Southern California’s Sew What? Inc. helps new entrepreneurs

January 31, 2014

One might not expect the head of two successful soft goods and drapery manufacturing and rental businesses (together grossing nearly $7 million in 2013), responsible for the working lives of 32 employees and supplying stage drapes for music legends like Sting, Elton John and Madonna’s tours, to have time for much else beyond minding the …

Hohenstein Institute optimizes energy savings

January 30, 2014

Comfortably cool in summer and cozy warm in winter, all with minimum energy use: The Hohenstein Institute in Bönnigheim/Germany has expanded its current range of tests to allow modern office and living spaces, vehicle interiors, tents and even clothing to meet these requirements. Based on EN 410 “Glass in building,” the experts at the international …

Auburn introduces new insulation kits

January 29, 2014

Auburn Manufacturing Inc. (AMI), Mechanic Falls, Maine, is a leading developer, manufacturer, and marketer of textile products for extreme temperature industrial applications. The company has introduced a new removable/reusable insulation kit system for components on chilled water or dual-temperature systems where vapor condensation control is a primary consideration. The new Ever Green® Chill-In vapor-sealed insulation …

Agulla International signs with Chinese firm

January 28, 2014

One of China’s largest manufacturing plants has signed an agreement making Agulla International Corp., a Cerritos, Calif., importer and manufacturer of banner and sign materials, the distributor for all the Chinese company’s PVC laminated, PVC coated and geogrid materials made for the U.S. market. This partnership will expand Agulla’s product line and widen its customer …

Mimaki expanding in the U.S.

January 27, 2014

Looking for new business partners in the sign, graphics, textiles, apparel and industrial markets, Mimaki USA, Suwanee, Ga., is branching out, expanding from three to six locations across the U.S. to show off the company’s wide-format inkjet printers and cutters. Mimaki will relocate its former California branch in Northridge to Torrance, to a larger facility …

Knocking some sense into helmet design for safer sports

January 24, 2014

The secret is out: concussions in contact sports (notably football, boxing and hockey) can be career-ending, memory-erasing and even death-dealing. The National Football League’s multimillion dollar settlement with former football players with long-term damage from concussions is one sign of the times. According to Textiles Intelligence (Issue No 46 of Performance Apparel Markets), it is …

TMI acquires Simplex assets

January 23, 2014

PVC-based product manufacturer TMI International LLC, Pittsburg, Pa., has acquired the assets of Simplex Isolation Systems, a Fontana, Calif., maker of PVC strip doors, industrial curtains and custom cleanroom environmental management systems and products. “We expect the considerable synergies between our respective product lines and end markets to fuel significant growth for the entire enterprise,” …

Sawgrass to distribute MS printers

January 22, 2014

High-speed digital textile printing requires fast printers and reliable, quality inks. Sawgrass Technologies, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., has developed new dye sublimation and pigment inks with patented rheology modified ink (RMI™) technology that provide fine image quality and reliability with super-fast printers. In an agreement with MS Srl., Pertusella, Italy, Sawgrass will distribute the full line …

Light panels and light boxes for visual communication

January 21, 2014

Cees Smit offers incredibly slim light panels and custom-made light boxes as effective solutions to show visuals or logos on the trading floor or in-store. All illuminated visual communication products are single or double-sided and can be free-standing or wall-mounted. The frame is covered with a full-color visual printed on Light Tex (sublimation) or Pearl …

Ultraflex appointed master distributor

January 20, 2014

Exclusive master distributor for G-Floor Graphic Products in North America. Ultraflex Systems Inc is a supplier of quality print media from 30 inches up to 198 inches for digital eco-solvent, solvent, UV, latex and screen printing. As of January 2014, Ultraflex is the exclusive master distributor for G-Floor Graphic Products in North America. “As G-Floor …

Family business webinar Feb. 5

January 17, 2014

Succession planning is an important process, particularly for family businesses. While family businesses often outperform nonfamily businesses, succession planning can be more complicated due to the need to address issues of both ownership and leadership in the context of the family dynamic. This complexity and the sensitive nature of the issues that surround it requires …

Top Value Fabrics celebrates 40th anniversary

January 16, 2014

Top Value Fabrics, Carmel, Ind., is celebrating 40 years of textile success in 2014. Founded in 1974, the company is a market-leading textile supplier for the industrial, activewear and print media markets. With headquarters in Indianapolis, it has a nationwide network of offices, sales consultants, distribution centers and shipping locations. “At Top Value Fabrics, we …

AATCC launches the AATCC Journal of Research

January 15, 2014

In January 2014, AATCC publications will launch a new peer-reviewed e-journal called AATCC Journal of Research. The peer-reviewed scientific articles previously published in AATCC Review, AATCC’s award-winning magazine, will now be published in the online AATCC Journal of Research. For authors, the major advantages in publishing with the new AATCC Journal of Research are rapid …

Mark your calendars for 2014 WCPA Expo 2.0

January 13, 2014

The show will take place at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach Hotel in Long Beach, Calif. Special room rate is $165, if booked by January 23, 2014. Schedule: 8 p.m.-midnight on Thursday, Feb. 20, a Hosted Hospitality Mixer; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 21, programs to help canvas fabricators thrive in today’s business climate, …

Dyneema predicts materials will answer need for lighter life protection solutions

January 10, 2014

Advanced technology targets megatrends that are changing the game in personal and vehicle protection for the military, law enforcement and homeland security. The performance and endurance of military, law enforcement and security personnel have always been affected by the weight of their gear. Today, however, major trends are intensifying the impact of weight and underscoring …

Designtex and 3M Architectural Markets announce new collaboration

January 9, 2014

Innovative range of 3M Architectural Finishes to join Designtex offerings. Designtex and 3M Architectural Markets have announced an exciting new collaboration: Designtex will become the U.S. distributor for 3M™ DI-NOC™ Architectural Finishes, effective December 1, 2013. The DI-NOC series utilizes 3M technology to create a dynamic material that conforms to flat or curved surfaces, making …

Tennessee Apparel and W.L. Gore partner on chemical and biological clothing system

January 8, 2014

Protective garments offer broad protection combined with low thermal burden. Tennessee Apparel Corp. (TAC), a manufacturer of military garments, has been identified as the only qualified source for the procurement of chemical and biological protective garments under the Uniform Integrated Protection Ensemble Increment 1 (UIPE I1) effort. TAC has received the production option on a …

Hunter Douglas donates to Philippines relief following Typhoon Haiyan

January 6, 2014

New York manufacturer gives $200,000. Hunter Douglas Inc., Pearl River, N.Y., a leading manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions in North America, has announced that it has donated a total of $200,000 to the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a global humanitarian organization, to help all those in need following Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the …

Phifer Inc. launches new website and social media presence

January 3, 2014

New layout, better navigation and more user-friendly. Phifer Inc., Tuscaloosa, Ala., a leading global manufacturer of energy-saving sun control fabrics, cutting-edge insect screen products, drawn wire products, engineered meshes and indoor/outdoor designed furniture fabrics, has successfully launched its updated website, www.phifer.com. The newly-designed site features a clean, bright and attractive layout and offers more streamlined …

Revolution by design: innovating for a better world

January 2, 2014

Request for submissions, due Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. The Museum of Design Atlanta (MODA) is committed to the idea that design has the power to inspire change, transform lives, and make the world a better place. This enthusiasm is shared around the world by engineers, students, professors, architects, and social entrepreneurs who use design and …

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Sew, stop, drop and rock-and-roll

January 1, 2014

The music builds as Jay-Z, Mötley Crüe, Alice in Chains or OneRepublic open a concert with the backlit band playing behind a Kabuki drape—which suddenly drops to reveal the band in sharp detail. “The Kabuki effect is great,” says Zito, production manager for OneRepublic. “The band’s first song is behind the drape, all backlit; it’s …

The important role of credit

Why you need to establish and protect your business credit. By William J. Lynott In the specialty fabrics industry, credit used wisely can be a profitable friend; credit used carelessly can be a destructive enemy. When your business has an excellent credit score, you are likely to be offered the most favorable rates if you …

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A shade ensemble: privacy with a view

A street-level condominium courtyard lacked the privacy for dining, swimming and relaxation, and the owner (who used the condo for high-end holiday rental) looked to Shades (Thailand) Co. Ltd., Phuket, Thailand, to transform a fishbowl into an oasis. The maker of shades and free-standing fabric structures designed four products—shade sail, privacy screen, roller blind and …

Fresh and clean

Fabric diffusers give commercial kitchens an air makeover. Restaurants and other commercial food service operations face a common challenge: adequately ventilating cooking areas that can create a lot of grease, heat and smoke. Four-way metal diffusers typically used in commercial kitchens produce high air velocities that flow across the cooking exhaust hood, reducing its ability …

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Powered retractable roofs for boats

Boat builders and buyers want convenience on a vessel in which both invest time and money, and automated power roofs are becoming a must-have. Taylor Made Systems, Gloversville, N.Y. and its partner company, Ameritex Fabric Systems, Bradenton, Fla., have the boating industry covered, literally, with a new range of glass and canvas power sunroof systems …

Floating on the land

ETFE is the solution for a lively French resort. By Frank Edgerton Martin Located in Neydens, France, Vitam Parc is a 50,000-square-meter tourism destination that is part spa, part sports center and part shopping mall. Its new-age offerings include meditation rooms, climbing walls, a water park with indoor and outdoor swimming pools, a health spa, …

Protective coating tested with live chemical agents

Alexium International Group, Cottesloe, Western Australia, developed its Cleanshell CB repellency treatment to apply to fabric used for chemical and biological protective wear. Working with the U.S. Air Force, Alexium has been testing the fabric treatment with simulated chemical warfare agents (CWAs). The results show dramatically increased repellency of treated fabrics to simulants such as …

Local importance

Many decisions impacting the industry are made at the state and municipal level. By Andrew Aho Lobbyists are often associated with Washington, D.C. And for good reason, as sometimes they are in the news and there are a lot of them. There are more than 14,000 registered lobbyists in Washington, D.C. In addition, tens of …

GreenSource: Sustainable water quality

Local officials and the South African Water Research Commission worry about water quality and quantity in the northwest province of South Africa. Severe drought and groundwater pollution from mining, industrial activity and agricultural irrigation raise serious concerns about drinking water supplies. A group of companies plans to install 20 sustainable drinking water systems, called GreenSource, …

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Let’s play Charades

A lightweight, airy and colorful group of furniture pieces called “Charade” is the end result of research by Gomar, a French designer based in The Netherlands, about nomadism within a restricted environment. Using regular metal tubes for their structures, combined with sailcloth and kite textiles, the two lamps, a table and a stool create a …

New heat-resistant fiber from Teijin

A new meta-aramid fiber offering a high level of heat resistance combined with excellent dyeability will be manufactured by Teijin Limited, Tokyo, Japan, at a new facility to be built in Ayutthaya Province, Thailand. The fiber will strengthen the company’s profile in the protective apparel market, where demand for high-performance materials is increasing. Teijin will …

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Net gains: saving marine life

Interface Inc., a worldwide designer and manufacturer of carpet tiles and environmental recycling champion with European headquarters in Paris, France, recently joined “Healthy Seas, a Journey from Waste to Wear” program to recover and re-use abandoned fishing nets. According to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), there are approximately 640,000 tons of abandoned fishing nets …

Marlen Textiles relabels product lines

Marlen Textiles, New Haven, Mo., is consolidating and renaming its growing selection of coated textile and solution-dyed products to make it easier to select the right fabric. The new brand names will be introduced at the 2014 MFA (Marine Fabricators Association) national convention in Charleston, S.C., in January. Marlen manufactures several proprietary coated, solution-dyed and …

Hungiville joins Serge Ferrari North America

Serge Ferrari North America has announced the hiring of Beth Hungiville as the design specifications manager for the company’s 100 percent recyclable Batyline® outdoor furniture mesh, Stamskin® contract upholstery faux leather and Soltis® contract solar protection textile membranes. “We are especially excited to have Beth join our team given her vast industry experience and skills,” …

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Stay warm, keep cool

Novel temperature-regulating, bi-component fibers in garments can maintain the balance between heat loss and heat generated. By Bengt Hagström Thermal comfort is dependent upon both environmental and individual factors and is influenced by the core and skin temperatures of the body. The thermo-neutral zone for naked resting subjects has been defined to lie between 28–30°C. …

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Solutions in motion

 “Make your customers remember you. Make them laugh—but don’t be a salesman,” says Andy Moon, CEO of Baraboo Tent & Awning, Baraboo, Wis. “It’s your presence that makes an impression. Be a problem solver and help your customers out.” Moon grew up in and around the custom awning, canopy and marine business, in a company …

Specialty Fabrics Review interviews Andy Moon

Interview by Sigrid Tornquist Baraboo Tent & Awning is located near the Wisconsin Dells—a Midwest tourist destination built around the confluence of three rivers and known for its water parks. How has being located near the parks affected business? The Dells is full of “wow.” We’ve got the water parks, restaurants, hotels—which need signage, awnings …

Snapshot: Bringing the outdoors in

By Sigrid Tornquist When Andy Moon got a call from the Wilderness at the Smokies Waterpark Resort and Family Adventure Center in Sevierville, Tenn., in late December, 2010, asking him how to create an indoor swimming pool out of an outdoor swimming pool, he didn’t hesitate to take the job. The next day he boarded …

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Primer for printing

Digital printing on textiles expands client lists and adds new dimensions to product innovation. For the Brooklyn Plantology garden center in New York, Capitol Awning Co. of Jamaica, N.Y., created a custom awning that showcased a logo, text and a leafy design that captured the essence of the space. The shop printed the imagery directly …

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Tented artistry: paint, print, thread and fabric

From antiquity to the present day, tents have provided shelter, comfort and space to dream, pray or imagine. Francesco Clemente, whose drawings, paintings and conceptual works integrate Western and Eastern themes, exhibited three tents at the Blain|Southern gallery in Berlin, Germany, this fall that incorporated all of his artistic skills to wrap viewers in colorful …

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Vinyl matters

What fabric manufacturers know about PVC fabrics that you should know, too. Many businesses in the industrial fabrics industry (Seaman Corp. among them) have shown consistent growth over decades by developing cost-effective, high-performance products that utilize vinyl—a polymer used safely and successfully in a range of applications. Today, the vinyl industry represents $54 billion of …

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Façade wrap suits to a ‘T’

As a purveyor of high-end travel goods, Duty Free Shoppers (DFS) Group Ltd. of Hong Kong kept its revised branding strategy for a worldwide network of shopping centers under wraps—literally. The DFS shopping center in Honolulu, Hawaii, cloaked its new identity beneath an 8,752-square-foot temporary building façade that built anticipation for the gala brand unveiling …

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Part 1: The state of the industry

Worldwide GDP remains subdued, and the specialty fabrics industry is responding with care, but stronger growth is anticipated in 2014. Worldwide GDP growth has settled into a subdued pace at 2.9 percent in 2013, and growth in U.S. GDP is expected to be at about 1.7 percent in 2013, down from 2.8 percent in 2012. …