Purple Haze antiqued leather introduced by Texstyle

May 31, 2011

A new leather from Texstyle/Jamie Stern offers multidimensional appeal, with color, sheen and a little bit of antiquing. The challenge was to create a durable, affordable leather with surface interest that will work in any high-traffic area. Texstyle/Jamie Stern will create a custom color in Purple Haze with only a one-hide minimum, offering the versatility …

Value Added Sales to represent Cooley Sign & Awning Products

May 30, 2011

Cooley Sign & Awning Products, Pawtucket, R.I., is pleased to announce the appointment of Value Value Added Sales as sales representatives for the southeast region of the United States. Value Added Sales, incorporated in 2001, has a sales team of three representatives, including Debbie Van Gaale, president, and territory managers Bob Ferrell and Chuck Graves. …

LincSpun and NILIT® introduce Trinomax AQ® high-performance yarn

May 27, 2011

NILIT, a global manufacturer of nylon 6.6, headquartered in Israel, and Australia-based LincSpun, an innovative developer of intelligent yarns and filaments, have launched Trinomax AQ—a yarn that combines Merino wool with NILIT Aquarius yarn to create garments that can thermoregulate the wearer’s body temperature. Designed for active wear, dance wear, socks and sportswear, it’s designed …

Lion Technology’s web seminar on OSHA’s New GHS Rule, June 28

May 26, 2011

Lion Technology’s upcoming web seminar will help get companies up to speed on the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) new chemical hazard communication rules. In August 2011, OSHA plans to adopt the global harmonization system (GHS) for classifying and labeling chemicals, which will substantially change the existing OSHA Hazcom standards. Under the new rule, …

GBC earns Women’s Business Enterprise Certification

greatBIGcolor (GBC), a Colorado-based production company, received national certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise, by WBEC-West, a regional certified partner of the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). Certification denotes businesses owned and operated by a woman. Sean McLaughlin founded in GBC in 1998. Several years later, his wife, Tina McLaughlin, joined the team. In …

Teijin provides eco-bags for Japan Day Festival in New York

May 25, 2011

New York-based Teijin Holdings USA Inc. (THUS), the Teijin Group’s holding company in the United States, provided reusable eco-bags made entirely with Teijin’s recyclable polyester to the Japan Day Festival, which took place in New York City’s Central Park on Sunday, May 22. The 600 eco-bags were packaged with T-shirts sold at the festival to …

AATCC’s 2010 Young Entrepreneur Award

May 24, 2011

Bryan Swarn, co-founder of Phenetix Urban Athletic Wear Co., is the 2010 recipient of the AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award, chosen “for his intuition, creativity, leadership and courage in creating a new generation of products and promoting new opportunities for the textile industry.” AATCC presented the inaugural award at the yearly AATCC International Conference held in …

R+T Middle East 2011 postponed

May 23, 2011

Due to the current unsettled political situation in the region between the Arabian Gulf and the Mediterranean, Deutsche Messe Dubai and Messe Stuttgart have decided to postpone indefinitely the Middle Eastern platform for doors/gates and sun protection, R+T Middle East, which was due to take place between 12-14 September 2011. The event celebrated a successful …

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Chic chenille for dog day afternoons

May 20, 2011

For luxury performance textiles that can stand up to visits from four-legged friends, Chella Textiles durable solution-dyed acrylics are machine washable, lightfast and tough enough for relaxing pets. Shown is Aretha in Ash Bark and Papaia, a 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic in a luxury chenille jacquard weave; it is lightfast and machine washable, resists mildew …

Textile heating elements prevent loss of patient body heat

May 19, 2011

Every day, thousands of people in hospitals are warned against the potential risks involved in forthcoming operations. One risk is often not mentioned: during longer operations, serious reduction in body temperature (hypothermia) can occur in patients. Due to the anaesthetic, metabolism and heat generated by the body is decreased. Patients also lose a lot of …

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SEPIAX meets eco standards

May 18, 2011

SEPIAX ink from Graphics One demonstrated adherence to environmental standards set by the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) of the United Nations. The GHS is a system for standardizing the classification and labeling of chemical substances with the goal of protecting people and the environment against toxic materials. Source: Graphics …

Announcing IFAI Expo Asia 2012 in Singapore

IFAI Expo Asia 2012 will return to Singapore next year after its successful premiere in March at the Marina Bay Sands. The next event will take place June 26-28, 2012, at the Suntec Singapore International Exhibition Centre. IFAI president and CEO Stephen M. Warner commented that the feedback on IFAI Expo Asia 2011 was extremely …

Schoeller Textil AG and Formosa Taffeta Group celebrate ten years together

May 17, 2011

Ten years ago, a leading textile technology company, Switzerland-based Schoeller Textil AG, and the Formosa Taffeta Co. Ltd., one of the largest worldwide textile producers, joined forces in a joint venture. “This has proven to be the right decision,” agree Hans-Jürgen Hübner, CEO of Schoeller Textil AG and Shih Ming Hsie, president of Formosa Taffeta …

INVISTA’s CORDURA® Brand business unveils interactive website in Chinese

May 16, 2011

For the past 30 years, INVISTA’s CORDURA® brand team has set the standard for durable fabrics in the outdoor, workwear and military markets. As part of its effort to achieve greater consumer awareness globally, INVISTA has now launched an interactive Chinese website, located at cordura.com/sch/index.html. With the Chinese market demonstrating rapid growth in the outdoor …

Ostrich-inspired Ossie collection by Enduratex makes its debut

May 13, 2011

Enduratex (China General Plastics Corp. of America, CGPC) has announced the release of Ossie, a unique faux leather product with a rich appearance designed for high-end applications. Developed as a top-of-the-line faux leather product, Ossie is the newest offering in the Endurasoft contract catalog, and will be available in 13 SKUs. “Ossie is an exotic …

Japan’s technical textile industry growing again after years of decline

May 12, 2011

Manmade fiber and technical textile production in Japan increased in 2010 for the first time in several years—and could increase again in the coming years as demand for materials for reconstruction surges following the earthquake and tsunami in March 2011. On the negative side, the technical textile industry is likely to suffer from lower demand …

Aqua-Tite® Green for eco-friendly water repellency and stain protection

May 11, 2011

Fabrics are used outdoors to protect people and items from the elements and often take the brunt of what nature delivers. Although there are many post-treatment water-repellent products on the market, they often contain a petroleum product as a base, and because of this are high in VOCs (volatile organic compounds). VOCs can ultimately get …

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EFI acquires Streamline Development

Electronics For Imaging (EFI) Inc. acquired Streamline Development LLC, the provider of PrintStream ERP/MIS software focused on mailing and fulfillment services for the printing industry. PrintStream software will become part of EFI’s portfolio. EFI intends to integrate key PrintStream features into its core ERP/MIS platforms while continuing to support the existing PrintStream client base. Source: …

Ministry of Textiles in India announces restructured subsidy scheme

May 10, 2011

The Indian government will provide a maximum subsidy of Rupees 1,972 crores (US $438 million) to attract an investment of approximately US $10.42 billion across the textiles value chain. A communiqué dated May 1st, 2011, from the Ministry of Textiles has announced the restructuring of the popular Technology Upgradation Fund Schemes (TUFS) to boost investments …

100,000th OEKO-TEX® certificate issued

May 9, 2011

At the end of February 2011, the International OEKO-TEX® Association issued the hundred thousandth certificate since the OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 was established, underlining once again its importance as a leading global independent certification system for textiles tested for harmful substances. Currently, more than 9,500 companies in 90 countries are actively involved in OEKO-TEX® certification. In …

Interface Inc. shares five sustainability successes to celebrate Earth Day

May 6, 2011

Interface Inc., a global force in design, production and sales of environmentally responsible modular carpet, has revealed highlights made over the past year in reducing its own negative impacts on the earth, to demonstrate ways in which other companies can achieve progress toward sustainability. Among the top accomplishments heralded by Interface president and CEO Dan …

AATCC offers textile testing workshop for hands-on learning, June 8-9

May 5, 2011

AATCC is offering an Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop, June 8-9, at its Technical Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C., U.S.A. Individuals responsible for product evaluation, specifications, and quality control for apparel and textile materials are encouraged to attend. Workshop instructors will discuss and demonstrate AATCC and ASTM procedures for evaluating textiles, as well as …

Measuring the physiological comfort of bandages

May 4, 2011

In order to be included in the Medical Service’s Medical Aids Directory, bandages and orthotic pads must comply, among other things, with minimum requirements for the physiological comfort of the wearer. The same applies to compression stockings and other medical textile products which are to display the “Physiological comfort mark” and the quality label issued …

Call for papers for international conference on textile coating and laminating

May 3, 2011

TCL2011, the original and most-followed international conference on the coating and laminating of textiles, will be held on Nov. 17-18, 2011, in Orlando, Fla., U.S.A. Following the successful conference last year in Cannes, France, this year’s meeting is the first time TCL has been held in the U.S. since 2005. Topics will include developments in …

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SEFAR® Architecture expands into North America

May 2, 2011

SEFAR® Architecture, a leading manufacturer of monofilament precision fabrics and fabric systems for interior and exterior architectural applications, will be expanding its global operations to include North America. Solutions available from the company include Tenara® PTFE fabric for roofing applications; LightFrame fabric framing system for light diffusion and acoustic improvements in walls and ceilings; and …

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Teijin mass produces carbon reinforced plastic

May 1, 2011

Conventional carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) requires at least five minutes to be molded into an automotive part, which has limited its use to high-end vehicles. The Teijin Group, Tokyo, Japan, now has the capacity to mass produce CFRP that can be molded in less than one minute, a development that may expand the use of …

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New shapes for tarps

The market for tarp products takes on new shapes and a growing emphasis on environmental applications. By Janice Kleinschmidt The 2011 People’s Choice Awards nominations for Favorite Viral Video Star featured California surfers riding through a blue curl. What made the YouTube video so popular was the fact that these “dudes” were simulating an ocean …

Hydroentangled nonwoven made of flax

A new hydroentangled nonwoven made of flax can be used as a component in composites for a nonwovens texture and properties such as a smooth surface and wood-like appearance. Durable and robust, it is lightweight compared to carbon or glass fibers and offers vibration-absorbing properties desirable for sports and leisure applications, construction, packaging, boat building …

Energy impact of awnings

Compiled by Juli Case How do I prove to my customers that having awnings gives savings on energy costs? In 2007, IFAI’s Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA) commissioned a study by the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Building Research (CSBR) on awnings and residential buildings. The study looked at the energy impact of awnings …

SGIA on Capitol Hill

At a February hearing held by U.S. House subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, Marci Kinter, SGIA’s vice president of government and business information, shared concerns during the “Environmental Regulations, the Economy, and Jobs” hearing. SGIA’s presence gave a critical perspective on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations that are affecting small businesses. The specific issue …

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Backlit films

Roland DGA added glossy and matte backlit films to its media line for wide-format eco-solvent inkjet printers and printer/cutters. The 8-mil films are designed to produce vivid backlit images. They print and dry quickly and are effective whether the lightbox is on or off. Roland backlit films can be ordered in 100-foot roll lengths and …

Tiki-shaped lanterns, 12 feet tall and glowing

The Polynesian garden and pool, surrounded by 15 massive fabric lanterns, inspires a relaxed tropical ambiance—despite its location on the sixth-floor roof deck of a residential high-rise in Hollywood. The Legacy Lanterns, created by Canvas Specialty, Los Angeles, Calif., are 12 feet tall, weigh 600 pounds each and resemble modernistic tiki torches. The project’s grand …

Top Value Fabrics’ new distribution hub

A new 45,000-square-foot distribution center in Indianapolis adds to Top Value Fabrics’ growing capacity to provide industrial and recreational fabrics to customers. Increased demand for print media, CPSIA-compliant vinyl-coated polyester and nylon diamond ripstop fabric made expansion essential “to process orders on a quick and efficient basis and provide our customers with a high level …

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Marine fabricators diversify and stay afloat

Marine fabricators capitalize on new growth opportunities as the economy begins to improve. By Kelly Frush Like most segments of the specialty fabrics industry, marine fabrication took a hit during the recent recession. Consumers became wary of investing in new luxury items like boats during such a volatile time, and the marine fabric market suffered …

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Architectural fabrics made to last

Plastatech® HIGH-POINT® architectural fabrics are derived from the proven formulation used to manufacture long-lasting, single-ply roofing and are used for frame- and air-supported structures, such as military shelters, temporary warehouses and shelters, storage domes, hangers, agriculture storage liners and garages. Available in 18- and 24-ounce weights with a specially developed, cross-linked polyurethane topcoat finish that …

Adler 167 sewing machine manual

Compiled by Juli Case I bought an Adler 167 sewing machine at an auction. Where can I get the instruction manual? Probably the best place to start is with the machine’s manufacturer, which in this case is Durkopp Adler. In the download section of the website, the company has the instruction manuals available as PDF …

X-Rite teams with Pantone

X-Rite will team with its wholly owned subsidiary, Pantone, to host a two-day educational color management seminar, May 17–18, in New York City, targeted at printing, packaging, pre-press and graphic design professionals. Topics include all aspects of color management, from process control and pressroom workflow, to color control for designers, spot color management and how …

Matte white film

Arlon’s DPF 4560MTX film is now available in matte white. The 3-mil digitally printable calendered film has a tinted, permanent pressure-sensitive adhesive and features the company’s X-scape technology. The film is ideal for fast and easy installation applications, such as point-of-purchase displays, trade show graphics and medium-term signage. SOURCE Arlon

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Staying on top in the convertible market

The owner of a 2012 BMW 650i convertible will enjoy the beauty of the outdoors while driving with the top down on a sunny day, but will also enjoy silence, conversation or music when the top is up, thanks to acoustically enhanced convertible top material from the Haartz Corp. Haartz, in Acton, Mass., will provide …

Bluestar moves to North Carolina

Bluestar Silicones, a Chinese and French owned company with facilities in California and South Carolina, is moving its North American manufacturing and research operations to Charlotte, N.C. The company will invest $19.8 million in the Charlotte location over the next three years and receive a $340,000 grant toward the project from One North Carolina Fund. …

Woven narrow fabrics

Avila Textiles’ woven narrow fabrics, including webbings, tapes and elastics, are Berry amendment compliant. Avila can custom engineer any order for specific requirements, such as fire retardancy, mildew resistance and water repellency, for military, aerospace and commercial applications. SOURCE Avila Textiles Inc.

Fabric features permanent flame resistance

Polartec® Power Dry® FR with permanent flame resistance has “touch points“ on the inner surface to wick sweat off the skin to the outside of the fabric where it spreads rapidly for evaporation. Power Stretch® FR does not melt or drip on skin when exposed to extreme heat or flame and has four-way stretch, wicking …

Flammability specifications

Compiled by Juli Case I’m making some fabric structures that are being used in a camp for kids, and the local inspector is asking if the fabric meets ICC. I tried to tell him that ICC is the group that writes the International Building Code, but he says I should know what the flammability of …

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GMG signs agreement with HP

GMG, a developer and supplier of high-end color management software solutions, signed an agreement with HP to jointly promote and market the GMG color management solutions in combination with HP Scitex wide-format printers. GMG has been awarded the HP Graphics Solutions Partner Gold level for 2011. GMG will offer a dedicated GMG ColorServer Suite for …

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Polyester mesh

Ultraflex UltraMesh Paramount mesh is printable on two sides with UV and solvent inks. The white, 9-ounce PVC-coated polyester mesh has slit-like holes to allow for 30-percent airflow. Paramount is suited for large images on building, stadium and fence wraps, murals, signs, banners, protective barriers for scaffolding and theatrical and TV backdrops. It is NFPA …

Sleek swimsuits, inspired by penguins

The clumsy penguin becomes a gliding Olympic athlete in the ocean, thanks to glistening feathers that trap air bubbles, add buoyancy and reduce friction. Textiles and design student Sarah Ziem at the University of Reutlingen, Germany, worked with the Hohenstein Institute, Bönnigheim, Germany, to develop a swimsuit surface coating that gives competitive swimmers penguin-like agility …

EU wants ‘made in’ labels compulsory

Country-of-origin labels should be mandatory for textiles imported from a third country and sold in the EU, according to the EU Parliament’s Internal Market Committee. Parliament was requested to vote on a technical proposal to cut the time it takes to get textile innovations on the market, but changed the focus to call for mandatory …

Reusable barrier fabric

Boca Textiles’ Flo-Shield™ is a reusable, fluid-resistant barrier fabric used in medical and clean room applications. Available in 100 percent polyester (Polyester/Carbon Stripes and Polyester/Carbon Grids) for static dissipation properties, Flo–Shield fabrics meet ASTM and AATCC requirements for isolation and surgical gowns, surgical drapes, wrappers, bags, lab coats and aprons. SOURCE Boca Textiles

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Fire-rated knitted HDPE shade fabric

White Polytex® will now be available in the U.S. Polytex is a superior fire-rated knitted HDPE shade fabric designed for use in modular shade structures and shade sails. Compliant with NFPA 701-99, ASTM E-84 Class A and California State Fire Marshal fire standards and covered under Polyfab’s 10- year UV warranty. Shade Sail Edge polyester …

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Antimicrobial sun control

Protect patients and staff environments with Phifer SheerWeave® interior sun control fabrics, infused with Microban® antimicrobial protection for an additional level of cleanliness. Microban helps prevent the growth of stain- and odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew, and won’t wash off or wear away for the life of the product. SheerWeave’s unique light-filtering qualities diffuse light, …