Coated fabrics forecast from MarketResearch.com

February 29, 2012

A 20-page report, “Freedonia Focus on Coated Fabrics: United States,” analyzes the U.S. coated fabrics sector for 2005 and 2010, with projections for 2015. MarketResearch.com produced the report, which covers market size, product and market segmentation, trade, environmental and regulatory issues, technology, industry composition and much more. Product segments include non-rubber-coated fabrics, rubber-coated fabrics and …

Oeko-Tex Standard 100 certification webinar March 7, 2012

February 28, 2012

International Oeko-Tex® Association presents a free webinar meant to boost textile professsionals’ confidence in meeting stringent international requirements; ensuring products are free from harmful levels of dangerous substances; keeping product standards up to date. The webinar will take place March 7, 2012 at noon EST. The webinar will review the Oeko-Tex® certification process and discuss …

YNFX predicts nylon, polyester supply, prices

February 27, 2012

The Yarns and Fibers Exchange (YnFx), Bombay, India, recently launched two reports that forecast market trends and prices in the polyester and nylon supply chains. The reports provide price forecasts on the fifth of each month and estimate prices for the quarter and year’s end in Asia, the U.S. and Europe. YNFX plans to look …

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group receives sustainability award

February 24, 2012

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, Inc. (ASTG) received the 2012 Specialty Graphics Imaging Association (SGIA) Sustainability Recognition Award for the second consecutive year. SGIA created the Sustainability Recognition Awards to recognize member companies that develop a sustainable business ethic, requiring a strong commitment from the company’s management and workforce. Awards are based on submission of required …

Eastman and ExactFlat software reduces bottlenecks in tent and awning industry

February 22, 2012

Eastman and ExactFlat software reduces bottlenecks in tent and awning industry Eastman Machine Company, industry leaders in the industrial fabrics cutting system market, teams up with Tri-D Technologies Inc., makers of ExactFlat 3D-to-2D CAD flattening software, to create a new product called ExactFlat Tent & Awning Engineer. “We have seen a dramatic increase in sales …

Supply55’s carbide Premium Cutter Blades and Blade Holders

February 21, 2012

Supply55’s carbide Premium Cutter Blades and Blade Holders Supply55, Inc. a leading provider of unique value added products to the sign, screen and graphic arts market is pleased to announce the release of Precise Carbide Premium Cutter Blades and Blade Holders for vinyl cutters and digital printers. Precise Carbide Premium Cutter Blades are manufactured from …

Rachel Lessne wins AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award

February 20, 2012

Rachel Lessne wins AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award Rachel Lessne is this year’s recipient of the AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award. Lessne was chosen for her holistic business approach and practices in achieving social, economic, as well as environmental, sustainability. Lessne opened Green Envy Eco Boutique, combining her “love of the earth with a passion for fashion.” …

Teijin launches China’s first closed-loop recycling for uniforms

February 17, 2012

Teijin launches China’s first closed-loop recycling for uniforms The Teijin Group announces the first program in China for collecting and recycling used uniforms. The uniforms will be recycled using Teijin’s Eco Circle, an environmentally friendly closed-loop system incorporating the world’s first technology for the chemical recycling of polyester, which Teijin Fibers introduced in 2002. The …

United States to plant 13.63 million acres of cotton in 2012

February 16, 2012

United States to plant 13.63 million acres of cotton in 2012 A survey by National Cotton Council (NCC) released February 11, 2012 projects a decline of 7.5 percent in upland cotton acreage compared to 2011, amounting to 13.34 million acres in 2012. Extra-long staple (ELS) acreage is expected to decline by 6.4 percent from the …

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Brent Nussbaum named applications sales engineer at Miller Weldmaster

Miller Weldmaster Corporation provider of heat-sealing technology services and machinery for the industrial welding fabric and thermoplastic market, announced Feb. 15 the appointment of Brent Nussbaum as applications sales engineer. In his new role, Nussbaum will support the Miller Weldmaster international distributor sales channels as well as the company’s automated equipment products and services. Since …

Forsstrom iQ used to analyse and optimize HF welding production

February 15, 2012

Forsstrom iQ used to analyse and optimize HF welding production In February 2012 Forsstrom launches the new software “iQ Real Time Monitoring System” with the purpose of monitoring and increasing efficiency in high-frequency (HF) welding departments. Forsstrom iQ users are constantly informed about the HF welding department by a graphical user interface. The software also …

2012 IFF Innovation Award competition begins: deadline July 12

February 14, 2012

2012 Industrial Fabrics Foundation Innovation Award competition begins: deadline July 12 Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) has announced the beginning of the competition for the 2012 IFF Innovation Award. The specialty fabrics industry encompasses some of the most innovative companies in the world, and the IFF Innovation Award honors the achievements of the manufacturers whose innovative …

China’s textile and clothing industry set for growth

February 13, 2012

Despite a number of challenges, China’s textile and clothing industry is set for further growth, while its competitors suffer declines as a result of cutbacks by retail buyers, according to a recent issue of Textile Outlook International from global business information company Textiles Intelligence. Although the Chinese textile industry faces rising costs, an aging population …

Trade Winds Asia Forum, May 2012

February 10, 2012

As an official U.S. Department of Commerce conference and multi-sector trade mission, the Trade Winds Forum offers connections to business opportunities in Asia. Singapore will be the host city for Trade Winds Asia. Attendees will participate in a focused business development conference highlighting opportunities and challenges in this region; access business networking events with leading …

Phifer outdoor furniture fabrics receive GREENGUARD certification

February 9, 2012

Phifer Incorporated announces the entire collection of Designed Fabrics has achieved certification by the GREENGUARD Environmental Institute (GEI) for superior indoor air quality performance. Designed Fabrics have also been certified as meeting the more stringent GREENGUARD Children and Schools standards for commercial use. The Designed Fabrics collection joins a host of other Phifer insect screening …

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Arlon and Mutoh America sponsor GOA 2012 Vehicle Wrap Center

Arlon Graphics and Mutoh America team up for the fourth year in a row to sponsor the Graphics of the Americas Vehicle Wrap Center featured at the GOA tradeshow in Miami, FL on March 1–3, 2012. Arlon will be featuring DPF 6000XRP, a 2-mil cast film with X-scape technology and Series 3220 Gloss Cast overlaminate …

AATCC holds 2012 International Conference

February 8, 2012

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists’ 2012 International Conference will be held this year at the Hilton University Place in Charlotte, N.C., March 21-23. The conference will feature three educational tracks which mirror the Association’s interest groups: Chemical Applications, Concept 2 Consumer (C2C) and Materials. The Chemical Applications track will address new advances …

Five specialty fabrics industry student scholarships available through IFF

February 7, 2012

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) is offering five scholarships to specialty fabrics/technical textile industry students. The importance of college and vocational training has been the core of IFF’s mission, and a hot button news story this past week in President Obama’s State of the Union address and in his speech Friday at the University of …

Oeko-Tex webinar on environmentally responsible textile manufacturing

February 6, 2012

The International Oeko-Tex® Association will offer a free online presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 15, at noon EST to provide information on the Oeko-Tex® Standard 1000 certification for eco-friendly textile production facilities. This webinar is offered free of charge to textile products manufacturers, brands, and retailers and members of the media. To register, please email Dina …

Huntsman Textile Effects, CNTAC to join forces

February 3, 2012

Huntsman Textile Effects (HTE), Singapore, China, will join forces with the Chinese textile industry to increase the sustainability and quality of products made in China for the global textile market. HTE signed an agreement with the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC) in November 2011 to help with two initiatives to improve economic and …

Eyes in the sky

February 2, 2012

Airships, widely used before the 1940s for controlled motor-powered flight, gave way to fixed-wing aircraft early in the history of human flight. The early airships’ slow speed, large size and inability to maneuver made them cumbersome, and hydrogen gas made them highly flammable. Times change, however, and so did airships. Aeros, a Montebello, Calif., company …

Textile mill profits down, but not under

February 1, 2012

During the 2008-2009 recession, many U.S. textile mills went into the red for a few quarters. In 2011, “all of the anticipated textile and apparel profit numbers look to remain solidly in the black,” according to Robert S. Reichard, economic editor for textileworld.com. Earnings in 2011 have been dragged down by the increased cost of …

Energy efficient blanket

HDT Global’s Expeditionary Energy Efficiency (E2) line includes the Radiant Barrier Blanket, an expeditionary shelter accessory that creates an additional thermal barrier, increasing a shelter’s insulation capability. In hot climates, it helps the shelter cool faster and warm slower, reducing environmental control unit (ECU) run time by 75 percent. In cold climates it helps the …

Fall in global cotton production predicted

The International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), an association of governments in cotton-producing countries, is projecting global cotton planting to contract by 8 percent and production to decrease by 6 percent to 25.1 million tons. The sharp decline in prices in 2011-2012, from recent record highs in 2010-2011, has made cotton a less attractive crop to …

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Geomembranes offer high performance

With the EPT Xtrm Pl geomembranes from Engineered Polymer Technologies (EPT), Hillside, N.J., fabricators can reduce the number of seams needed and still maintain high product performance. Suitable for potable water storage and protection, coal ash liners, retention ponds, land fill and solid waste containment, tunnel and canal liners, fuel and water storage tanks, flexible …

PIA recognizes best workplaces

Printing Industries of America (PIA) recognizes graphic arts companies for outstanding human relations efforts that contribute to successful workplaces with the Best Workplace in The Americas awards. The 2011 awards went to 14 “Best of the Best” and 19 “Best Workplace” companies, which range in size from small businesses to multi-plant operations. “The program is …

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Ken Robinson’s commitment to employees pays off

Ken Robinson leverages economics and human resource strategies to increase productivity. By Sigrid Tornquist “One of the most universally disliked classes I took while pursuing my MBA at Tulane University was one about human resources,” says Ken Robinson, president of Engineered Textile Products Inc. (ETP) in Mobile, Ala. “But even while I was taking the …

Asia dominates Q2 global yarn production

The International Textile Manufacturer’s Federation (ITMF) reports that global yarn production rose 12.1 percent in the second quarter of 2011, due to higher output by Asia and, in particular, China. While yarn production in Asia increased by 13.9 percent, all other regions decreased. Production fell 7.3 percent in South America, 6.5 percent in Europe and …

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Fabrics in entertainment

Specialty fabrics play an important supporting role in live entertainment applications. By Jamie Swedberg The world of textiles used in theater applications can seem foreign, even to companies that produce and work with specialty fabrics. Part of what makes it daunting is the jargon: It’s easy to feel like an outsider when you don’t know …

Somfy Systems’ TaHomA™ system wins 2011 Excite Award

Somfy Systems Inc., a leading manufacturer of radio-controlled motors for interior and exterior window coverings, was recently awarded a 2011 EXC!TE Award from Custom Retailer Magazine for its Total Home Automation System, TaHomA™. The innovative, Z-Wave®-based home automation solution allows consumers to control, schedule and supervise their Somfy-powered window coverings, lighting and thermostats; the system …

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Photovoltaic fabrics add energy in design

Photovoltaic fabric structures add function to form and energy to aesthetics. By Janice Kleinschmidt Power is literally in the hands of today’s fabric structure makers—and the forecast looks bright for any fabric-related business that looks to the sun for advantage. “I think every fabric product manufacturer in the future is going to be selling power …

Energy-enhancing fibers: You wear it well

What if clothes or bedding improved oxygen levels in the body, stimulated healing, improved athletic performance, balanced body temperature or improved the quality of sleep? Fibers, yarns and fabrics containing Celliant®, a patented technology developed by Hologenix LLC, Newport Beach, Calif., may help users recycle their own electromagnetic energy. Five clinical trials back up the …

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2012 State of the Industry

A recessionary mindset in the global economy stalled the U.S. and global economic recovery in 2011, but the U.S. economy is projected to improve in 2012, fueling an uptick in demand in the U.S. specialty fabrics industry; Europe’s debt woes are expected to constrain growth worldwide while China seeks growth in its domestic economy. By …

Luiten joins Futureguard

Futureguard Building Products Inc., Auburn, Maine, recently added Landon Luiten to its sales team to increase sales of NuImage and Bel-Aire brand awnings in the western states. Luiten brings extensive experience in direct sales, installation and service of Futureguard awnings as a former dealer. He has a B.S. from Eastern Washington University.

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Re-tooling online reviews

New tech provides an added punch. By Joe Dysart New free tools from Google™, Bing™ and Twitter™ are making it virtually effortless for businesses to solicit a positive review from a satisfied customer—and then instantly redistribute that review to the customer’s online social circles. The technology, essentially a recommendation button that is clicked to indicate …

Corsentino wins Hazel Hays Award

Each year at the Exhibit Designers and Producers Association (EDPA) Annual Conference, the Hazel Hays Award is given to recognize significant contributions to the exhibit industry. Charlie Corsentino, chairman, president and CEO of Moss Inc., Chicago, Ill., won the 2011 award for his 20 years of leadership in the industry. Among Corsentino’s accomplishments, both before …

Meeting unique challenges in the safety and protective fabrics market

IAA projects show the range of applications in the safety and protective fabrics market. Applications with demanding safety and protection requirements represent a highly specialized niche in the industrial fabrics world. IFAI’s annual International Achievement Awards recognized two companies in the 2011 competition for unique projects completed for NASA programs Rocket engine ventilation A&R Tarpaulins …

Factors constraining growth in the U.S. market

By Jeff Rasmussen Despite encumbrances to growth, the U.S. economy is recovering, due in large part to unprecedented stimulus measures, but the rate of expansion began to moderate in the second quarter of 2010. Unfortunately, the level of GDP growth falls far short of the 3.5 percent rate economists say is needed to reduce the …

Young to lead DAK Americas

Jorge Young has been with DAK Americas LLC, a Charlotte, N.C., producer of PET resins and polyester fibers, since it was first established in 2001. In January, he was named president and CEO of DAK Americas, building on his work to achieve tremendous growth in the company’s PET resin business. Young’s promotion follows the retirement …

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Towering in fabric

City officials in Teichland, Germany, wanted an icon and landmark for a future recreation area. By Jan M. Brenny Build it and they will come. That’s the impetus behind the construction of an 18-story, fabric-enclosed observation tower near the village of Teichland, Germany, about 60 miles (100km) southeast of Berlin. The tower, completed in July, …

American Colors, Inc. appoints thermoset sales agent

American Colors, Inc., a custom color house serving the plastics and coatings industries, recently appointed North Coast Chemical Sales as sales agent for thermoset composites. “I am excited to put my years of sales experience in the thermoset composites market to work for American Colors, Inc.,” said Marty Holden, owner of North Coast Chemical Sales. …

Martin joins WeatherMax sales

Growing up in coastal South Carolina, Jamie Martin became an avid boater and fisherman, comfortable in marine environments. He has joined Safety Components Fabric Technologies Inc., Greenville, S.C., as sales and marketing representative for WeatherMax, an engineered polymer product for marine, awning and other outdoor fabricating markets. Martin holds a degree from Clemson University and …

Berry Amendment updated

A two-and-a-half-year industry push in Washington D.C. ends in success for U.S. military tent suppliers. By Ruth Stephens and JoAnne Ferris At a time when President Obama and his administration are on a new mission to repatriate American manufacturing jobs, the U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) recently scored a small victory for the textile industry …

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Shade provided for pilgrims

Millions of pilgrims flock to the mosque in Medina al-Munawwarah, Saudi Arabia, each year as part of Hajj, the fifth pillar of Islam, a religious pilgrimage to Mecca and other holy sites that must be carried out by every able-bodied Muslim at least once in his or her lifetime. The Muslim lunar calendar is shifting …

Fabric illuminates art, diffuse daylight

[Transformit] Gorham, Maine, U.S.A. A new wing at the North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, N.C., makes unprecedented use of daylight through an unusual system, which provides even illumination free of shadows and without excessive ultraviolet light. The one-story building’s roof was covered with hundreds of identical skylights; below each skylight rests a polymer sheet …

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Removable film

DPF 4300 opaque matte white calendered film with removable adhesive is a multipurpose clean removable film for easy-on and easy-off application. New from Arlon Graphics, it offers flexibility and high opacity for covering previous graphics up to three layers. Offered in rolls 54 inches wide and 50 yards long, DPF 4300 also provides good resistance …

Artist renders “Patience” in netting

Artist Janet Echelman’s first visit to Phoenix, Ariz., left her “mesmerized by the broad, open sky… the shock of desert winds, whirls of dust, the crash of lightning, and that luminous blue turning to violet and orange, then velvety blue-black.” Recreating her vision took time, teamwork and meticulous planning. The resulting 145-foot aerial sculpture, “Her …

Textile ceiling panels create ribbons of light

[Eventscape Inc.] Toronto, Ont., Canada Eventscape Inc. designed an aluminum-framed, undulating textile ribbon and several framed, textile ceiling panels, wall panels and light boxes for a client that requested a playful, creative office environment. The sinuous atrium ribbon was originally conceived as a metal element, but because the form was so complex to build, it …

Software for workflow

AccuMark® 8.5 is the latest version of Gerber Technology’s pattern design, grading and marker-making software, designed to improve productivity, simplify workflow and generate more accurate material costs. The latest release offers a fresh, new interface and simplifies many day-to-day tasks, including inputting customer orders and planning markers. It also offers improved integration with Gerber’s YuniquePLM™ …

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Making shade while the sun shines: protection from Brisbane’s elements

Humid, subtropical Brisbane, Australia, basks through an average 3,000 hours of sunlight each year, and in this environment, Australia’s Kingscliff-based Fabritecture has it made with the shade. Fabritecture designs, manufactures and installs tensile fabric structures throughout the world; the company won two Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) International Achievement Awards (IAA) at IFAI Expo Americas …