First Line Technology awarded U.S. Army contract

April 27, 2012

First Line Technology, LLC, the 2012 National Defense Industrial Association Small Business Success Story Winner, announced that the company was awarded a contract for Joint Sensitive Equipment Wipes (JSEW) from the Army Contracting Command in support of the Decontamination Family of Systems Program. The JSEWs from First Line contain FiberTect®, an activated carbon wipe for …

ACASPA has a new name: the Specialised Textiles Association

April 26, 2012

Australian Canvas and Synthetic Products Association has changed its name to Specialised Textiles Association. Association manager Ana Drougas says the name change will have minimal day-to-day impact on members. Email or website addresses have changed as follows: Ana Drougas, association manager ana@specialisedtextiles.com.au Mina Geremia, member and events coordinator mina@specialisedtextiles.com.au General enquiries office@specialisedtextiles.com.au Website: www.specialisedtextiles.com.au The …

Srixon uses Teijin’s Nanofront for Pro Tour golf gloves

April 25, 2012

Teijin Fibers Limited, a Teijin Group company, announced that it is supplying Nanofront high-strength polyester nanofiber for the palms of Srixon’s new Pro Tour golf gloves. The gloves (Srixon GGG-S005) are made and marketed by SRI Sports Limited, a major sport equipment manufacturer in Japan, and available in golf shops nationwide. This season the gloves …

OMNOVA’s R&D facility receives Ohio Chemistry Technology Council award

April 24, 2012

OMNOVA Solutions’ Global Technology Center (GTC) in Akron, Ohio received a 2011 Award for Excellence in Environmental, Health, Safety and Security (EHS&S) Performance from the Ohio Chemistry Technology Council (OCTC). The awards recognize effective, vital and sustainable programs that have resulted in measurable enhancements to company performance, and the commitment to working in close collaboration …

Teijin partners with China Chemical Fibers Association

April 20, 2012

Teijin Limited is partnering with the China Chemical Fibers Association (CCFA) to pursue business opportunities in the fields of chemical fibers and related industries in China. This is the first time for the CCFA to enter into a comprehensive alliance with a foreign private business. Under the basic agreement, collaborations between Teijin group companies and …

JTE introduces new bonding, cutting machine

April 19, 2012

JTE introduces the new SM-450-SA, a custom unwinding, hot air bonding and laser cutting solution for multiple-roll industrial fabrics. The machine integrates three motorized unwinding systems, a conveyor cutting machine with a twin conveyor belt, two hot-air welding heads that transform up to three separate rolls into a single sheet, and twin CO2 lasers to …

AATCC launches Textile JobSite

April 18, 2012

Internet jobs board and career center for the international textile industry The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) is offering a new online employment service: Textile JobSite. Valuable for both textile companies looking for talent and textile professionals looking for work, Textile JobSite is free for job seekers and lists textile positions around …

Conference on European business opportunities for U.S. companies

April 17, 2012

Focus on the aerospace/defense and medical sectors “Europe: Your Gateway to Trade Opportunities” This one day conference will focus on the European economy and business opportunities for U.S. companies, with a specific focus on the aerospace/defense and medical sectors. During this conference European regional experts will discuss topics that include market entry strategies, export financing, …

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Fisher Textiles announces Opak Poplin back in stock

April 16, 2012

Fisher Textiles, a supplier of fabrics for digital printing, announces Opak Poplin for dye sublimation and UV printing is now produced in house and is back in stock. Opak Poplin is a three-layer material consisting of two pieces of style 6248 Poly Poplin bonded to a 100-percent lamination film sandwiched in the middle. The film …

Teijin’s new fabrics for uniforms: cool in summer, warm in winter

Fujifilm adopts the antistatic, recyclable fabrics for 50,000 work uniforms Teijin Fibers Limited, the core company of the Teijin Group’s polyester fibers business, announced that it has developed new polyester fabrics for work uniforms with enhanced properties that enable facility operators to conserve electrical power in workplaces. The new fabrics, to be marketed by Teijin …

IFAI seeks board candidates

April 13, 2012

The annual “Call for IFAI board candidates” from the Industrial Fabrics Association International was sent to the association’s voting membership on Monday, April 9. Applications are due May 28, 2012. In June, the IFAI board’s Leadership Development Committee meets to consider the qualifications of the candidates. In July, the association’s membership is notified of committee’s …

Fabric Graphics Workshop

April 12, 2012

Learn what it takes to begin printing in your company; increase profitability with a printing revenue stream. Fabric Graphics Workshop Tuesday, July 17, 2012 9 a.m–4 p.m. Mimaki Headquarters Newton (Boston), Mass. Who should attend? End product fabricators from the marine, awning, tent, tarp, fabric graphics, banner and flag markets who want to increase profitability …

DSM Dyneema appoints Atkins & Pearce as Premium Distribution Partner

April 11, 2012

DSM Dyneema has appointed Atkins & Pearce, Inc., a U.S.-based supplier to the technical textile industry, as a Premium Distribution Partner for North and Central America and Mexico, effective immediately. Atkins & Pearce will market and distribute ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber manufactured by DSM Dyneema and provide customers in the United States, Canada, …

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Fabric Graphics Workshop

Learn what it takes to begin printing in your company; increase profitability with a printing revenue stream. Fabric Graphics Workshop Tuesday, July 17, 2012 9 a.m–4 p.m. Mimaki Headquarters Newton (Boston), Mass. Who should attend? End product fabricators from the marine, awning, tent, tarp, fabric graphics, banner and flag markets who want to increase profitability …

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IFAI seeks board candidates

The annual “Call for IFAI board candidates” from the Industrial Fabrics Association International was sent to the association’s voting membership on Monday, April 9. Applications are due May 28, 2012. In June, the IFAI board’s Leadership Development Committee meets to consider the qualifications of the candidates. In July, the association’s membership is notified of committee’s …

W. L. Gore & Associates launches new website for protective fabrics

April 10, 2012

W. L. Gore & Associates Inc., has launched a new website that features multimedia demonstrations (videos and animations) to illustrate the science behind Gore’s fabric technology. There is also an improved customer support section, detailing how to buy, care for, and repair Gore fabrics. The Fabric Solutions section of the site includes a full description …

Safe from prying eyes: opaque materials’ decency rating

April 9, 2012

Objective evaluation of opacity of clothing and technical textiles Textiles are meant to maintain decency in many areas of life. On the other hand a certain level of transparency is actually wanted for materials used for clothing, curtains, scaffold sheeting or exhibition stand elements. The scientists at the Hohenstein institutes offer support to clothing manufacturers, …

Glen Raven launches Concept Gallery with special event

April 6, 2012

Customers, trade partners share ideas for global innovation Glen Raven launched its new Concept Gallery with a two-day special event that focused on the latest thinking concerning global innovation. More than 40 Glen Raven customers and trade partners took part in the event at Glen Raven’s corporate headquarters, attending keynote addresses and workshops and sharing …

TenCate Advanced Composites launches app for composite products selection

April 5, 2012

TenCate Advanced Composites launched its first iPad app at the 2012 JEC Composites exhibition in Paris, France. This app focuses on the aerospace and industrial advanced composite product line of TenCate. The new iPad app is available for download to all users through the Apple iTunes Store. The app will also be available shortly on …

Hong Kong International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair

April 4, 2012

The U.S. Department of Commerce’s U.S. Commercial Service has granted Trade Fair Certification status to the Hong Kong Trade Development Council International Medical Devices and Supplies Fair taking place May 7-9, 2012 at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center. Join an HKTDC-hosted show floor reception, and industry/ government briefings. U.S. Commercial Service support may include …

Tri Vantage opening Seattle distribution center

April 2, 2012

Tri Vantage, a distributor serving the awning, marine and furniture industries, is opening a Seattle distribution center that will focus on expanded service throughout the Pacific Northwest. The Seattle center is scheduled to begin operations on April 16, 2012. The new 15,000-square-foot center is located in the Southcenter South Industrial Park in Tukwila, Wash., just …

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Creating the future of textiles: Developments in medical textiles

April 1, 2012

Medical textiles meet the growing need for protection and comfort in health care apparel. By Ben Favret What are the newest, most exciting or intriguing developments in the industry in advanced textiles? Active barrier protective fabrics are a game changer for medical textiles and a tremendous leap forward because they provide vital protection to health …

Opus Roof Blanket and geotextiles from Propex

Opus® Roof Blanket can replace felt paper and plastic sheeting as a roofing underlayer. Offering a tear-free guarantee, it provides safer walking traction, has superior fastener retention, is stable in high heat and can be exposed for 30 months. For use with many roofing materials, including metal, tile and asphalt. PERC™, made from 100 percent …

Heart valve replacements on fiber frame

Dyneema Purity® fiber technology from Royal DSM NV, Heerlen, The Netherlands, will serve as a support scaffold for a prototype heart valve replacement developed by the University Medical Center (UMC) of Utrecht, The Netherlands. Dyneema Purity’s polymeric biomaterial features properties that make it a promising foundation for artificial heart valves that must remain in the …

New textile effect

Adaptive, a new textile effect from HeiQ, allows fabrics to effectively read and respond to the wearer’s body temperature and moisture levels, offering dynamic moisture control and thermoregulation for greater wearer comfort. The technology is based on a unique hydrofunctional polymer with moisture transport properties that change in response to temperature. Adaptive transports and releases …

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Volvo Ocean Race participants enjoy inflatable venue

An inflatable venue by AirClad offers the Volvo Ocean Race followers a place to hang out. By Jan M. Brenny PUMA®, the sport and lifestyle company, wanted a practical and high profile venue when it enlisted Inflate Products Ltd., a U.K.-based manufacturer of inflatable fabric pods, cubes and domes, to design a temporary structure for …

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Grand Cayman and Aqua Gun: marine upholsteries from Rochford

Nautolex Grand Cayman, finished with easy-to-clean protective PreFixx, is a durable marine upholstery fabric. Resistant to staining, abrasion, and scuffing, it is suited for both indoor and outdoor marine applications. Aqua Gun, solution-dyed 840 denier polyester, combines the fade resistance and softness of acrylic with the strength and weather resistance of polyester. Offered in multiple …

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BMW invests in carbon fiber plant in U.S.

Lightweight cars sporting nonwoven carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) components are achieving new records in fuel consumption and performance. BMW has entered a joint venture with SGL Carbon SE, Wiesbaden, Germany, to build a state-of-the-art carbon fiber manufacturing plant in Moses Lake, Wash., to use exclusively for BMW’s new i3 vehicle, set for launch by …

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Downloadable color control

Downloadable software color palettes for Arlon’s Series 2100 Opaque Cast Vinyl and Series 2500 Translucent Cast Vinyl Film are now available from the manufacturer’s website at www.arlon.com/ColorPalettes. Designed to work with software programs Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, Corel Draw, Flexi and SignLab, the palettes will help designers to show the Arlon vinyl colors they’re using …

Cooley’s awning fabrics; heavy-duty urethane for deep water spills

Weathertyte® awning fabric is now available in 54- and 60-inch widths, as well as standard 74-inch, making it compatible with large format printers. The waterproof, textured fabric can be used in awnings, canopies, flags and banners and provides the look and feel of a woven fabric. PermaBoom is a heavy-duty urethane fabric engineered for containing …

WeatherMax outdoor fabrics now more eco-friendly

WeatherMax fabric is now more eco-friendly. The new HydroMax finish uses C6 chemistry; traditional C8-based finishes have detectable amounts of PFOA, a carbon-chain solvent used in non-stick cookware. Recyclable and breathable, Weathermax is guaranteed to retain its color for a minimum of five years and is well suited for marine, awning and other outdoor applications. …

Specialty Textiles Inc. receives expansion grant

In Kings Mountain, N.C., city council members awarded Specialty Textiles Inc. (STI), a local textile goods manufacturer, a $15,000 grant to support its planned expansion in the community. The expansion will bring an estimated 62 new jobs and $5 million in taxable investment into Kings Mountain. Mayor Rick Murphrey cited Kings Mountain assets, such as …

Fiber replicates look and feel of natural sod

EasyTurf®’s Revolution fiber uses a state-of-the-art process that closely replicates the look and feel of natural sod. The supple softness of the fibers is made possible by 11 exterior and seven interior ridges crossing the width of the blade, allowing the fibers to flex, twist and rebound like natural grass blades. State-of-the-art polymer formula creates …

Covin’s Sundown 100 percent solution-dyed acrylics

Sundown 100 percent solution-dyed acrylics for boat covers, bimini tops, awnings and other outdoor products are made to withstand the sun’s rays for a long period of time. Its tightly woven surface also offers improved water repellency, and a “beefier” hand makes it easier to sew without puckering. Now in more than 50 solid colors …

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Sattler presents Nautex products, PVC-coated fabrics

Designed for boat covers, Nautex coated vinyls includes PVC-coated Oceanic 613, treated to offer protection against UV radiation and adverse weather conditions. Available in three colors. Covermaster 697 is PVC-coated on one side of a tightly woven polyester base fabric. Waterproof to more than 1,000mm, it is lightweight for easier handling and available in 12 …

Eastman buys Solutia

Solutia, a performance material and specialty chemical company based in St. Louis, Mo., was spun off from Monsanto in 1997, struggled with legacy liabilities until it filed for Chapter 11 reorganization in 2003, emerged from bankruptcy in 2008 and earned $243 million in 2011. The business goes into its next transformation in 2012, as it …

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Fabrics for printing

Rolled products in 5-meter widths for versatile printing include the appealing, highly translucent PVC-free, recyclable HEYblue® digitex® heylux backlit indoor textile for solvent, eco-solvent, UV and latex inks, as well as HEYblue digitex flexible, an acrylate-coated polyester fabric that is extremely stretchable and tear-resistant, and shows brilliant printing results. Applications include flags, billboards, banners, trade …

Docril’s 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic

Docril® is a 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic fabric for quality awnings and canopies, marine fabrication, casual furniture and automotive applications where durability is required. Docril uses Teflon® in the finishing process, which protects the fabric by creating a barrier for water repellency, delaying dirt adherence. Will not reduce the air permeability and is not perceptible …

SSM combines flame-resistance, moisture management in cotton

Apparel fabric Pro-CFR® with TransDRY™ combines flame-resistant, lightweight cotton with the patented moisture management provided by TransDRY™. Available in an assortment of brilliant, bright colors, it is a comfortable, breathable solution for T-shirts and henleys. SOURCE SSM Industries Inc.

NCTO: TPP agreement should exclude Vietnam

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement will put at risk hundreds of thousands of related apparel jobs in the Western Hemisphere that depend on U.S. textile exports, said Cass Johnson, president of the National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) in testimony before the U.S. International Trade Commission in March. Vietnam has subsidized its textile and apparel …

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EPT XTRM Ply geomembrane products

EPT XTRM™ Ply geomembrane products are offered in a full range of polymers such as polyester, polyether urethanes, TPO polypropylene, PVC and ethylene interpolymer alloy (EIA). Available as reinforced membranes or sheeting, they can be used in a variety of applications including potable water storage and protection, coal ash liners, retention ponds, canal liners and …

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Roadway reinforcement product from TenCate

Mirafi® RS580i is an orange roadway reinforcement product that uses dual layers and uniform openings to provide consistent filtration and drainage. Utilizing high tensile modulus properties, it is suited for base course reinforcement and subgrade stabilization of roads, runways and haul roads, and it works well on soft foundations for linear support. Mirafi H2Ri is …

ITMF reports global production figures

The International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) has published its State of Trade report for the third quarter of 2011, and production of yarn and fabrics increased over the previous quarter. Global yarn production increased because of higher output in Asia (particularly in China) and South America, despite lower yarn production in Europe and North America. …

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Sunbrella Clarity offers low-maintenance

Sunbrella® Clarity offers low-maintenance attributes designed for the commercial awning industry. The fabric maintains the performance characteristics of traditional Sunbrella awning fabric but makes maintenance of hard-to-reach commercial applications easier. New technology keeps fabric looking like new with a finish that stays active for years. A photoactive ingredient eats away at accumulated grime, while a …

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High Point outdoor fabric collection from Tri Vantage

The High Point collection has expanded to include six new fabric groups, each featuring a graphic pattern that can be complemented with coordinating stripe, textured and solid options. High quality, performance acrylic, High Point decorative fabrics are well suited for use with marine interiors, cushions, scatter pillows and indoor and outdoor furniture. SOURCE Tri Vantage

Parker joins Miller Weldmaster

Peter C. Parker has been named marketing manager for Miller Weldmaster, Navarre, Ohio, a leading provider of heat press pre-sealing technology services and machinery. His new role will include global brand development, product positioning, segment marketing, marketing communications, customer development, business research and strategy. Parker formerly served as marketing manager for Vox Mobile, a managed …

Force field: fabrics from Graniteville

Force FR vinyl-coated polyester is designed for use in military soft-sided shelters. Fire, UV and mildew resistant, it can be used in utility or electric safety shelters, umbrellas and canopies. It’s also available in mesh and several colors. Force FR Semi is a lower-weight fabric that offers increased flexibility and tensile strength and requires coating …

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Nano-fabric design wins 2012 Young Architects Program at MoMA PS1

The winners of this year’s Young Architect Award, sponsored by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and MoMA PS1 exhibition space, will introduce “Wendy” to the world this summer. MoMA annually offers architects the chance to develop creative designs for a temporary, outdoor installation that provides shade, seating, water and a sustainability component. This year’s …

Stalder CEO of Sanitized AG

Sanitized AG, a provider of antimicrobial and protective treatments for textiles and plastics, recently named Urs Stalder its new CEO. The company, based in Burgdorf, Switzerland, appointed Stalder, a 20-year veteran in Sanitized AG management, to pursue a strategy focused on innovation, development of new technologies and strengthening current comprehensive services. In his previous role …

Natura: vinyl textile from Herculite

Natura™, a high-performance vinyl textile, is fire resistant, waterproof and heat sealable. Well suited for awnings, it looks like woven cloth on both sides. Riviera Marine Fabric™ has an inner core, woven from high tenacity polyester yarn. Resistant to coldcrack, tear, rot and UV rays, it’s also colorfast and waterproof. It is well suited for …