H&V hosts US Senator Charles Schumer

December 30, 2011

At its Easton, New York mill, Hollingsworth & Vose hosted U.S. Senator Charles Schumer as well as State Senator Betty Little, Assemblyman Tony Jordan, and Dr. William Acker and John Cerveny from New York’s Battery and Energy Storage Technology Consortium. Senator Schumer toured the production lines and highlighted H&V’s commitment to Washington County. During 2011, …

Valerie Bursten Window Fashions Scholarship

December 29, 2011

The first Valerie Bursten Window Fashions Scholarship will allow winner Cheryl Henricks, owner of Draperies by George in Chilicothe, Ohio, to take design and sales courses and attend the International Window Coverings Expo in Chicago in 2012. The $6,000 scholarship was established to honor the memory of Valerie Bursten, a veteran executive in the window …

L.B. White announces new website

December 28, 2011

L.B. White Company Inc. has an improved website. Technical support is available around the clock with many online tools including product maintenance videos, technical specification sheets, owners’ manuals for new and older heater models and heat calculators to help you decide the number of heaters needed to heat a space. Visitors to the L.B. White …

NASA selects 85 businesses for award

December 27, 2011

NASA has selected 85 small business proposals to enter into negotiations for Phase II contract awards through the agency’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. The selected projects have a total value of approximately $63 million. NASA will award the contracts to 79 small high technology firms in 27 states. These competitive awards-based programs encourage …

TenCate introduces soil-stabilizing woven geosynthetic

December 26, 2011

TenCate Geosynthetics North America has developed a patented, woven geosynthetic for soil stabilization and base course reinforcement applications when differential settlement occurs due to heaving in the subgrade soils. TenCate Mirafi® H2Ri is a wicking geosynthetic created from high-tenacity polypropylene filaments and wicking filaments woven to provide reinforcement strength and soil interaction integrated with high …

India to produce spandex domestically

December 23, 2011

Mr. Shalendra Vasudeva, general manager of marketing for Indorama Industries Ltd., announced that India’s first plant for spandex will begin production in Baddi, Himachal Pradesh state in February or March 2012. The facility is expected to produce 15,000 tons of spandex per year. India’s current market size for spandex is 6,000 tons per year. India …

Webinar Series: Business Opportunities in Asia for U.S. Companies

December 22, 2011

In preparation for Trade Winds Asia 2012, May 14–22, 2012 in Singapore, Export.gov has developed webinars to introduce business opportunities available in Asia. Questions about the webinars can be directed to Diego.Gattesco@trade.gov. The webinars are part of Trade Winds Asia 2012, an official U.S. Department of Commerce multisector trade mission to be held in Singapore …

Aurora Specialty Textiles member HP Latex Program

December 21, 2011

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. has been named a member of the HP Registered Latex Developer Program (RLDP). In this program, HP partners with media vendors to optimize the compatibility and image quality among HP printers, HP Latex Ink and third-party media. Media solutions locator is found on HP’s website. Nine products from Aurora’s Northern …

Manart-Hirsch announces E-Z Lace Supreme

December 20, 2011

Manart-Hirsch’s E-Z Lace Supreme, a 2-1/8 inches wide, 63 percent solution-dyed polyester/37 perecent solution-dyed acrylic is the perfect substitution for grommets and is up to 25 percent stronger. E-Z Lace features 1-1/4 inch lacing holes woven into the fabric. The 3-inch spacing is durable enough to secure awnings, yet flexible enough to protect bimini tops. …

Huntsman Textile Effects opens facility in Pakistan

December 19, 2011

Huntsman Textile Effects (TE) opened its 13th new 4,000-square-meter Formulation and Distribution Center (FDC) in Karachi, Pakistan. The facility, located at the Landhi Industrial Area, provides a production platform in one of the pioneer industrial states in Pakistan and gives Huntsman further competitive advantage through convenient access and infrastructure. Pakistan represents a fast-growing, dynamic market …

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Aurora Specialty Textiles adds distributor: iMidia Digital

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. added iMidia Digital Technologies Inc. to its distribution network. iMidia has been distributing digital print media for display graphics, point of purchase advertising and photo and CAD reproduction since 2002. The company is located in Florida and distributes its products primarily in Mexico, South America and the Caribbean. The company …

Teijin Fibers to launch RFID smart shelf-management system

December 16, 2011

Teijin Fibers Ltd., the core company of the Teijin Group’s polyester fibers business, has announced that it is commencing full-scale sales of a digital smart shelf-management system incorporating Cell Form, Teijin’s two-dimensional data-communication sheet, UHF radio frequency identification (RFID) reader and compatible tags. Cell Form enables a secure connection to read the RFID identification tag …

Automated Export System compliance seminars

December 15, 2011

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), U.S. Bureau of the Census (Census) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)have teamed up to offer Automated Export System (AES) compliance seminars around the U.S. Upcoming seminars include: El Paso, Texas on December 13, Tampa, Fla. and Washington, D.C. in January 2012; and Savannah, Ga. in March …

Carnegie Fabrics offers two new fabrics

December 14, 2011

Carnegie Fabrics has extended the offerings of its popular “Anthology” line with two new fabrics, Morocco and Riva, and additional colorways for the classic “Wilderness.” The Anthology line marries a luxurious residential sensibility with the highest performance standards in durability and fire retardance. The new group of fabrics expands the appeal and versatility of the …

Huntsman partners with Ramatex for zero discharge of hazardous chemicals

December 13, 2011

Huntsman Textile Effects, Singapore, has announced a strategic partnership with Ramatex Group, based in Singapore, to become the world’s first textile company dedicated to and capable of enabling the brands to deliver the commitments contained in the Joint Roadmap: Toward Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals. Mr. Ma Wong Ching, chairman of Ramatex, commented: “Ramatex has …

Industrial Fabrics Foundation, IFAI announce 2011 student scholarship awards

December 12, 2011

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) student scholarship award winners for 2011 were recently announced at the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Expo Americas 2011 in Baltimore, Md. The scholarship awards provide tuition expenses at an accredited college, university or technical school for students who are interested in a career in the specialty fabrics industry. The …

Drytac introduces tool-free interchangeable graphic display

Drytac has introduced the EZex™, an interchangeable graphic banner display at the price point of an L-frame banner stand. Users simply attach and re-attach an EZex graphic cartridge to the stand’s base foot to change out the graphic. Once the cartridge is clicked into the base, the graphic can then be pulled up and hooked …

Sunbrella® fabrics recognized in ‘Best of Year’ awards from Interior Design Magazine

December 9, 2011

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC, makers of Sunbrella® fabrics, was honored by the inclusion of its fabrics in three award winners at the Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Awards on Dec. 1 at the IAC Building in New York City. The awards were for categories of work including Healthcare Textiles for its Day Dream …

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Drytac introduces tool-free interchangeable graphic display

December 8, 2011

Drytac has introduced the EZex™, an interchangeable graphic banner display at the price point of an L-frame banner stand. Users simply attach and re-attach an EZex graphic cartridge to the stand’s base foot to change out the graphic. Once the cartridge is clicked into the base, the graphic can then be pulled up and hooked …

ATNT international conference in Coimbatore, India, Dec. 15-17, 2011

December 7, 2011

The 7th edition of ATNT (Advances in Textiles, Machinery, Nonwovens and Technical Textiles) international conference will be held in the textile city Coimbatore, India, from Dec. 15th to 17th, 2011. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, will co-organize ATNT 2011 with the Kumaraguru College of Technology in Coimbatore. More than 125 papers spanning the entire textile …

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IFAI Expo Asia 2012 postponed

December 5, 2011

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced in a Dec. 1 press release the postponement of its second IFAI Expo Asia in Singapore. The release said that due to the uncertainty of the completion of construction at the Suntec Center, and the continuing softness of the global economy, it will postpone its Expo Asia 2012 …

New “Octopus” polyester fiber from Teijin Fibers Ltd.

December 2, 2011

Teijin Fibers Ltd., the core company of the Teijin Group’s polyester fibers business, has developed an unprecedented polyester fiber with a unique, highly modified cross-section with eight projections aligned in a radial pattern around a hollow fiber. The new fiber, named Octa after its octopus-like appearance, offers rapid sweat absorption and drying, low weight, heat …

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Targeting competition with tension structures

December 1, 2011

The London 2012 Organizing Committee for the Olympic Games (LOCOG) finished one of its last arenas in November, a temporary shooting and archery facility in Woolwich, England, located at the Royal Artillery Barracks. An estimated 104,000 spectators will watch rifle, pistol, shotgun and archery competitions featuring both Olympic and Paralympic athletes. Visitors will be protected …

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Exploring aerospace for long-term growth

The aerospace and aeronautics markets can offer long-term rewards for risk-taking fabricators. By Jill Lafferty Following the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, astronaut Richard Hauck, commander of the first shuttle flight after the Challenger disaster, explored the idea of risk taking in an article in Air & Space magazine: Given the two disasters, is space exploration …

IFAI names Mary Hennessy interim executive vice president

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has appointed Mary Hennessy as its interim executive vice president effective immediately. This follows the announcement by IFAI Board Chairman Peter McKernan on Oct. 24 that President/CEO Stephen Warner is stepping down from his post. Hennessy has been with IFAI for 23 years, and most recently held the position …

Keep profitable customers

And let go of those that aren’t By Mark E. Battersby Most business owners or managers know whether the business is profitable. Not all of them, however, are aware that some customers simply don’t make money for them, or not enough money to warrant the amount of services demanded, or provided. The solution is simple …

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Certifying sustainable printing options

The Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP) provides sustainability certification to the printing and graphics industry, and leading companies such as HP, Durst Image Technology, Top Value Fabrics and DuPont support the nonprofit organization’s goals. Printers need to offer environmentally friendly options for clients focused on sustainability, and SGP has established industry standards and the opportunity …

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Graphics applications expand the potential for nonwovens

By Janice Kleinschmidt Bravo TV celebrity and maternity clothing designer Rosie Pope joined forces with Procter & Gamble to interpret summer 2011’s hottest trends for babies in a line of Pampers Limited Edition prints, and Huggies introduced its own line of denim-look diapers. Both collections are a far cry from the ho-hum white diapers of …

Self-cleaning cotton kills bacteria, fights pesticides

University of California Davis (UC Davis) researchers have developed a self-cleaning cotton fabric claimed to kill bacteria and break down toxic chemicals when exposed to light. The work was funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Jastro Shields Graduate Research Fellowship from the UC Davis College of Agricultural …

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Temporary basketball arena for the London 2012 Olympics is a winner

By Mason Riddle Faster than you can yell “foul,” sports venues are shooting up in London’s Olympic Park in anticipation of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games. This past June, the Olympic Basketball Arena, one of the largest temporary sports venues built, was the fourth structure to be completed more than a year before the …

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Digital fabric printing booming in Europe

Mainland European nations developed screen printing for outdoor flags and banners more industriously than other markets and have embraced digital fabric printing technology because of its ability to turn a profit on lower volume print runs, according to Brook International, a supplier of fabrics to flag makers and digital printers. New digital printing machines caught …

New agendas for NECPA

Performance fabrics recycling is at the top of the new president’s list. As the new president of the North East Canvas Products Association (NECPA, Zone 1), Scott Massey has set performance fabrics recycling at the top of his agenda. He has already begun to pursue this mission through his awning fabrics cleaning business, in cooperation …

Insect-repellent plastics and textiles studied

The Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation co-sponsors the INSEPLATEX project, coordinating efforts of three private technology research centers to find textiles and plastics that incorporate insecticidal effects. Tecnalia, Leitat and Aimplas, all located in Spain, are incorporating specific biocides that repel urban pests into certain textiles and plastics. Successful bug-repellent products would be of …

Prevailing wage

Compiled by textile professionals I’m in California and need to know what the prevailing wage is for awning installation. Can you advise me? Prevailing wage is something that is used in bidding on public works-related projects, to make sure the wage you’re paying your staff is comparable to what the majority of workers doing similar …

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Creating harmony with ECM membrane

Hanwha Polydreamer, Seoul, South Korea, has a dream job: creating five themed plazas at the 2012 International Exhibition in Yeosu, South Korea, an event expected to attract an estimated 8 million people from 103 countries. The event, held to create harmony among the earth, ocean and global ecosystems, will have enormous visibility, as will ECM, …

Women- or minority-owned businesses

Compiled by textile professionals We’re applying for a grant and need to show how many women/minority owned businesses there are in the sewn products industry. Can you tell us where to look for that information? Special programs or consideration are sometimes given to companies that are women- or minority-owned. The U.S. Census Bureau does a …

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Fabric pieces provide distinctive signage and wayfinding

[Eventscape Inc.] Toronto, Ont., Canada “World Alive,” a new exhibit in the Museum at Discovery Place Inc. in Charlotte, N.C., celebrates earth’s biodiversity through diverse habitats filled with live species, hands-on labs, photography and objects. Eventscape Inc. created eight printed fabric pieces to provide distinctive signage and wayfinding, which wraps around the exhibit area. The …

Animal products in materials

Compiled by textile professionals We’re being asked by our client to certify that the filters we make for them don’t contain any animal products. We use an unfinished woven cotton fabric that we source from India. Would there be any animal products in that type of fabric? A fabric that is sold as unfinished, or …

Kevin Yonce outlines his leadership strategies

Kevin Yonce, IFAI’s new chair, identifies three goals to strengthen the specialty fabric industry’s leading association. By Sigrid Tornquist “I was taught early on in my experience with volunteer leadership that you should have between three and five goals in order to be effective,” says Kevin Yonce, MFC, IFM, CPP, newly elected chairman of the …

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Bold fabric graphics installations create brand presence

[Flying Colors Inc.] Berkeley, Calif., U.S.A. The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl football games at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., provided the ideal platform for Tostitos to promote the launch of their all-natural product line on a grand scale. Flying Colors Inc. created a fun and festive brand presence with bold fabric graphics installations …

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Printer for productivity

Mimaki USA Inc. presents a new generation of large-format textile inkjet printers for improved productivity. The TX400-1800D offers a grid roller transport system; the TX400-1800B has a belt carrier system. Choose among four-, six- or eight-color printing with sublimation dye, reactive dye or acid dye inks with smooth gradations. Continuous printing is possible without operator …

Moss Inc. website updated for real browsers

When musing about form and content for an exhibit, event or display, nothing helps more than seeing photo galleries of creative marketing solutions. Moss Inc., a Chicago-based provider of tensioned fabric structures, display hardware and printed graphics, recently launched its new and improved website with bold and bright color, comprehensive information about all of Moss’s …

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Sesame Place tower wrapped in banner fabric

[KSK Visual Ingenuity] Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. KSK Visual Ingenuity has begun pursuing new areas of business it would not have considered a few years ago and is offering creative consulting to help customers find innovative solutions. This UV gloss-laminated vinyl around the tower at Sesame Place theme park in Langhorne, Pa., proves the flexibility of …

Weld-free framing

The Triax system, flexible and easy to use, is a method of building a frame to support waterproof covers, allowing installers to create individual and customized designs for tensioned covers. Tension is contained within the frame, minimizing the stresses on supporting structures. Because it fits standard galvanized pipe, the new design eliminates the need for …

‘Textile Field’ invites viewers to recline for the sublime

The Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, London, England, invited French designers Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec to help celebrate the London Design Festival by transforming any V&A gallery space they chose with an installation. The Bouroullecs selected the Raphael Court, a cavernous space displaying seven grand-scale Raphael “cartoons” that the 16th century Renaissance painter created as …

High frequency welding method

High frequency (HF) welding of PVC and PU fabrics with metal is now easily done with the ForFlexx method from Forsstrom High Frequency AB, Lysekil, Sweden. The patented innovation can save time and money when producing a variety of products, such as truck and boat covers, tarpaulins, tents, fabric structures, pool liners, sunshades, billboards, inflatable …

Seams that perform

From Quality Thread & Notions, two new styles give fabricators needed versatility and performance. QTC “Contrast” T-270 bonded nylon thread is designed for seams that get noticed—bold colors recommended for decorative seat trimming, accent stitching and more. Guardian thread with built-in Microban® antimicrobial protection resists stains, fights odor-causing bacteria, mold and mildew, and helps prevent …

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Marquee design steals the Show

The Showman’s Show, a U.K.-based exhibition of products, services and entertainment for the outdoor and special event world, awards innovative ideas. In October 2011, Custom Covers Ltd., Southhampton, England, introduced a new marquee design, the Cruciform, which can be connected to its other framed structures to create the right configuration for customers’ events. The design …

Coated vinyl meets CPSIA standards

Value Vinyls introduces a new line of 18-ounce PVC-coated vinyl to meet CPSIA (HR 4040) standards. Advantage Sportiva is formulated with DuraGUARD, an EPA-registered antimicrobial agent, and meets standards for phthalates and lead levels. It has achieved high test results for strength and durability and meets all major fire-retardant standards. With a matte finish, it’s …

Fabrication equipment

Asco BV offers a complete range of equipment for cutting and assembling made-to-measure and ready-made roller blinds, roman blinds, sun screens, and awnings, as well as welding equipment, scalloping machines and laser cutting tables. Flexible hand tools include the ultrasonic cutting pen to cut and seal shapes, used to cut on a plate of glass; …