H&V’s NanoWave honored with prestigious IDEA13 achievement award

April 30, 2013

Hollingsworth & Vose, a global leader in the supply of advanced materials for filtration, battery separator and industrial applications, today announced that NanoWave® was selected as the winner of the Roll Goods IDEA13 Achievement Award. Three of the most innovative and successful new products in the nonwovens and engineered fabrics industries over the past three …

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EFI mourns passing of company founder Efi Arazi

April 29, 2013

EFI™ mourns the passing of its founder and first CEO, Efraim “Efi” Arazi, who died on his 76th birthday, Sunday, April 14. Arazi created his namesake company in 1988 after a pioneering, 20-year career as the founder, president and CEO of the first Israeli high-tech firm, Scitex Corporation. Arazi served as chairman, president and CEO …

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Arlon Graphics launches Series 4600LX for automotive restyling industry

Arlon Graphics has launched a high performance color change wrap film, Series 4600LX, for automotive restyling. Series 4600LX is an ultra-conformable film that allows users to transform the look of their vehicle with multiple colors and finishes. It is designed for full vehicle wraps, vehicle striping and custom accent wraps on vehicles. Arlon’s LX (low …

Vietnam sets ambitious export goals

April 26, 2013

Vietnam’s textile and clothing manufacturers set a goal to become one of the top five exporting nations by 2020, according to a recent report, Textile Outlook International from Textiles Intelligence. According to Money magazine, Vietnam is now one of Asia’s most open economies, with two-way trade valued at 160 percent of the country’s gross domestic …

Teijin develops radiation-shielding aramid fabric

April 25, 2013

Teijin Limited has developed a new aramid fiber fabric that protects users against X-ray and gamma ray radiation. Starting in May, the company will provide samples to selected customers for applications such as protective clothing and sheet materials used in areas with high radiation levels. The new Technora fabric is produced by blending radiation-shielding tungsten …

Asia increasing caprolactam production

April 24, 2013

Caprolactam is a chemical used to produce nylon fibers and resins, and production levels are rising in Asia as demand builds, according to a new report by GBI Research. The chemical is used to manufacture textiles, carpets, industrial yarns, films and engineering plastics. China has emerged as a global caprolactam manufacturing hub, accounting for around …

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Cooley Group expands senior leadership team

April 23, 2013

The Rhode Island-based Cooley Group, a developer and manufacturer of sustainable, engineered membranes and other high-performance solutions, announced in an April 16 press release changes to its executive leadership team. The changes take effect immediately and include the expansion of Cooley’s global leadership team to meet the demands of the company’s growing global customer base, …

H&M recognized for corporate social responsibility initiatives

H&M—the world’s second largest apparel retailer behind Inditex—has been lauded for its commitment to sustainability. According to a report in Global Apparel Markets, from the business information company Textiles Intelligence, H&M is considered one of the most environmentally responsible players in the global apparel industry. Sustainability has been pushed to the forefront of the business …

Somfy Systems wins prestigious 2013 WCMA award

April 22, 2013

Somfy Systems Inc. has announced that it has been awarded the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) award for best new style concept in the motorization category for their DecoFlex WireFree™ RTS custom engraved wall switch. The DecoFlex WireFree RTS battery powered wall switch can be used to control any Somfy RTS motorized product and can …

New textile arts exhibition opens at de Young Museum

April 19, 2013

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have announced the opening of a new exhibition, From the Exotic to the Mystical: Textile Treasures from the Permanent Collection. The exhibition contains approximately 40 objects drawn from the Museums’ extensive holdings of textile arts. This selection represents 15 centuries of textile arts and includes finely detailed English …

German group introduces new certification for laundry service providers

April 18, 2013

The German Certification Association for Professional Textile Services has introduced the RAL Quality Certification Mark, RAL-GZ 992/4 Clothing of Care Home Residents, to help ensure hygiene standards for personal laundry from care home residents. Currently, German regulations only require specific hygiene standards be met for the processing of certain types of laundry from care homes, …

AATCC presents Millson Award for Invention to two military groups

April 17, 2013

In April, the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) honored the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command and scientists at the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center as recipients of the 2012 Henry E. Millson Award for Invention. The award was given in recognition of their work to develop camouflage patterns …

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IFAI and Clarion Events North America sign collaboration agreement

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is pleased to announce a collaborative agreement has been signed with Clarion Events North America surrounding Clarion’s annual ExpoProducción event in Mexico City. The collaboration will include an IFAI Pavilion and Conference to be held within the annual ExpoProducción trade show at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, …

IFAI and Clarion Events North America sign collaboration agreement

April 16, 2013

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is pleased to announce a collaborative agreement has been signed with Clarion Events North America surrounding Clarion’s annual ExpoProducción event in Mexico City. The collaboration will include an IFAI Pavilion and Conference to be held within the annual ExpoProducción trade show at the World Trade Center in Mexico City, …

TenCate certified for corporate social responsibility

April 15, 2013

TenCate has achieved the next step in implementing its sustainability policy. The company has announced that all four of its market groups have been certified in accordance with the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Performance Ladder level 3 standards. Accredited certification bureaus have established that business operations at the Dutch production company satisfy the certification standards …

NASA invests in small business innovative research and technology proposals

April 12, 2013

NASA has selected 295 research and technology proposals from 216 American small businesses for negotiations that may lead to contract awards worth a combined $38.7 million. The proposals are part of NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Program (STTR). SBIR addresses specific technology gaps in agency missions while striving …

TenCate acquires Amber Composites

April 11, 2013

The major portion of the global composite market consists of thermoset materials, and Koninklijke TenCate NV, Almelo, The Netherlands, recently acquired Amber Composites Ltd., an English manufacturer of composite materials, to increase its capacity. TenCate Advanced Composites in the U.S. and Europe produce thermoset composites for aerospace applications, and by adding Amber Composites will lower …

Teijin integrates two businesses

April 10, 2013

In a bid to grow global markets in fiber raw materials, apparel and industrial materials, Teijin Limited, Tokyo, Japan, will integrate two businesses, N.I. Teijin Shoji Co. Ltd. and Teijin Fibers Limited, into a unique hybrid converting company, Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd. The new company will manage development, sales and trading of raw fiber and …

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Printer for small print service providers

HP’s Designjet L26100 Printer is designed for small print service providers interested in the versatility, ease-of-use and environmental benefits of HP Latex Printing Technologies. Featuring HP 792 Designjet Latex Inks, the Designjet L26100 is ideal for high-impact indoor and outdoor applications, including point of purchase displays, temporary textiles and vehicle graphics. The 61-inch printer delivers …

SEAMS 2013 Networking Conference registration now open

April 9, 2013

SEAMS, the National Association for the U.S. Sewn Products Industry, is now accepting registrations for its Spring 2013 Networking Conference planned for April 26-27 at the historic Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C. Entitled “The Reshoring Wave,” the event is expected to attract professionals from virtually every segment of the diverse fashion and industrial sewn …

Seismic “tissue” mutes earthquake impacts

April 8, 2013

During the final week of February 2013, the U.S. Geological Survey confirmed 214 earthquakes worldwide, from Russia to the Dominican Republic to the Philippines. Earthquakes are everyday occurrences in areas where major geologic masses collide, and building collapses and falling debris cause the most injuries. The Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), a public corporation in …

Tips on using social media for disaster recovery

April 5, 2013

Get tips on best practices for creating a crisis communications plan using social media during the April 9 webinar hosted by Agility Recovery Solutions and the U.S. Small Business Administration. As Hurricane Sandy battered the Northeast, emergency managers, utility companies and the public relied on social media to share updates on the path of the …

TenCate Protective Fabrics wins orders from Netherlands fire brigades

April 4, 2013

The IJsselland and northeast Gelderland fire brigades in the Netherlands have chosen the superior protection of inherently heat and flame-resistant materials from TenCate Protective Fabrics. The orders, totaling 1,850 uniforms, are from two European contracts. TenCate has developed new protective fabrics that provide permanent protection as well as a high degree of wearing comfort and …

CORDURA fabrics accepted into Material ConneXion’s Library of Innovative Materials

April 3, 2013

INVISTA’S CORDURA® Denim, Duck and Naturalle™ fabrics were voted into the world’s largest innovative materials library, Material ConneXion. Through a majority vote by a creative and materials professional panel, CORDURA® fabric was awarded three Certificates of Materials Excellence. “The Material ConneXion library contains some of the most advanced and innovative materials in the world,” said …

Former association president and Olney Medal winner named AATCC treasurer

April 2, 2013

Warren S. Perkins, former president of AATCC and textile industry chemist and professor, has been elected by the association’s board of directors to serve as AATCC treasurer. John Y. “Jack” Daniels, executive vice president of AATCC, stated that he and the other officers and board of directors are pleased that Perkins has agreed to accept …

Tough vinyl for tents and tarps

April 1, 2013

Ultra 2300 PVC Coated Vinyl available from Made in America is a top quality, cost-effective vinyl for tent tops and sidewalls, fabric structures and tarps. A strong and durable fabric, it has excellent weldability and is opaque to prevent light from coming through. At 98.5 inches, it’s wider than most vinyls for fewer welds per …

Eco-friendly fabric for exterior roller shades

Phifer’s new SunTex® 95 is a shade fabric designed specifically for exterior roller shades. A vinyl-coated polyester fabric, it’s thinner and lighter weight in a full basket weave. With a 5 percent openness factor, SunTex 95 offers increased heat and glare control, stopping approximately 95 percent of the sun’s hot rays for a cooler, more …

Enduratexâ„¢ adopts inventory-sharing service

Warehouse Two LLC is an independent inventory-sharing service created for durable goods manufacturers and their authorized distributors, allowing participants to tap into the inventories of many other companies to find what they want or sell what they have. Enduratex™ (also known as China General Plastics Corporation of America) provides vinyl-coated fabrics to the automotive, hospitality, …

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Building an education at the Solar Shading Academy

The Finnish Solar Shading Academy was established to enhance knowledge and professionalism in the industry. By Petri Rokkanen The Finnish Solar Shading Association (Aurinkosuojaus ry) was originally established as an organization at the end of the 1960s. In 1980 the group became an association only for Finnish manufacturers in the solar shading industry. At the …

New seismic fabric from Röfix

Röfix, a subsidiary of German company Fixit Group, introduces a new seismic fabric designed to prevent and contain building damage during earthquakes. Sisma Calce is a lower-cost solution to retroactively protecting structures from the damage caused by earthquakes. The fabric consists of elastic polypropylene fibers laid in four directions, as well as glass fiber, and …

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Study shows benefits from imported apparel

It may not be made in the U.S.A., but a report analyzing the value chain for apparel manufactured overseas outlines where and how U.S. workers contribute to the value and global production of imported apparel. Trade economist Dr. Susan Hester’s report, “Analyzing the Value Chain for Apparel Designed in the United States and Manufactured Overseas,” …

CREED Act extension introduced to bolster access to capital

U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu (D-La.), chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Senator Jeanne Shaheen, (D-N.H.), a senior member of the committee, have introduced legislation that would extend for five years a provision allowing small business owners to use Small Business Administration (SBA) 504 loans to refinance certain existing commercial …

King Tech’s LumiTech Reflective provides increased safety

One of the winners of the first IFAI ShowStoppers Award (2012), King Tech’s LumiTech Reflective provides increased safety for roadside runners, walkers and cyclists, and for other uses in dark environments. When properly designed, the fabric may be seen by drivers at the critical detection distance of 140 meters, yet by day the clothes are …

Making implants bond to the bone

Polyether ether ketone (PEEK), used to make polymer implants for spinal or other bone injury, doesn’t bond well with bone. Bioactive coating can improve bonding, but the coating needs to be heated to 500 degrees C, a temperature that melts PEEK. Research scientists at North Carolina State University (NCSU) have discovered a two-step process to …

New technical director for AATCC

Lou Protonentis, a textile industry professional who has served in director-level positions with Cotton Inc. and Microban Intl., has joined AATCC as the association’s new technical director. With core competencies in textile industry R&D, strategic planning, team building, global sales and staff supervision, Protonentis brings key skills and abilities to his new role with the …

Inherently flame-resistant fabric

Kovenex, a nonwoven, high performance and inherently flame-resistant fabric, is more effective than traditional thermal barriers. Lightweight and long-lasting, it’s machine washable, nonchemically treated and offers a longer shelf life. Particularly effective as a thermal barrier in hand protection for gloves with enhanced dexterity, flexibility and durability. SOURCE Waubridge Specialty Fabrics

New organic content standard

How can a fabric product claim to be organic? Until recently, the only standard was the OE standards for tracking organic cotton from raw material to production to final product. Textile Exchange, a nonprofit dedicated to accelerating sustainability in textile manufacture, partnered with the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) on a new organic content standard (OCS) …

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A fabric forest at the Rothbury music festival

The installation, an art-filled forest at the Rothbury music festivals in Rothbury, Mich., was so popular that the event was rebranded the Electric Forest Festival. Guildworks in Portland, Ore. helped create the installations using 10,000 square feet of two-way stretch fabric. Although unique because of the setting, it was also complex. The pieces had to …

Membrane material designed to reduce the transmission of radiation

RaProTex™ (Radiation Protection Textile) from Taiyo Kogyo Corp. and Hiraoka & Co. Ltd. is a membrane material designed to reduce the transmission of radiation. Applications include decontamination bags for soil and ash containing low-level radioactive substances, sheets to cover the piled decontamination bags, tent structures for temporary storage of contaminated materials and workplace dividers to …

Mexico and China in WTO trade dispute

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 …

Marine fabric resists the elements

Heritage™ marine fabric from Marlen Textiles offers abrasion resistance and dimensional stability for virtually no stretching. Offering water resistance and better tear strength than many one-sided fabrics, the color on one side helps to reduce the potential for rub-off. Will not crack or delaminate with exposure to the elements. Top Notch Elite™ for marine, awnings …

D3O® Smart Skin provides a low-profile protective layer

Designed for sports applications, D3O® Smart Skin provides a lightweight and low-profile protective layer that can be directly applied to the garment for better comfort, flexibility and a low-profile geometry. It features the British company’s new D3O Aero technology–a lightweight, soft, open-celled PU foam developed predominantly for the sportswear market. Softer and less dense, it’s …

Economic downturn spurs structural change

According to a new report, “Strategies of Leading International Technical Textiles Companies, 3rd edition,” many industry leaders responded to the global economic crisis by shedding parts of their businesses deemed ‘non-core’ to private equity investors. Author Adrian Wilson provides a clear, balanced analysis of other structural changes and cutbacks, including strategic shifts in acquisitions, cost …

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Covering a classic car

[Bennett Custom Canvas Inc.] Toronto, Ont., Canada For a company that ordinarily works exclusively in marine applications, it was a bit of an adventure to take on a unique automotive project, but the customer drove away with a grin on his face. The customer wanted a waterproof fabric for the top of his Jaguar 1937 …

Soft, strong and warrantied PVC alloy

Breakwater X marine fabric for T-Tops, rigid or soft enclosures, and permanent or semipermanent tops remains soft and pliable for the life of the fabric and will not crack or peel. Its PVC alloy is highly resistant to prolonged exposure to saltwater, UV and heat for strength and durability. Does not rely on plasticizers for …

Designer wallcoverings create a colorful and bold space

Liora Manné’s unique Lamontage™ wallcovering patterns can be used to create a colorful and bold space. Resembling the ancient art of felting, the Lamontage process uses acrylic fibers that are intricately cut, blended and layered by hand and then mechanically interlocked by needle-punching to create custom nonwoven designs. For additional strength, the fibers are needled …

Smart textiles for protective gear

A new book, “Smart Textiles for Protection,” outlines how materials that sense and react to environmental conditions are being integrated into personal protective clothing—and examines a wide range of end-use protective applications. The book explores material types, surface treatments, nanofibers, smart barrier membranes, sensors, actuators and computers in protective wear, and also provides a discussion …

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Better-than-new boat seats

[Sand Sea and Air Interiors Inc.] San Juan, Puerto Rico When the owner of a high-profile speedboat wanted a total replacement of its exterior upholstery, Sand Sea and Air Interiors used a vinyl with silver-ion technology for a striking look and durable finish. The seating area had both exposed and recessed hi-lo cushions that could …

PVC material with a low-sheen finish

Soluna 19 oz. polyester reinforced PVC material is extremely waterproof with an aesthetically appealing orange peel, low-sheen finish. Easy-to-clean, resistant to fading, mildew and fungus, it is dimensionally stable to prevent sagging, has superior tensile and tear strength and is flame resistant. Designed for fixed awnings or other outdoor applications. Available in 11 popular colors …

A new look for health care upholstery

OMNOVA Solutions introduces an addition to its Boltaflex® contract upholstery products. The Laurel design features a classic tone-on-tone floral motif updated with shimmering metallic flecks. Designed primarily for the health care market, Laurel’s vinyl construction is resistant to microbial and bacterial attack. It also features OMNOVA’s proprietary PreFixx® protective finish for easy cleaning and disinfecting …