Noise-reducing textiles lead to more comfort

May 31, 2012

The extent to which a textile material has a sound-absorbing effect, and which are the noises that cause wind flow, can now be investigated using acoustic test apparatus at the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, Germany. Hohenstein scientists in the team working with Dr. Jan Beringer, in conjunction with Hochschule Reutlingen and Rökona Textilwerk GmbH in …

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Miller Weldmaster achieves major milestone: services 100 nations worldwide

Miller Weldmaster, a global provider of heat-sealing technology services and machinery for the industrial welding fabric and thermoplastic market, announced today it has reached a major milestone in history of the company. Miller Weldmaster machines now operate in over 100 nations worldwide. “Reaching this major milestone reflects our global commitment to delivering reliable, quality, on-time …

Benefits of bio-based textile enzymes

May 30, 2012

According to an article in just-style.com by Leonie Barrie, the use of bio-based enzymes as an alternative to traditional chemicals in the production of cotton knits can eliminate the need for caustic chemicals, as well as cut water and energy use and overall processing time. Experiments carried out by Cotton Incorporated and DuPont Industrial Biosciences …

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Cooley furthers commitment to sustainability, corporate social responsibility

Cooley strives to lead industry sustainability efforts, better local communities and protect the environment Cooley Group is a designer, developer and manufacturer of high-performance, sustainable, engineered membranes for advertising, chemical containment, military, environmental protection and roofing initiatives. Recently the company announced additional developments that underscore its commitment to sustainability and corporate social responsibility. The developments …

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EFI demonstrates Cretaprint at Ceramics China

May 29, 2012

Electronics For Imaging Inc. (EFI), a world leader in digital printing, will be showcasing EFI Cretaprint at Asia’s leading trade show for the ceramics industry, Ceramics China Guangzhou 2012, May 28–31. The event is expected to attract more than 60,000 visitors and exhibitors from more than 20 countries. Industry analysts project rapid growth in ceramic …

Free SBA/Agility Webinar on NOAA’s hurricane forecast

Presentation and Q & A session: “Protect Your Business this Hurricane Season” A global climate expert from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will share the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast during a free webinar on May 29 hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery. After the weather discussion, disaster preparedness tips will be presented by …

Lake Cycling CX331 road shoe features Outlast materials for increased comfort

May 28, 2012

Outlast Technologies, a leader in heat and moisture management technology, and long-time partner Lake® Cycling have introduced the LAKE CX331 road shoe featuring Outlast® materials in the tongue and heel. The Outlast technology in the shoe will proactively respond to changes in foot temperature to help mitigate moisture—before it begins—for increased breathability and sweat reduction. …

BGF announces development partnership with Innegra Technologies

May 25, 2012

BGF Industries, manufacturer of technical fiber materials for global markets has formed a strategic partnership with Innegra Technologies to develop woven products utilizing Innegra S™ fiber. Innegra S is a structural fiber available that provides toughness in a composite structure while also reducing weight. Innegra S is used in both glass and carbon composites. “We …

BC Place roof replacement features TENARA architectural fabric

May 24, 2012

Case study: retractable roof keep BC Place Stadium patrons protected BC Place in Vancouver, BC, Canada, has been transformed into a year-round, open-air facility with an innovative retractable roof featuring SEFAR® Architecture’s TENARA® architectural fabric. The renovated facility is once again an iconic architectural landmark for the province. Elements of design The most prominent element …

REPREVE program helps Ford customers recycle millions of plastic bottles

May 23, 2012

Ford Fusion hybrid customers can donate to the charity of their choice through the REPREVE® Gives Back program—and help recycle 2 million plastic bottles into the innovative seat fabric of the car in the first model year alone. Unifi’s REPREVE brand of recycled fibers are used in the all-new 2013 Fusion Hybrid, Fusion Energi plug-in …

Nonwoven fabric for growing and plant cover

May 22, 2012

White polypropylene fabric from Zend Nonwoven Co. Ltd. protects vegetables, strawberries and plants against frost, snow, rain, heat and other damage caused by pests and birds, increasing the growing temperature and extending the growing season. Easy to install, it comes in 2 x 10m or 2 x 20m rolls, packed in polybag and labeled. Samples …

New alarm devices improve safety in workspaces and buildings

May 21, 2012

Pfannenberg, a worldwide leader in thermal management and signaling technology, has introduced PATROL Series PA X 5, a new generation of 105 dB(A) industrial flashing sounders. The sounders fulfill numerous requirements for warning individuals about hazardous situations or production problems in factories, water and waste treatment facilities, commercial offices, sports arenas, hotels, and other buildings, …

Teijin’s mass-produced aramid nanofiber

May 18, 2012

Teijin Techno Products Limited, a Teijin group company producing advanced aramid fibers, has announced its development of the world’s first mass-producible aramid nanofiber to offer reliable heat and oxidation resistance together with high quality. Until now, aramid nanofibers have been produced only in laboratories, so this first commercially viable product represents a significant step forward …

Twitchell celebrates 90th birthday

May 17, 2012

In May 2012, Twitchell celebrates 90 years in business. Since 1922, Twitchell has been a leader in quality yarns and fabrics across a variety of industries. The company has grown into a multi-national manufacturer of some of the world’s most innovative fibers, textiles and coatings. Its commitment to its customers hasn’t changed over the years; …

Copenhagen Fashion Summit bonds glamour and sustainability

May 16, 2012

Under the patronage of the Royal Highness Crown Princess Mary of Denmark, the recently concluded Copenhagen Fashion Summit 2012 brought together leading figures from the fashion and textile industry who pursue a common vision of eco-friendly and sustainable business. Once again a huge success, the event—with an impressive roster of speakers and the presence of …

NAFTA webinar series

May 15, 2012

Export.gov presents webinars on the intricacies of NAFTA. A basic overview of NAFTA is the purpose of the webinar on May 16, titled Basic Guide to Exporting: Taking Advantage of NAFTA. More webinars in the near future include: Roles and responsibilities of the importer, customs broker and freight forwarder June 13, 2012; 2–3 p.m. EDT …

SBA offers free live webcasts

May 14, 2012

Town hall and forum topics include social media, exporting and contracting. Small business owners looking for ways to develop their businesses are invited to take part in National Small Business Week’s free networking and educational forums and dialogue with leading business experts during National Small Business Week, May 20-22 in Washington, D.C. The free forums …

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Hikes in raw materials prices hit U.S. and E.U.

May 11, 2012

Textile and clothing import volumes affected U.S. and E.U. textile and clothing import prices rose sharply in 2011 reflecting hikes in raw material prices, according to Issue No. 155 of Textile Outlook International from the global business information company Textiles Intelligence. Between March 2009 and March 2011 the average cotton price rose by 346 percent …

New OEKO-TEX test criteria come into force

May 10, 2012

Certification helpful step towards REACH compliance In early January, OEKO-TEX® proposed criteria and limit values for tests on harmful substances in the textile industry. The test requirements are now part of OEKO-TEX Standard 100 and were implemented on April 1, 2012. The test requirements consider all Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC) from the European …

SBA hosts business matchmaking

May 8, 2012

Linking small businesses with federal contract opportunities during National Small Business Week The U.S. Small Business Administration will host a business matchmaking event allowing small businesses to discuss procurement opportunities with major corporations and federal agencies during National Small Business Week on May 22 in Washington, D.C. The event will give small business owners from …

DSM Dyneema completes new ballistic tape facility

May 7, 2012

DSM Dyneema announces accomplishments at its ultra high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMWPE) fiber manufacturing facility located in Greenville, S.C. DSM Dyneema’s continues its commitment to the defense, law enforcement and civilian protection sectors through life protection innovations that “lighten the load” and increase peace-of-mind protection. Hugh Welsh, President of DSM North America, said, “We are …

Spring commencements go green giving new life to nearly seven million bottles

May 4, 2012

Herff Jones’ Renew Collection to feature graduation gowns made from REPREVE recycled fiber Herff Jones chooses REPREVE®, made by Unifi Inc. to help make spring commencements greener. This year, students from colleges and universities can feel even better about their commencement ceremonies because they will be wearing REPREVE-based graduation gowns. More than 140 colleges and …

AATCC, Textile Research Conference examine sustainability, innovation

May 3, 2012

AATCC and Southern Textile Research Conference examine sustainability, innovation and opportunity Conference takes place May 20-22, 2012 in Pawley’s Island, S.C., USA The American Association of Textile Colorists and Chemists’ (AATCC) Chemical Applications Interest Group is partnering with the Southern Textile Research Conference (STRC) to offer a joint conference May 20–22, 2012 in Pawley’s Island, …

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Graphics installers achieve Avery Dennison Car Wrap Certification

Avery Dennison announced that four graphics installers passed the Avery Dennison Car Wrap Certification exams given in Pompano-Beach, Florida, and Dallas, Texas this year. The certification is a two-part test that includes a written exam and hands-on vehicle wrap installation demonstration. Since launching the program in 2011, over 40 installers across the U.S. and Canada …

Launching a new equipment product?

May 2, 2012

With a focus on the equipment used by end product manufacturers in their shops, the July issue of Specialty Fabrics Review offers an especially good opportunity for equipment manufacturers to provide potential buyers with information about their new products. Part of this special feature issue will be devoted to new equipment, tools and accessories available …

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Wide-format photo graphic completes exhibit

May 1, 2012

A dyesub printed skin was fitted after the exhibit had shipped—only possible due to accurate patterning and expert design and stitching teamwork. By Bruce N. Wright The story behind the “Range of Light” exhibit for outdoor equipment retailer The North Face is nearly as dramatic as the image depicted on a centrally located fabric backdrop. …

No more U.S. “zeroing” on EU exporters

The European Commission and the U.S. have settled a long-standing dispute concerning a practice called ‘zeroing’ that the U.S. uses to calculate duty rates for products that are dumped on the market at below-market prices. Zeroing is a calculation method that led to higher duties for EU exporters, despite the method being found inconsistent by …

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Fabrics for banners and displays

Part of the Northern Lights collection, TENT is a fire-retardant, 100 percent polyester capable of standing up to harsh weather. Well suited for outdoor tent structures, it can be sublimation printed. VC Poly Banner Light, a woven polyester, is polymer coated for solvent, UV and latex printing. It offers a sheer, elegant look for indoor …

Multipurpose canvas made from polyester spun yarn

MultiTex C220, a multipurpose canvas made from polyester spun yarn, is suited for fine art reproduction, indoor displays, wall murals and other art décor applications. It can be used with solvent, eco-solvent, UV and latex printing. SOURCE Ultraflex Systems Inc.

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Sales success 101

By Arnold Sanow There are many ingredients necessary for success in sales, regardless of the market your business serves. Here are eight keys to help you achieve your sales goals. 1. Determine the wants and needs of your customer first, then work backwards to develop the product or service.Many times we make the mistake of …

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Airbag inflators: go light, go green

When a vehicle crash triggers an airbag, the chemical reaction that inflates the bag blows out waste particles and gases. Autoliv Inc., Stockholm, Sweden, has found a better way to inflate airbags. Autoliv’s new inflator uses hydrogen and oxygen with inert gas to inflate the airbag, which produces water vapor when it deploys, a much …

Upholstery fabrics inspired by jazz music

Using Diolen®Safe yarns, Backhausen’s new JAZZ collection features upholstery fabrics inspired by jazz music legends. Diolen Safe is fire retardant and abrasion resistant, combining color fastness and luminance for fabrics suitable for use in public areas such as hotels, hospitals and offices. SOURCE Backhausen Interior Textiles GmbH

Vinyl trilaminate for outdoor applications

Sun & Sea vinyl trilaminate is a flame-retardant, easy-to-clean product for awnings, canopies, boat tops, covers and tarps. Featuring contemporary embossing over matte, it comes in 15 colors and is mildew resistant. SOURCE Vicar International

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Self-adhesive wall covering

Top Value Fabrics’ self-adhesive fabric wall covering is PVC-free and has an inkjet receptive layer for vibrant prints. The 4-ounce material prints on a variety of printers including UV, solvent, eco-solvent, latex and screen. The wall covering is easy-to-print, eco-friendly and installs easily on flat surfaces and simple curves. SOURCE Top Value Fabrics

Researchers seek funds for Husker fiber

Corn-husk fiber may be the next big thing in sustainable textiles, if two research scientists at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln have their way. Professors Michael James and Yiqi Yang have developed“Husker fiber” into a prototype sweater, but require millions of dollars in capital to develop hundreds of pounds of the fiber for manufacturers to test …

Vinyl-coated mesh for various applications

VCM High Visibility vinyl-coated polyester mesh is a highly visible, lightweight, breathable fabric for safety and protective apparel, warning signs, fencing, and barrier tape or traffic signage. Also available in neon green. VCM FR with Biocide Additives is a flame-retardant, vinyl-coated mesh for health care applications that require excellent mildew resistance. SOURCE Bruin Plastics Co. …

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Creating a brand

Your company, and your products, should have a distinct identity for your customers. By William J. Lynott Take a moment and think of one of your favorite brands. Whether it’s a professional product for use in your business or a favorite personal product, chances are you chose it because you’re comfortable with it; you have …

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Latex printers

Mimaki Engineering Co. added two new latex printers to its JV400 product line. The JV400-130/160LX latex printer supports six colors, plus white. An ink circulation system prevents pigment sedimentation and reduces the need for manual ink cartridge circulation. A minimum dot size of 4 picoliters and the ability to use variable sized ink dots provides …

Knitting wearable technology

Garments made of fabric embedded with technologies such as flexible circuitry, antennas and power sources will revolutionize life in the 21st century—once methods to manufacture those wearable products can be harnessed. An agreement between Genevieve Dion, director of Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Philadelphia, Pa., and Shima Seiki USA Inc., …

High tensile mesh for heavy-duty applications

PVC Coated Mesh, a 100 percent polyester, is rot resistant and heat sealable. A flexible, high tensile mesh, it can be used in windscreens, truck covers, diver bags, pool covers and shade cloth. PVC Fabric, available in 18 or 40 oz., can withstand temperatures as low as minus 30. Well suited for heavy-duty applications, such …

Profitable opportunities in safety and technical markets

An IFAI survey shows increasing profit potential in the safety and technical markets. By Jeffrey Rasmussen The safety and technical clothing industry plays a crucial role in the protection of firemen, police officers, military personnel, construction workers, miners and industrial workers. Concerns for general worker safety, including protection from death and disabling injuries and illnesses, …

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Eco-friendly printer

Graphics One’s GO EcoMax 44 printer uses SEPIAX resin inks to print graphics on nearly any substrate, including coated and uncoated medias. SEPIAX inks are water-based and free of eco-solvents, HAPs and SVHs. The printer uses GO OT stretchable transfer film, which transfers bright, colorful graphics onto light and dark fabrics. The printer comes with …

The future for smart textiles

According to the latest issue of Performance Apparel Markets by Textiles Intelligence, Wilmslow, U.K., smart textiles and wearable technology are poised for rapid growth, if key issues with power sources and laundering can be resolved. Internet-savvy younger users want connectivity, speed and multiple-function communication options. The aging population will benefit from wearable technology that monitors …

Performance textiles suitable for indoor and outdoor settings

Chella’s new pale performance textiles, Click Track, Coco Tweed and Spiral Matelasse, are 100 percent solution-dyed acrylics that are lightfast, mildew and stain resistant, and machine washable. Suitable for upholstery, draperies and pillows in both indoors and outdoor settings, and available in several new pastels. SOURCE Chella Textiles

IFAI Canada Honours Program 2012 winners exemplify quality craftsmanship

IFAI Canada Honours Program 2012 winners exemplify quality craftsmanship IFAI Canada Honours Program 2012 winners exemplify quality craftsmanship Each year at IFAI Canada Expo, the Canada Honours Program winners for the year are announced. The program recognizes the best and latest in design and manufacturing in the Canadian specialty fabrics industry, with entries judged on …

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Printable substrates

Ultraflex Systems Inc.’s DSS Pro blockout banner material is printable on both sides. With its low-curl formula, the material is ideal for roll-up banner stands, POP and indoor hanging graphics. Pole Banner Pro is a fire-rated, heavy-duty blockout banner material for two-sided applications. MultiTex C220 fine art canvas is a 100-percent polyester fabric that can …

Body armor sales survive budget cuts

A new report by Visiongain, a London-based provider of industry and business intelligence, indicates that military body armor and personal protective gear will be a $1.07 billion market in 2012, despite defense budget cuts planned by many nations, including the U.S. “An underlying desire and responsibility to provide the best protection to military personnel will …

Banner material and wallscape solution

Blox-Lite® Chrome is a metalized, moisture-resistant banner and sign material compatible with sewing, grommeting, double-face tape, Velcro® and suction cups, for hanging signs, banners, posters, front-lit displays, and window and tradeshow signage. EnviroScape Mural® Plus! HD-Textured, a heavy-duty wallscape solution, provides a sustainable option for wall, window and rigid surface installations, and with a textured …

An energy-efficient military

A joint hearing in Washington, D.C., examines energy issues. With gas prices near record highs across the country, U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) held a joint hearing on March 27, 2012, to examine how U.S. armed forces are working to diversify the nation’s fuel supply and become more energy efficient, and …

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Direct disperse printing fabric

Fisher Textiles added DD 2300 Satin and DD 7908 Suede (FR) to its line of fabrics for direct disperse printing. The 100-percent polyester DD 2300 is a high-sheen, lightweight satin. The fabric is 4.3 ounces per square yard and 72-inches wide. DD 7908 Suede is a brushed tricot knit, 100-percent polyester fabric that passes NFPA …