of the foamboard substrate, and then …

Creating lifelines through thread

University of Texas graduate student and artist Gabriel Dawe uses thread to create objects and environments that “make the viewers aware of those [invisible] structures so they can reflect on how they affect their [lives], both in positive and negative ways,” according to his website. In his most recent work, the Plexus series of installations, …

Patenting products in the European Union

The European Parliament agreed in February to establish a system for patenting new products or discoveries that will be valid in all participating EU countries. Twelve member states requested the EU’s enhanced cooperation procedure after failing to agree on a common patent procedure. A unitary patent system will allow inventors to apply for a patent …

100-percent recycled polyester construced of spun yarns

Encore FR 100-percent recycled polyester is constructed of spun yarns for the drape and hand of a natural fiber fabric. Durable enough for short-term outdoor use, it also meets small-scale flammability standards for indoor use for custom upholstery, window graphics, retail POP, signs and banners. Compatible with sublimation transfer and UV printing. Act II SP …

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Acrylic, weather-resistant fabric

Sunprint acrylic, weather-resistant fabric with a digital print-receptive finish was developed for awnings, canopies and other outdoor projects. Made from Sattler brand acrylic yarn with TEXgard® finish. FireMaster Plus, with flame retardancy, UV resistance and waterproof finish, offers the commercial market an awning fabric for sun and rain protection. Nautex marine fabrics offer performance capabilities …

RecycleMatch B2B marketplace

RecycleMatch is an online marketplace for business recycling and waste diversion, with a large number of customers that generate various types of textile waste. Companies may list materials free of charge on the site, with brands and identities kept confidential; prospective buyers may ask questions, request samples, and make offers on the materials, which can …

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“Water for Elephants” features custom tent

Author Sara Gruen’s depression-era novel about a veteran who runs away to the circus, “Water for Elephants,” will debut on the big screen in April 2011. Actors Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson star in the movie adaptation, and an old-fashioned bail ring tent created by Aztec Tents, Torrance, Calif., plays a strong supporting role. Within …

Low-density polyethylene bag for multiple use

The U.K. Environment Agency has come up with the answer; a low-density polyethylene bag, when used four or more times, has a lower carbon footprint than single-use bags of any type, whether high-density polyethylene, paper or cotton. A recently released report, “Life Cycle Assessment of Supermarket Carrier Bags,” showed that the key to reducing a …

Fabric made from natural bast fiber

A new fabric in the Second Nature™ label of sustainable fabrics, Sting (named for “sustainable technology in nettle growing”) is made from natural bast fiber from stinging nettle plants. New wool is paired with soft, fine nettle fiber for an environmentally innovative textile well suited for contract upholstery applications. SOURCE Camira Fabrics Ltd.

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Solution-dyed acrylic awning fabric collection

Alegria, a new 100-percent solution-dyed acrylic awning fabric collection, has a fluorocarbon finish that gives the fabric higher water and dirt repellency. Over 100 stripe designs and 69 solids in 47- and 60-inch widths are available, and it comes with a 10-year warranty. SOURCE Sauleda SA

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Children’s show blooms in an inflatable theater

“In the Night Garden™,” a popular children’s program broadcast by the British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC), features soft and cuddly characters named Ninky Nonk, Pinky Ponk and Upsy Daisy enjoying life in a beautiful garden. When Ragdoll© Productions Ltd., Buckinghamshire, England, developed a live show to take on tour, the traveling theater in which these life-sized …

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High tide in 2011?

After several years of low tide in the marine industry, 2011 may be the year that finally lifts all boats. “The marine industry is starting to see signs of recovery as we move past the recession,” says Jeff Malehorn, president and CEO of GE Capital’s Commercial Distribution Finance (CDF) at the Miami International Boat Show. …

Fabrics made with solution-dyed acrylic fiber

Parà Tempotest® fabrics are made with 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic fiber, dyed when it comes out of the spinneret to give the woven fabric a higher light-fastness. Available in more than 100 colors in cuts and full rolls. With Corradi Canvas Express™ service, Tempotest® fabric ready-made awnings and canopies are available in just a few …

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Collection offering features coordinated stripes

Crestview is a new offering in the Mayfield Collection® from Tri Vantage® that features 14 new stripes carefully engineered to coordinate with the expansive Sunbrella® furniture fabric line. The collection offers awning fabrics in appealing earth tones with a variety of striped styles ideal for both fixed and retractable awnings. SOURCE Tri Vantage

Textile shields against electromagnetic, infrared radiation

A new textile treatment developed by the Hohenstein Institute, Bönnigheim, Germany, and ITCF Denkendorf, Germany, integrates protection against two types of radiation: electromagnetic “electrosmog” interference from electrical devices and infrared radiation from fire or sunlight. Artificial fibers are dosed by indium tin oxide (ITO) integrated into or coating fibers, and then can be made into …

Textile compliance: there’s an app for that

Accessing the Textile Compliance Guide EU is as easy as picking up your iPhone™ or iPad™, now that Intertek, Oak Brook, Ill., has designed applications for both popular devices. The app connects testing and certification professionals with resources on textiles from fibers and yarns to finished products, as well as other EU legislation. The company …

100 percent solution-dyed acrylic

Sundown 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic for awnings, bimini tops and boat covers now comes with a 10-year warranty. Its tightly woven surface offers improved water repellency, and a “beefier” hand makes it easier to sew without puckering. Excellent color retention and many new color options are available. Sauleda SA’s VIP-FR multipurpose PVC is fire retardant, …

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Commercial shadecloth for tension structures and shade sails

Monotec 370 commercial shadecloth for tension structures and shade sails is manufactured by Pro-Knit Industries using 100-percent round monofilament HDPE yarns for an exceptionally strong shadecloth. With strength, stability and the positive memory in monofilament yarn, shade structures and sails can be installed and forgotten with no re-tensioning required. Engineered to pass stringent fire-retardant tests, …

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Tri Vantage products provide shade therapy

It has been the winter of discontent, with Great Lakes states weathering a parade of massive snow and ice storms, high winds and budget deficits. Tri Vantage® in Cleveland, Ohio, joined several strategic partners to entice an estimated 100,000 consumers out of the cold during “The Great Big Home and Garden Show,” which featured an …

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Air-beams support large shelter systems

[HDT Engineered Technologies] Solon, Ohio, U.S.A. HDT’s Model 40140 AirBeam™ was recently deployed in Afghanistan as a Forward Deployed Warehouse Facility, used by Force Provider, an organization providing all the hygiene, billeting, laundry, and field feeding facilities for up to 600 military personnel. Force Provider is affectionately known as the U.S. Army’s home away from …

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Fabrics for outdoor and small format markets

Decoprint® fabrics for outdoor and small format markets are strong and dimensionally stable, meet fire-retardant standards and offer varied surfaces and properties from translucent to total blackout. Coatings have no PVC resins, heavy metals, fungicides or phthalates. Pearl, a coated polyester, has a PVC-free light diffusion layer for banners, lightboxes and other applications using UV-cured, …

Professional certification

Get results by setting your business apart from the competition. By Kelly Frush There’s no question that education affords opportunities. When those opportunities lead to growth—both business and personal—the results are worth the effort. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) currently offers professional certification in two areas: The Master Fabric Craftsman (MFC) for the marine, …

Catching cold with door blankets

Snow storms, ice storms and high winds disrupted power systems for 1,000,000 person/customer hours four times in the U.S. in 2010—and that was the count before megastorms hit the Midwest and Northeast with blizzards and the South with tornados in December. When businesses depend on keeping products cold or frozen, a prolonged power outage can …

Efficient sandbagging

[HESCO] Dubai, U.A.E. HESCO barriers, labor-saving—and lifesaving—products developed for use on beaches and marches for erosion and flood control, are also used by the military. The collapsible, wire-mesh container with a heavy-duty polypropylene geotextile liner can be filled with sand, dirt or gravel using a front-end loader to create a barrier to protect soldiers and …

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Repreve® yarn and post-consumer waste used in fabrics

Enviro-Tex® Plus fabrics are made from 100-percent Repreve® yarn (a trademark of Unifi Inc.), and 100-percent post-consumer waste. ETP 9372 Reclaim Soft Knit (FR), ETP 9373 Reclaim Heavy Knit (FR) and ETP 9374 Reclaim Open Knit (FR) meet NFPA 701 flame requirements. For banners, signs and trade show exhibits. SOURCE Fisher Textiles