Teijin’s Green Carpet to roll out at Tokyo International Film Festival

September 28, 2012

Teijin Limited announced today that for the fifth consecutive year it has produced an eco-friendly Green Carpet made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles for the ecologically minded Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), which will be held Oct. 20-28, 2012. The Green Carpet is made of Teijin Fibers’ ECOPET recycled polyester fiber, produced from used PET …

NCSU’s Jason Tung awarded TAPPI’s NET Division Scholarship

September 27, 2012

TAPPI’s Nonwovens Engineering & Technologists (NET) Division Scholarship, sponsored by Momentive, has been awarded to Yik Shing (Jason) Tung. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded to encourage engineering students to pursue careers in the nonwovens industry and to develop awareness of the industry. TAPPI’s Nonwovens Engineering & Technologists Division covers the global nonwovens business and includes …

Phifer adds window options with new colors and patterns

September 26, 2012

Phifer Inc. has introduced nearly a dozen new, on-trend patterns and colors in its popular Style 5000 Jacquard line of SheerWeave window covering fabrics. These additions—natural, organic weaves in silky finishes—make a smooth transition into this collection of traditional options in hushed naturals and warm earth tones. The new Style 5000 patterns and colors include …

UL-STR to present two Quality Assurance seminars

September 25, 2012

UL-STR, an independent provider of quality assurance (QA) testing, audit, inspection and responsible sourcing services for the consumer products industry, will present two seminars: “An Introduction to Colour Management, Colour Appearance and Assessment” and “REACh and Chemical Compliance for the EU” on Oct. 10, 2012, at its U.K. laboratories. The training courses are part of …

“Pink Flamenco” umbrellas for charity

September 24, 2012

Santa Barbara Designs® (SBD), Oxnard, Calif., has announced that, effective Oct. 1, the beginning of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it will make a charitable donation for every “Pink Flamenco” umbrella sold through the rest of 2012. Each new owner of a “Pink Flamenco” (or any other color Flamenco), may select a charitable organization, and …

AATCC Textile Testing Workshop scheduled for Dec. 5-6, 2012

September 21, 2012

For professionals responsible for product evaluation, specifications and quality control for apparel and textile materials, the Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop will be held Dec. 5-6 at the AATCC headquarters in Research Triangle Park, N.C., U.S.A. AATCC procedures for evaluating colorfastness and physical properties will be discussed and demonstrated by AATCC staff. Colorfastness tests to …

Polartec®, Norrøna partner with REPREVE® to create 100 percent recycled garments

September 20, 2012

Polartec partner brand Norrøna has announced the release of the 100 percent recycled men’s and women’s /29 warm4 up-cycled jackets, built of Polartec® Wind Pro® fleece made entirely of REPREVE 100 yarn. Polartec uses REPREVE 100 yarn from Unifi for more than 50 percent of its domestic production. The REPREVE yarn was made from recycled …

SBA SizeUp helps business owners research data and analytics

September 19, 2012

Small business owners and start-ups across the country can now take advantage of a new business tool to help them compete and grow. The free tool, called SizeUp, helps businesses identify new customers and compare their performance against other businesses in their industry with data collected from hundreds of private and public sources. GIS Planning …

Inspecting the acoustic properties of textile materials

September 18, 2012

Sound-absorbing functions or the suppression of unwanted noise are often an integral requirement of equipment and clothing for military use. The extent of the sound-absorbing qualities of a material and which noises are caused by wind or movement can now be investigated using the acoustic test apparatus at the Hohenstein Institutes in Bönnigheim, Germany. The …

IFAI Expo 2012 ShowStoppers: You be the Judge

September 17, 2012

This year, as part of our celebration of IFAI’s 100th anniversary, we’re inaugurating a new tradition: the ShowStopper awards. We want to recognize the best of the best new products and services from our exhibitors at IFAI Expo 2012: the most pragmatic and the most innovative; the most effective and the most efficient; the most …

Phifer expands SheerWeave Performance + fabric options

September 14, 2012

Phifer’s SheerWeave Performance + collection has added Style 2500 to the family of high-tech interior sun control fabrics. A 1 percent open basketweave fabric, Style 2500 joins styles 2390 and 2410 in a range that combines the performance of a traditional SheerWeave fabric “plus” the highly reflective properties of a metallized coating. Using the latest …

Cooley Group secures $25 million financial commitment

September 13, 2012

Cooley Group, Pawtucket, R.I., and Webster Business Credit Corp. (WBCC), a division of Webster Bank, have announced that WBCC is providing Cooley with $25 million in new financing. The five-year financing package includes a combination of a revolving credit facility, a long-term note and a capital expenditure line, to be used to further support Cooley’s …

New LEDPOD lighted handrail system from Wagner Architectural Systems

September 12, 2012

Wagner Architectural Systems, Milwaukee, Wisc., has announced the addition of a new component for its illuminated Lumenrail® lighted handrail product group: the Klik System’s LEDPOD. Wagner will be the sole distributor for this product in North America. LEDPOD is an individual LED lighting fixture designed to snap into a 1-1/2 inch to 2-3/8 inch round …

Census Bureau launches business.census.gov to promote the 2012 Economic Census

September 11, 2012

The economic census is the U.S. Government’s official five-year measure of American business and the economy. To encourage response to the 2012 Economic Census, the Census Bureau has launched business.census.gov, which includes videos, fact sheets, story ideas and talking points that business associations, chambers of commerce, media and public agencies can use to get the …

UL-STR to present textiles seminar on selling into China

September 10, 2012

UL-STR, an independent provider of quality assurance (QA) testing, audit, inspection and responsible sourcing services for the consumer products industry, will present a textiles seminar, “China GB 18401—Implications for Selling into China,” on Sept. 19, 2012, at its U.K. laboratory in Reading. The textiles training course is part of an ongoing seminar series on the …

TenCate Geosynthetics Americas receives patent for GEOPORT filling system

September 7, 2012

Within the geotextile tube industry, producing a strong and secure textile injection port system has always proved challenging. Neither the sewn attachment nor the final closing method of the ports has ever been as durable as the textile tube itself. TenCate Geosynthetics Americas has developed a rigid, mechanical injection port system (known as Geoport) which …

On the money: The Rental Show 2013 in Las Vegas

September 6, 2012

The Rental Show, which will be held in Las Vegas Feb. 10-13, 2013, is designed with one thing in mind: helping rental businesses make more money. The 57th annual exposition moves to a new venue for 2013, The Sands Expo and Convention Center, located in the center of the Las Vegas Strip. The new site …

ExpeR+T Area: new format for business interaction

September 5, 2012

The international exhibition for roller shutters, doors, gates and sun protection systems—R+T Russia 2012—invites visitors to take part in the ExpeR+T Area, a specialized b2b forum for industry professionals. The program of the ExpeR+T Area includes the latest market overview and key business cases presented by leading Russian and foreign experts: independent market analysts, representatives …

New SBA platform lets small businesses tell their stories

September 4, 2012

Everyone has a story, and now the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is giving entrepreneurs a new online platform to share their stories and showcase their successful and thriving businesses. SBA has launched “Small Business Owners Speak,” an interactive platform featuring videos by entrepreneurs from across the country who have started or grown a business …

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Geosynthetics restore Gulf Coast

September 1, 2012

A new Duke University study, “Geosynthetics: Coastal Management Applications in the Gulf of Mexico,” details how the emerging geosynthetics industry can create jobs benefitting nearly 200 employee locations in 36 states, including more than 72 in the five gulf states and 24 in Louisiana. Increased investment in ecosystem restoration, flood prevention and erosion control is …

Bantex 10 oz. two-sided curl-free media

Herculite Products Inc. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 528 New: Curl-free media for latex printers. Advantages: At 10 ounces per square yard, the newest product in the Bantex® line features no edge curl, no distortion and no heat-related issues when printing with latex printers. Images print the same on both sides of the product, and it’s …

Mylar Radiant Barrier Liner

Herculite® Products Inc. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 528 New: Radiant tent liner fabric. Advantages: Flame retardant to CFSM, Mylar® Radiant Barrier Liner provides thermal insulation by reflecting radiant heat back out of or into a tent or structure. Blocks up to 95 percent of the radiant energy, and when incorporated with an air gap can …

PaiWrap Easy Tear

Paiho North America IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1946 New: Hook and loop tape. Advantages: PaiWrap Easy Tear tape may be torn off with no cutting required. Unlike traditional plastic ties, PaiWrap can be used to create reusable custom straps. May be used to bundle or wrap cables, wires and other electronics without damaging materials; also …

WT-168 Plotter/Cutter

Carlson Design IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 2060 New: Computer-controlled plotter/cutter. Advantages: Designed for marking and cutting material for ultra-wide textile applications, the WT-168” allows the user to cut complex, engineered shapes with precision, repeatability and speed. Mounts to most level surfaces, and stores jobs, making re-cuts, recovers and repair work fast and easy.

DAF Products supplies industrial fabrics

DAF Products IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1206 What: DAF spacer mesh Why: Flame retardant, polyester and nylon three-ply fabric is available in 3, 5 and 7mm. Ideal for seat cover and cushion applications. What: DAF ultra-top 15-9 opaque Why: Double-polished, clear, reinforced PVC vinyl has 1,000 hours of UV light protection and maintains flexibility and …

JTE Machine Systems offers welding equipment

JTE Machine Systems IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1054 What: SMRE 210-SA Automatic Hot Air/ Liquid Glue Line welder Why: Integrates two technologies on board one automatic traveling line welder, combining ultrasonic, hot air or liquid glue for an all-in-one machine that can weld thermal plastics or acrylics to PVC-based materials. Seams are often invisible to …

Clear vinyls from Robeco suit a variety of applications

Robeco IFAI Expo 2012 Booths: 1235, 1134 What: Clear vinyls Why: Full line of clear vinyls with fire resistance, UV inhibitors, low cold crack, anti-static, mildew resistance, glare-reducing tints and wide widths. For marine use, tent windows, recreational vehicles, welding screen panels and clean room components. SOURCE Robeco

Titan Screens offers retractable systems

Titan Screen IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 2630 What: Titan Screen retractable screens Why: Available in widths up to 21 feet and heights up to 18 feet, the track system allows system tailoring. Offered in various colors and styles, with 80, 90 or 95 percent UV protection. SOURCE Titan Screen

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Grimco to acquire Proveer Sign & Graphics

Grimco Inc. and Proveer Sign & Graphics have a definitive agreement for Grimco to acquire the United States operations of Proveer Sign & Graphics. This acquisition provides Grimco with the opportunity to enhance its product offerings and strengthen its distribution warehouse infrastructure. The Canadian operations of Proveer Sign & Graphics are excluded from the transaction …

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Sales of textile-based automotive airbags set to increase

Textiles Intelligence predicts that sales of textile-based automotive airbags are set to increase rapidly between 2010 and 2017, following two tough years in 2008 and 2009 when global sales of light vehicles fell sharply. In the U.S. the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is improving standards of protection against side-impact crashes; the new standards …

Designed Fabrics GREENGUARD Select

Phifer Inc. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 912 New: Outdoor furniture fabrics with GREENGUARD® certification. Advantages: Designed Fabrics collection has attained the GREENGUARD Select certification, and also meets GREENGUARD Children and Schools standards for commercial use. Woven to endure extreme weather conditions, the fabrics are durable, fade resistant, do not absorb water and dry quickly, making …

Natura awning fabric in Digital White

Herculite® Products Inc. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 528 New: Bright white, printable awning fabric. Advantages: High-performance textile features the look and feel of woven cloth on both sides, and is fire resistant, heat sealable and completely waterproof. The Digital White color has been added to offer a bright white fabric option that is cleanable and …

Vision embroidery thread

The Quality Thread & Notions Co. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1338 New: Thread for outdoor applications. Advantages: Vision embroidery thread is formulated to retain color in outdoor applications to combat UV exposure. Embroidered details, such as a company logo or name, won’t fade and leave a diminished impression with consumers and clients. (Testing has shown …

Apollo 7 vertical sun screen

Spettmann U.S.A. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1750 New: Sun screen for windows and doors. Advantages: The Apollo 7 provides shade to windows and doors, reducing heat, increasing energy efficiency and enhancing property values. Can be turned for either right hand or left hand installations without the hassle of removing the motor. Primarily for residential use; …

Fabrics and printing services from Darlington Fabrics

Darlington Fabrics IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1018 What: Fasten-Air™ fabric Why: Stretch, unbroken-loop fabric with spandex is breathable, durable, colorfast, flexible, washable, wicking and anti-odor. Available in seven styles with a variety of weights, stretch and compression. What: Eco-friendly warp knits Why: Stretch tricot, rigid mesh and rigid tricot available in three styles of recycled …

Nonwoven fabric from JX Nippon ANCI suits high-end applications

JX Nippon ANCI Inc. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 2148 What: MILIFE® laminated polyester nonwoven Why: Unique fabric made through proprietary process combines orientation and spinning technology, known for a smooth appearance in luxury packaging, high-end banners and interior finishing. Available in 12 styles and weights. SOURCE JX Nippon ANCI Inc.

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics offers new flexible composites

Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics IFAI Expo 2012 Booths: 2348, 2449 What: Coretech composites Why: New flexible composite platform enables high performance and cost-effective barrier solutions. PTFE film and fiber layers for different properties, a range of woven and nonwoven fabrics to meet tensile strength, tear and puncture resistance requirements. SOURCE Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics

Activewear fabrics from Top Value Fabrics keep you cool and dry

Top Value Fabrics IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1209 What: Polyester fleece soft shell Why: New activewear fabric for work uniforms and performance athletic uses. Water-repellent face with a wind and water guard membrane, the three-layer fabric is windproof and water resistant. Soft, microfleece lining is suitable for lightweight jackets. What: Microfiber flatback mesh Why: Lightweight, …

Digitally printed fabric banners wrap car park

N.C. design students’ mural idea makes it big in Raleigh as a fabric wrap of a car park. By Bruce N. Wright Sometimes it pays to wait. With five years of slow economic growth putting the skids on local development in Raleigh, N.C., owners of a downtown nine-story parking ramp (with plans to expand it …

GOCarbonFibre 2012 conference in London

The 15th annual Global Outlook for Carbon Fibre conference will bring together the most influential figures from the carbon fiber industry. Taking place October 2–4 in London, GOCarbonFibre 2012 will address key issues in the carbon fiber value chain and give expert insight into the entire manufacturing process for carbon fiber from beginning to end. …

EF-200 laminated membrane

Chukoh Chemical Industries Ltd. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1940 New: PTFE-coated, open-mesh membrane material laminated with ETFE film. Advantages: EF-200 unites high light transmission and industrial-strength properties for small- to mid-scale membrane structures. Conventional welding method for PTFE membrane possible.

PT33 knit mesh

Apex Mills IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 738 New: High-tenacity nylon mesh performance fabric. Advantages: Designed for strength and light weight ratio, PT33 for military and specialty garments is a tight knit designed for breathability and motion. Non-abrasive, it retains shape and strength even when used to support heavy equipment and incorporates reduced “near infrared spectral …

alphaBLADE rotary cutter

North Cutting Systems IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 2134 New: Small rapid rotary cutter. Advantages: The alphaBLADE features a small footprint, fast throughput, Active Arch technology and a small vacuum cylinder, which lowers power requirements and maintenance/cutting surface replacement costs. The alphaBLADE keeps the cutting surface as close to the feeder as possible, which provides increased …

A+ Products supplies hardware and fabrics

A+ Products Inc. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 1712 What: A variety of metal and plastic hardware and woven fabrics for many industries Why: Same day shipping, no-charge samples, custom manufacturing, fabrication, finished products and sourcing expertise. What: Dye sublimated narrow fabrics and custom assemblies Why: A Perfect Print division offers custom printing and assembly of …

DigiFab Systems offers a high-speed printer

DigiFab Systems IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 456 What: StampaJet IN-64 Why: High-speed printer with integrated belt transportation system, inline belt wash and fabric drying system for printing directly to most fabrics. SOURCE DigiFab Systems

Kintex offers awning and boat cover fabrics

Kintex Ltd. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 950 What: Soltex awning and screen fabric Why: Unique coating process for high-tenacity polyester fabrics creates microaeration and stability. For rolling screens and awnings. What: Boat cover fabric Why: UV resistant for color retention. Mildew resistant, tear resistant and durable. SOURCE Kintex Ltd.

Lumera awning fabric from Sattler provides brilliant color

Sattler North America Corp. IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 747 What: Lumera awning fabric Why: Color brilliance, high resistance to water pressure, self cleaning effect, UV protection, light and weather fastness, and water and soil repellence. Large variety of patterns and colors. SOURCE Sattler North America Corp.

Maximize protection with PVC vinyls from Value Vinyls

Value Vinyls IFAI Expo 2012 Booth: 93B What: Advantage Sportiva PVC vinyl Why: Premium grade, versatile, 18-ounce PVC vinyl with built-in agents for maximum protection. Meets CPSIA for children and is well suited for athletic product applications. Contains DuraGUARD, an EPA-registered antimicrobial agent. SOURCE Value Vinyls

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SGIA presents OSHA hazard communication changes

Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) has released the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA) changes to the Hazard Communication Standard (HCS). OSHA has made the changes to align the United States with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS), which gives workers the “right to understand.” SGIA members have access to three detailed …

Nontoxic treatment promises a cleaner way to dye

Textile dyeing has been known to discharge pollution into waterways. Old practices die hard, but the two men who formed ColorZen LLC have set out to make the industry sustainable. Tony Leonard, a textile chemist, and Michael Harari, son of a New York City apparel maker, founded their startup in 2010 to commercialize Leonard’s improvements …