2011 AATCC Concept 2 Consumer® Design Competition winners announced

June 30, 2011

AATCC has announced the winners of the 2011 AATCC Concept 2 Consumer® Design Competition for students. The seventh annual design competition launched in October 2010, and received 71 entries from 17 schools. “Eco Chic Bag” challenged students to lend their creative touch to the growing market for reusable shopping bags and create a marriage between …

New stain-resistant polyester fabric from Teijin

June 29, 2011

Teijin Fibers Ltd., the core company of the Teijin Group’s polyester fibers business, announced today that it has developed a new stain-resistant polyester fabric that offers, for the first time, both water absorption to eliminate stickiness and oil repellency to resist oil-based soiling. Polyester is essentially hydrophobic, so it neither absorbs water nor repels oil-based …

RollEase to distribute Alkenz fabric in U.S.

June 28, 2011

RollEase Inc., Stamford, Conn., has been appointed exclusive distributor of Alkenz fabric in the United States, effective immediately, replacing the former distributor, Alkenz USA. “We are very excited about this important addition to the RollEase line of window covering systems, components and accessories. Alkenz shares our values for quality and innovation and we are proud …

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Cooley Group announces new warranty options with Roland DGA Corp.

June 27, 2011

Cooley Commercial Graphics is pleased to announce two new warranty options for Cooley products with Roland DGA Corp. A five-year warranty is available for Cooley-Brite® (20 oz. coated), Cooley-Brite® Lite (16 oz. coated) and Weathertyte® Lite (11 oz. coated) when decorated using Roland AdvancedJET AJ-1000i digital printers and EcoXtreme i inks. A seven-year warranty is …

Designtex adds Eco Intelligence® with Agion® to its new collection

June 24, 2011

The new Josephine Collection from Designtex, a Steelcase Company, adds to the company’s offerings of extreme performance and environmentally designed textiles. The line of healthcare privacy and upholstery textiles incorporates Eco Intelligence® post-consumer recycled polyester with Agion® from Victor Group. A celebration of nature, wellness and the human spirit, this collection is an expression of …

Pantograms offers efficiency and value in the Meistergram PRO embroidery machine

June 23, 2011

Meistergram PRO 1502, distributed by Pantograms Manufacturing, is a 15-needle, 15-color, two-head embroidery machine with a new ergonomic design control panel and 10-inch color LCD monitor with a built-in USB port for increased efficiency in data processing. For convenience, the universal symbolic buttons on the touch screen control panel makes it easy to navigate and …

NILIT® launches invigorating Innergy® fibers

June 22, 2011

NILIT®, Migdal Ha’emek, Israel, a global producer of nylon 6.6, will introduce its revolutionary NILIT Innergy® fiber at the upcoming Interfilière 2011 show, July 9-11, 2011, in the Paris Expo, Port de Versailles, France. The NILIT exhibit will be in Pavilion 1, Stand C10/D07. Garments made with NILIT Innergy yarns invigorate the body and increase …

Eriez® creates consolidated North American sales team

June 21, 2011

Eriez® Erie, Pa., has combined its United States and Canadian sales organizations into a consolidated North American sales team. To support this integration, Dave Heubel has been promoted from national sales manager to the newly-created position of Director—North American Sales. His expanded responsibilities include managing all sales efforts for the light and heavy industry markets …

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Gerber discontinues production of flatbed printers

June 20, 2011

Gerber Scientific Products will exit its flatbed printer business to focus on its industry leading range of thermal printing products. As such, the company will stop manufacturing its UV-flatbed printers, including the Gerber CAT UV and Solara ion. A significant contraction in the size of the flatbed market during the global downturn of 2008, followed …

How to improve your ROI from industry trade shows: free webinar June 30

Marketing professionals wanting to improve their ROI from trade shows should be sure to attend the free webinar sponsored by Marine Marketers of America (MMA) this month. Thaddeus B. Kubis, a nationally known marketing expert, will explore the new world of trade show marketing in a 30-minute webinar scheduled for 11 a.m. (EDT), Thursday, June …

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Hudson Awning celebrates 130th anniversary

June 17, 2011

After 130 years of service, New Jersey’s oldest awning company has reason to celebrate. “We realize what an accomplishment it is to be celebrating our 130th year,” says Ed Burak, president of Hudson Awning & Sign Co., Bayonne, N.J. “We know our loyal customers are to thank for taking us here.” Founded in 1881 in …

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Hilord and 3P to partner on textiles and ink

Hilord Chemical Corp. and 3P InkJet Textiles AG have announced a partnership in which 3P will have distribution rights to Hilord’s textile inks for numerous selected printers. The inks include disperse dye and sublimation for direct and transfer printing in many different mediums, water based, solvent based and oil based, as well as Hilord’s new …

AATCC announces student winners for innovative product development

June 16, 2011

AATCC has announced the winners of its sixth annual Materials Research Poster Competition for students. The competition (developed by AATCC’s Materials Interest Group) aims to promote innovative product development from a material structures design perspective. Submissions were invited from both graduate and undergraduate students. All entries were evaluated on concept originality, research quality, clarity, and …

Developing textile electrodes for flexible solar cells

June 15, 2011

Transparent electrodes for mobile phone touch screens, liquid-crystal displays, LEDs and thin-film solar cells use rare metal alloys (most commonly indium tin oxide) that ratchet up the price of end products and make larger applications cost-prohibitive. Now Empa (Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology) in Dübendorf, Switzerland, has developed a flexible and transparent …

Textile-reinforced composites 1-001

June 14, 2011

Aachen University Institut für Textiltechnik and KU Leuven of Composite Materials Group announced the return of a certificate course on the use of textile-reinforced composites (TRC), tailored for engineers eager to learn the potential for TRC in new products. The course will include information on material characteristics, textile production technologies, composite processing, design and testing …

Kentucky candidates support industrial hemp waiver

June 13, 2011

During World War II, Kentucky grew industrial hemp for fabrics, ropes and military materials. Two Republican candidates for agriculture commissioner in Kentucky, James Comer and Rob Rothenburger, support re-establishing a hemp industry, despite widespread public concern that legally grown hemp will boost the cultivation and use of its close cousin, marijuana. Hemp contains trace amounts …

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Hilord and 3P to partner on textiles and ink

Hilord Chemical Corp. and 3P InkJet Textiles AG have announced a partnership in which 3P will have distribution rights to Hilord’s textile inks for numerous selected printers. The inks include disperse dye and sublimation for direct and transfer printing in many different mediums, water based, solvent based and oil based, as well as Hilord’s new …

Advanced scanning system for technical textiles from Gerber Technology

June 10, 2011

Gerber Technology, a business unit of Gerber Scientific Inc., has introduced YuniquePLM™, a product lifecycle management tool designed specifically for the business of fashion, and the ContourVision™, advanced scanning system for technical textiles. With YuniquePLM™, FS (fast start) edition, companies of any size can quickly reap the benefits of a product lifecycle management tool that …

Mark Hollingsworth Global Technology Center opens in Suzhou, China

June 9, 2011

Hollingsworth & Vose Co. (H&V) has announced the opening of the Mark Hollingsworth Global Technology Center at the company’s facility in Suzhou, China, on June 8th, 2011. Named for Mark Hollingsworth, who was CEO of H&V from 1960 to 1983 and led the company’s development in the areas of filtration media and battery separators, the …

Teknor and Genesis create new alternative for fabricating medical fluid bags

June 8, 2011

An innovation in radio frequency (RF) plastics welding now enables manufacturers of medical bags and pouches to obtain the clarity, elasticity, and performance advantages of Medalist® medical elastomers while providing a safe and fully compliant alternative to PVC, thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), or natural rubber latex. Teknor Apex Co. and Genesis Plastics Welding have jointly announced …

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Verseidag-Indutex GmbH takes control of 3P InkJet Textiles AG shares

The Verseidag seemee business segment and 3P InkJet Textiles will be combining their strengths with immediate effect, the goal being to offer competent solutions for modern digital printing from a single provider. Verseidag-Indutex GmbH will be expanding the existing seemee range with the takeover of the inkjet textile specialist 3P. This merger means that both …

H.P. White Laboratory opens environmental test facility for personal and vehicular armor

June 7, 2011

H.P. White Laboratory Inc. has announced the opening of Cooper Main, a new environmental test facility for personal and vehicular armor. The new laboratory houses four environmental conditioning chambers capable of achieving temperature ranges from minus 75 degrees C to 150 degrees C, and humidity ranges from 10 percent to 98 percent for hard and …

Safety Components features new product-driven website for performance fabrics

June 6, 2011

Innovative, high-quality fabric solutions provider and WeatherMax manufacturer Safety Components, located in Greenville, S.C., recently redesigned its website to provide additional product and application information. More product-driven than before, the new site is still located at www.safetycomponents.com, but now features detailed product information, including spec and comparison sheets, to allow visitors to view comprehensive product …

Sunbrella® yarn manufacturing center adding solar energy installation

June 3, 2011

Glen Raven Inc. has begun construction of a solar energy installation on the roof of its Sunbrella® yarn manufacturing center in Norlina, N.C. The solar array will be the largest so far under Progress Energy’s SunSense® Commercial PV (photovoltaic) program, generating electric power roughly equivalent to the annual electricity usage of 47 typical homes. The …

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Fisher Textiles names new president

June 2, 2011

Fisher Textiles, a supplier of fabrics for digital printing, named Scott Fisher as its new president. Fisher will be the second generation to assume leadership of the family owned and operated business that was founded in 1988 by Larry Fisher. Scott Fisher graduated from North Carolina State University in 1994 with a bachelor’s degree in …

Lift-off! Smithsonian ‘Suited for Space’ exhibit

Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy made his historic 1961 “Man on the Moon” address to the U.S. Congress, the Smithsonian launched a new exploration—a traveling exhibit that chronicles the evolution of space suits and the materials that make them. The five-year tour, beginning at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, is …

On sail: energy-saving ship propulsion

June 1, 2011

Cargill transports more than 185 million tons of agricultural and other commodities by ship each year, and in 2012 plans to pilot technology that could reduce fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions in ocean-going vessels by using wind power. SkySails GmbH & Co. KG, Hamburg, Germany, manufactures kites that can reduce fuel by up to …

Sunbrella® partners with Southern Living magazine

A marketing deal between Glen Raven Inc., Glen Raven, N.C., manufacturer of the Sunbrella® performance fabric line, will bring the popular awning fabric into the pages of Southern Living magazine. A Southern Living Idea House under construction in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, will feature Sunbrella awnings in gardens, porches, outdoor dining areas and a boathouse. The …

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Desert dwellings

Inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s vision, architecture students create fabric dwellings at his Taliesin West campus. By Simón De Agüero Frank Lloyd Wright, visionary architect of the late 1800s and early 1900s, tested his radical design ideas on his personal projects before incorporating his design decisions into clients’ projects. This experimental approach is one of …

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Patented marine sunshade keeps it cool

SureShade LLC, Philadelphia, Pa., has announced final acceptance of the company’s U.S. patent for the arched roller canvas shade assembly, a hands-free system that uses a boat’s existing t-top, hard top or bridge as a platform for rolling out additional shade coverage. The assembly’s framework is self-supporting and doesn’t interfere with fishing, boarding or docking …

Milliken wins Ethisphere recognition

Milliken & Co., Spartanburg, S.C., continues to impress the Ethisphere Institute, a think tank dedicated to the advancement of best practices in business ethics. For the fifth consecutive year, Milliken’s textile, chemical and floor-covering business was named to Ethisphere’s 2011 “World’s Most Ethical Companies” list. Ethisphere reviewed thousands of companies in a multi-step analysis that …

Price increases in polyester

Rising oil prices, cotton shortages and increased demand are driving unusual price increases in polyester. By Lynn Keillor For years, the primary indicator of polyester fiber or filament cost was the fluctuation in petroleum prices. If the price of a barrel of oil increased, so did the price per pound of the base synthetic ingredient: …

Antimicrobial respiratory mask cuts MRSA risks

Health care personnel from surgeons to first responders encounter increasing danger from antibiotic-resistant bacteria (such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus or MRSA) and virulent strains of influenza virus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health recently cleared the new SpectraShield™ 9500 Surgical N95 respirator mask for commercial use, and …

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Economy Tent honored by manufacturers

The South Florida Manufacturers Association selects 50 businesses each year that provide positive economic, employee and community benefits to the region and, after selecting five finalists, presents a Manufacturer of the Year award. Economy Tent Intl., Miami, Fla., one of the largest manufacturers of frame tents in the U.S., was first runner-up for the 2010 …

Kofi Annan at World Textile Summit

Former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will be a keynote speaker at the first ITMA-ITMF World Textile Summit, scheduled to take place in Barcelona, Spain, on September 21, 2011. The Summit is a one-day event, bringing together textile industry leaders and some of the world’s most influential thinkers and policy makers in strategically important fields …

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Building art installation features custom-printed spandex

It may be a stretch, but if super heroes wear spandex, why not dress up a two-story row house? New York artist Elizaveta (Leeza) Meksin joined Cosign Projects and other partners to present HOUSE COAT, an art installation at a red brick Benton Park building in St. Louis, Mo. Meksin chose semi-transparent white spandex custom …

A ship-sized sandblasting screen

[Port Douglas Sailmakers Pty Ltd.] Port Douglas, Queensland, Australia A shipyard needed an 18-meter by 18-meter sandblasting protection screen that could be placed behind ships once they were winched into position on an industrial slipway. The client needed a removable screen that was capable of containing sandblasting particles and was user friendly, including providing quick …

New leadership for VDMA

Fritz P. Mayer, managing associate of Karl Mayer Textilmaschinenfabrik GmbH, Obertshausen, Germany, has been elected for the second time as chairman of the VDMA Textile Machinery Association in Frankfurt. Regina Brückner, managing associate of Brückner Trockentechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Leonberg, and Karlheinz Liebrandt, co-owner of Liba Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Naila, will be vice-chairmen. Earlier, the …

Filter flat packs for safer hydration

An earthquake, flood, tsunami or hurricane leaves devastation in its wake, and either shuts down or pollutes most drinking water supplies, leading to death from waterborne disease or dehydration. Help is on the way from Hydration Technology Innovations (HTI), Albany, Ore., manufacturer of the HydroPack, a forward osmosis filtration system that can be immersed in …

Suits protect nuclear plant workers in Japan

[Radiation Shield Technologies (RST)] Coral Gables, Fla., U.S.A. Workers at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan have been risking their lives to contain radiation leaks and make repairs to the facility that was severely damaged in the March 11 earthquake. Radiation Shield Technologies (RST) responded to the crisis by sending more than 200 protective suits …

ARA Foundation student scholarships

As part of its mission to implement programs that create educational opportunities, the ARA Foundation scholarship committee has selected 27 students to receive scholarships for the 2011/2012 academic year. There were 21 foundation scholarships awarded, as well as 16 scholarships for the foundation’s affiliate programs. Many students received multiple scholarships, ranging from $500 to $3,000. …

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Canopy will shelter, shed light on the homeless

Snow Hill Homeless Centre, a hostel in Birmingham, England, currently with beds for 157, plans a £10 million renovation to expand its services and transition the homeless to more permanent housing. The Centre’s courtyard, surrounded on four sides by five-story buildings, will also be sheltered—by almost 2,700 square feet of canopy made with Solar Glass …

Custom blankets protect helicopters

[Ehmke Manufacturing Co.] Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.A. Asked to provide upgrades using the latest technology in materials and workmanship, Ehmke Manufacturing Co., Philadelphia, Pa., engineered, manufactured and installed protective thermal acoustical blankets in the HMX-1 CH-46 presidential support helicopters. The interior materials and design needed to be functional, easy to maintain, affordable and aesthetically pleasing. Using …

“Made in the U.S.A.” labels

Compiled by Juli Case I make bags out of a cotton fabric that isn’t made in the U.S. anymore. I sew the bags in the U.S., though, and am wondering if I can label them as “Made in the U.S.A.”? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is the entity in the U.S. that enforces country of …

Costly cotton boosts synthetic yarn use in India

In the past year, the price of cotton has doubled and Indian textile manufacturers have increased use of synthetic yarn, which is less expensive and easy to process, according to C. Bose, president of the Mumbai unit of the Textile Association of India. “The blend ratio used to be 60 percent cotton and 40 percent …

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Eco-friendly wall covering

Neschen® Americas, Elkridge, Md., adds to its line of environmentally responsible media products with EnviroScape Mural™ Plus!, an FSC–certified media that incorporates 10 percent post–consumer waste for a sustainability advantage over traditional vinyl and pressure-sensitive vinyl materials. Easy to install, it can also be easily removed from walls, windows or any rigid surface. For murals, …

Clear vinyl that meets FAR25-853

Compiled by Juli Case I need clear vinyl, 20-40 mil, that meets the flammability requirement FAR25-853. I’m not familiar with that spec; where can I get material that passes it? We’re used to seeing clear vinyl being used in marine and tent windows and were confused at first as to why FAR25-853 would be a …

New York cab drivers: not just tough, bulletproof

The New York State Federation of Taxi Drivers made news in December 2010 by providing bulletproof vests (most donated by retired police officers) to livery cab drivers called to crime-ridden neighborhoods in New York City. This bold move followed several high-profile attacks on cab drivers. Now Security USA, New York, N.Y., a security consulting firm, …

Molded polyurethane

Molded polyurethane from Corium Urethane Technology Inc., Boucherville, Québec, Canada, can be used to create seats, dashboards and interior wall panels by using molded polyurethane skin and foam technology. This process makes possible the design of multiple shapes and stitching imitations, the use of a combination of colors and textures, and the utilization of appliqués …

Getting fabric approved to California’s Title 19

Compiled by Juli Case I’m bringing my tents into the U.S. and am having my fabrics tested at an independent lab to get California certification. The lab is asking me if I need the material tested to Test 1 or Test 2. Which should I use, and do I really have to send the fabric …