SBA provides $2.95 billion in financing for small businesses in FY12

November 30, 2012

The Growth Capital Program sets a record for the third year in a row. The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Investment Company (SBIC) debenture program provided a record $2.95 billion to small businesses in fiscal year 2012, a 14 percent increase over last year’s $2.59 billion and an 85 percent increase over 2010, also …

Pakistan textile exports decreasing

November 29, 2012

The textile sector in Pakistan experienced a 1.5 percent decrease in exports during July and August 2012, as compared to the same period in 2011, according to reports by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics. Only cotton yarn exports increased during the period (38 percent), while exports declined in raw cotton (83 percent), knitwear (14 percent), …

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ORACAL announces 23 new film colors and textures

November 28, 2012

ORACAL USA, Black Creek, Ga., an ORAFOL company, has announced the addition of 23 new ORACAL® Series 975 Premium Structure Cast colors and textures specially developed for interior design, automotive trim and interior/exterior accent restyling. The new textures: brushed, cocoon, crocodile, dune, emulsion and honeycomb. The 5- to 6-mil film features a transparent, solvent-based, repositionable …

Anti-dumping duties continue on polyester fiber

November 27, 2012

A ruling by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) maintains existing anti-dumping duties of 3.47 to 44.3 percent on polyester staple fiber imported from China. The ITC is required to review duty orders every five years and determine whether conditions have changed and the order could be revoked. The ruling found that if the duties …

Phifer Inc. celebrates 60 years of insect screen weaving, innovation

November 26, 2012

Phifer Inc., Tuscaloosa, Ala., marks 60 years of weaving excellence with a broad line of precision-woven, American-made insect screening products designed to address a variety of window, door and porch enclosure needs. The company got its start producing aluminum screen for windows, and has broadened its weaving capabilities to produce vinyl-coated fiberglass screen for standard …

Hohenstein and Pro Feet Functional Wear develop first-layer textiles

November 23, 2012

In addition to modern sportswear, the market is increasingly demanding functional undergarments for the fashion and business sectors. However, for this application textiles with special properties are required which clearly differentiate them from sportswear. These gaps in the market have now been closed by a current research project (ZIM-Project KF2136724CJ2) at the Hohenstein Institute, Bonnigheim, …

Norseman Structures launches corporate video

November 22, 2012

Norseman Structures Inc., Saskatoon, SK, Canada, has announced the launch of its new corporate video: a true representation of the Norseman Structures team and its operations in Saskatoon and around the globe. “We recognize that not all of our clients have the opportunity to visit our corporate headquarters and manufacturing facilities. This video allows everyone …

NASA technology showcase lands in Cleveland Nov. 28-30, 2012

November 21, 2012

Business leaders, space enthusiasts, students and the public are invited to attend NASA Technology Days. The free, three-day public technology showcase will take place at the Cleveland Public Auditorium and Conference Center Nov. 28-30. Participants from industry, academia and the U.S. Government will discuss strategy development, partnerships and methods to foster technology transfer and innovation. …

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Open in Amsterdam: the largest composite facade for Stedelijk Museum

November 20, 2012

The combination of Teijin’s Twaron and Tenax super fibers is an architectural first. The newly renovated Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam is an undisputed eye catcher on the Museumplein, and is also the largest composite building in the world. The enormous and seamless white façade that now hovers above the square is an architectural first made …

Teijin’s three Thai polyester facilities resume full-scale operation

November 19, 2012

Teijin Limited has announced that Teijin (Thailand) Limited in the Bang Pa-in Industrial Estate of Thailand’s Ayutthaya Province, which was flooded by torrential rainfall in October 2011 and then resumed partial operation in February this year, returned to full-scale production on Oct. 31. All three Teijin Group polyester production facilities in Thailand affected by the …

Substances found in outdoor clothing pose no direct health hazard

November 16, 2012

OEKO-TEX® certified products are harmless in terms of human ecology. With regard to the study “Toxics for any weather” published by the environmental organization Greenpeace at the end of October about the discovery of perfluorocarbons (PFC) in outdoor clothing from well-known manufacturers, the International OEKO-TEX® Association has expressly stated that outdoor textiles certified according to …

TMI releases industrial and commercial door product catalog

November 15, 2012

TMI LLC, Pittsburgh, Pa., has released its new door catalog featuring its comprehensive line of industrial and commercial doors. The 24-page collection of product information presents a broad array of doors from strip doors to roll-up doors, air curtains to insect screens and a range of doors for a variety of markets. TMI has been …

Graniteville Specialty Fabrics announces technical coatings line

November 14, 2012

Graniteville Specialty Fabrics, Greenville, S.C., a recognized leader in the production of specialty coatings and coated fabrics, announced that it has purchased a state-of-the-art technical coating line. Graniteville’s new high-speed equipment further expands its capabilities by fully encompassing a broad range of width options in woven, knit, and nonwoven textiles as well as films. Acquired …

SBA helps veterans start and expand small businesses

November 13, 2012

As the nation marks Veterans Day 2012, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to build on its successful programs for America’s military veterans, helping tens of thousands of veterans each year with small business financing, comprehensive business training and counseling and access to federal contracts. “Around Veterans Day, our thoughts turn to the men …

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TRIVANTAGE refocuses on service for customers

November 12, 2012

TRIVANTAGE has rolled out a new customer service vision that emphasizes a commitment to quality products and fair pricing backed expert service. To communicate this vision to the industry, TRIVANTAGE announced a new tagline—Order. Done. Good Call.—and identity at the IFAI Expo Americas 2012 in Boston, Mass. Improvements include the development of redesigned catalogs that …

Cintas launches flame-resistant clothing web page

Every year, thousands of workers are involved in electrical arc accidents, molten metal splashes, flash fires and combustible dust explosions on the job. To educate companies about these risks, as well as what they can do to comply with new industry standards, Cintas has launched a new website dedicated to its flame-resistant clothing line. Cintas …

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IFAI announces 2012 ShowStoppers award winners

November 9, 2012

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) announced the 2012 ShowStoppers awards for the best of the best new products at the IFAI Expo Americas 2012, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Mass. IFAI received a total of 84 entries from 4 countries that were submitted by 56 companies in this year’s competition. Winners …

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IFAI announces 2012 International Achievement Award winners

November 8, 2012

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) 2012 International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications ceremony took place Nov. 7 at the IFAI Expo Americas 2012, at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in Boston, Mass. This year’s competition included 30 categories. IFAI received a total of 335 entries from companies in …

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SEFAR® Architecture LightFrame illuminates Switzerland art museum

November 7, 2012

Modular fabric ceiling system provides diffused light source for Art House Uri. Visitors to the Art House Uri in Altdorf, Switzerland, now have the opportunity to experience the latest in lighting and textile design as they view the works of local artist Heinrich Danioth displayed under a SEFAR® Architecture LightFrame modular illuminated fabric ceiling system. …

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Cooley Group earns ISO certification

Cooley Group, a global developer and manufacturer of high-performance, sustainable-engineered membranes, completed certification as an ISO 9001:2008-compliant organization. The certification is an International Quality Standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a worldwide federation of national standards bodies representing over 120 countries. “Our company has an 85-year history of proven performance, and we …

Poole Co. introduces Ecosure® recycled fiber Full-Circle program

November 6, 2012

Poole Co., Greeneville, S.C., a leading manufacturer and distributor of textile fibers and specialist in virgin polyester fibers, recycled fibers, heavy denier and nonwovens fibers, announced today that it has launched a new Full-Circle program for its EcoSure® 100 percent PCR PET recycled fiber. With the EcoSure Full-Circle program, Poole will accept and recycle any …

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IFAI announces Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013, new Advanced Textiles Conference

November 5, 2012

Premier textile event will co-locate with SGIA Expo 2013. The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has announced a new designation for its leading international trade event: IFAI Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 and the new Advanced Textiles Conference & Trade Show, to be held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Oct. 23-25, 2013. …

TenCate and BASF sign agreement on strategic alliance

November 2, 2012

TenCate Advanced Composites and BASF have entered into a strategic alliance to cooperate on the development, production and commercialization of thermoplastic composite materials suitable for high-volume vehicle production. The main goal of this partnership is to offer car manufacturers custom-engineered solutions for high-performance composite structures, to further reduce weight and carbon dioxide emissions. The growing …

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Student competition brings beauty, vinyl to parking ramp

November 1, 2012

[North Carolina State University College of Design] Raleigh, N.C. A drab, unfinished parking ramp provided the inspiration for a team of professors in the College of Design at North Carolina State University to launch a competition among their students. The winning entry was a 15-panel mural called “The Fantastic Sky Race” that fuses images of …

Looking back at 100 years of textile history

IFAI—one hundred years of setting the bar for the textile industry. By Jessica Bies and Sigrid Tornquist On September 12, 1912, fourteen manufacturers of canvas and awnings met at the Brown Palace Hotel in Denver and formed the National Tent and Awning Association. The manufacturers established the trade association to set standard weights and prices …

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FESPA and Verdigris team up for planet-friendly printing

FESPA and environmental research initiative Verdigris are partnering to share information, explore new trends and educate the FESPA global print community about a range of issues surrounding environmental sustainability. Weekly blogs and quarterly features by Verdigris, about how to embed sustainable printing techniques within business, will be published on the FESPA website.

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Banners highlight center’s scientific message

By Mason Riddle The Project: A 12,000 square foot expansion to The St. Louis Science Center in St. Louis, Mo. Designed by PGAV Destinations, the two-story, $9.5 million project opened in the summer of 2011 replacing the Center’s aging air-supported Exploradome. It hosts traveling exhibitions like Body Worlds and Real Pirates, and special events like …

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Welding machine proves its worth against hurricane-force winds

A “super derecho” blew a new weather term into common parlance in June 2012, when a long-lived 700-mile series of rainstorms with up to 91mph straight-line winds tore through the midwest and mid-Atlantic regions. Over 12 hours, winds flattened trees, collapsed power poles and turned awnings on many small businesses inside out. When Berges Trenton …

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Fabric graphics dress up interior settings

Fabric graphics in interior settings can take an office, hospitality or retail space from average to amazing. By Holly O’Dell Printing on fabrics affords a new approach to traditional commercial interior design. White walls can become murals, run-of-the-mill artwork can become custom pieces, and permanent messaging can rotate out with soft-sided alternatives. Whether you’re an …

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Paradigm distributes Mutoh America’s ValueJet line

Paradigm Imaging Group, a distributor of large-format scanning and printing solutions, tradeshow displays and graphics, has signed an agreement with Mutoh America Inc. to distribute its ValueJet line of large format printers. Paradigm Imaging Group will focus on expanding Mutoh’s presence on the west coast.

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Blueback indoor banner

The new HEYTex® Soft Blueback is an indoor banner with an embossed surface. The material is seamless up to five meters of width, scratch proof, tear resistant and flame retardant, making it apt for wall coverings, advertising media in display systems or art reproduction. The blue back allows for reproduction of brilliant white and colors. …

WarkaWater provides clean water to Ethiopia’s dry regions

In mountainous regions of northern Ethiopia, rainfall is scarce and water hard to find, store and carry back to villages dependent on livestock and agriculture. Architecture and Vision, an international architecture and product design studio of Arturo Vittori and Andreas Vogler, found a better way to provide clean water. The WarkaWater, a nine-meter bamboo tower …

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The growing nonwovens market

The increasing versatility and functionality of nonwoven fabrics is expanding their market reach with new technologies and new applications. By Barb Ernster The constant drive to bring costs down and performance up has made nonwovens a key player in the textile industry, penetrating markets traditionally dominated by woven fabrics. Sustainability, durability, versatile functionality and cost-efficient …

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Billboards gain second life

Retired billboards can have second or third lives as proved by Repurposed Materials Inc. The company’s entire product line is made of repurposed items. Billboards, for instance, have been reused as hockey rink and pond liners, summer slides for children, outdoor movie screens and to cover straw bales, building materials and structures.

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Vehicle wrap helps solar car drop weight and drive time

This year’s 2012 American Solar Car Challenge matched college teams of solar vehicle designers against one another on a 1,650-mile, eight-day journey powered only by the sun. The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Mich., Quantum vehicle won four of the five stages of this amazing race with the fastest times—in part because of its lightweight, …

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Wrapping up the Olympics

Strict sustainability guidelines encouraged intense collaboration in the research and manufacture of the fabric panels that wrapped London’s Olympic Stadium. By Amy Orchard It was estimated that at one time or another during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England, a total of nearly four billion people tuned in to watch the Olympic triumphs and …

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Cooley Group wins 2012 EcoPrint Europe innovation award

The Cooley Group was named winner of the Great Innovation Award at the inaugural 2012 EcoPrint Europe event, held in Berlin, Germany. Cooley’s commercial graphics division was recognized for its new EnviroFlex™ PE, a lightweight, 100 percent recyclable print media that offers 60 percent lower carbon footprint than traditional PVC media. Most recently, the material …

NASA leads research on world’s lightest solid material

More than 14,000 scientists attended the 244th National Meeting and Exposition of the American Chemical Society in August, and many discovered a new insulating material so lightweight it has been called “solid smoke” and so strong that a thick piece can support the weight of an automobile. The flexible aerogel, the world’s lightest solid material …

Strengthen your business’ message

Matching what you want to say with what they want to hear. By Sam Richter If your company is like most businesses, over the past few years you’ve probably spent thousands of dollars perfecting your messaging. You’ve hired marketing people to craft your website and brochures. You’ve hired trainers to critique your phone scripts. You’ve …

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Canopies provide shady racing

By Mara Whitten Mobile trailer canopies offer everything from an escape for clients to a full-service garage for motorsports teams. So when it’s time for racers and their crews to venture off the track, Larsens Inc., Santa Cruz, Calif., has them covered. Larsens began as a sail shop in 1972 before entering the mobile canopy …

UCR scientists look to shrimp’s club arm for materials and design

A four-inch tropical mantis shrimp with a power-packed punching arm is the newest darling of material scientists at the Bourns College of Engineering, University of California–Riverside. The shrimp, or stomatopod, has a bright orange fist-like club that accelerates faster under water than a 22-caliber bullet and can break open mollusk shells and crab exoskeletons, two …

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Creative tents get big results

Tent projects show off their creativity, reach for new heights and get big results. By Janice Kleinschmidt According to the Wikipedia entry for the word “tent” (as accessed in June 2012), “there are only so many ways to drape a simple piece of cloth over a framework.” Tents changed so little that George Washington’s soldiers …

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Big graphics just got bigger

By Maura Keller Here’s one thing we know: technology within the wide and grand format fabric graphics industry is here to stay. This reality, coupled with the ever-changing nature of this industry segment, results in a need for fabric graphics professionals to stay one step ahead of the competition. Understanding the “latest and greatest” in …

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Researchers produce viable alternative to ITO

Indium tin oxide (ITO) is the main conductive material currently used in electronics, but as a finite resource is becoming increasingly expensive. A research team at the University of Exeter, Devon, U.K., found a viable alternative to ITO, GraphExeter, a transparent, lightweight and flexible material that could revolutionize wearable electronics and increase efficiency of solar …

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Fabric structures aid earthquake recovery

Fabric structures give the people of East Japan places to work and gather as they rebuild. By Kikuko Tagawa A magnitude 9.0 (Mw) earthquake, now known as the Great East Japan Earthquake, struck at 2:46 p.m. Japan Standard Time, on Friday, March 11, 2011. After the earthquake, about 343,000 people were forced to take refuge; …

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Five ways to finish the job

By Jamie Swedberg When fabricators use wide- or grand-format digitally printed fabrics to create structures such as tents, awnings and large graphic displays, precision finishing is the name of the game. Some printed fabrics must slide perfectly into silicone edge graphic frames without distorting or sagging. Others must be seamed, with edges perfectly aligned, into …

Lenzing fibers certified as compostable

Nonwovens made from Lenzing Tencel® and Viscose® fibers are based on a renewable raw material: wood. The Lenzing Group, headquartered in Austria, has closed the biological circle on its nonwoven household wipes, which the Belgian certification company Vincotte has declared suitable for both industrial and individual garden composting. The “OK compost HOME” certificate from Vincotte …

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Report on nonwoven production in 2011

EDANA’s annual statistics on nonwovens; University of Washington opens U.S. Census Bureau Research Data Center. EDANA, the international association serving the nonwovens and related industries, has released a public summary of its annual statistics on “Nonwovens Production and Deliveries” for 2011. The report shows a growth in production volume for 2011 of 5.7 percent, with …

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Wrapping the Olympic Games

By Bruce N. Wright This summer’s Olympic Games debuted many new sustainable initiatives, not the least being the most sustainable venues for the games on record, many aided by specialty fabrics used in roofs, interiors and signage. The graphically vibrant fabric wrap to the Olympic Stadium is one of the most interesting examples. As a …

Sixty-five years and counting for Cooley chairman

On Sept. 18, P. Robert Siener Jr. joined a distinguished group of octogenarians who still serve as chairmen of successful companies, a group that includes Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway), Sumner Redstone (CBS Corp.) and J.W. Marriott Jr. (Marriott International). Siener celebrated 65 years with the Cooley Group, the Pawtucket, R.I., designer, developer and manufacturer of …