India cuts customs duty on crude oil and petroleum products

July 29, 2011

On June 24th, the Indian government’s Empowered Group of Ministers slashed the customs duty on crude oil and other petroleum products, which should result in the price reduction of synthetic fibers. “This will definitely benefit the textile industry,” said J. Thulasidharan, chairman of the Southern India Mills Association (SIMA). In a statement released on June …

Sunbrella® fabrics sponsors Southern Living Idea House

July 28, 2011

Sunbrella® fabrics is a sponsor of the 2011 Southern Living Idea House that opened in July in Horseshoe Bay, Texas, with prominent placement on retractable awnings, a loggia and numerous outdoor furniture settings. Austin-based Hill Country Shades of Texas partnered with Sunbrella fabrics for the project, providing the design and installation of the house’s extensive …

CFFA to sponsor seminar on vinyl, coated fabrics, Oct. 12

July 27, 2011

The Chemical Fabrics and Film Association (CFFA), in conjunction with the Performance Products Division, will for the first time sponsor an industry-related educational seminar and industry update to buyers and influencers in the marketplace, according to Jeff Post, CFFA president and vice-president/general manager of CGPC America. The meeting, to take place in Cleveland, Ohio, on …

REDpoint and Genesis Plastics Welding produce PVC-free stabilizing IV sleeve

July 26, 2011

Genesis Plastics Welding, Fortville, Ind., a leading contract manufacturer of radio frequency (RF) welded products, has announced a collaboration with REDpoint Intl., Vancouver, Wash., a medical device company, to produce the company’s latest product, the StedLine™ IV sleeve, a stabilizing device that eliminates the need for glue or tape to secure an intravenous line to …

Top Value Fabrics hires director of print media sales

July 25, 2011

Top Value Fabrics hired Lorna D’Alessio as director of print media sales. With a background in the sign industry, D’Alessio joined Top Value Fabrics to grow the company’s Print Media division. “Lorna has an impressive track record of developing programs and creating positive change in the industry,” said Chris Fredericks, president of Top Value Fabrics. …

Tri Vantage® introduces Coverlight® CSM Coated Nylon

Tri Vantage®, the nation’s largest distributor serving the awning, marine and furniture markets, has introduced Coverlight® CSM Coated Nylon from Trelleborg Coated Systems U.S. Inc. This product is designed for industrial applications that require resistance to abrasion and extremes in temperature, and is capable of retaining its integrity down to negative 50 degrees Fahrenheit and …

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Skaps gearing up for geosynthetics

July 22, 2011

Skaps Industries, Athens, Ga., has partnered with NSC Nonwoven to purchase equipment for a needle punching line that will offer high output while maintaining minimum weight variation and improved fiber orientation for consistent strength in Skaps’ geosynthetic and nonwoven drainage products. The new line will include Thibeau Excelle batt formation, a system for high-speed cross …

U.S. Invista plans nylon plant in China

July 21, 2011

Front-end engineering work has begun for a new U.S. Invista nylon 6,6 intermediates and polymer plant at the Shanghai Chemical Industrial Park in China. The plant will have a design capacity of 10,000 metric tons per year and will be completed by 2014. The nylon 6,6 fiber will be used in the manufacture of airbags …

Vestex researchers recognized

July 20, 2011

Vestagen Technical Textiles, Orlando, Fla., has announced that several of its research partners have been recognized for their accomplishments. Infection Control Today awarded the 2011 “Who’s Who in Infection Prevention” to Vestex researcher Dr. Gonzalo M. L. Bearman for his work finding new methods to combat MRSA and C. difficile bacteria. The Association for Professionals …

TIEHH receives grant to continue counterterrorism research

July 19, 2011

The U.S. Army recently awarded a $1.1 million grant to the Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech to continue funding a program for countermeasures against biological and chemical threats. The program recently supported the development of an important patent for the Fibertect® decontamination wipe. > Read the full article in Texas …

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New ORACAL app

July 18, 2011

ORACAL USA released a new application for the iPhone. The app allows ORACAL customers to talk about ORACAL products, the latest tips and tricks, and how to locate the closest authorized ORACAL distributor. The app provides the latest updates on new products, wrap academies, contests, giveaways, latest case studies, pictures, helpful tips and events via …

Glen Raven Sunbrella® manufacturing center plants 25,000 pine trees

As part of a continuing program to improve the wildlife habitat surrounding its Sunbrella® fabrics manufacturing center in Anderson, S.C., Glen Raven Custom Fabrics has planted 25,000 pine trees on adjacent undeveloped land. The tree planting is one of several elements in Glen Raven’s participation in the Wildlife and Industry Together (WAIT) program sponsored by …

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New Phoenix facility for Sunair® Awnings and Solar Screens

July 15, 2011

Sunair® Awnings and Solar Screens has completed the move to a new facility at 3803 West Thomas Rd. in Phoenix, Ariz. The newly purchased property enables Sunair to increase production of both retractable awnings and solar shades. Sunair West has also invested in new state-of-the-art sewing equipment to produce awning covers with the same high …

Super Absorbent Fibre technology from U.K.-based Technical Absorbents

July 14, 2011

SAF® (Super Absorbent Fibre) polymers are extruded into filaments, dried, cured and precision-cut into a range of staple lengths, producing a white, fibrous superabsorbent material with the appearance and handling characteristics of a textile fiber. It’s produced in a range of absorbency grades, lengths and dtex, as well as in filament and polymer solution form. …

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Arlon Graphics receives Arrow Award at SEGD Conference

July 13, 2011

At the recent SEGD Conference in Montreal, Arlon Graphics was awarded SEGD’s Arrow Award for longstanding demonstration of exemplary service; for advancing technologies and manufacturing in the field of environmental graphic design; and for long-term support of SEGD chapters, events, and educational programs. Kevin Rourke, national account manager for Arlon, attended the event and was …

No Fiber Left Behind: a campaign for domestic textile recycling from Martex

July 12, 2011

Martex Fiber Southern Corp. (MFSC), Spartanburg, S.C., has unveiled its new campaign, “No Fiber Left Behind™,”to stress the importance of ZERO Landfill and support the idea that waste reinvention is possible in the U.S. Dr. Steven Chu, U.S. Secretary of Energy, sums up Martex’s new credo by stating that “Going forward, we want to see …

TMI announces advanced order tracking for real-time access

July 11, 2011

Representatives from TMI, LLC announced the implementation of an advanced order tracking system that provides customers with real-time access to orders placed and processed through TMI’s preferred freight carrier, C.H. Robinson. Orders can easily be tracked through computers, smart phones and tablets. Customers may use TMI’s order tracking system by logging onto www.TMI-PVC.com and clicking …

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Cooley Group names new president

Cooley Group has named Dan Dwight as its president and chief executive officer. Dwight, will be responsible for driving the overall performance of the company. Prior to joining the Cooley Group, Dwight provided strategic, operational and financial leadership to companies at varying stages of development and to private equity and venture capital firms, with 17 …

ATNT 2011 in Coimbatore, India, Dec. 15─17

July 6, 2011

The 7th edition of the international conference, “Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwovens and Technical Textiles” (ATNT 2011), will take place in Coimbatore, India, from December 15—17. The ATNT conference originated in 2004 through the efforts of Lubbock-based Texas Tech University and has grown in significance over the years, now attracting more than 200 people from …

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Webinar: Flammability Standards for Fabric Graphic Applications

July 5, 2011

Members of the Fabric Graphics Association welcome you to participate in a “free” to members webinar on Tuesday, July 19 at 11:00 AM EDT. The webinar, “Flammability Standards for Fabric Graphic Applications,” will discuss FR Codes that will keep your clients and your projects from being challenged by fire marshals and other regulatory agencies: NFPA …

The Hemp Chair

July 1, 2011

Designers inspired by new technical materials and lightweight mass-production techniques brought unique products to Material Vision 2011, a trade exhibition for product development, design and architecture. German product designer Werner Aisslinger combined renewable raw materials (hemp and kenaf fiber) and the water-based thermoset binder Acrodur® to create a natural fiber monobloc (one-piece) chair that made …

Sails in space

[Marshall Space Flight Center] Huntsville, Ala., U.S.A. NASA’s nanosatellite NanoSail-D began its slow descent to Earth in April after successfully orbiting the Earth’s upper atmosphere for 95 days since deploying its 100-square-foot sail on Jan. 20. One of its missions has been to test it for possible use in de-orbiting decommissioned satellites and space debris, …

U.S. military specification MIL-PRF-20696

Compiled by Juli Case We’re looking for a small quantity of fabric to MIL-PRF-20696, Type II, Class 1. We need it in the color 36231 and we’d really like to only buy one roll. Any idea where we can get it? MIL-PRF-20696 is a U.S. military specification that describes waterproof and weather-resistant fabric. Type II …

Printer enables customization

The Tx400-1800D on-demand digital direct-to-textile and transfer sublimation printer enables the user to adjust the ink volume that is jetted by the print head according to the type of cloth and design. This makes possible printing different color depths to achieve special design effects, while reducing ink cost. Uses newly developed low vapor inks, and …

U.S. Congress pressed for research funds

Fourteen trade organizations representing textile industries co-signed a letter requesting the U.S. House of Representatives to support $5 million for competitive textile research in 2012. The group appealed to U.S. Representatives Howard Coble (R-N.C.) and Larry Kissell (D-N.C.) to seek funding through the House Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations subcommittee. Competing textile industries in Europe …

Fabric inflatable for re-entry

[ILC Dover] Frederica, Del., U.S.A. Research continues in the Inflatable Re-entry Vehicle Experiment (IRVE) project, using the technology to bring spacecraft safely back to earth. The inflatable structure is made of lightweight, high-temperature ceramic fabric—a material that is generally very fragile. Cliff Willey, program manager of space inflatables for ILC Dover, says the fabric must …

Rexine material

Compiled by Juli Case What is a ‘rexine’ fabric? A rexine is an artificial leather material. Originally, Rexine was the registered trade name of a particular brand of artificial leather fabric that originated in Europe. In the same way that some brand names come to refer to a general product category (think Xerox for copy …

Efficient trimmer

The new Sinclair Textile Super Trimmer is a compact, energy efficient cutter with the option of a heated rotary blade to seal the cut edge and prevent fray. Material edge guides and laser guide lighting help to position the material for precise cutting. With control of blade speed, it can handle a variety of substrates …

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The right stuff for printing ink

Shortages of critical raw materials used to manufacture printing ink are elevating ink prices, and the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers Inc. (NAPIM) wants its members to know why. NAPIM is issuing a series of bulletins covering raw material supply chains and the availability of key ingredients and current costs. The raw materials used …

Shear comfort

Consew, Carlstadt, N.J., now offers German-made Kretzer Scissors Model 75525, a lightweight ergonomic scissor with soft, comfortable handles that will cut effortlessly through heavy leather. Made of high-grade surgical steel that keeps the cutting edge sharp—and sharper, longer—it has a powerful knife-edge blade with one blade serrated for a more accurate cut without material slippage. …

M1 FR specification

Compiled by Juli Case We have an FR certificate that states the fabric meets M1. What cert is that? We’re guessing that, if M1 is the only FR specification certification that your fabric has, that it originates in Europe. M1 is a classification that comes from NF P92-503, a French flammability specification written by AFNOR. …

Affordable laser scanner

Revware, the developer of CAD-driven concept-to-product engineering software and manufacturer of the MicroScribe® portable measurement system, has added the Skiron™ laser scanner to its metrology product portfolio. Produced by Kreon Technologies, Skiron laser scanners are compact scanning attachments designed specifically for MicroScribe 6 degree of freedom (6DoF) digitizers, enabling metrology professionals to more rapidly and …

EDANA celebrates 40 years

The European Disposable Association formed in 1971 to represent 70 companies serving the nonwovens and related industries. Forty years later, the association (renamed EDANA in 1973) represents 220 member companies in 30 countries by “protecting and actively promoting the common interests of nonwovens and their related industries.” Among its focus areas are sustainability, consumer research …

Single-action grommet setting

George N. Jackson Ltd., Winnipeg, Manitoba., Canada, offers a line of self-piercing grommets and setting equipment to eliminate the time-consuming and costly process of pre-cutting holes for grommets. The brass, self-piercing grommets work with specially designed dies to cut the hole and set the grommet in a single action. Sizes can be easily changed. SOURCE …

Riviera fabric

Compiled by Juli Case I use Riviera fabric—can either side be used as its face? Riviera is a vinyl composite fabric produced by Herculite Products Inc. for the marine industry. We went to them with your question and were told that, yes, it is important to install the fabric correctly. Riviera is designed to have …

Pneumatic-powered grommeting

New on the market this summer, the 4KGW grommet machine from Edward Segal features pneumatic power and fewer moving parts, which provides a higher level of reliability in feeding grommets and washers, and more simplified maintenance. With a flexible platform for use as a pedestal, bench or mobile machine, it’s well suited for any application …

Chemical permeation test approved

Clothes designed to protect workers from chemical hazards must successfully prevent the harmful substance from permeating fabric and coming into contact with skin. A new American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) international standard provides directions in using a computer program, the permeation calculator, to analyze data following a permeation test to determine if the …

Lightweight cutting consistency

New in 2011, the HSG-0 Electronic heat cutter from HSGM USA, Duncan, S.C., has a circuit board in the housing instead of a transformer, which has decreased its weight to just 14 ounces, and with 120 watts, it offers consistent heat in the blade. Well suited for cutting and sealing the edges and ends of …

Vadney Clips

Compiled by Juli Case Where can I get Vadney Clips? A Vadney Clip is a piece of hardware used in the marine canvas industry. It’s made of plastic and folds in half to fit in a boat windshield, and also has an insert for a screw stud for snap-on covers. We found it at the …

Heavy-duty sewing

The AMS-224EN is a computer-controlled cycle machine with an expanded sewing area. Designed for medium- to heavy-weight pallet clamp operations for multiple pattern sewing, this high-speed machine also offers a memory capacity of 20,000 stitches per pattern with high seam quality. Safe and easy to operate, it features electronic, programmable tension control, a programmable control …

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Airbag technology hits the roof

Airbags save lives, and side-curtain and other specialized airbags impress safety-conscious car buyers. Now airbag technology has hit the roof; auto-parts supply company TRW Automotive will roll out a roof airbag in a mini-compact European car in 2014. Airbags deployed from the roof replace dashboard airbags, allowing car designers to free up space in the …

Unique webbing cutter

The HKP-H hand-held hot cutter for up to two-inch-wide webbing, cord and hook-and-loop projects provides straight, even cuts by pushing the cutting blade down into the webbing, rather than dragging it across it. Available with separate attachments, such as a curved blade and three tip sizes for grommet setting, sold separately from the handle and …

End cutter creates less selvage, more savings

The Heavy Duty Falcon end cutter from Eastman Machine combines the power of the Cardinal 548 round knife with a heavy duty ball bearing skate and rigid track system. It can be attached to any type of cutting table with an easy-to-use clamping bracket, and it has a “quick-lift” device that allows for manual spreading …

Integrated cutting machine

The new Autometrix Advantage cutting machine offers highly integrated electronics, smart button user interface and dual-tool cutting head in a less expensive flatbed machine. With simplicity in mind, it’s both easy to use and maintain, and comes with PatternSmith software, the complete vacuum table base and pump. Smaller tables can be ordered as a kit …

NCTO elects chairman and directors

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) represents the entire spectrum of textile sectors in advocating domestic trade and policy that supports U.S. companies. During the eighth annual NCTO meeting in May, members elected William L. Jasper, chairman and CEO of Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C., as chairman for the trade organization. His first duty was …

Trim remover

The Vicar Door Trim Remover from Vicar International Inc., Union, N.J., is designed for heavy duty construction. With extra-long length, forged hardened-steel shank and easy-grip plastic handle, it’s well suited for use in automotive, marine and upholstery applications. SOURCE Vicar International Inc.

Large-space ventilator

Unlike high-volume, low-speed ceiling fans, Schaefer’s 72-inch BIGDOG® ventilator moves a lot of air at high speed for efficient and effective summer personnel cooling in shop and warehouse environments. With a variable speed motor, the BIGDOG can cool a 7,000-square-foot area. Also effective for moving heated air down from the ceiling for dramatic heat savings …

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Printer offers custom metallic color

Roland has introduced the VersaStudio BN 20-inch metallic, eco-solvent printer/cutter, combining the versatility and advanced features of Roland’s latest inkjet technology into a compact, desktop, affordable device. Integrated print and cut technology allows VersaStudio to contour cut graphics without additional die-cutting equipment. VersaStudio can be configured with Eco-SOL MAX in either CMYK only, or with …

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Tyvek® printer list authorized

DuPont™ Tyvek® Graphics has identified a network of wide-format printers skilled in working with Tyvek media—and ensuring that Tyvek is recycled and reused. The Wilmington, Del., chemical giant has approved 17 companies as part of its LifeCycle Based Solutions Authorized Printer Network, to “help select the right style of Tyvek to meet each customer’s unique …

Pinking machine

The Model 12P Swatch Boss portable sample cutting and pinking machine from Sewmaster Inc., Hinton, W.V., has an all-steel, rust resistant assembly, double guide-ruled tables and extra wide work plates. Accurate cutting gauges, adjustable knuckle for cutting penetration of the material and evenly spaced teeth provide ravel-proof samples in minutes. SOURCE Sewmaster Inc.