Arlon expands partnership with EM Plastics

May 29, 2015

Arlon Graphics LLC, a Placentia, Calif., manufacturer of automotive-grade films designed specifically for use in vehicle restyling, is expanding its distribution partnership with EM Plastics. A Canadian material solutions provider to sign, graphics, screen printing, display and industrial markets, EM Plastics currently distributes Arlon’s traditional automotive films. In the future, EM Plastics will offer a …

Eco-friendly yarn technology

Spinnova Ltd. is developing fiber to yarn (F2Y) technology that uses a wet spinning process instead of dissolution chemicals to produce novel, low-cost and environmentally friendly textile yarns for filaments made directly from wood fibers spinning process. The technique is ideal for refining Finnish long fiber-length woods including pine and spruce. Spinnova Ltd. is a …

Mimaki names new distributor

May 28, 2015

Mimaki USA, Suwanee, Ga., manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, announced that Next Wave Media Solutions, Buford, Ga., has signed an agreement to distribute Mimaki JV Series, TS Series and TX Series printers with Mimaki Sb Series inks exclusively, as a premier solution for dye-sublimation printing. Mimaki dye-sublimation inks are optimized for use in …

Huntsman supports sustainability practices

Under a memorandum of understanding, Huntsman Textile Effects is assisting Korean textile exporter Daechun Co. Ltd. to deepen its commitment to sustainability. The Singapore-based provider of dyes and chemicals will help Daechun streamline operations and train technical staff at its textile mill in Gyunggi Province. Huntsman will perform an operational audit called PIP at the …

In memoriam: Jean Lineberger

May 27, 2015

Jean Lineberger, general manager of Cramerton, N.C.-based Brawer Technical Yarns, a division of Brawer Bros. Inc., passed away on May 27 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Lineberger was a dedicated member of the United States Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and an incredible contributor to advocacy work on behalf of the U.S. industrial fabrics …

Gueldenzopf joins Wagner Companies

The Wagner Companies, manufacturer and supplier of metal products for architectural and industrial applications, has appointed Bob Gueldenzopf sales manager for architectural systems. Gueldnzopf will manage independent lighting representatives as well as work with independent electrical representatives for Wagner’s Lumenrail and Klik product lines. Gueldnzopf comes to the Milwaukee, Wis., company with 20 years of …

GMA hosts successful Lobby Day event

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) hosted the first of its two 2015 Lobby Days, April 20–21, in Washington, D.C., to educate U.S. Congress members on the role geosynthetics can play in strengthening the country’s infrastructure. Attendees celebrated the language “geosynthetic materials” being used for the first time in federal legislation—the U.S. Water Resources Reform and …

Hoffman Awning booth wins Best of Show

May 26, 2015

A. Hoffman Awning Co., Baltimore, Md., won first place and Best of Show at the 2015 Maryland Home & Garden Show held in March in Timonium. Highlighting the company’s booth, designed by Joe Grimm and Ben Youngs, was a facade of applied vinyl depicting a house complete with awnings. The backdrop dimensions were 20 feet …

Boots to Business trains 25,000 transitioning service members

May 25, 2015

The U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Boots to Business program has now trained 25,000 transitioning service members. Initiated as a pilot in 2012 and expanded nationally in 2013, Boots to Business is the entrepreneurship track of the Department of Defense’s Transition Assistance Program (TAP). The program provides military service members and their spouses the opportunity …

Teijin provides recyclable kimonos at Expo Milano

May 22, 2015

Teijin Ltd. is supporting the exhibition of its home country, Japan, at Expo Milano 2015 by providing full sets of Japanese kimonos and accessories made with the Teijin Group’s polyester fabric. The kimonos will be worn by waitresses at Minokichi, a Japanese restaurant within the Japan Pavilion, during the half-year expo. The expo theme is …

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Air support

May 21, 2015

New aircraft hangars join fleet of refurbished Rubb buildings at Lithuanian air base. Rubb Buildings Ltd., headquartered at the Team Valley Trading Estate in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, Newcastle, recently flew in to support the Lithuanian Air Force when some new flight line aircraft hangars were needed. The Lithuanian Air Force ordered three new 20.4m …

Third anniversary of U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement marks increased exports

Nearly 2,000 new companies are exporting to the U.S. for the first time, especially small-to-medium enterprises. Mid-May marks the third anniversary of the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA). Procolombia, a government trade promotion agency, has announced that 1,908 Colombian companies have exported to the United States for the first time, helping to bring 434 new …

Shadow Graphix wins 3M Wrap to Win contest

May 20, 2015

Daren Merkle of Shadow Graphix Inc., Indianapolis, Ind., was selected as the winner of the 3M Wrap to Win contest by a panel of industry and celebrity judges, including Jeff Gordon, Jeremy McGrath and Jessi Combs. 3M Wrap to Win is a skill-based promotion created to showcase the design creativity and skills of graphic manufacturers …

Houser receives AATCC’s first Education Award

Nelson E. Houser was recognized as the first recipient of the AATCC Education Award at the AATCC International Conference held March 26 in Savannah, Ga. The award was created to recognize AATCC members who have contributed extensively to the educational activities of the organization. Recipients will have made outstanding contributions to education and training activities, …

Applied DNA Sciences introduces DNAnet®

May 19, 2015

Applied DNA Sciences Inc. (APDN), a Stony Brook, N.Y.-based provider of DNA-based anti-counterfeiting technology supply chain and product authentication solutions, announced plans to use its DNAnet kits for home asset marking and protection. DNAnet is a tactical forensic system that provides unique DNA codes for covert operations that require proof of authentication. It comes as …

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Shape shifters

May 18, 2015

Today’s tent manufacturers and renters are thinking outside the rectangle. The Pythagoreans dissected a sphere as early as 600 B.C. Plato and Buckminster Fuller took the ball and ran with it, so to speak. But in 2015, Platonic polyhedral/geodesic domes still are fresh on the scene when it comes to tented events. After all, rental …

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Open ended

Stretch-tent companies tout their limitless options “With consumers being bombarded by the latest and greatest marketing techniques, companies are always interested in ways to capture their audience’s attention,” says Stuart Johnstone, owner of Stretch Marquees & Fabric Structures in Sydney, Australia. “New designs are always a hit. “The exciting thing about working with stretch tents …

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Transforming urban areas with fabric

Cities are pouring money into urban revitalization in an attempt to restore downtowns to their former vibrant glory, and many of those renewal designs are featuring shade structures, awnings and exterior shades, fused with the best of historic architecture. And in addition to providing shade and shelter from the elements, they also act as important …

Measurement Technology NW forms Thermetrics LLC

Based in Seattle, Wa., Measurement Technology NW’s Thermal Products Group officially became Thermetrics LLC on April 15. Thermetrics designs and manufactures a range of precision instruments for measuring and evaluating the thermal comfort of textiles, garments and protective apparel. Its innovative thermal and automotive manikins, dry and sweating guarded hotplates, and radiant/flame test systems support …

CORDURA® brand presents durable fabric innovations

May 15, 2015

The CORDURA brand recently showcased new fabric innovations at Techtextil, held May 4–7 in Frankfurt, Germany, including a new range of CORDURA qualifying fibers designed for the development of durable hi-vis knitted and woven fabrics. The high tenacity polyester fiber range is air-jet textured for enhanced abrasion resistance and tensile and tear strength. Finished CORDURA …

Clariant, Disease Control Technologies donate mosquito nets

Clariant, a Swiss specialty chemicals group, and the U.S.-based Disease Control Technologies (DCT) recently donated 600 Royal Sentry® mosquito nets and curtains to the charity “Asociación Hoy Por Manana” and two hospitals in Managua, Nicaragua. The donation was made in effort to combat the spread of malaria, dengue and chikengunya on World Malaria Day, which …

Rainier awarded Manufacturer of the Year

May 14, 2015

Seattle Business magazine honored Rainier Industries of Tukwila, Wash., with the silver award for Manufacturer of the Year in the large firms category at the Washington Manufacturing Awards gala on April 29, 2015. The annual event brought together 300 leaders from Washington state. The Manufacturing Company of the Year Award is based on company performance …

Smith joins Miller Weldmaster

Miller Weldmaster, Navarre, Ohio, has hired Ryan Smith as the outside sales representative for its western sales region. He is responsible for spearheading business solution strategies, enhancing customer relations and building new business relationships, as well as innovating product and service solutions. Smith has 11 years of sales experience and was previously responsible for sales …

Sensient Technologies acquires Xennia Technology

TenCate has agreed to sell Sensient Technologies Corp., Milwaukee, Wis., the assets of Xennia Technology Ltd., Letchworth, U.K., and expects a final closing of the transaction to be reached shortly. Xennia Technology is an ink supplier for industrial digital inkjet processes, mainly for the ceramic and technical textile industries. As an enabling partner, Xennia Technology …

Drytac releases instructional video series

May 13, 2015

Adhesive-coated product manufacturer Drytac has released a free instructional video series on how to adhere the printed side of a digital graphic to acrylic— a process known as face mounting, second surface mounting, acrylic mounting, or Plexiglas® mounting. In its newly introduced Facemount® video series, Drytac walks viewers through the process with step-by-step instructions from …

Sunbrella® Fabrics and Architizer™ announce winners

Winners of global “Future of Shade” competition Winning projects created solutions for Humanitarian, Wellness Garden and Building Shade categories. Sunbrella® Fabrics, in partnership with Architizer™, a platform for architecture and design online hosting projects uploaded by the designers themselves, have announced the winners of the 2015 Future of Shade competition, an exploration of the possibilities …

In memoriam: Leonard Hawk

May 12, 2015

Leonard Hawk, one of the founders and the first president of the American Rental Association (ARA), passed away May 6 at the age of 91. Hawk opened United Rent-Alls franchises in Moline and Rock Island, Ill., in 1954, and in 1955 invited franchise operators within a 500-mile radius of Moline, as well as Burnett, to …

DSM Dyneema brings its technology to Latin America

DSM Dyneema is bringing its award-winning Dyneema® Force Multiplier Technology for life protection to the defense and law enforcement communities in Latin America. It recently showcased the technology at LAAD Defense & Security 2015, an exhibition that brings together Brazilian and international companies specialized in supplying equipment, services and technology to the armed forces, police …

FGA to host series of webinars

May 11, 2015

Fire standards is May 19 topic The Fabric Graphics Association (FGA), a division of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), is hosting a series of webinars exclusive to IFAI members. The first webinar in the series, FGA Fire Standards, will be Tuesday, May 19, at 10 a.m. central time. The webinar will focus on NFPA …

Herculite acquires Strataglass

Emigsville, Pa.-based Herculite Products Inc. has acquired Strataglass LLC, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The agreement was announced May 8. The acquisition continues Herculite’s efforts to be a total solution provider in each of the markets it serves. “We are excited about the addition of the iconic Strataglass family of custom engineered solutions to Herculite’s …

Funding available for employment training

May 8, 2015

In an effort to help unemployed workers rejoin the job market, the U.S. Department of Labor has made $150 million available to states to help develop employment and training services that focus on enhanced regional and industry-specific collaborations. Funding is through the new Sector Partnerships National Emergency Grant program. Sector partnerships are employer-driven partnerships of …

U.S. Department of Defense to brief textile industry

May 7, 2015

DLA Troop Support Clothing and Textiles will hold a Joint Advance Planning Brief to Industry (JAPBI) June 15–16 at the Crowne Plaza Philadelphia-Cherry Hill in Cherry Hill, N.J. The goal of the event is for DLA and its military service partners to jointly brief the industrial base on future requirements and business opportunities for clothing …

OEKO-TEX launches traceable consumer label

The newest addition to the OEKO-TEX® product portfolio is Made in Green by OEKO-TEX, a traceable product label which allows for communication throughout the supply chain all the way to the end-user. The label ensures that Made in Green textiles are not only tested for harmful substances (certified according to OEKO-TEX Standard 100) but also …

Bircher graduates Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program

May 6, 2015

Amy Bircher, owner of Westlake, Ohio-based MMI Textiles Inc., recently graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program. 10,000 Small Businesses is a $500 million initiative to unlock the growth and job creation potential of small businesses across the U.S. by providing them with greater access to business education, financial capital and business support …

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc.: Outstanding Specialty Subcontractor of the Year

May 5, 2015

The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Midwest Council announced the winners of its Masquerade Ball Awards Gala on April 11, 2015, hosting almost 400 people at the Four Seasons Hotel in downtown St. Louis, Mo., for the annual event. Four categories of awards were given: General Contractor of the Year, Outstanding Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing Subcontractor, …

Birdair introduces Purify Mesh 30 membrane

May 4, 2015

Taiyo Kogyo Corp. has launched Purify Mesh 30, which the company says is the world’s first PVC mesh membrane that incorporates TiO2 photocatalyst coating for building façade applications. Birdair Inc., a member of the Taiyo Kogyo Group, has announced that it will carry Purify Mesh 30, providing it primarily for its North American customer base. …

The future of U.K. textile manufacturing

May 1, 2015

Study predicts the industry will create 20,000 jobs by 2020. The biggest study in 20 years on supply and demand in U.K. textile manufacturing predicts that the industry will create 20,000 jobs by 2020 if current growth trends continue. The Alliance Project, a not-for-profit organization established to study the future of textiles in the U.K., …

Finding new sources in Africa

Major brands are sourcing apparel from Ethiopia and Kenya. Major brands, such as U.K.-based George (part of Walmart), Sweden-based H&M and U.S.-based Phillips-Van Heusen, are sourcing apparel from Ethiopia and Kenya, according to the latest issue of Textile Outlook International from business information company Textiles Intelligence. Rising wages in China, labor unrest in Cambodia and …

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Safeguarding ideas

Clients may wander to other companies, but your ideas don’t need to go with them. It’s an occupational hazard for event planners and tent rental businesses. You spend no small amount of usually unbillable time developing an event design for a prospective client, only to have that person wander away—your ideas in hand—to a different …

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Canopy sheds Northern Lights on events

MacDonald Island Park in Fort McMurray, Alberta, is Canada’s largest community recreation, leisure and social center, and its operator, Regional Recreation Corp. of Wood Buffalo, plans to expand its reach. Shell Place, the epicenter of MacDonald Island Park’s activities, includes the SMS Equipment Stadium, Molson Outdoor Rink and Nexen Energy Stage. The Shell Place expansion …

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A wheel good idea

The CEO of the Takata Corp. of Japan testified before a U.S. Congressional enquiry about approximately 12 million American automobiles with defective airbags featuring inflators that can explode, shooting out metal and plastic pieces. Five people have died, with multiple injuries reported worldwide because of exploding Takata airbags. This raises concerns for firefighters and first …

Forethought: Face forward

As I was reading through the 1965 copies of Canvas Products Review for this month’s “Future History,” an article in the November issue celebrating the magazine’s 50th anniversary caught my attention: a recap of a report from the very first issue of The National Tent and Awning Manufacturers REVIEW about the Fourth Annual Convention in …

Storefront suggests shape of art to come

The Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, N.Y., launched its 2015 season by hosting a unique showcase that asks artists to reveal something about the genesis of their art. The first BLUEPRINT exhibit in 1999 brought together the work of young, ambitious artists, introducing them through their “blueprints” for their futures. For its …

Generations at work

We’re not from different planets, though sometimes it seems so. There are ways to work together effectively. When you interview that candidate, do you invite the parents? Forty- and 50-something jaws might drop, but executive recruiter Eric Herrenkohl says two of his big-company clients want to talk to Mom and Dad at the interview as …

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Flammability codes—the basics

Knowing what to ask and why can help fabricators sort out the complexities of FR codes and standards. Complying with flammability and fire resistance codes can be challenging for fabricators in meeting specific market and product requirements. Although the responsibility for flame retardance certifications falls largely to fabric suppliers, fabricators of everything from massive stadium …

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A round of shade

Aresidential remodeling job transformed a Tucson, Ariz., home and back yard into a relaxing private oasis—minus the gently wafting shade of palm trees or any shade at all. The homeowners contacted Phoenix-based SHADE Industries® to devise an elegant solution to a glaring problem. The SHADE Industries “sails” team looked at the yard’s round patio design …

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Specialty Fabrics Showcase Part 2

Fire resistance, printability, sustainability, water resistance and versatility. As indicated in the State of the Industry report provided in the February and March issues of the Review, the global specialty fabrics market is growing, encouraging fabric manufacturers to continue their development of problem-solving products that perform. With the increasing overlap of textile usage in diverse …

From surviving to thriving

Dan Hooks propels his organization to new heights by maximizing regional opportunities and building a management team. “Surviving the latest recession taught us several lessons about the financial health of our company and what we needed to change in order to go from surviving to thriving,” says Dan Hooks, CEO of Party Reflections Inc., Charlotte, …

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Industrial mesh lightens up

Industrial product design often centers on utility, simplicity and mass-production rather than flow, drape or mood. London-based industrial and product designer Catherine Stolarski combines both aesthetics in “Loop,” a pendant lamp with a curving shade made of a single folded piece of 3-D fabric mesh material. The look is soft, a cross between a pillow …

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Thinking outside the rectangle

Tent manufacturers, rental companies and event planners are stretching their boundaries with new tent shapes and flexible materials. Consider, if you will, the Pythagoreans, who dissected a sphere as early as 600 B.C. Latecomers like Plato and Buckminster Fuller took the ball and ran with it, so to speak. But in 2015, Platonic polyhedral/geodesic domes …