New prototype filament yarn with permanent built-in self-cleaning

January 31, 2013

TWD Fibres GmbH has developed a super-hydrophobic filament yarn with a permanent built-in self-cleaning effect in cooperation with the Institute for Textile Technology and Process Engineering (ITV) and the Institute of Textile Chemistry and Chemical Fibers (ITCF), both in Denkendorf, Germany. A botanical phenomenon, which can be observed in lotus plants, gave the impulse for …

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Compact, portable imaging spectrocolorimeter supports color quality control

January 30, 2013

The X-Rite RM200QC, a new imaging spectrocolorimeter from X-Rite, is now available through AATCC at a discount for AATCC Association members. The compact, portable, hand-held device measures and compares color to support color quality control throughout the manufacturing process. The X-Rite RM200QC provides AATCC “Gray Scale” measurements for stain and color change assessment on textiles. …

Huntsman Textile Effects and DyTech Taiwan partner to deliver sustainable solutions

January 29, 2013

Huntsman Textile Effects and DyTech Taiwan have announced a collaboration that is set to drive sustainable excellence and world-class standards of high-quality dyes and specialty chemicals for the Taiwan textile industry. Huntsman will work closely with DyTech Taiwan, as its agent in Taiwan, to deliver sustainable, high-performing processing and effects chemicals that have low environmental …

Free publicity for fabric suppliers: Specialty Fabric Showcase 2013

January 28, 2013

The Specialty Fabrics Review annual Fabric Showcase, scheduled for the April and May 2013 issues, will focus reader attention on the special benefits and advantages of the new fabrics available to them from industry suppliers. This is an opportunity for all fabric manufacturers and distributors to get the word out, to readers in markets ranging …

Mexico and China in WTO trade dispute

January 25, 2013

Mexico took the first step in an official dispute resolution process through the World Trade Organization (WTO), claiming that China illegally supports its textile and clothing industry under world trade law. The Mexican government claims that China’s textile and clothing policy breaks the WTO’s subsidies and countervailing measures agreement, the general agreement on tariffs and …

3A Throwing acquires Ames Textile’s Virginia plant

January 24, 2013

Ames Textile Corp. has been producing yarn since 1865, the oldest continuously operating textile company in the United States. Its synthetic yarn plant in Christianburg, Va., may have many more years to run under another banner, following the plant’s acquisition by 3A Throwing, Cookshire, Quebec, Canada. 3A Throwing, a yarn manufacturer that expanded its own …

SBA introduces RFP-EZ to search for government jobs

January 23, 2013

A new experiment in government contracting, RFP-EZ, is an exciting partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellows. The intent is to make it easier for companies to sell to the government, and easier for the government to buy from companies. For companies that have never done business …

Bags, bikes and beer in Portland

January 22, 2013

The Portland Movement, as defined by The Oregonian in a Sept. 27 article on fashion, consists of “that trinity of custom-handmade-local.” Rebecca Pearcy resembles that remark, as the Portland, Ore., founder of Queen Bee Creations, a maker of custom bags and accessories and an avid bicycle commuter. Visitors to her shop can watch employees cutting …

UL announces move to new state-of-the-art consumer products testing laboratory

January 21, 2013

UL has announced the move of its Enfield, Ct.-based consumer products testing laboratory to a new, state-of-the-art 48,000 sq. ft. facility in Enfield, more than doubling its capacity and capabilities for quality and safety assurance testing. The relocation will enable UL to more efficiently meet the growing demand for the company’s analytical, physical, performance and …

2013 AATCC Technical Manual available January 2013

January 18, 2013

The 2013 AATCC Technical Manual features multiple revisions of already published methods plus several new methods. New test methods 200-2012, Drying Rate of Textiles at their Absorbent Capacity: Air Flow Method. This method determines the drying rate of textiles based on the evaporation rate that occurs at their approximate absorbent capacity. 201-2012, Drying Rate of …

Alaxi Fabrics’ interior collection: the road to Marrakech

January 17, 2013

Alaxi Fabrics has designed a line of fabrics inspired by the mysterious and exciting destination of Marrakech. Like the market souks of that city, the designs include everything from hints of antique architecture to modern design, as well as reflections of the delicate tile and lacework that is so prominent in the area. The entire …

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Trends study estimates 30.7% compound annual growth rate for digital textile market

Market research and consulting firm, InfoTrends, recently released a study called Transforming Textile Printing that examines the digital textile printing market. The study explores the textile market supply chain, sizes and forecasts the digital textile printing market and focuses on the demand drivers for digital textile production. The potential for digital printing to influence the …

Unifi’s REPREVE brand is first-time sponsor of X Games Aspen

January 16, 2013

Olympian snowboarder Elena Hight teams up with REPREVE to promote a greener life style. Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C., manufacturer of the REPREVE® brand of fibers, has announced that REPREVE will be a first-time sponsor of X Games Aspen, which will take place Jan. 24-27, 2013. As the proud recycling sponsor of X Games Aspen 2013, …

Eastman Machine Co. announces 125 years of innovation

January 15, 2013

Eastman Machine Company, Buffalo, N.Y., begins 2013 celebrating 125 years of making textile cutting fast and efficient for its customers. The company was founded in 1888 by George Eastman following his invention of the first electric fabric cutting machine. Eastman mounted a fractional electric motor to a platform attached to a reciprocating knife mechanism. The …

Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd. and SANITIZED AG form alliance for co-branding

January 14, 2013

Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd. (TAF) and SANITIZED AG have announced the signing of a co-branding agreement and licensing program for Amicor™ fibers. The new alliance covers the co-branding of future product developments using Amicor fibers and yarns and the Sanitized® hygiene function. The Amicor anti-bacterial and anti-fungal intelligent fiber integrated technology was developed by …

SBA and U.S. Labor Department announce new website for self-employment assistance

January 11, 2013

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Department of Labor have announced a new website to support state workforce and unemployment agencies in implementing or enhancing Self-Employment Assistance programs. The announcement expands on guidance issued in May, which included $35 million in funding for states to implement or expand these programs made possible …

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Avery Dennison announces 2013 car wrap training schedule

January 10, 2013

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced that it will hold ten Avery Dennison/Mutoh Car Wrap Training sessions throughout the United States and Canada in 2013. The three-day sessions include two days of hands-on wrap instruction and the option to take the Avery Dennison wrap certification exam and a wrap design class. “The Avery Dennison/Mutoh Car Wrap …

Teijin’s bio-derived polyester fiber used in Nissan Leaf electric vehicle

Teijin Ltd. has announced that its ECO CIRCLE Plantfiber bio-polyester has been selected for use in the seats and interior trim surface of the 100 percent electric Nissan Leaf. It is the first time for ECO CIRCLE Plantfiber to be used for the interior of a mass-produced vehicle. The seat and interior trim surface were …

Survey reveals China’s growing desire for green products

January 9, 2013

Chinese consumers express greater confidence in green products than North American consumers. A survey released in December by DuPont revealed a growing understanding of green products among urban Chinese consumers. Seventy percent of respondents expressed confidence in the environmental claims of green products. The findings reflect the potential for green products in the world’s largest …

SilverState Fabrics offers new collection

January 8, 2013

SilverState Fabrics™ has announced its new “Artisan Tribe” fabrics, the latest addition to the performance Sunbrella® collection. Inspired by scenes and patterns from Northern Africa, the collection includes solids, stripes and intricate cultural motifs. Colors of a desert oasis are the forefront of the Artisan Tribe color combinations. SilverState fabrics are available in a variety …

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Roland DGA announces management changes

January 7, 2013

Roland DGA Corp. has announced changes to its executive management team, including the naming of a new president and the promotion of the company’s current president to an expanded international role with parent company Roland DG of Hamamatsu, Japan. Effective Jan. 1, 2013, Rick Scrimger, formerly vice president of sales and marketing of Roland DGA, …

Transhield supplies U.S. Army with covers

January 4, 2013

Transhield, Inc. has been awarded a contract to supply 120 protective covers for MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles. The covers were purchased by U.S. Army Strategic Logistics Activity Charleston (ASLAC) to maintain readiness for MRAPs being placed into prepositioned stocks. The covers will replace vinyl and canvas tarps in order to provide better …

Material movement: chairs that hug, walls that talk

January 2, 2013

Ask Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) assistant professor Neri Oxman what the world will look like in 20 years, and her vision might astound many. “We’re going from an information era to a material era,” she says. “Information will be embedded in the material itself.” Clothing, walls, chairs can be alive and adapt. One Oxman …

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Fisher Textiles updates and adds styles to direct disperse line

January 1, 2013

Fisher Textiles has added three styles to its digital printable fabric line for direct dye sublimation printing. Style DD 7866 Vistatex (FR) and updated styles DD 7817 Soft Knit (FR) and DD 7880 Heavy Knit (FR), have a special coating that allow for direct printing onto the fabric and do not require heat transfer paper. …

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Fabric canopy collects the rain at ASU

Fabric architecture covers urban plazas, school yards, park gathering spots and rooftop restaurants, providing protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays and unexpected precipitation, while allowing light and air to move. Arizona State University in Scottsdale, Ariz., took the idea a step further, working with FTL Design Engineering Studio, New York, N.Y., to design SkySong, …

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Increase selling value with shading solutions

Sun protection, rain protection, health, comfort, energy savings, economy, flexibility and style: they’re all part of the package. By William Atkinson For many residential and commercial customers, awnings and shade products are still valued for their aesthetics as much as for their shade, with maybe some consideration of health, comfort, energy savings and weather protection …

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Hand-held spectrocolorimeter identifies color differences

The hand-held RM200QC spectrocolorimeter is used to identify color differences between samples and standards, opacity and grayscale assessment, and highlight how colors may change in appearance under daylight and household lighting. The instrument illuminates from three directions while recording 27 color-accurate images, eliminating shadows and interference inherent to patterned and textured materials. Measurements can be …

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Growth for carbon fiber composites market

A joint study by Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, Munich, Germany, and the VDMA Forum Composite Technology, Frankfurt, Germany, predicts a bright future for high-strength carbon fiber components, a market projected to grow 17 percent per year until 2020. Demand for lightweight, high strength composites in the automotive, aeronautics and wind energy industries will fuel some …

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Choice shade solutions

Finding the right shade and weather protection for a customer may mean assembling the right combination of products. By Jamie Swedberg Sometimes it’s relatively easy to figure out the shade solution that will suit a customer’s wants and needs. “There are people who have been getting the exact same awning for years,” says Andy Morse, …

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RIP software package

Roland DGA Corp. introduced VersaWorks Version 4.8, a RIP software package developed for the company’s wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters. Utilizing libraries from the Pantone Plus and Goe™ product lines allows users to automatically convert a Pantone spot color to a CMYK value. Users have access to 16 spot color libraries, including new Pantone choices …

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Automotive industry expands textile uses

A report by industry research group Textiles Intelligence, “Automotive Fabrics: Expanding Opportunities in the Vehicles of Tomorrow,” traces the increasing application of fabric components in auto manufacturing—a trend likely to spur growth in the future. In 2000, the average weight of textile materials in a standard vehicle was 20 kg; today, it is 26 kg, …

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Making sense of shade software

Software is available for proposals and pricing, designing, and helping customers visualize the final product. Why not take advantage of this technology? By Jamie Swedberg Faster, better, cheaper is an oft-repeated mantra in business. Software programs designed specifically for fabricators of awnings, shades and tension structures have shown that they can deliver these benefits. Proposals …

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Aurora expands DECOPRINT

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. has added Silver and Diamond with adhesive and Acquasun to their offering of Decoprint® fabrics. Silver and Diamond have an acrylic coating. The adhesive is removable making it useful for wall graphics. Both are available in rolls 59 inches by 82 feet and are compatible with latex, solvent and UV-cure …

Lasers and biotech for sustainable design

Chemicals are routinely used in traditional dyeing, bleaching, printing and fabric-finishing techniques, which use large amounts of water and energy. De Monfort University (DMU) in Leicester and Loughborough University in Leicestershire, U.K., have recently launched research on using laser and enzyme processing technologies to color and pattern fabrics more sustainably. Postgraduate students from each university …

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Shade on the water

Marine fabricators craft unique shade systems for boat owners. By Holly O’Dell A decade ago, shading on boats was relegated to permanent or semi-permanent structures. Marine fabricators, however, started to experiment with removable shade structures, and boaters got on board. “With all the concern about sun exposure and skin cancer, shade tops have really come …

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Substrate designed for underwater use

AquaFlex is a substrate designed for underwater branding and advertising. AquaFlex can be positioned by hand or with a pool brush. The product is engineered to lie flat and stay in position without tape or adhesive. The blue backside of AquaFlex is made from recycled postindustrial pool liner. AquaFlex is available in 63-inch wide rolls; …

Intelligent textiles muscle up

A new hybrid yarn 10 times smaller than a human hair can lift more than 100,000 times its own weight and generate 85 times higher mechanical output than natural skeletal muscles. This discovery by researchers at the University of Wollongong ARC Centre for Excellence in Electromaterials Science (ACES) in New South Wales, Australia, may lead …

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Stage canopy becomes a ‘pre-design’ model

Campbell Park’s award-winning stage canopy has become a “pre-design” model for the manufacturer. By Lynn Keillor The English city of Milton Keynes, about 45 miles northwest of London, England, was plotted and built as a modern town in the 1960s: a place for cramped Londoners to make a new home, with streets in a grid …

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Choosing fabric

By Mason Riddle What makes for a great fabric graphics project? According to Nora Norby, president and co-founder of Banner Creations Inc., it is critical to understand the project’s intended use. Is it for an interior or exterior site? What is the client trying to convey and specifically what is the project’s message? For whom …

Faster electrospinning for nanofibers

The U.S. Department of Commerce provided $2.3 million to Arsenal Medical Inc., Watertown, Mass., to accelerate production of core-sheath (concentrically layered) nanofibers with features that help release targeted therapeutic molecules in medical applications. At the fall meeting of The Fiber Society in Boston, Arsenal Medical presented the results of a new high-throughput slit-surface electrospinning technology …

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Shade structure grants

The Academy grant program benefits schools and nonprofit organizations. The Academy Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants to public schools and nonprofit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools and other recreation areas. Each shade structure grant is valued at a maximum …

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What you should know about machines

By Dara Syrkin Let’s talk machines. This column is designed to illuminate the nitty-gritty of how to set up an effective and efficient shop that answers customers’ needs and boosts your bottom line. We asked some leading questions of John Mark Lutzke, IT manager at Banner Creations Inc. (Minneapolis, Minn.), and he shared his expertise. …

A&R Tarpaulins expands manufacturing facility

We’re optimistic about the future,” says Bud Weisbart, vice-president of A&R Tarpaulins Inc., and the company is expanding its Fontana, Calif., manufacturing facility to get ready for that future. A&R Tarpaulins purchased a 27,000-square-foot lot next to its current location, where it provides products and services for flight hardware, ground support to aerospace companies, architectural …

Fabrics added to DECOPRINT line

Silver with adhesive, Diamond with adhesive and Acquasun are the latest fabrics to be added to the line of DECOPRINT® fabrics from DHJ International. Silver and Diamond, with adhesive, have an acrylic coating for a unique, luxurious upscale look. The adhesive is removable, excellent for use with wall graphics in home, office and retail settings. …

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Sustainability: State of the industry

Throughout the entire supply chain, the fabric graphics market is stepping up its green game. By Holly O’Dell Sustainability programs in the business world have shifted from nice-to-have to must-have. What once started out as a marketing advantage is now a strategic, even competitive platform. More than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies issue sustainability reports, …

Air Force to demo Alexium surface treatment

Specialty chemical supplier Alexium Intl., Greer, S.C., received a $200,000 contract from the U.S. Air Force to demonstrate its Cleanshell® CB treatment for chemical and biological protection suits. Alexium specializes in reactive surface treatment (RST) technologies that combine chemistry and microwave curing to allow surfaces used by the military to repel water, oil and simulated …

Antimicrobial yarn for sport and workwear

PurThread Technologies has announced that its high-performance antimicrobial yarn Sabiya® is now available to manufacturers of products for sports enthusiasts, industrial workers and emergency first responders. The fiber and yarn use proprietary integration technology and fiber formulations that incorporate elements such as silver to inhibit the growth of destructive and odor-causing bacteria, mold, mildew and …

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Going green

Today’s concern about the environment has led to significant improvements in sustainability efforts within the digital fabric graphics industry, including greener and cleaner inks. By Maura Keller These days, just about everyone in business is burdened with some kind of environmental challenge—from cutting landfill deposits to properly disposing of toxic printing products. The fabric graphics …

Klinedinst joins BondCote

Dr. Derek Klinedinst assumes the role of research chemical engineer for BondCote, an industrial fabric supplier of coated, laminated and composite fabrics in Pulaski, Va. He will expand BondCote’s development of new chemistries related to high-performance coated textiles. Klinedinst earned a Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, holds …

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Marine fabric that remains soft and flexible

New Breakwater X™ interpolymer alloy remains soft in punishing environments and offers a 10-year warranty. The fabric does not rely on plasticizers to remain soft and pliable; it retains all the advantages of a lightweight fabric and offers maximum resistance to prolonged exposure to salt water, heat and UV radiation. Breakwater X meets ASTM standards …