CRAiLAR Technologies named to 2013 TSX Venture 50 list

February 28, 2013

CRAiLAR Technologies Inc., which produces and markets CRAiLAR®—a natural fiber made from flax and other bast fibers—has been named to the 2013 TSX Venture 50. The list is assembled based on quantitative measurement of top performing publicly traded companies on the TSX Venture Exchange. CRAiLAR was ranked ninth in the clean tech sector. It is …

AATCC’s UV Calibration Reference Fabric ensures precise color communication

February 27, 2013

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists’ (AATCC) Ultraviolet (UV) Calibration Reference Fabric helps ensure accurate color communication throughout the textile supply chain accurate, saving time and money from expensive miscommunications. AATCC’s optically brightened reference fabric has been calibrated to a national standardizing lab. The fabric is designed to give more accurate measurements than the …

Badgetec develops Contour Clip clothing attachment

February 26, 2013

Badgetec has developed a recently patented clothing-safe attachment for wearing buttons, badges and tags. The new plastic clip, called the Contour Clip®, is molded polypropylene that attaches to a garment like a paperclip. The clip can replace traditional pins or metal spring clips as well as adhesive stickers due to the clip’s ease of use …

Enduratex and Warehouse Two engage in inventory sharing program

February 25, 2013

Enduratex™ has recently engaged Warehouse Two in a program that encourages inventory sharing for Enduratex distributors, said Jeff Post, vice president and general manager of Enduratex/CGPCA (China General Plastics Corporation of America). “Plain and simple, inventory sharing within a distributor network such as ours, is good business,” said Post. “The benefits to the distributors and …

FabricLink Network announces 2013 Top 10 Textile Innovation Awards

February 22, 2013

The FabricLink Network’s Top 10 Innovation Awards for 2013 recognize outstanding new developments in textile fabrics for outdoor, industrial, and medical applications. The awards highlight an array of cutting edge products, which involve a range of technologies from nano-technology, to NASA research, to fire protection, to smart fabric construction. The new technologies are commercially available …

Lenzing constructing jumbo TENCEL® production line in Austria

February 21, 2013

The combined expertise and technologies of Lenzing and the Tencel Group, which were recently merged, are being applied for the first time in the construction of the state-of-the-art TENCEL® plant. The new plant marks an exciting new chapter in TENCEL® technology. The production line is currently being built in Lenzing, Austria. “TENCEL® uniquely answers the …

Carnegie introduces two new collections

February 20, 2013

Carnegie is introducing two new fabric collections. The first collection, Lines & Shapes, is a compilation of fabrics designed by Laura Guido-Clark in conjunction with the Carnegie Design Studio. In addition, Carnegie is introducing a new line of privacy fabrics ideal for healthcare, long-term care and wellness facilities. The collection includes four patterns: Adigio, Cadence, …

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3M Commercial Graphics announces 2013 Advanced Installer Training session dates

3M Commercial Graphics has announced the 2013 schedule of 3M Advanced Installer Training sessions, which offers graphic professionals the training to take their skills to the next level. 3M Advanced Installation Training The sessions will include discussion, demonstration and intensive hands-on training. Attendees of the course will work on building and refining skills for vehicle …

Inflatable subway plug under development

February 19, 2013

In late October 2012, Hurricane Sandy created havoc in New York City’s transit systems, flooding seven of the city’s 14 under-river subway tunnels and several major highway tunnels. Dr. Ever J. Barbaro, a West Virginia University professor of advanced materials engineering, is hoping this never happens again. He has been working for five years on …

Teijin receives Grand Award at nano tech 2013

February 18, 2013

Teijin Limited announced that it received a Grand Award at the nano tech 2013 International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference, which took place at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo, Japan from Jan. 30 to Feb. 1. Teijin presented advanced nano materials, including polyester, aramid and carbon nanofibers, as well as silicon ink and paste, plus a …

SBA Hurricane Sandy loan approvals surpass $1 billion

February 15, 2013

Less than 90 days after Hurricane Sandy struck, the U.S. Small Business Administration has approved more than $1.1 billion in disaster loans to 16,800 residents and businesses in the federally declared states affected by the storm. This milestone comes as Congress passed emergency legislation that will add $799 million to SBA’s disaster assistance program budget …

Phifer’s outdoor furniture fabric collection offers versatility, durability

February 14, 2013

Phifer’s Leisurely Living outdoor furniture fabric compilation features a laidback vibe and welcomes bold pattern mixing. Color combinations like dusty terra cotta and nectar paired with olive green, citron and indigo in transitional motifs easily match with stripes, textures and solids. Phifer’s Designed Fabrics GeoBella® Cushion Fabrics and Phifertex® Outdoor Fabrics can be used to …

TENCEL expands to “Botanic Lounge” upholstery fabrics

February 13, 2013

Cellulose fibers are the heart of the Lenzing Group’s TENCEL® fabric, which is sourced from wood and developed through a closed-loop solvent spinning process that uses fewer natural resources (water, land) than cotton. Austria-based Lenzing brings TENCEL to upholstery fabric with its “Botanic Lounge” fabrics that reduce electrostatic charging because of the higher moisture content, …

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Avery Dennison adds carbon fiber films to Supreme Wrapping Flim line

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions announced that it will add two carbon fiber films, black and white, to its Supreme Wrapping Film line. The line includes a full spectrum of 46 opaque cast films in matte, brushed metallic and gloss colors that are primarily used for color change car wraps. “The Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film …

Obama Administration launches round two of Presidential Innovation Fellows program

February 12, 2013

The Obama Administration has launched round two of the MyUSA Presidential Innovation Fellows program. The high-profile White House-sponsored program brings top innovators, entrepreneurs, and change agents into government for 6-12 month “tours of duty” to develop solutions that benefit the American people– saving lives, taxpayer money and helping to fuel job growth. Under the BusinessUSA …

WarkaWater inaugurated at opening of ‘FuturoTextiles’ exhibition

February 11, 2013

WarkaWater has been inaugurated at the opening of the ‘FuturoTextiles’ exhibition at the Cité des Sciences et de l’industries in Parc de la Villette, Paris. Arturo Vittori and Andreas Vogler presented WarkaWater to minister Fleur Pellerin, former astronaut and minister Claudie Haigneré and Martine Aubry, mayor of Lille. In the northern mountainous regions of Ethiopia …

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories’ Monster Silk pilot production program enters second stage

February 8, 2013

Kraig Biocraft Laboratories, Inc. announced that it is accelerating its pilot production program, as a result of positive initial data from the first stage of the trial. The acceleration to the second phase of the program is designed to increase production capacity of Monster Silk™, the company’s recombinant spider silk, by more than tenfold over …

S.M.A.R.T. calls for clothing collection bin code of conduct to be industry standard

February 6, 2013

The Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART) not only sets the industry standard with its Code of Conduct for the clothing collection bin industry, but the organization continues to call for all companies in the clothing collection bin industry to be 100% transparent. As the trade association of for-profit companies that process billions of …

Newlife™ forms part of Saluzzo Yarns, returns to Première Vision

Newlife™ returns to Première Vision for the PE 2014 with its Eco-Innovation Library. In November 2012 the Newlife™ platform won the prestigious Epro BtoB Award in Warsaw and in December and was awarded the Premio Impresa Ambiente – best product category – in Rome. Newlife™ will take part in the European Business Awards for the …

Hohenstein Institute offers protective glove testing and certification

February 5, 2013

Protective gloves are important. For work in cold stores, on steel works, a building site or in a laboratory, people depend on perfectly fitting gloves to protect their hands. The Hohenstein Institute can now offer testing and certification of gloves in accordance with seven DIN standards. Some of the standards tested are for protective gloves …

TEXbase adds new suppliers to collaboration platform

February 4, 2013

TEXbase, a provider of web-based, on-demand and interactive product management software, has amassed more than 100 suppliers and testing labs on TEXbase Connect, its on-demand supplier collaboration platform. Connect securely unifies brands, retailers, suppliers and labs for material and product development, testing protocols, RSLs, COCs, quality testing and compliance documentation. The TEXbase collaboration platform includes …

Tragedy leads to production of bulletproof vests for children

February 1, 2013

A Colombian maker of bulletproof clothing, Miguel Caballero Ltd., Bogota, Colombia, shipped its first U.S. order of 24 ballistic protection vests for children in January, following the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. CEO Caballero once resisted manufacturing vests for children. “I thought, kids don’t need this protection,” he said. “After …

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Fred Tracy brings creative solutions

Fred Tracy brings creative solutions to his work in the tent industry. By Sigrid Tornquist Change is our company strategy,” says Fred Tracy, owner of Fred’s Tents and Canopies Inc., Stillwater, N.Y. “You can’t be like a horse in a harness race, with blinders on—you have to keep your eyes open and find ideas you …

Eco-friendly fabrics from Sunbrella

Sunbrella® Renaissance Unity fabrics contain 50 percent post-industrial recycled Sunbrella fiber, resulting in a vintage canvas look but retaining all of Sunbrella’s fade resistance and sun protection qualities. The shade fabrics are the third addition to Glen Raven’s Renaissance family of products, which includes braided rugs and Renaissance Heritage upholstery fabrics. The initial launch of …

Senate urges faster disaster loans

Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., noted substantial improvements in the U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) response to natural disasters since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita devastated her Gulf Coast constituents. However, as chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, she questioned in a Senate hearing why the SBA has been slow to disburse …

Specialty Fabrics Review interviews Fred Tracy, owner of Fred’s Tents and Canopies Inc.

Interview by Sigrid Tornquist Your entrance into the tent industry was a surprising progression for you. How does it compare to your work as an artist? It’s still a creative field. But I’m always aware of how much of an honor it is to work in this industry, from the worst days in our country’s …

Welding machine with an integrated folding unit

For excellent finishing of brilliant color textile printing, Multi-Plot offers the Ares Plus welding machine, an automatic impulse welding machine with an integrated folding unit for finishing banners, roller blinds, awnings and other similar products. Pneumatically controlled edge guides ensure exact alignment and facilitate welding up to 5 meters in a single operation. Also available: …

Huntsman and DyeCoo to collaborate on sustainable solutions

Recycled carbon dioxide (CO2) technology offsets its impacts on the environment and climate. Huntsman Textile Effects, Singapore, will collaborate with DyeCoo Textile Systems, Weesp, The Netherlands, to produce more sustainable dye solutions. “The collaboration is a reinforcement of both companies’ long-term strategy and deep commitment to innovation and sustainability,” says Steve Gray, global vice president …

Labor-saving innovation speeds tent installation

By Sigrid Tornquist One of the biggest costs for tent rental companies is labor, and Fred Tracy is always looking for labor-saving ideas to use to improve the tent rental industry—in his early days as a tent manufacturer, he became known as “Inspector Gadget.” One such labor-saving innovation Tracy came up with is the “No …

Magnetic screens lock securely

Sunair® has introduced a new magnetic locking device for use with its exterior rolling screens. With the magnetic lock installed, at each end of the screen hem bar and below the screen, the screen fabric remains taut when the screen is in its lowered position. If a wind gust lifts the hem bar, the lock …

MarChem CFI becomes Marlen Textiles

MarChem CFI Inc, once a wholly owned subsidiary of St. Louis-based DASH Multi-Corp Inc., has been spun off and is now a stand-alone entity. As part of the spin-off, MarChem CFI will change its name to Marlen Textiles. The brands Top Gun, Mustang, Top Notch, Top Notch Elite, Odyssey, Vista, Softouch, Holiday, Heritage, and AQUA-TITE …

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Dazzling interactive displays

Multimedia technology takes fabric exhibits to a new level. By Rob Coco and Bob Sneed Over the past few years, two developments have taken the custom exhibit industry by storm. One is the use of specialty fabrics in the building of custom exhibits for events, trade shows and permanent installations; the other is the integration …

A STEP forward for Norseman Structures

Norseman Structures Inc., Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, bills its steel-framed, fabric-covered buildings as “fiercely reliable,” and the Saskatchewan Trade and Export Partnership (STEP) agreed, awarding the company with the STEP Exporter of the Year award for 2012. Norseman displays “a high level of performance in introducing new products and services into world markets,” says STEP president …

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Integrating coating technologies

The coated textiles industry is currently in a state of flux as new markets are emerging and traditional processes (and partnerships) are being adapted in response. By Adrian Wilson A wide range of coating technologies and processes were showcased and explained at the 2012 International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating (TCL) held in Valencia, …

Cyclonix expands in-house fabrication capacity

Cyclonix Inc., Morgan Hill, Calif., has expanded its brand engagement agency to include equipment and capacity to create lightweight fabric architectural components in-house. The firm will do its own sewing, fabric printing and tube bending to make walls, signs, canopies and other exhibit elements that complement its brand activities. The company wanted the ability to …

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2013 State of the Industry

Steady but slow economic recovery characterized the industry in 2012. By Jeff Rasmussen The economic recovery across the globe continues, but at a weakened pace. Growth in U.S. GDP was up slightly at about 2 percent in 2012, compared to 1.8 percent in 2011. The small increase in GDP was accompanied by an uptick in …

Silver anniversary for Texas Sun & Shade

In 1987, retractable awnings were a tough sell for Ben and Gudrun Skoldeberg, a Swedish husband-and-wife team trying to expand their business to a hot new market: Austin, Texas. They sold only one miniblind during the company’s first five months in business. Fast forward to August 2012, as Texas Sun & Shade celebrated its 25th …

Planning a successful succession

An effective succession plan encourages a smooth management transition while minimizing transfer taxes. By Mark E. Battersby Sooner or later, everyone contemplates retirement. For those who own a closely-held or family specialty fabrics business, retirement is more than just a matter of deciding not to go to work any more. In addition to ensuring there …

Four Gehring companies merge

Gehring-Tricot Corp., Garden City, N.Y., plans to become a “one-stop shop” for customers sourcing U.S. manufactured textiles by assuming operation of Gehring Textiles, Helmont Mills and Tweave LLC. Skip Gehring, third-generation owner of the privately held companies, is seeking “an increase in manufacturing efficiencies and elimination of any unnecessary administrative functions.” The Gehring-Tricot Corp. will …

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Opportunities and challenges for geosynthetics

Geosynthetics are an important part of the growing oil and gas industry. By Glen Knopp Oil and natural gas production (O & G) is a fast-growing segment of both the U.S. economy and the geosynthetic materials markets. Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing of shale deposits have opened up large new oil and gas exploration plays …

Kumar elected AATCC committee chair

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), a trade organization for textile wet processing professionals, has elected Smrithi Kumar to lead the Lightfastness and Weathering RA 50 Committee. Kumar is the international sales manager for Q-Lab weathering, light stability and corrosion test equipment. He also serves as the U.S. expert on the lightfastness …

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Transforming inventions into innovation

New forums for entrepreneurial environments must be established in order to help transform inventions into innovations. By Prof. Dr. Roshan Shishoo Historically the textile industry was the first sector that brought about the industrial revolution, and many world economies depended on the evolution of this industrial sector for their political power for a very long …

Tent graphics made easy

By Sigrid Tornquist While tent graphics have been an option for several years, advances in printing technology and applications—plummeting price points—are making graphics a viable option for more than just large corporate tented events. “With the emergence of digital printing over the last decade, there is more and more capacity for printing on tent materials …

Keyston Bros. promotes Bueker

After working two years in sales at Keyston Bros., an Atlanta, Ga., textile distributor, Dennis Bueker has been promoted to vice president of the awning and canvas division. He previously worked with awning and marine customers in the southeast and southwest Florida markets, and now will lead the expansion of awning and shade products nationwide. …

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ASTM takes environmental action

ASTM Intl. to develop environmental guidelines for products. ASTM Intl., W. Conshohocken, Pa., has announced its new initiative as a Program Operator for Product Category Rules (PCRs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), which will provide the venue for developing PCRs and verifying EPDs. As “green” and sustainability become more prevalent terms, and measurement systems and …

Trampoline trail puts spring in visitors’ steps

Three hours from Moscow in the Nikola-Lenivets forest, Russian artists invaded the site of an ancient settlement dated 3,000 B.C. to create outdoor art installations for the Archstoyanie Festival last summer The exhibit put spring in the steps of visitors on the “Fast Track,” a 170-foot-long walking trail and trampoline. Designed by Maarja Kask and …

In memoriam: James Jeffery

James Jeffery, a long-time sales executive for the John Boyle Co., passed away on Dec. 22, 2012, at the age of 86. Jeffery was also an honored life member of the Canvas Products Association, Zone 7. The WWII Navy veteran is survived by his son Gary, three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

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NICE, RITE form landmark partnership

The RITE Group and NICE (Nordic Initiative Clean and Ethical) have signed a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will allow the two parties to cooperate closely to address more effectively the environmental issues in the global textile value chain. The strategic alliance is designed to strengthen each group’s objectives through mutual support in terms …

Formidable fabrics fight insects—and disease

The gifts of the great outdoors often come at a cost, as people seeking fresh air and sunshine get swamped by mosquitoes, pinched by deer flies, blinded by gnats or just plain ticked. Instead of slathering bug dope over every exposed inch of skin, Insect Shield LLC, Greensboro, N.C., recommends a more comfortable, comprehensive and …

In memoriam: Philip Lehner

Philip Lehner, long-time chairman and CEO of Leigh Fibers, Spartanburg, S.C., died January 5, 2013, at his home in Hingham, Mass. He was 89 years old. During his 65 years with Leigh Fibers, Lehner built the company into the largest textile and fiber reprocessing company in the United States. Lehner was a Phi Beta Kappa …