Palmetto Synthetics to manufacture and distribute Unifi’s REPREVE

August 30, 2013

As part of a manufacturing and distribution agreement, Unifi’s REPREVE® chip will be purchased and processed by Palmetto Synthetics into staple fiber and sold under the REPREVE brand name. This will provide the textile industry with a U.S. made REPREVE staple fiber product option. “We have a shared vision with Unifi to provide the textile …

OEKO-TEX® presents webinar on new STeP certification

August 29, 2013

The International OEKO-TEX® Association’s Dr. Sam Moore, who represents OEKO-TEX in North America, will present a webinar introducing the new STeP certification system for sustainable textile production facilities on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013, at 2:00 PM EST. The webinar is complimentary, and participants may register online in advance. Because of OEKO-TEX’s Elite Sponsor status and …

Steron® surface technology creates innovative surface textures

August 28, 2013

Bauer-Textile and Weyermann Technical Textiles are the strategic partners of BASF SE for the development and distribution of Steron®. The special transfer coating technique is applied to high-quality flexible substrates. Material coated with Steron has a soft handle, is warm to the touch and has an attractive visual appearance. Innovative surface textures can be created …

J. Robert Scott joins Allan Knight in Texas

August 27, 2013

J. Robert Scott, Inc. signed a representation agreement with Allan Knight & Associates, Inc. for the Texas market. The J. Robert Scott brand will occupy approximately 2,500 square feet in Allan Knight’s 40,000 square-foot showroom. “The contemporary atmosphere in Allan Knight’s showroom is flooded with natural light and soaring ceilings and will offer the design …

Huntsman partners with Huamao Group

August 26, 2013

Huntsman Textiles Effects has been awarded preferred supplier status for Huamao Group’s dyes and chemical requirements. This strategic partnership allows Huntsman to proactively support Huamao Group in addressing challenges in its operational and environmental needs. “China is an important market for us,” said Kent Kvaal, vice president of global sales and technical services at Huntsman …

AATCC launches YouTube channel

August 23, 2013

In an effort to find new ways to reach and serve its growing global membership, the Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) has launched a YouTube channel. At “theAATCC,” visitors will find videos capturing events from the association’s meetings, conferences, student chapter events and more. The channel includes new videos from the AATCC …

Exclusive formula from TMI LLC improves PVC’s workability

August 22, 2013

TMI LLC, Pittsburgh, Pa., has engineered a solution for the difficulties PVC film’s natural tackiness can cause manufacturers. The need for easy PVC separation, folding and unfolding pushed TMI to develop their exclusive Low Cohesion (LC) PVC formula. PVC film has a natural tendency to stick to itself, which can be useful for providing a …

Diamond Brand Mfg. secures exclusive U. S. Army tent contract

August 21, 2013

Diamond Brand Manufacturing, Fletcher, N.C., has announced that it has been awarded an exclusive one-year contract valued at $2.75 million to produce and supply the Soldier Crew Tent to the United States Army. The contract, managed through the Defense Logistics Agency Troop Support (DLATS), affirms that Diamond Brand is capable of adhering to the stringent …

Outdoor excellence: WeatherMax fabric for light structures

August 20, 2013

Fabric light structures and shade sails offer beauty and protection to all types of areas and environments. This also means the fabric they’re constructed from needs to be able to endure harsh conditions while still maintaining an attractive appearance. Safety Components WeatherMax fabric combines both qualities. WeatherMax is already used extensively in Europe for shade …

SLINGMAX® heavy-duty sling helps top the Freedom Tower

August 19, 2013

The Freedom Tower, located at One World Trade Center (1WTC), New York, N.Y., is a focal point for American pride, determination and recovery following the destruction of New York City’s Twin Towers on September 11, 2001. Freedom Tower’s focal point is its 408-foot silver spire. Raising the spire to the Freedom Tower’s peak required the …

AATCC to sponsor symposium on textile wet processing

August 16, 2013

AATCC’s Chemical Applications Interest Group is sponsoring a symposium Oct. 16-17, 2013. Textile Wet Processing: The Way Forward will be held at the Textile Technology Center in Belmont, N.C. The program sessions will focus on fibers, preparation, dyeing, color communication, finishing and sustainability. As part of the program, attendees will also tour the center, which …

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Avery Dennison and West Coast Customs team up to offer wrapping film challenge

August 15, 2013

Avery Dennison recently announced the launch of the “Wrap Like a King” Challenge, hosted with the support of sponsors West Coast Customs and Croftgate USA. The competition offers professional vehicle wrap installers a chance to show off their skills by creating unique, well-installed car wraps. Submissions to the challenge will include photos and information about …

Diagonal Consulting to conduct Asian market study

Diagonal Consulting (India) has been appointed by a leading nonwovens producer from the MENA region to carry out an Asian market study for the medical and hygiene nonwovens sector. The study will encompass the sector overview and growth potential covering the following Asian countries: India Indonesia Korea Japan Taiwan Malaysia Thailand Pakistan Vietnam Philippines The …

Teijin’s Technora para-aramid fiber plays key role in Space Elevator Challenge

August 14, 2013

Teijin Limited, Tokyo, Japan, has announced that its high-performance Technora para-aramid fiber will be used for the Space Elevator Challenge, an annual racing event for mock space elevators, to be held in Fujinomiya, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan, August 7-10. Technora will be used as the belt and rope hanging from large balloons positioned at an altitude …

SBA webinar series on new healthcare law

August 13, 2013

Looking for insight about how the Affordable Care Act will affect your small business and your employees? The Small Business Administration (SBA) is offering a webinar series focused on what the new healthcare law means for you. The series will touch on both federal and state provisions to help local small business owners understand how …

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Indoor/outdoor, high-performance cushion and sling fabrics from Phifer Inc.

August 12, 2013

Featuring on-trend color combinations and designs in furniture fabrics—from solids and stripes to florals in traditional and contemporary weaves—Phifer’s chic, durable furniture fabrics can easily transition from an outdoor room to interior living spaces. GeoBella™ is Phifer’s unique line of high-end, performance indoor/outdoor cushion fabrics made of 100 percent olefin yarns recycled from post-industrial waste. …

Deadlines nearing for textile student scholarships and grants

August 9, 2013

The AATCC Foundation, Inc., recently announced September deadlines for two programs designed to support students enrolled in university textile programs. The AATCC Foundation Student Research Support Program is awarding grants of $500 to $4,000 to encourage student research in textile chemistry and related fields important to the textile sciences. Grants are available to both graduate …

Global Imaging holds second annual open house

August 8, 2013

Global Imaging recently hosted nearly 30 key industry leaders, manufacturers, reps and company owners at its Workflow Studio Open House. The 6,500 square-foot studio is designed to emulate an entire grand-format production facility, so customers could see the newest cutting edge products available. Global Imaging’s CEO, Greg Lamb, presented a series of informative discussions on …

AATCC launches new free mobile app

August 7, 2013

Staying connected to the latest textile industry news just became easier with the new, free, AATCC mobile app. Available for free download on iphone or Android, the app provides access to feature stories, AATCC news, AATCC events, the association’s Twitter feed and textile industry job listings at AATCC JobSite. “The AATCC app provides the textile …

Supply55 announces the release of Superior Solvent Ink for Mimaki

August 6, 2013

Supply55, Inc., a provider of value added products to the sign, screen and graphic arts market, is pleased to announce the release of Superior Solvent Ink for Mimaki printers. Superior Solvent Ink has been engineered to match the performance, color gamut and chemistry of Mimaki OEM inks. Specifically formulated for use with the Mimaki JV3, …

Teijin teams with Kogakuin University for World Solar Challenge

August 5, 2013

The Teijin Group has announced that two of its business divisions are supporting Japan’s Kogakuin University in developing a car made with carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) for the World Solar Challenge, the world’s biggest solar car race, which will take place in Australia from October 6–13. Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., the core company of …

Metlon Corporation updates, launches new website

August 2, 2013

Metlon Corporation updates, launches new website Metlon Corporation updates, launches new website Cranston, R.I.-based Metlon Corporation has launched its new company website, which incorporates new photographs and a more comprehensive, user-friendly experience. The new website is modeled to reflect the company’s three distinct business sectors: reflective products, custom slitting and metallic yarns. Metlon has expanded …

Growing industrial hemp for research

August 1, 2013

Industrial hemp is an important agricultural commodity, not a drug,” says U.S. Representative Jared Polis, D-Colo. To prove it, Polis and two other House members helped pass an amendment to H.R. 1947, the Federal Agricultural Reform and Risk Management Act, that would allow colleges and universities to cultivate industrial hemp in states where it is …

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Dave Elliot shows strength in economic turmoil

Dave Elliot distinguishes his business from the competition by slowing down and keeping strict standards. By Sigrid Tornquist “The past years’ economic challenges have not been a problem for my business—in fact, I think they’ve made my business even stronger because I’ve separated my business from the competition,” says Dave Elliot, owner of David’s Custom …

Bonar Inc. produces a variety fabrics and support materials

Bonar Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5823 What: Enka® Solutions mats and composites Why: Enka engineered fabrics and mats are resilient and conform to any surface. Open matrix structure allows for free movement of air, water, resins and foam. Nylon allows for high heat range. What: EnkaFusion® flow medium Why: The various thicknesses of …

Humphrys Coversports offers tarps and protective covers

Humphrys Coversports Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5434 What: Tarps and protective covers Why: Manufactured for industrial, military or sports surface applications, tarps and protective covers up to 225 by 400 feet can be custom made to specification. Also available are geomembrane liners fabricated using the IncrediSeal™ factory seaming process for flexibility and durability. SOURCE …

Mermet windows shades offer both superior heat reflection and glare control

Mermet Corp. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4385 What: E Screen with KOOLBLACK™ Technology Why: Dark window shade fabric offers both superior heat reflection and glare control for crisp views to the outside. Available in five dark and lustrous colors. SOURCE Mermet Corp.

Rhode Island Textile provides medical straps, MIL spec webbing and green programs

Rhode Island Textile Co. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4749 What: Medical straps, MIL spec webbing, green programs Why: Company offers textiles to meet the needs of a variety of industries, including latex-free medical straps for N-95, respiratory, particulate and medical/dental mask manufacturers. MIL spec webbing, tapes, cords and elastics for military manufacturers. “Green” products …

Value Vinyls offers various vinyl products and systems

Value Vinyls Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4027 What: SIOEN sliding systems Why: SIOEN coating sliding truck tarp system has very low stretch and elongation but also allows for frequent accordion-style folding without cracking or creasing. Truck side curtain has excellent tensile strength with high puncture resistance. Both products may be screened or digitally printed. …

Larson Electronics releases explosion-proof LED light fixture

Larson Electronics, Kemp, Texas, has announced the release of a powerful new explosion-proof LED light fixture designed to replace older style 400-watt metal halide units. The HAL-PRM-150W-LED-100 Surface Mount Hazardous Area Light features high output, weatherproof construction, 100 feet of cord, and cool operation in an explosion-proof design fitted with an adjustable flat surface mount …

Fisher Textiles joins Elementum alliance

Brands and retailers want more sustainable and environmental products. Manufacturers of sustainable materials want a greater share of the market. Elementum, a partnership alliance for sustainable brands, works to bring the players together and remove obstacles to use of renewable materials in the supply chain. Fisher Textiles Inc., Indian Trail, N.C., recently joined the partnership …

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Supporting disaster relief

Companies respond to catastrophic situations when demand spikes for specific goods. By Janice Kleinschmidt Tents should be for parties and festivals. Bags should be for gifts and carrying groceries. Curtains should be for showers and window dressing. Yet these and many other fabric-based items play an important role in situations far removed from those idyllic …

Bondcote Corp. offers mesh and tarp materials

Bondcote Corp. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5022 What: Tufmesh and Tufmesh plush Why: Mesh products are phthalate-free and meet the stringent requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. For use in school applications such as pole vault jump pits and other recreational products. What: Slider tarp fabric Why: Lower cost, excellent …

IMEX KL&C landscap fabrics are designed to last five years

IMEX KL&C CA USA Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5802 What: Santina capped woven fabrics Why: Available in different weights, landscape fabrics conserve soil moisture, increase desirable plant growth, help prevent weeds and keep mulch in place. Treated with UV protection, they are designed to last approximately five years in sunlight. SOURCE IMEX KL&C CA …

Mid South Extrustion manufactures polyethylene films

Mid South Extrustion Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4257 What: Polyethylene films Why: Blown film manufacturer offers creative and innovative options for custom films and bags, including the recently introduced Extrudtuff. Company can handle flexible packaging projects of all sizes in a 200,000 sq. ft. plant. SOURCE Mid South Extrustion

Robeco clear vinyls feature resistance to various hazards

Robeco Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5631 What: Clear vinyls Why: Clear vinyls feature fire resistance specifications, UV inhibitors, mildew resistance, glare reducing tints and wide widths. For marine, tent windows and flaps, recreational vehicles, welding screen panels and climate and noise controls. SOURCE Robeco

Whiting & Davis provides metal mesh fabrics for a diversity of uses

Whiting & Davis Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4652 What: Metal mesh fabrics Why: Metal mesh fabrics are recognized for their diversity of uses from luxurious décor and fashion products to industrial safety products. Choose from stainless steel ring mesh, spider brass and aluminum mesh, available in metallic colors or enameled to match any Pantone …

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“Canvas” seating hits the wall

Japanese design studio YOY, a Tokyo-based studio composed of Naoki Ono, a spatial designer, and Yuki Yamamoto, a product designer, intended to “create a new story between space and objects” at the Milan Design Week 2013 exhibition. The international design event featured YOY’s “canvas” chairs. On first look, the chair appears to be a two-dimensional …

Fiber giant Lenzing turns 75

Lenzing AG, the Austrian company that manufactures viscose from manmade cellulose fibers, celebrated its 75th anniversary in June—and expects to see many more as a worldwide leader in cellulose fiber technology and research. Among the innovations keeping Lenzing a growing concern are a research center for cellulose and fiber chemistry, approximately 1,400 patents or patent …

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Interior textiles

Fabric technology has taken designers from tents and art installations to a mainstream commercial business in hospitality and retail spaces. By Nicholas Goldsmith With the advent of the turbulent 1960s, there was a departure from the hard-edged architecture of the 1950s to more organic and softer forms inspired by nature. Along with the nonporous pneumatic …

Bruin Plastics supplies a broad range of vinyl laminated and coated fabrics

Bruin Plastics Co. Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4204 What: Vinyl laminated and coated fabrics Why: Choose from a broad range of standard and custom fabrics for awnings, tents, industrial, marine, signage and more. New products include a flame-retardant, double-polished clear vinyl, tonneau cover fabric and an expanded line of vinyl-coated mesh. SOURCE Bruin …

Iosso Products supplies cleaning and odor neutralizing products

Iosso Products Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4012 What: Vinyl and leather cleaner, conditioner Why: Blended with the finest natural oils to protect vinyl, leather and rubber, spray cleaner restores appearance, natural feel and makes scratches less visible. Leaves a light gloss and protects against drying and cracking. What: Odor Buster Why: Product neutralizes and …

Miller Weldmaster supplies welders and various automations systems

Miller Weldmaster Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 3824 What: T-600 Extreme welder Why: Built to address the toughest production demands, welder is versatile and multifunctional for easy operation, speed and accuracy. It accommodates production of large products, accepting fabrics up to 81 inches wide without folding for easy maneuvering. What: Moduline System Why: Designed for …

Sedac Textiles sells eco-conscious upholstery and curtain fabrics for a wide range of applications

Sedac Textiles Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5827 What: Upholstery and curtain fabrics Why: Eco-conscious upholstery and curtain fabrics for a wide range of applications from residential and contract to leisure and hospitality markets. Coated fabrics, technical PU and artificial leather are also available. SOURCE Sedac Textiles

Zimmer Austria provides fabric printing solutions for a variety of situations

Zimmer Austria Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5639 What: ChromoJET Why: Printing system uses high-speed, computer-controlled valves. Pre-mixed pressurized spot colors are injected with high precision deep into the face of the pile for deepest color penetration and excellent print definition. What: Magnojet Foam Coating System Why: For paste and foam applications on technical and …

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Restoring the USS Iowa

The USS Iowa patrolled the ocean from World War II until it was mothballed in 1990, the last battleship in the world to be retired from service. At the USS Iowa’s new home at the USS Iowa Battleship Museum, San Pedro, Calif., the restored version is on display, along with statistics about the ship’s fast …

Dyneema® wins Soldier Technology Award

Dutch manufacturer DSM Dyneema calls its ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene fiber Dyneema® the world’s strongest fiber™, and a jury of experts at the Soldier Technology Conference 2013 agreed, awarding the company for Best Light-Weight Protective Product in the Soldier category. Body armor made with Dyneema had unmatched ballistic performance, light weight, flexibility and improved personal …

ABC Industries offers returnable packaging fabrics

ABC Industries Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4112 What: Packa-Tex returnable packaging fabric Why: Laminated fabrics for material handling provide a flexible method of product transport for automotive parts, glassware and other goods. The packaging fabric is easily cleaned, conforms to virtually any product shape and is more cost effective than disposable packaging. SOURCE …

Carlson Design offers automated large bed plotting/cutting systems

Carlson Design Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4342 What: PT-96 plotter/cutter Why: Automated large bed plotting/cutting system is reliable and affordable. CAD software helps create digital patterns and autonest to optimize material yield. SOURCE Carlson Design

Jado-Gellman-Friedman sewing machines automatically stitch various fabrics

Jado-Gellman-Friedman Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4810 What: Jado 7-56 Special sewing machine Why: Ideal for heavy-duty stitching, new machine is designed to automatically stitch canvas, webbing, sails, tents, truck covers, and other material. It offers automatic pattern stitching, interchangeable cam mechanism, up to eight-cord thread and a high-air clamp lift. SOURCE Jado-Gellman-Friedman