Unifi’s Repreve polyester resins certified as Responsible Source™ products

May 31, 2013

SCS Global Services (SCS) announced that Unifi Manufacturing, Inc., a leading producer of multi-filament polyester, nylon textured yarns and related raw materials, is the first manufacturer of its kind to earn Responsible Source™ certification. Certification was issued for Unifi’s Repreve® products manufactured in the Repreve Recycling Center in Yadkinville, North Carolina. The Responsible Source certification …

Defense company wins contract for armored vehicles using Dyneema ballistic tape

May 30, 2013

DSM Dyneema, manufacturer of the ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene (UHMwPE) fiber, Dyneema® announced a new milestone for its lightweight, cost-effective Dyneema BT10 ballistic tape. FNSS Savunma Sistemleri A.Ş., a leading producer of armored vehicles based in Turkey, won a major contract from an Asian government to manufacture 8×8 “Pars©” amphibious armored personnel vehicles featuring spall …

Starting a high-tech business?

May 29, 2013

Looking to start or grow your high-tech entrepreneurial venture? Need financing to help fund research and development (R & D) efforts and realize your business potential? The U.S. federal government may be able to help. In 2012, nearly 5,000 small businesses received more than $1.8 billion in federal government grants and contracts to help them …

Nike hosts LAUNCH 2020 Summit to promote sustainability

May 28, 2013

LAUNCH members Nike Inc., NASA, the U.S. Agency for International Development and the U.S. Department of State convened 150 materials specialists, designers, academics, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and NGOs to catalyze action around one of the world’s biggest challenges—the sustainability of materials and how they are made. Nike president and CEO Mark Parker kicked off the two-day …

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TenCate Geosynthetics completes Mirafi RSi series

May 24, 2013

TenCate Geosynthetics Americas announced its third patent pending geosynthetic for road and railway reinforcement—TenCate Mirafi® RS280i. In 2010, TenCate Geosynthetics Americas introduced TenCate Mirafi RS580i, a highly engineered, high strength geosynthetic product for base reinforcement and subgrade stabilization. This was followed in 2011 with the development of TenCate Mirafi RS380i, a second option for less …

TEXbase introduces restricted substance management system RSL Guardian

May 23, 2013

TEXbase, a provider of web-based compliance, quality and materials management software solutions, has announced the release of RSL Guardian℠, a service developed for brands and consumer product companies to manage restricted substance lists (RSL) across the global supply chain. RSL Guardian is purchased on a standalone basis or as an integrated component of the TEXbase …

Huntsman and DuPont textile alliance launch new stain-repelling finish

May 22, 2013

Huntsman Textile Effects, a division of Huntsman Corporation and global provider of dyes and chemicals to the textile and related industries, has released a new fluoropolymer available under the brand names Phobol® CP-DP and Phobol CP-DL. This new dual-acting finish system is based on short-chain chemistry—a product development that lessens its environmental footprint. The Huntsman …

Innovative mattress helps allergy sufferers

May 21, 2013

In a two-year field test, scientists from the Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim, Germany have shown that a new type of mattress is effective at reducing dust mite allergens. The new mattress, named Wellmed, was developed by the institute and bedding retailer Gailing, based in Ludwigsburg, Germany. In the study, 20 people who suffer from dust …

Atmospheric plasma treatment increases breathability of spunbond nonwoven fabrics

May 20, 2013

The Journal of Industrial Textiles has published the results of a study conducted by Texas Tech University and Milwaukee, Wis., based Enercon Industries that determined when spunbond polypropylene nonwoven fabrics are pre-treated with atmospheric plasma the breathability of the fabric increases. Atmospheric plasma treatment increases the number of pores and enlarges the pore size of …

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New video explains energy advantages of fabric awnings and solar shades

May 17, 2013

Saving money, enhancing curb appeal and reducing your carbon footprint are just a few benefits to retrofitting homes with awnings, according to a new video released by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA). The animation provides a simple overview of how awnings benefit homeowners. The video features a discussion of PAMA’s recent nation-wide, 50-city energy …

SelectUSA announces inaugural investment summit

May 16, 2013

United States Deputy Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank has announced that the inaugural SelectUSA Investment Summit will be held in Washington, D.C. from Oct. 31 to Nov. 1, 2013. The summit will be the first of its kind, connecting businesses and investors from around the world with economic development organizations (EDOs) from across the country in …

Small Business Administration announces ChallengeHER campaign

May 15, 2013

The United States Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced its latest initiative to engage women-owned businesses in the federal procurement process. The campaign, ChallengeHER, was introduced at the Women-Owned Small Business Opportunity Forum Luncheon in Washington, D.C., presented by SBA, Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) and American Express OPEN. The ChallengeHER campaign leverages the resources …

Metlon Corp. adds 5535 segmented FR trim from 3M Scotchlite

May 14, 2013

Rhode Island-based Metlon Corp. has announced that it will add 3M™ Scotchlite™ 5535 segmented FR (flame-resistant) trim to its product offerings. This latest release from Scotchlite expands Metlon’s 5500 Comfort Trim Series. Scotchlite 5535 segmented FR trim was developed for manufacturers to provide added comfort for their uniformed workers while offering flame resistance and enhanced …

Teijin Frontier to showcase eco-friendly sports fabrics at Performance Days

May 13, 2013

Teijin Frontier Co., Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber converting company, announced today that it will showcase a range of sportswear fabrics at Performance Days, a semi-annual trade show for functional sports- and work-wear fabrics, which will take place at the MTC World of Fashion in Munich, Germany, on May 15 and 16. Teijin Frontier will …

Sunbrella launches new interior design video series

May 10, 2013

Sunbrella® has partnered with Lonny Magazine to develop an online video series to showcase the use of Sunbrella fabrics in interior design. Set in Atlanta, the series—“Perspective: Atlanta,”—follows Alex Gaston, design director for Mark Cunningham Inc. in New York, as he reimagines living spaces and seeks to inspire viewers with elegant and practical design solutions …

American & Efird to offer CSI color management platform

May 9, 2013

American & Efird, Mt. Holly, N.C., has joined forces with Color Solutions International (CSI) of Charlotte, N.C., to offer a proprietary technology that recommends thread color matches to customers by using the CSI color management platform. ColorWall™ Seam Link provides development, design, creative and technical teams with accurate thread matches early in the design process, …

INVISTA acquires flame-resistant apparel brand

May 8, 2013

In a move to build its performance materials for work apparel, INVISTA, Wichita, Kan., has acquired Ashburn Hill Corp. and its associated intellectual property, including the TECGEN® brands of flame-resistant apparel. “The TECGEN flame-resistant brands have quickly gained trust in the marketplace, and by coupling that expertise with INVISTA’s existing global work-wear capabilities, we have …

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Arlon Graphics launches WrapItRight website

Arlon Graphics has launched a new training website, WrapItRight.com. WrapItRight.com is a compilation of expert methods for working with graphic films through “how-to” videos. The videos cover topics in areas where installers regularly struggle and provide tips to viewers on the appropriate way to perform installations. In a press release from Arlon Graphics, president Ron …

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SheerWeave fabrics recognized in 2013 WCMA awards competition

May 7, 2013

Phifer Inc. has been recognized by the Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) for best new technical innovation in the green products—sustainability category for its SheerWeave® Style 4000 series sun control fabrics made with Dow Ecolibrium™ bio-based plasticizers. Sheerweave fabrics incorporate a sustainable, plant-based plasticizer while maintaining the same performance, look and feel of standard SheerWeave …

Arlon Graphics launches WrapItRight website

May 6, 2013

Arlon Graphics has launched a new training website, WrapItRight.com. WrapItRight.com is a compilation of expert methods for working with graphic films through “how-to” videos. The videos cover topics in areas where installers regularly struggle and provide tips to viewers on the appropriate way to perform installations. In a press release from Arlon Graphics, president Ron …

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Avery Dennison offers installation classes for its Supreme Wrapping Film

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions has announced it will offer eight installation classes this year for its Supreme Wrapping Film. The classes are open to students with intermediate to advanced skills and will be taught by Justin Pate, an Avery Dennison certified installer. The installation classes are one-day intensive workshops with a limit of 15 students …

STeP introduced at Prime Source Forum 2013

May 3, 2013

The OEKO-TEX® certification system for Sustainable Textile Production (STeP) was officially introduced at the Prime Source Forum in Hong Kong on Mar. 26, 2013. STeP is a certification system for global brands, retail companies and production facilities that want to communicate their achievements in sustainable production in a transparent and credible way. Around 400 top …

Alvin (Al) Miller, visionary founder of Miller Weldmaster

May 2, 2013

The man who changed the world of industrial fabric welding with his vision and knowledge—Al Miller, founder of Miller Weldmaster (Navarre, Ohio)—passed away April 26 at his home surrounded by family. Miller leaves behind a legacy of building Miller Weldmaster into a global presence in more than 100 countries since he founded the company in …

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Extra wide, less waste with Ennis 1974

May 1, 2013

Ennis 1974, a PVC-coated polyester with acrylic finish, is designed to withstand extreme environments for commercial awnings, tents, canopies, tension and inflatable structures. In addition to thermal insulation, superior chemical aging resistance, fire resistance, UV and gamma radiation stability, and excellent properties in tension and deflection, it also offers soundproofing. A highly weldable product, it …

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Crypton 2.0 fabrics are GREENGUARD SelectSM certified

Soft, luxurious and beautiful, Crypton 2.0 contract upholstery fabrics offer pliability, loft recovery and repel-and-release cleanability to protect against ground-in stains. The fabric also includes bio-based materials and is GREENGUARD SelectSM certified. Crypton 2.0 also requires less energy and results in lower greenhouse gas emissions. SOURCE Crypton Inc.

Fog-catching fabrics collect water

Researchers from Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, China, turned a cotton fabric into water-collecting material by coating it with a polymer that changes its microstructure when air temperatures change. The spongy fabric absorbs moisture directly from the air when it is foggy, releasing it as water when the material …

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Zünd introduces new cutting software

The Swiss manufacturer of digital cutting systems Zünd announced new software for its Zünd Cut Center (ZCC) designed to optimize workflow from file to finished product. The ZCC Digital Cutting Software prepares cutter-ready files in commonly used design programs, including RIP and nesting programs, without additional manipulation.

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Highly printable knits and suedes

Sub-Suede polyester suede is compatible with dye sublimation transfer or direct printing. Transfer printing produces a suede-like feel while direct printing results in a plush, velvetlike feel. Dimensionally stable, Sub-Suede is ideal for display graphics, gaming table covers and other digital print graphic applications. Universal Knit 400 FR is wrinkle resistant, 100 percent polyester 4-ounce …

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Recycled fiber for shade products

Sunbrella® Renaissance Unity fabrics from Glen Raven contain 50 percent post-industrial recycled Sunbrella fiber, resulting in a vintage canvas look that is subtly textural with a “substantial feel,” that retains Sunbrella’s fade-resistance and sun-protection qualities. The initial launch includes five solid colors designed to coordinate with a variety of exterior building trim and fascia materials. …

Devious seed inspires color-shifting fibers

The bright blue seed of the South American “bastard hogberry” has little nutritional value, but its bright color mimics that of a more nutritious seed, deceiving birds into eating the “ringer.” and spreading its seeds far and wide. Researchers at Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass., and the University of Exeter, U.K., used the bastard hogberry’s strategy …

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Manage the “tipping point”

By Dara Syrkin Janine Trutna of Big Ink Display Graphics (Eagan, Minn.) has tips on looking for the tipping point in your equipment and the total cost of ownership. Her holistic view includes a nod to social media and predictions about sustainability and the impact of faster, better, less expensive. Q: What types of new …

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Bubble release film makes application easier

ORACAL USA announces ORALITE® Series 5650RA fleet engineering grade reflective film with RapidAir® technology. A printable reflective film, it features an air-release liner to reduce the incidence of bubbles common with large reflective graphic applications, making application easier. This seven-year film is well suited for vehicle applications over flat surfaces, rivets and simple curves. Available …

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Ron Houle builds a bridge to the Capitol

Ron Houle works for defense procurement funding at the highest levels of U.S. government. By Sigrid Tornquist “To be successful in defense procurement it’s important to understand what the Department of Defense (DoD) needs, how to design to that need, how projects get funded and how they are justified in Congress,” says Ron Houle, vice …

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Water sports apparel market struggling?

The global economic crisis and changes in water-sports participation have thrown cold water over businesses that market water sports apparel, according to Textile Intelligence’s Performance Apparel Markets, Issue No. 43. Major companies in water-sports apparel are cutting back on operations and re-evaluating, as they see declines in their valuation. Large corporations and private equity groups …

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Exhibiting your client’s strengths

Today’s exhibit applications display high-end digital graphics, and the trend of these visually inspiring graphics is to represent a customer’s brand and marketing focus while “wowing” the audience. By Maura Keller Today’s digital graphics need to be of the highest quality in terms of printing, finishing and color. “Graphic suppliers need to maintain a strong …

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Backlit, framing and fencing fabric

DD 8600 Twilite (FR) is Fisher’s newest backlit fabric for light box applications, as well as banners and trade show exhibits. Coated for direct disperse printing, it works well in grooved box lit applications and presents excellent color volume and resolution. DD 7866 Vistatex (FR), for trade show exhibits and retail advertising, is commonly used …

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Eventstar delivers sophisticated structure for celebrity event

[Eventstar Structures Corp] Miami, Fla., U.S.A Eventstar Structures was commissioned by a world-renowned event firm to design a modern temporary structure for a celebrity dinner with 400 VIP guests. This 68-by-138 square-foot structure made with Ferrari S.A. vinyl featured a multilevel glass façade and wrap-around parapet beneath a thermo-pressurized roof system. A 16-by-150-foot grand entrance …

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Dutch researchers design highways that heal themselves

Researchers at the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) in The Netherlands are paving the way to longer-lived roads with a special type of asphalt containing long steel fibers. Zoab, a highly porous asphalt concrete used commonly in The Netherlands, is used because water can drain through openings in the pavement. The problem is that …

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The great FR question

By Dara Syrkin Asking the tough questions often leads to…more questions. The process of finding the answers can lessen your learning curve as you dive into new projects involving fire-resistant materials. Jeff Leagon of Aurora Textiles (Aurora, Ill.) and Mike VonWachenfeldt of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics (Glen Raven, N.C.) share their insight. Q: What implications …

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Design Miami tent features intricate designs

By Sigrid Tornquist Eventstar collaborated with New York City-based architectural firm Moorhead & Moorhead to help execute their design for the courtyard at the 2010 Design Miami Art Fair. The tent’s standard flat vinyl panels were manipulated by a simple pattern of hand-cut slits, folded to simultaneously open the panels and create a volumetric surface. …

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Direct Print Textiles delivers high performance

Direct Print Textiles high-performance line provides an advanced platform for outstanding color consistency, excellent image sharpness and a wide color gamut in banners, flags, advertising displays and fine art reprints. REACH compliant. SOURCE Top Value Fabrics

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Röder HTS Höcker pushes the limits for AUDI

[Röder HTS Höcker GmbH] Kefenrod, Germany Röder HTS Höcker pushed the limits with this modern temporary structure used by AUDI during a European DTM Car Races tour. The project required ground-breaking concepts in building design to meet client requirements, including a three-day install and two-day takedown time to accommodate the schedule. The 600-square-meter complex made …

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Fibertect wipes cleaning up toxins

The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) currently uses a powdered decontaminant called M-291 to clean up toxins, such as the nerve gas soman, a volatile, corrosive and colorless liquid. Then the Journal of Engineered Fibers & Fabrics published research by Texas Tech University comparing M-291 to Fibertect®, a nonwoven decontamination wipe created at the university …

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Dream shop layouts

How work processes inform shop layout. By Jamie Swedberg When a graphics company moves to a new facility, it’s a chance to start from scratch. With more space and a blank slate, printers can lay out the shop so that it truly reflects their work processes. That’s what Moss Inc. got a chance to do …

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Making research pay off

Looking for write-offs in all the right places. By Mark E. Battersby Few specialty fabric professionals seem to be aware that many of their business activities constitute “research” under current tax rules. Your business could be sitting on a lot of ignored or overlooked research and development (R & D) tax credits and deductions. Research …

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Excellent dirt resistance with STAM 6002

STAM 6002, made by Serge Ferrari and available from Keyston Bros., offers a textured surface with an acrylic-looking topcoat. It is flexible for easy handling and installation and for creating textile structures. The PVDF matte surface coating ensures excellent dirt resistance and maintenance and offers a more natural look for franchises, communities or residences that …

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Baytex big top artistry

[Baytex Manufacturing Co. Ltd.] Mt. Maunganui, New Zealand Extra high peaks and striking graphics make this 40-meter circus big top an impressive center stage for performers and thrill-seekers. Designed to complement a 24-meter foyer tent, Baytex Manufacturing made the circus tent from Ferrari Big Top fabric and its graphic elements from Ferrari 502 PVC, which …

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Lotus plant inspires self-cleaning yarn

Lotus leaves are covered with structures that repel surface water, which washes off dirt or dust as it runs off. A super-hydrophobic filament yarn developed by TWD Fibres GmbH, Deggendorf, Germany, achieves the same self-cleaning effect without external chemical treatment. DIOLEN®CLEAN is created using a specialized spinning process that integrates the self-cleaning effect into the …

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Graphics dress up a charging station

By Bruce N. Wright The project. Pink Inc. had recently been acquired by Moss and wanted a new product launch and marketing message to announce the new arrangement. The company. Pink Powered by Moss developed a new product line for trade show use. The task. Develop a year-long marketing program and product line to get …

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OEKO-TEX honors winners

Presentation of the Sustainability Awards, June 12 in Frankfurt am Main. To honor the achievements of OEKO-TEX® certified companies that have demonstrated special commitment to the issue of sustainability, the OEKO-TEX Association will present its Sustainability Award for the first time on June 12, 2013, during an evening event in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The …