Brazil’s economy has positive effect on textile, clothing

January 31, 2012

Brazil’s fast growing economy and the population’s buoyant spending have resulted in a large increase in per capita textile and clothing consumption. The increase in consumption has led to a big boost in production, according to a report in the latest issue of Textile Outlook International from the business information company Textiles Intelligence. Between 2005 …

Sanitized TH 22-27 antimicrobial treatment for freshness, sustainability

January 30, 2012

Sanitized TH 22-27 antimicrobial treatment promotes freshness and sustainability Sanitized AG, the worldwide leader in antimicrobial hygiene protection, is releasing an improved version of Sanitized® TH 22-27 to the North American market. This antimicrobial treatment was developed as a hygienic textile finish used especially on synthetic and wool fabrics with direct skin contact and that …

Dispute resolution webinar

January 27, 2012

Hear from an expert on international commercial law, Steven M. Richman, Esq., partner with Duane Morris LLC, as he discusses how to attempt to minimize disputes—and deal with them expeditiously—in international transactions. Topics will include: arbitration versus litigation different concepts of privilege and lawyers how to deal with documents and privacy issues and issues unique …

Pfannenberg introduces new industrial sounder

January 26, 2012

New sounder design promotes quick installation, safe assembly and efficient operation. Pfannenberg, a worldwide leader in thermal management and signaling technology, has introduced PATROL Model PA 1—a new generation, 100 dB industrial sounder. Audible signaling devices, including sounders, horns, sirens, buzzers and bells, fulfill numerous requirements for alerting individuals of hazardous situations or production problems …

New distributors for Transhield

January 25, 2012

Transhield Inc., Elkhart, Ind., manufactures universal boat covers that protect boats during storage or transportation without damaging paint, plastic or other finishes. The three-layer covers, an alternative to conventional shrink-wrapping, will now be carried by U.S. Distributing from warehouses in Phoenix, Ariz., Portland, Ore., and Missoula, Mont. Transhield announced the appointment of U.S. Distributing as …

Large-scale ink dryer

January 24, 2012

The H6 media dryer printing accessory from Jiaxing Nice Graph Digital & Technology Co. Ltd., Zhejiang, China, handles aqueous printing materials (portrait cloth, adhesive stickers, paper), eco-solvent printing materials and sublimation printing materials. To make larger volume printing jobs more efficient, the heating system can dry ink in only 10-20 seconds, no matter what printer …

Gerber Technology expands to China

January 23, 2012

Gerber Technology, Tolland, Conn., recently relocated manufacture of its computer-automated material spreading systems from Ikast, Denmark, to Shanghai, China, to support customers and facilities throughout the Asia Pacific region. Products slated for Chinese manufacture include fabric and apparel equipment such as GERBERspreaders™ XLs50 and XLs125 models, spreading tables and material-feeding systems. Gerber Technology has been …

Teijin’s Nanofront polyester offers unprecedented 400nm diameter

January 20, 2012

Teijin Fibers Ltd., the core company of the Teijin Group’s polyester fibers business, has decided to commercialize a new version of its Nanofront nanofiber. Nanofront is a high-strength polyester nanofiber with a diameter of 400 nanometers, or 22,500 times smaller than the cross-sectional area of a strand of hair, an unprecedented achievement for a commercial …

Tri Vantage seeks customer feedback on new software

January 19, 2012

Tri Vantage seeks customer feedback on new software for design of marine interior and exterior makeovers Tri Vantage seeks customer feedback on new software for design of marine interior and exterior makeovers Hands-On Demonstrations of System Prototype Debuting at Marine Fabricator National Convention Jan. 20-22 in New Orleans Tri Vantage®, distributor of marine fabrics and …

Needed: presenters, educators for IFAI Expo Americas 2012

Dynamic presenters and panelists are needed for IFAI Expo Americas, scheduled to take place Nov. 6-9 in Boston, Mass., U.S.A. Speakers can gain visibility and recognition as a leader in the specialty fabrics industry, as well as the ability to network with other industry professionals and forge lasting business relationships. Proposals are due February 1, …

Sewing expertise centers from Groz-Beckert

January 18, 2012

When large-scale sewing operations struggle with sophisticated equipment or nagging quality problems, Groz-Beckert® is ready with technical solutions. The sewing equipment company, headquartered in Albstadt, Germany, launched Sewing Expertise Centres in India, Singapore and Sri Lanka to provide consultation on correct needle selection, process optimization, quality assurance, fault analysis and alternative joining processes, among other …

Polyfab USA appoints Tri Vantage exclusive distributor for Triax system

January 16, 2012

Polyfab USA LLC has appointed Tri Vantage LLC as the exclusive United States distributor for the Triax™ system. The Triax system is a method of building a canopy frame able to support shadecloth or waterproof covers for a variety of residential and commercial applications. The heart of the system is the Triax fitting, developed in …

SheerWeave fabrics receive lead-free stamp

January 13, 2012

Phifer Incorporated’s entire line of SheerWeave fabrics is lead free, meeting and exceeding several window covering industry testing standards for hazardous materials. SheerWeave interior sun control products comply with RoHS/Directive 2002/95/EC, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission Section 101 and ANSI/WCMA A100.1-2007 for lead content. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, certain levels of exposure …

Polyfab USA appoints Keyston Bros. new stocking distributor

January 12, 2012

Polyfab USA LLC announces that they have appointed Keyston Bros. as their newest stocking distributor of the POLYTEX® and COMTEX® lines of extra heavy duty fire-rated knitted HDPE shadecloth. Keyston Bros. Phoenix, Arizona branch will be the initial stocking location for cuts and rolls, with an additional distribution branch on the East Coast to be …

Export Control Seminar

January 11, 2012

The U.S. Export Assistance Center in Orlando, Fla. is organizing Export Control Seminar in conjunction with the National Entrepreneur Center and the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security. If your company complies with U.S. export controls (or you are aren’t sure if it should) this is the seminar for you. The seminar …

Lawmakers approve legislation to protect troops

January 10, 2012

Congress included language in the fiscal year 2012 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to eliminate future restrictions on the use of flame-resistant (FR) rayon fiber by the US military. The FR rayon fiber is a critical component in the flame-resistant uniforms worn by American troops in combat. These specialized uniforms provide substantially improved protection from …

New width, color for Phifer SheerWeave fabrics

January 9, 2012

A new Oyster/Pearl Gray color, featuring a soft, airy gray on the face and a crisp white backing, has been added to SheerWeave styles 2701, 2703 and 2705. A convenient new 126-inch width has also been added to these styles, expanding the versatility of the series for fabrication into larger roller shade applications. SheerWeave 2700 …

TenCate markets IED, roadside bomb protection

January 6, 2012

TenCate has announced its cooperation with the Danish company ABDS ApS for the development and market preparation of the TenCate ABDS™ active blast countermeasure system for the protection of army vehicles against improvised explosive devices and roadside bombs. The company will acquire all the shares of ABDS ApS, which will be integrated into the TenCate …

NASA selects firms for inflatable technology development

January 5, 2012

NASA has selected Airborne Systems North America of Santa Anna, Calif., ILC Dover LP of Frederica, Del., and Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company of Littleton, Colo., to support agency inflatable aerodynamic decelerator research and development, including work on the Space Technology Program’s Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) project. Inflatable aerodynamic decelerators are lightweight outer shells …

Council for Textile Recycling launches education initiative for clothing recycling

January 4, 2012

For the first time, clothing brands, retailers, consumers, municipalities, charitable organizations, academics and recyclers are joining forces to promote the recycling of clothing and textiles. The Council for Textile Recycling (CTR) recently released its new website aimed at educating the public on the importance of recycling all clothing and textiles, not just those that are …

Eclipse Awnings on hit show

January 3, 2012

Eclipse Shading Systems®, Orange County, N.Y., manufacturer of motorized retractable awnings, window awnings, exterior and interior solar shades and accessories, was among a group of builders and suppliers selected to help in the construction of a home renovated on the hit show “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.” The episode aired on Sunday, Oct. 17, 2011. The …

GM and Teijin co-developing carbon fiber to reduce vehicle weight

January 2, 2012

General Motors, worldwide car manufacturer, and Teijin Limited, a leader in the carbon fiber and composites industry, will co-develop advanced carbon fiber composite technologies for potential high-volume use globally in GM cars, trucks and crossovers. The co-development pact involves use of Teijin’s innovative carbon fiber reinforced thermoplastic (CFRTP) technology, a faster and more efficient way …

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GAO to study geosynthetics lifecycle

January 1, 2012

Two members of the U.S. House of Representatives, John J. Duncan, Jr. (R-TN) and Frank LoBiondo (R-NJ), have requested the independent, nonpartisan Government Accountability Office (GAO) to study lifecycle costs and benefits of incorporating geosynthetics into pavement projects. “The use of innovative materials in pavements has the potential to help address issues within the pavement …

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Fabrics for printing

Fisher Textiles, Indian Trail, N.C., has introduced new fabrics for printing, including GF 7176 Supreme Knit (pictured). The100 percent polyester is fire retardant and compatible with UV- and dye sublimation printing for photographic back drops, geometric displays and trade show exhibits. 8682 Twilite is Fisher’s newest backlit fabric for dye sublimation and UV printing. The …

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Printable window perforated vinyl

PanoRama Innova 40, a Universal window perforated vinyl, has a Universal Print Liner specifically designed to be compatible with latex, UV-curable, solvent and eco-solvent inks. Innova 40 is made of polymeric vinyl, equipped with clear, semipermanent adhesive. It offers 40 percent open area and a printable bright white front side with black reverse side for …

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Weld fabric to metal

High frequency (HF) welding of PVC and PU fabrics with metal can now be done with the ForFlexx method from Forsstrom High Frequency. 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 products, liquid tanks …

India a top market for U.S. textile exports

In 2010, India’s total textile and clothing exports to the U.S. were $5.38 billion; U.S. exports to India totaled $141 million. Despite the disparity, India is still one of the top four markets for U.S. apparel and textile products, along with The Netherlands, Brazil and Taiwan. The top U.S. exports to India include apparel, yarn, …

High-tech textile products

Bekaert Textiles, Waregem, Belgium, has launched MediTiss® high-tech textile products designed for the healthcare and hospital market, including smart fabrics used in the SensoTiss mattress cover, which can alert nursing staff or a caretaker when a patient leaves his or her bed. Created to optimize bed comfort and focus on the welfare of patients of …

Workholding device

Supply55 Inc. is now offering MediaGRIP™, a workholding device for use in fabricating labels, heat transfer materials and vinyl in the sign, screen and graphic arts markets. Economical and easy to use, the solid, all-steel device assists with cutting media on bi-directional axes, saving on production time. Intuitive design facilitates quick and easy use, installation …

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Banner fabric

Top Value Fabrics offers new direct-for-print banner fabrics. The Premium Textile line has been engineered with a high-quality ink-receptive layer and scratch resistance for color consistency and image sharpness in high-end applications. HP Latex ink is compatible with a wide color gamut. Blockout Silver Back fabric with light-blocking has a satin finish for high-end retail …

Energy scavenger collects electricity

Scientists from Korea and the U.S. have created an “energy scavenger device” that can convert both solar and kinetic energy into electricity. Sang-Woo Kim from Sungkyunkwan University in Suwon, Korea, and his team made the device from piezoelectric zinc oxide and an organic solar cell. Attempts to make multi-type energy devices have struggled with transfers …

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Kathy Schaefer applies science to business

Kathy Schaefer draws on a background in psychology for a smooth and productive workflow. By Sigrid Tornquist “Can you imagine sitting at a sewing machine for eight hours a day?” asks Kathy Schaefer, COO of Glawe Awnings and Tents, Fairborn, Ohio. “I learned to sew this past summer and though I’m not all that good …

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Growth drivers in wide-format market

According to InfoTrends recent forecast projections, revenues for global wide-format aqueous inkjet hardware and supplies are expected to grow 4.2 percent annually through 2015. InfoTrends expects the primary growth drivers to come from market expansion in emerging markets, the continued rapid growth in the durable aqueous segment, and the increasing use of color technical printers. …

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Vinyl graphics take to the street

By Mara Whitten The project. Lunchables wanted to create a buzz around its new fruit combinations with multimedia storefront displays in locations across Chicago, Los Angeles and New York City. The companies. Kraft One turned to the creative agency Razorfish to develop the campaign’s concept. Monster Media , a multimedia company from Orlando, Fla., brought …

Hohenstein laboratory in Hong Kong

Hong Kong is an important hub for the Asian textile market, and the Hohenstein Institute, Bönnigheim, Germany, recognized the opportunity. In December, Hohenstein opened a new test laboratory in Hong Kong. The state-of-the-art facility will offer primarily chemical and physical textile testing, but will also offer testing to determine whether textile products are fit for …

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Engineered fabrics

Suppliers of performance fabrics respond to wide-ranging inventory demands and customer needs. By Jan Brenny There are as many different “performance” fabrics as there are needs in the marketplace. To fulfill those needs as quickly and completely as possible, suppliers collaborate with customers and capitalize on strengths. Performance fabric suppliers range from those that offer …

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Tangerine Tango is color of the year

Pantone LLC announced Tangerine Tango (PANTONE 17-1463) is its color of the year for 2012. “Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red …

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Nice S.p.A acquires elero Group

Nice S.p.A, an Italian-based home automation giant, recently acquired elero Group, a Stuttgart, Germany, manufacturer of control systems for roller shutters, sun awnings and rolling doors. The elero Group has two production plants, nine subsidiaries and a staff of 500. It developed the first tubular motor and other innovative technologies for solar-protection systems. Nice plans …

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Trends in tents

Make the most of today’s tent trends. By Sigrid Tornquist From the structural integrity of engineered structures to the ethereal glow of sailcloth tents, understanding and acting on the latest tent innovations and growth segments can open up new opportunities for tent companies. And while there’s no “right” direction for focusing tent inventory, that doesn’t …

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Aurora joins HP Program

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 in order to optimize the compatibility between HP printers, HP Latex ink and third-party media to ensure image quality across different types of media.  Nine products from Aurora’s Northern …

MarChem CFI expands coating, laminating

Specialty laminating and coating technologies have enhanced the capabilities of MarChem CFI, New Haven, Mo., to improve its services to customers. The company added an advanced coating line that allows applications of water resistant, flame retardant or other surface treatments to a wider range of fabrics and web-based products. The machinery allows MarChem to coat …

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Creatively competitive strategies

Strategies that are paying off in today’s marketplace. By Barb Ernster Competition can be stiff in this economy, but business owners are dealing with it in a variety of creative ways. Some face competition from cheaper products coming from overseas, others from cheaper products coming from the U.S. Although they are feeling pressure to meet …

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Outdoor advertising grows

According to the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA), out-of-home advertising revenues rose 4.2 percent in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the same period a year ago. Total revenue increased from $1.44 billion in the third quarter of 2010 to $1.5 billion in the third quarter of 2011. In the first nine months …

Huizenga lead on DIOLEN® SAFE

FR Safety Yarns GmbH & Co. KG, Deggendorf, Germany, has named Tim Huizenga as technical marketing manager of customer service and product development for DIOLEN® SAFE flame-retardant polyester yarns. Huizenga studied at the University Niederrhein in Mönchengladbach and has worked in the textile industry in sales and customer service at Monforts Textilmaschinen GmbH, senior project …

Using Google Hangouts at work

Google Hangouts enable improved features in real-time, online collaborations. By Tyler Olson and Janet Preus Editor’s note: With the unprecedented success of Facebook as both a social networking site and a business tool, additional interactive sites were sure to follow. Google launched Google+ (also called Google Plus or G+) mid-year 2011 and is already retiring …

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Digital printing innovations

By Jeff Leagon It was just over two years ago when I wrote the first in this series of articles for the magazine. In that first article I mentioned that the typical output speed of digital fabric printing systems was “a few hundred square feet per hour.” I’ve just returned from the International Exhibition of …

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Cooley named 2011 Manufacturer of the Year

The Rhode Island Manufacturers Association recognizes one of its 300 member businesses each year for demonstrated growth and significant contributions to the community. Cooley Group of Pawtucket, R.I., won 2011’s John Hazen White Sr. Commitment to Manufacturing Award. Cooley Group, manufacturer of high-performance commercial fabrics based on sustainable chemistry, has been in business for 85 …

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Geosynthetics play critical role in New Orleans’ levee system

By Angelle Bergeron Geosynthetic materials have figured prominently in providing New Orleans with the best flood protection the city has ever had. “We couldn’t have delivered this work by 2011 without geosynthetics,” says Richard Varuso, deputy chief of the geotechnical branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New Orleans District (USACE/NOD). When Hurricane Katrina …

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25 years of digital printing

By Jos Notermans It’s been 25 years since Stork started developments on digital printing systems for textiles. By the end of 1986, a small project team was formed to study the technology. It confirmed that inkjet was the most probable to replace rotary. Meanwhile, independent market studies projected that by the year 2000, the majority …

Winter’s tale leads to prosthetic WintersGel™

A heartwarming movie about devising a prosthetic tail suitable for a dolphin has helped launch a new material, WintersGel™, that allows human amputees to wear their prostheses longer. The movie, “Dolphin Tale,” focuses on two volunteers at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in Clearwater Beach, Fla., who create a prosthetic tail for an injured dolphin named …