FGA to host latex printing webinar Aug. 4

July 31, 2015

As an IFAI member-exclusive benefit, the Fabric Graphics Association (FGA) will host a latex printing webinar Aug. 4, 2015, at 10 a.m. CT. Timothy Mitchell, a latex experience solutions architect at Hewlett-Packard, and Chris Jackson, president of Cold Fire Signs, will answer the following questions: What textiles work well with latex inks? Why print on …

Carnegie launches new Xorel™ collection

July 30, 2015

Textile manufacturer Carnegie Fabrics, New York, N.Y., has announced the launch of Xorel Refresh Your Palette, a vibrant, high-fashion textile collection inspired by colors that are essential to everyday life. Four new Xorel patterns feature exotic bright accents, transparent watercolor effects and earthy soft textures. Havana—a large scale, multi-colored, textural stripe, Circuit—a classic textile with …

JK Group acquires Sawgrass Industrial

Sawgrass Industrial, the business division of Sawgrass Technologies, Mount Pleasant, S.C., operating in sublimation and pigment inks for industrial applications, is joining Italian company JK Group S.p.A, the company which includes the brands Kiian Digital and J-Teck, to extend the group’s technology capabilities. The acquisition expands JK Group’s portfolio of advanced inks, which are compatible …

Sympatex announces new VP for North America

July 29, 2015

Derek Spingler has been named vice president of North America for Sympatex Technologies, Unterfohring, Germany, a producer of membranes, laminates and functional textiles. Spingler brings more than 20 years of experiences in the outdoor industry to his new role, where he is responsible for overall sales and marketing management with a special focus on creating …

Enduratex introduces new fabric for hospitality market

Stingray, a new Exotics collection from Enduratex™, Mira Loma, Calif., is designed specifically for the hospitality market. Featuring a subtle, pebbly texture, the fabric offers a soft hand and has a FORBID topcoat, making it resistant to stains such as mustard, ink and denim dye transfer. Stingray is 100 percent virgin vinyl and available in …

Student Design Challenge sponsorships available

July 28, 2015

Sponsorships are available for IFAI’s 2016 Student Design Challenges, which are offered in four categories: Advanced textiles; awnings and canopies; fabric graphics; and fabric structures. Sponsoring companies will be recognized on IFAI’s websites and in promotional material throughout the year. Companies that register to sponsor by Aug. 10 will also be included on signage at …

SEM Products partners with Vicar

July 27, 2015

SEM Products, a Rock Hill, S.C.-based manufacturer of interior paints and refinishing products for leather, vinyl, plastic and carpets is expanding its distribution by forming a strategic partnership with Vicar International, Union, N.J. Vicar will stock three lines to the automotive, upholstery, marine, RV and golf cart industries for both indoor and outdoor applications. The …

PA Group software enhances Phifer operations

PA Group USA, Chattanooga, Tenn., has fully implemented manufacturing software at one manufacturing division of Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based Phifer Inc., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of aluminum and fiberglass insect screening. The machine monitoring, planning and scheduling, and product life cycle management software solutions will enhance lean manufacturing practices. The three software components are part …

Unifi expands recycling center

July 24, 2015

Unifi Inc., the Greensboro, N.C., manufacturer of Repreve® recycled fibers, recently celebrated the groundbreaking of its planned 85,000-square-foot addition to its Repreve Recycling Center in Yadkinville, N.C. The expansion will increase capacity to produce Repreve and other premier value-added products (PVA) by up to 60 million pounds. The recycling center addition is estimated to be …

Schoeller, The Lost Explorer partner

July 23, 2015

Schoeller Textil AG, Sevelen, Switzerland, is collaborating with environmentalist David de Rothschild and his company, The Lost Explorer, to launch a garment collection named “Goods, apparel and things you didn’t know you needed.” The collaboration will be on a longtime partnership basis. Schoeller is supporting the garment collection with fabric developments as it strengthens its …

IPG geomembranes certified to NSF

The Public Health and Safety Organization has certified the Aquamaster® line of geomembranes from Intertape Polymer Group® Inc., Montreal, Canada, to NSF/ANSI 61. ANSI 61 is a certification by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) given to products that fulfill the regulatory requirements for potable water transport in the US and Canada. IPG offers durable geomembrane …

KnollTextiles introduces Et cetera collection

July 22, 2015

KnollTextiles, a New York, N.Y., provider of home and office fabrics, has launched its Et cetera collection. The versatile collection consists of four upholstery patterns, one drapery and one wallcovering: Tabloid, a modern, stylized camouflage that can read as a stripe or as an all-over pattern; Delite, offering a luxe hand at an affordable price …

OMNOVA receives LEED certification

Specialty chemical provider OMNOVA Solutions Inc. earned LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certified status from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) for its new headquarters building in Beachwood, Ohio. LEED is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class sustainable building strategies and practices. Among the design features that contributed to LEED …

AirTrim expands product offerings

July 21, 2015

AirTrim Inc., a Springfield, Ohio-based designer, builder and installer of pneumatic material handling systems, has announced a new product focus—trim cutter solutions. In addition to seven standard cutter models, AirTrim also now offers cutter rebuild services, plus the design capability to provide special sizes of trim cutters for unique applications standard trim cutters cannot satisfy. …

Recognition for textile sewing, processing innovation

Every other year, Messe Frankfurt, a technology trade event company, presents the Texprocess International Trade Fair for Processing Textile and Flexible Materials in Frankfurt und Main, Germany. An estimated 13,300 visitors attended the 2015 show to search the emerging technologies for business solutions—and see award-winning process innovations. The Texprocess Innovation Award is presented for outstanding …

Polartec wins WGSN award

July 20, 2015

The WGSN Global Fashion Awards, staged by WGSN, a trend-spotting consulting and planning firm used by brands worldwide, “celebrate and reward what’s new and what’s next in fashion.” Polartec LLC, Boston, Mass., received the Meryl® Sport/Activewear Design Award in 2015 for “innovation in fabric development with respect to trend, color and fit” as well as …

IFF to host golf tournament Oct. 6

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) will host its annual fundraising event Oct. 6, 2015, kicking off IFAI Expo with a golf tournament in memory of Don Williams, a former IFAI board chairman and Honored Life Member who passed away in June. The tournament will be held at the Black Gold Golf Club in Yorba Linda, …

deJong joins Miller Weldmaster

July 17, 2015

Miller Weldmaster, Navarre, Ohio, has added Lance deJong to its sales team, tasking him with increasing sales and maintaining customer relationships in the Midwestern U.S. and Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Offering more than a decade of experience in sales and marketing in the large format graphics industry, deJong was central region sales manager and distribution …

SEAMS creates government committee

The National Association for the U.S. Sewn Products Industry (SEAMS) recently established a new Government Committee to inform and support its members on doing business with federal, state and local governments. “Our committee aims to expand SEAMS members’ knowledge in identifying, securing and maintaining government contracts; thereby expanding production opportunities and capabilities for our members,” …

Finnish researchers expanding uses for cellulose

July 16, 2015

Wood is widely considered the “green gold” of Finland, and a research project to use this plentiful and renewable natural resource focuses on finding new applications for cellulose. These new uses may include serving as a raw material for textiles, home decoration and car interior materials. In the first phase of the Design Driven Value …

Sanitized AG adds U.S. location

Scott Rosenzweig has been appointed president of Sanitized (USA) Inc., Charlotte, N.C., the newly established U.S. headquarters for Swiss-based Sanitized AG, a producer of antimicrobial hygiene function and material protection for textiles and plastics. The company will now sell directly to customers in the consumer housewares and building materials industries as well as to those …

Commercial laundries, minus the water usage

July 15, 2015

Hotels, hospitals, fitness centers and other organizations with rapidly changing clientele can count on vats of towels, sheets, napkins, uniforms and a host of other items bound for the laundry. Along with the tons of washable items, these industries can count on paying for millions of gallons of water, despite advances in washing machine efficiency …

Progress in separating, recycling cotton and polyester blends

Deakin University Australia researchers Dr. Nolene Byrne and Ph.D. candidate Rasike De Silva have developed a simple process to separate polyester-cotton fabric blends into their individual components, a major breakthrough for textile recycling. While it is easy to recycle cotton or polyester individually, fibers are tightly bonded in blends, so mechanical separation doesn’t work and …

Bayer improves mattress foam formulations

July 14, 2015

Bayer MaterialScience LLC, Pittsburgh, Pa., is introducing new formulations for its Softcel™ VE-1100 polyol to answer consumer demands for comfortable, high quality foam mattresses that recover faster and dissipate heat better. This polyol is capable of making a wide range of TDI-based viscoelastic foam grades at relatively high index. Viscoelastic polyurethane flexible foams have are …

Urena joins Strataglass

Dino Urena has joined the sales and engineering team at Strataglass LLC, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., offering more than 25 years of domestic and international experience in technical sales and specialty market development. Urena is often a presenter at IFAI-sponsored training sessions, and he routinely participates in industry expert round table discussions. His areas of expertise …

Rose Brand expands sales team

July 13, 2015

Theatrical supplier Rose Brand Inc., Secaucus, N.J., has added Tori Oggioni and Greg Schaefer to its sales team. Oggioni completed a co-op program with Rose Brand for three summers, learning stage management, sound design and projection setup, before joining as a full time employee. Prior to joining Rose Brand, Schaefer worked with One Dream Sound, …

Texart™ SBL3 inks receive OEKO-TEX class I certification

Roland DGA Corp., Irvine, Calif., has received OEKO-TEX® Standard 100, product class I certification for its Texart SBL3 dye-sublimation inks. This Nissenken Quality Evaluation Center certification provides assurance that the inks, made for use with the company’s new Texart RT-640 dye-sublimation printer, are safe for inkjet printing on polyester fabric to create a wide variety …

Adidas partners with Parley for the Oceans

July 10, 2015

German sportswear manufacturer adidas Group has partnered with Parley for the Oceans, an organization for creators, thinkers and leaders to come together to raise awareness about the state of the world’s oceans and to collaborate on projects that can protect and conserve them. The companies presented their first prototype product at a recent Parley event …

Textile Recycler installs automated sorting systems

According to Jackie King, executive director for the Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles Association (SMART), the international trade association of the for-profit used clothing reuse and recycling industry, for more than 400 years the used clothing and textile recycling industry has relied on manual sorting and grading processes with little to no technological advances. In …

Teijin Frontier to support Oxfam Trailwalker

July 9, 2015

Teijin Frontier Co. Ltd., the Teijin Group’s fiber-product converting company based in Osaka, Japan, will support Oxfam Trailwalker Tohoku 2015, an international fundraising event to be held July 11 – 12 in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. Oxfam Trailwalker is a worldwide endurance-walking event that has been held annually since 2007. In addition to its anti-poverty mission, …

Safe Reflections names new CEO

St. Paul, Minn.-based Safe Reflections Inc. has named Chuck Gruber president and CEO of the company, a provider of reflective solutions to the occupational safety, consumer active wear apparel and military training markets. Gruber has served as president and COO since 2012, and was promoted following the passing of founding CEO Robert Koppes. Most recently, …

PigmentInc introduces GoTx® brand name

PigmentInc, a division of Impression Technology International Pty. Ltd. of Australia, has changed the brand name of its new line of fabric printing products from RoTx to GoTx. While showing its new “Everything Textile” products at FESPA 2015, held in Cologne, Germany, in May, the company realized a different product was being offered under a …

Avery Dennison expands “Wrap Like a King” challenge

July 8, 2015

Avery Dennison Graphics Solutions, Mentor, Ohio, has expanded its 2015 “Wrap Like a King” challenge to include vehicle wrap installers from Europe, in addition to the U.S. and Canada. The challenge opened July 1, 2015, with car wrap installers invited to enter a vehicle wrap project using Avery Dennison Supreme Wrapping Film™ or digital Supercast …

Fisher’s Waterfall fabric now made with Repreve®

Digital printing fabric supplier Fisher Textiles, Indian Trail, N.C., has added its GF 5351 Waterfall fabric to the Enviro-Tex® fabric line. All Enviro-Tex styles are made with Repreve recycled yarns and have been certified by Unifi Inc., its manufacturer. Now also known as ET 5351 Waterfall, the awning, tent and outdoor banner fabric contains 60 …

AATCC announces Concept 2 Consumer® winners

July 7, 2015

The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC), Research Triangle Park, N.C., recently held its first Concept 2 Consumer Merchandising Competition for college and university students. Participants were challenged to showcase their skills in business, marketing and merchandising by creating a business concept for a hypothetical new product line of an outerwear collection. The …

Awning, graphics and structures tour scheduled at IFAI Expo

The Fabric Structures Association (FSA), Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), Fabric Graphics Association (FGA) and Tarp Association (TA), all divisions of IFAI, are hosting an awning, graphics and structures tour in and around Anaheim, Calif., during IFAI Expo on Oct. 6, 2015. The tour will visit Academy Awning and Image Options for shop tours, the …

Aggarwal rejoins Huntsman International

July 6, 2015

Huntsman International (India) Pvt. Ltd., a publicly traded global manufacturer and marketer of differentiated chemicals, has appointed Rohit Aggarwal as vice president and managing director of the Huntsman India subcontinent. Rejoining Huntsman after working two years at Louis Dreyfus Commodities B.V. as CEO for the Asia region, Aggarwal is responsible for growing the business and …

ACES offers courses on biofabrics

The ARC Centre of Excellence (ACES), an organization funded through the Australian Research Council to study the science of nanomaterials, will offer short courses on biofabrication July 20 and 22 at the Australian Institute for Innovative Materials (AIIM) on the University of Wollongong’s Innovation Campus. Engineers, scientists and industry representatives will offer sessions on the …

Mimaki inks receive Greenguard Gold Certification

July 3, 2015

Mimaki USA, a Suwanee, Ga.-based wide-format inkjet printer and cutter manufacturer, has received Greenguard Gold Certification for its Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) LX101 latex, SS21 eco-solvent and LH-100, LUS-150 and LUS-200 UV-cure inks. As an ISO-IEC Guide 65:1996 accredited, third-party certifying body, the Greenguard Environmental Institute issues Greenguard Certification to help manufacturers create—and help buyers …

Dainese receives “Professor Ferdinand Porsche” award

Italian protective wear manufacturer Dainese received the “Professor Ferdinand Porsche” award for technological innovation for the Multistrada 1200 S D|air. The Multistrada 1200 S D|air is a production motorcycle with an integrated airbag system certified by international safety certification company TÜV SÜD. The control unit and the sensors on the bike communicate with the Dainese …

Phifer introduces Summer Myrtle collection

July 2, 2015

Phifer Inc., Tuscaloosa, Ala., has added the Summer Myrtle collection to its Designed Fabrics line. With color combinations influenced by blue and green hues, the collection features plush, 100 percent recyclable GeoBella® Cushion Fabrics and sling Phifertex® Outdoor Fabrics. Made from recycled yarns, GeoBella indoor and outdoor performance fabrics offer the soft, touchable texture of …

Aurora opens new factory

Textile processing company Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. (ASTG), Aurora, Ill., opened a new 124,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Yorkville, Ill., on April 28, 2015. The company’s chemistry, coating and fabric suppliers were invited to a tour of the building, home to Aurora’s new, fully-automated EHWHA ultra-wide width coating and finishing line, which works easily with …

A mixed-use oasis

July 1, 2015

London’s Wembley Park includes a covered play area to attract families—with a coated fabric that resists dirt. Wembley Park has a long history. An urban renewal success story, it’s been transformed again and again to fit the needs of the times. In 1880, the Metropolitan Railway opened a line across what was then an estate. …

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Air support

Advances in materials and technology mean advantages for air-supported fabric structures in durability and sustainability. In May 2009, the Dallas Cowboys’ practice facility collapsed under a freak microburst of 60mph winds, injuring a dozen people and leaving at least one person partially paralyzed. It has taken the industry years to overcome the impact of this …

For polyamide printing

Xennia Technology has introduced a full range of digital textile inks for production printing of silk and polyamide fabrics, including nylon and lycra/elastane/spandex. The Agate™ inks offer excellent color fastness and production reliability. The new inks are aimed at sports, swimwear and intimate apparel applications, and are available for high-speed production digital textile printing systems …

A fashion statement in 4-D

Nothing to wear? What if you could digitally print a dress, put it on and go? That possibility is not so far-fetched with a process created by Nervous System, an innovative design studio that describes itself as working at the intersection of science, art and technology. The company’s Kinematics Dress is made of thousands of …

The art of recycling

The City of Houston Solid Waste Management Department (SWMD) in Texas wanted to call attention to its expanded city-wide Automated Curbside Recycling program for single-stream collection of recyclables at 380,000 households. An unusual partnership between the “greenies” at SWMD and the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) set the Art Recycling Trucks project in motion; six recycling …

Healthy prospects

Nonwoven PLA could thrive in the health care market. PLA, or polylactic acid, is a relatively recent innovation, but it is already the most commonly used bioplastic today. It’s a polyester, but with a key difference: instead of being made from petrochemicals, it’s plant-sourced. The process, developed by Minnetonka, Minn.-based Cargill Inc. in the late …

Forethought: Patience and time

We’ve now gone back 70 years in our voyage to the very first Review published in 1915. The issues published during 1945 were something of a surprise to me, in that so much “normal” business activity was subsumed by World War II. My father served on the U.S.S. Maddox in the Pacific; a good friend’s …

Strong screening: no pests

Phifer’s TuffScreen® combines unmatched durability and protection from insects with a great view of the outdoors. The heavy-duty, vinyl-coated polyester screening is pet-resistant and tear- and puncture-resistant, recommended for high-traffic areas like porch and patio enclosures, as well as for windows and doors. TuffScreen is also infused with Microban® antimicrobial product protection to inhibit the …