Phifer to exhibit at 2015 R+T Fair

December 30, 2014

New products include SheerWeave® fabrics, BetterVue® Elite. Phifer Inc., Tuscaloosa, Ala., will return to the 2015 R+T Fair in Stuttgart Germany, Feb. 24-28, with new offerings in its lines of interior sun control fabrics and screen products for windows and doors. These include SheerWeave Styles 4000, 4100 and 4400 made with DOW ECOLIBRIUM™, providing a …

Nanex offers invisible nanocoating technology

December 29, 2014

Textiles and nonwovens become water and oil resistant while retaining their original properties. Belgium-based Nanex Co. offers biodegradable and eco-friendly formulas featuring “invisible” nanotechnology coatings that can be applied to natural and manmade technical textiles and nonwovens, making them resistant to oil and water while allowing them to retain their original properties. AquaShield is a …

The fold

December 26, 2014

Design firm prints bacteria on silk scarves. Designer and researcher Natsai Audrey Chieza, founder of London-based Studio Natsai Audrey, has developed a line of silk scarves featuring bacterial prints, named The Fold. The collection is part of the studio’s Faber Futures project-a design research project, in collaboration with Professor John Ward of University College London, …

Roland introduces new dye-sublimation printer

December 23, 2014

Texart™ RT-640 improves sublimation transfer output, minimizes running costs. The Texart RT-640, a 64-inch dye-sublimation printer from Roland DGA Corp., Irvine, Calif., features new print control technology, ErgoSoft Roland Edition RIP software and a choice of four- or eight-color ink configurations. Its gold-plated, anti-static print head is capable of printing seven droplet sizes for smooth …

TCL2014 presentations now available

December 22, 2014

Content can be purchased as PDF files. The presentations delivered at the International Conference on Textile Coating and Laminating (TCL2014), held Nov. 4–5 in Cannes, France, are available to purchase as PDF files. The conference was attended by more than 100 senior staff from around the world, who listened to two days of expert presentations …

Mutoh updates website

December 19, 2014

Design refresh offers more user-friendly navigation. Mutoh America Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., has refreshed its website with a new design and user-friendly navigation allowing site visitors to find product pages offering in-depth details. Users can also request samples and literature, watch product videos, and request personal demonstrations at Mutoh’s learning facilities. In addition, they can search …

Arlon launches automotive website

December 18, 2014

Color change films: new colors, more details. Arlon Graphics LLC, Placentia, Calif., has launched a new automotive website focused on its color change films. The company’s Ultimate PremiumPlus™ extreme wrap offers a paint-free way to re-color a car, while also acting as a protective barrier. Consisting of a multi-layer film constructed with a premium clear …

Celliant® announces new yarn technology

December 17, 2014

Four additional blends incorporate nylon, pima cotton and wool. Created by parent company Hologenix LLC, Santa Monica, Calif., Celliant technology embeds a blend of 13 minerals and proprietary ingredients into a yarn fiber’s core to harness and recycle the body’s natural energy. Celliant’s new yarn technologies are featured in four new blends: Celliant Nylon, Celliant …

SBA offers online course on intellectual property

December 16, 2014

Learn about the differences between patents, trademarks and copyrights. A new 30-minute online course offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) explains intellectual properties and how to protect them. It explores the differences between patents, trademarks and copyrights and explains how to file for a patent or trademark and register for a copyright. The …

New insight in cotton genome sequencing

December 15, 2014

Significant discovery could increase cotton productivity. Texas Tech University researchers, in collaboration with Bayer CropScience and the National Center for Genome Resources (NGCR), have developed a view into the structure of the cotton A-genome, an accomplishment that will advance cotton research to help increase cotton productivity. The genome sequence will eventually lead to improved cotton …

Butyl acquires Landline

December 12, 2014

Geomembrane fabrication, installation featured. Butyl Products Ltd. Group, Billericay, Essex, England, has acquired Landline Ltd, Halstead, Essex, England. Under the new trading name Butek Landline, the company has a diverse portfolio that includes liners and geomembranes for ponds, lakes, lagoons, reservoirs and reed beds, as well as gas membranes and venting systems. It specializes in …

Gore announces softer, more durable outdoor fabric

December 11, 2014

New Gore-Tex® products feature C-KNIT™ Backer Technology. W.L. Gore & Associates has developed new Gore-Tex products with Gore C-KNIT Backer Technology specifically engineered for hikers, trekkers and free riders, offering the ruggedness of a three-layer laminate with the look and feel of a soft fabric-waterproof, windproof and breathable garments for all outdoor enthusiasts. Jackets made …

New hygiene protection for wool

December 10, 2014

Scientists develop wash-resistant antimicrobial treatment for protein fibers. Scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Bonnigheim, Germany, and the Leibniz Institute for Interactive Materials (DWI) in Aachen, Germany, have developed an antimicrobial treatment for wool and textiles containing wool, as part of an IGF research project. Many available antimicrobial treatment substances are effective on textiles such …

Drytac rebrands backlit film

December 9, 2014

New Reveal™ title directly relates to product’s key features. Drytac® 7-mil, printable, matte PET backlit film has been rebranded as Reveal for its overall look and feel, which is comparable to a true, durable transparency. With Reveal backlit film, light is dispersed evenly across graphic images for a vibrant display, as its white point yields …

DSM Dyneema technology to protect FBI personnel

December 8, 2014

Protective vests designed by Point Blank Enterprises and TSSi use Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology. Lightweight armor featuring Dyneema Force Multiplier Technology has been selected for an exclusive United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) contract for protecting FBI personnel. The contract was awarded to a partnership of Point Blank Enterprises and Tactical & Survival Specialties …

Robert Allen reveals Interior Designer Color of the Year

December 5, 2014

Calypso Blue selected in new crowdsourced program. Calypso Blue was selected as the 2015 Interiors Color of the Year as part of the inaugural Interior Designer Color of the Year program launched by The Robert Allen Group. The company’s color experts predicted five hues that could become the “it” color of the year, studying colors …

Improving productivity

December 4, 2014

Isilsan Plastik uses PolyOne technology to increase manufacturing efficiency. Based in Istanbul, Turkey, Isilsan Plastik is a global supplier of high-tech bobbins for ring spinning and yarn and thread processing and dyeing. After identifying a need to improve its products’ performance and lifetime, the company turned to Avon Lake, Ohio-based PolyOne, choosing the LubriOne™ wear-resistant …

SBA and Agility to host free webinar Dec. 9

December 3, 2014

Top 10 mistakes businesses should avoid during a crisis. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and Agility Recovery will host a free webinar to offer ways to avoid the top 10 most common mistakes businesses make during a crisis. It will be held on Dec. 9 from 2-3 p.m. EST. True stories about business owners’ …

IDTechEx hosting free webinar Dec. 9

December 2, 2014

Commercial and technical progress of barrier films for flexible OLEDs and photovoltaics. IDTechEx will offer a free webinar on Dec. 9 titled “Flexible Encapsulation for Electronics: Overcoming Technological Barriers to Commercialization,” hosted by Dr. Harry Zervos, principal analyst at IDTechEx. Dr. Zervos will cover a capability comparison from leading suppliers; thin film encapsulation versus barrier …

“Bloostar” the rockoon

December 1, 2014

“Bloostar” the rockoon “Bloostar” the rockoon Spanish company zero2Infinity, which conducts unmanned scientific and technical flights, launched nanosatellites from the stratosphere in November using balloons for the first-stage portion of the launch. Known for its near-Space ballooning experience, the company has been working to expand its capabilities to include a nanosatellite launch vehicle, named bloostar, to …

All under one roof

Kansas City, Mo., needed a building to store 8,000 tons of salt and sand used for winter road maintenance. The city worked with the Midwest office of general contracting firm McTech Corp., also in Kansas City, to build the South Satellite Service Center. The design called for a tension fabric roof, and that’s where Legacy …

A car park with a view

Tensile cover turns an ordinary parking shelter into a focal point for a Mexico City supermarket. By Julie Swiler The Santa Fe area of Mexico City is a booming business district with high rises and dramatic contemporary architecture, a modern contrast to many of the neighborhoods in the historic city. A fairly new development on …

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Making ideas happen

IFF Innovation Award recognizes four top entries. The Innovation Award is presented annually by the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) to one exemplary company for an entry that is distinctive from other products currently manufactured or processes in use; benefits the specialty fabrics industry or consumer; is practical; and is cost-effective. The purpose behind the Innovation …

Louvers create stunning architectural detail

For its new headquarters, built outside of Bern, Switzerland, SBB Railway wanted to create a unique facade. The company also wanted to save energy and provide its employees with a superior working environment. All goals were achieved by installing moveable glass louvers, with metallic fabric laminated in between, on the outside of the building. The …

Screening fabric

Twitchell’s new line of screening fabric, Textilene® Nano 95, is lighter and finer than the original Textilene 95 fabric but maintains the same technical properties. Recommended for outdoor use, it reduces energy costs, blocks up to 95 percent of UV rays, and is 20 percent thinner than competitive fabrics, with more than 15 percent less …

Tentacles, wheels and a room with a view

In digital printing capabilities, the possibilities are endlessly creative. To demonstrate that point, Roland DGA Corp., a wide-format digital printer based in Irvine, Calif., held a competition to showcase the diverse and original projects produced by Roland users. The company received entries from a range of industries and applications. The three winners of the Creative …

Digital cutting systems

The advanced functionalities of Zünd digital cutting solutions enable customers to cut anything from flex prints and membrane keyboards, to lamp shades and suspended ceilings for interior decoration applications, as well as synthetic fibers like Aramid for protective clothing. They can also be used to cut tachometers, leather for seats and steering wheels, carbon fiber, …

California revises flammability standards

In an effort to limit unnecessary exposure to flame retardants, California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law a bill that requires manufacturers of upholstered furniture to indicate if the product contains added flame-retardant chemicals. The new standard will become law on Jan. 1—the same time full compliance is required for a new flammability standard …

Industrial curtain fabrics

Duravider and Duravider RS ripstop-reinforced heavy-duty fabrics offer increased durability without added weight and are recommended for industrial environments, including manufacturing and assembly, paint and powder coating areas, rubber and plastics fabrication, woodworking shops and aircraft hangars. The tri-laminate construction of Duravider RS features sequentially-staggered, heavyweight polyester yarns that capture puncture points and prevent them …

Canada sets collapsible fuel tank standard

The world’s first collapsible fabric storage tank standard was released by the Canadian Standards Association in July 2014. There was previously no credible reference document detailing the minimum requirements for the use of collapsible bladder fuel storage tanks or pillow tanks. This new standard provides information to ensure the use of collapsible fuel bladder tanks …

Dye-­sublimation printing

Merrit Graphics’ newly-installed PrinterEvolution Eos126 DS dye-sublimation printer transforms dye-sublimation printing into a one-step process with true on-board sublimation, achieving 24-hour-per-day production demands with high speeds, high-quality color and industrial reliability. The environmentally friendly Eos126 DS uses water-based inks and passes all Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certifications. In addition, its print heads are true grayscale versadrop, …

Car seats could save energy

The range of electric vehicles needs improvement, with “energy guzzlers” such as air conditioning and interior heating systems operating from the power supply. Scientists at the Hohenstein Institute in Germany are studying heat transfer in car seats to create a model of the processes involved and implement it in the design of improved seating. The …

High-performance vinyls

The Grand Slam high-performance vinyl collection is recommended for health care, contract and hospitality upholstery applications that require superior strength and durability. The collection does not contain any of the seven most common phthalates typically found in vinyl products, has a superior chemical resistance, tested and proven to withstand disinfectants and chemical cleaners most widely …

Textiles alliance formed in Germany

The German Development Ministry has launched the Textiles Alliance, a coalition of companies and organizations dedicated to improving social and environmental standards in the textiles and garment industry. Spearheaded by Gerd Müller, German development minister, in concert with a working group of 70 representatives, the “Fairness Alliance” will work to bring about concrete improvements in …

Decorative shade patterns

The Sunbrella® Decorative Shade Collection consists of three distinct lines. “Fundamental” is a jacquard shade fabric recommended for upscale, highly decorative applications including fixed frame or retractable structures as well as umbrellas. The first fabric of its kind in the U.S., it uses traditional Sunbrella fabric construction and a simple stripe concept, resulting in a …

Solar investing fund launched

According to an announcement in Energy Harvesting Journal, the U.S. solar market has grown by more than 10 times in the past four years. Wunder, a Boulder, Colo., Techstars company, has launched a first-of-its-kind solar fund that makes investing in solar projects easy, provides a 7 percent annual return and supports a clean, renewable power …

Everything’s connected

Mr. Sadao Izumi moves the tent industry forward—by keeping the big picture in mind. “There are two Japanese characters that make up the word ‘manage’—and these characters represent how interdependent the process of running a business is,” says Mr. Sadao Izumi, owner and president of Izumi Co. Ltd., Toyoma, Japan, and chairman of the Japan …

Bayer donates medicines for Ebola victims

Bayer MaterialScience AG, the global health care, agriculture and high-tech polymer material company headquartered in Leverkusen, Germany, is making $3.2 million worth of medications available to U.S. aid organization Direct Relief to treat Ebola patients in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria. Bayer has already donated $32,000 in medicine and monetary donations to Caritas Internationalis, an …

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Real solutions

Medical and biomedical textile breakthroughs were presented at IFAI Advanced Textiles Expo. It might be a process that starts at the fiber level or one that uses a material in a new way, but there is no question that textiles are playing an important role in the treatment of many types of medical conditions. New …

Q&A with Sadao Izumi

By Sigrid Tornquist Q: How did you come up with the total heating system for roofs? A: Every winter there are accidents where snow accumulation from roofs falls onto people and they die. My wife is from Osaka where it is not snowy. When we moved to Toyoma, which is snowy, she declared she would …

Fisher now distributor for HEYTex

Fisher Textiles, Indian Trail, N.C., is now an authorized distributor for the brand HEYTex in North America. Fisher, a leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, fully stocks and distributes all digitex® sign materials. Environmentally friendly and recyclable, digitex is one of the most comprehensive portfolios of PVC-free products available on the market. Fisher offers …

Create a self-sustaining business

Stay on track with the Entrepreneurial Operating System®. Are you currently experiencing one or more of these common frustrations of owning a business? You feel your business is controlling you. If you didn’t need people (employees, vendors, partners…)— your business would run beautifully. There’s never enough profit. You have hit a plateau in the growth …

Snapshot: Puffer fish playland

By Sigrid Tornquist When Izumi Co. Ltd. was contracted for this March 2014 installation at the FukuFuku Kids hall in Shimonoseki, Japan, Mr. Izumi knew his crew was in for some challenges. The client wanted a children’s play area on the building’s third floor themed after the fugu (pronounced “fuku” locally) puffer fish that the …

NILIT acquires INVISTA manufacturing site

NILIT, an Israeli manufacturer of nylon 6.6 for thermoplastics and apparel applications, has signed an agreement to acquire INVISTA’s Americana, Brazil, manufacturing site. NILIT plans to continue nylon 6.6 operations there, increasing DTY capacity and reinforcing its local presence. The acquisition will enable NILIT to expand in South America, Brazil in particular, where the company …

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The art (and science) of being flexible

Some of the most innovative new materials for architectural applications are found in flexible composites: 1+1=3 Buildings are supposed to stand up strong and—believe it or not—be both flexible and durable. Despite impressions to the contrary, even buildings made of steel and concrete must be flexible to resist cracking and ultimately falling apart. The length …

A landmark in record time

Seele Covertex Membranes (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., Shanghai, China, won the Award of Excellence in the frame-supported structures category of IFAI’s 2014 International Achievement Awards for its work on the membrane construction of Baku Crystal Hall in Baku, Azerbaijan. Designed by GMP Architekten, Hamburg, Germany, in collaboration with Hüttwilen, Switzerland-based NUSSLI International AG, to hold 25,000 …

Outdoor Venture purchases Sotera Engineered Solutions

Outdoor Venture Corp., Stearns, Ky., a supplier and contractor of military tent systems, components and accessories to the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), has acquired Sotera Defense Solutions’ Engineered Solutions division. The division delivers services and components for expeditionary systems, such as field kitchens and sanitary equipment, for the U.S. military. The acquisition will enable …

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Beautiful options

New materials and technologies—and borrowing from other industries— drive variety and performance in the entertainment fabrics market. Is technology driving the evolution of textiles in the entertainment industry or is industry demand driving technology? That’s the chicken-or-egg question that Jon Weingarten, president, Dazian LLC, South Hackensack, N.J., asks. Either way, there’s always something new to …

The Palace of Versailles … ?

The Palace of Versailles is undergoing a major interior and external renovation that won’t be complete until spring 2015. But you might not know it to look at it. French artist Pierre Delavie and the fashion house Dior have teamed up to create an enormous trompe l’oeil canvas that stretches across the facade, masking the …

Victor Group achieves sustainability certification

Victor Group, Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada, has attained Facts sustainability certification for its Crypton® performance fabrics. To qualify, products must meet the rigorous requirements of the NSF/ANSI 336 standard. Facts certification, owned by the Association for Contract Textiles, applies to contract fabrics used in office, hospitality, health care, education, government and institutional market segments. Victor Group …