Supply55 introduces new transfer paper

August 31, 2015

Supply55 Inc., Ann Arbor, Mich., has released Prime Sublimation Transfer Paper, a high-quality, uniformly-coated product engineered to improve overall image quality. Featuring Full Release Technology™, the paper provides fast dry times and is available in both tacky and non-tacky versions. It is compatible with wide-format printers, most brands of digital dye sublimation ink and polyester …

Rose Brand acquires Swag Décor, expands sales team

Rose Brand Inc., a Secaucus, N.J., provider of theatrical fabrics, production supplies and custom stage drapery and sewn creations, has acquired Swag Décor of Orlando, Fla., to establish a local market presence for event and venue décor services. Swag Décor specializes in providing uniquely designed event décor to the Florida market. The company will maintain …

Dickies, Milliken collaborate on new work shirt

August 28, 2015

Milliken & Co., Spartanburg, S.C., teamed up with Dickies, the flagship brand of performance workwear manufacturer Williamson-Dickie Mfg. Co., Fort Worth, Texas, to produce an improved performance work shirt for today’s modern worker. The shirt employs Milliken’s innovative textile technology to deliver enhanced lightweight, moisture-wicking and soil-release properties with the addition of stretch. It offers …

BondCote hires Doherty

James Doherty has joined BondCote Corp., a Heytex Group company based in Pulaski, Va., as southwest regional sales manager, bringing 10 years of experience in the industrial textile industry. Doherty has a background in product development, working with global customers and markets to develop new products. BondCote manufactures coated, laminated and composite fabrics for the …

CAI releases first estimate of India’s 2015–2016 cotton crop

August 27, 2015

The Indian cotton crop for the 2015–16 season, beginning in October, is estimated to be 38 million bales, each nearly 375 pounds. The first estimate was announced this week by Mumbai-based Cotton Association of India (CAI). The new season’s crop will be less than this year’s estimate by 275,000 bales. Acreage is expected to be …

Abdelhak, Czerniakowski join Roland DGA

Roland DGA Corp., an Irvine, Calif.-based manufacturer of advanced wide-format digital printing equipment, has hired Ralph Abdelhak as director of product management, and Mark Czerniakowski as regional sales manager. With more than 18 years of product marketing and management experience, Abdelhak recently worked as a professional marketing consultant and will oversee all of Roland DGA’s …

FGA webinar to focus on U.S./Canadian fabric graphics

August 26, 2015

The Fabric Graphics Association (FGA), a division of IFAI, is hosting a webinar exclusive to IFAI members on Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. CT, focusing on the state of the U.S./Canadian fabric graphics market. Topics to be discussed include fabric usage in 2014; the percentage breakout of 2014 sales for the fabric graphics market by …

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Taking center stage

Whether they are watching an orchestra performing under a soft-sided band shell or in a field with thousands of other fans screaming along with their favorite band, outdoor concert attendees probably aren’t noticing two of the biggest supporting players: staging and tenting. For rental companies, portable stages and large tensile structures represent opportunities for new …

Concept III, Coolcore partner

August 25, 2015

Performance textile manufacturer Concept III Textiles International, Red Bank, N.J., has partnered with Coolcore, the Portsmouth, N.H.-based developer of a patented chemical-free fabric cooling technology. Coolcore’s technology uses a unique combination of fibers and cross-sections for three specific functions: wicking, moisture transportation and controlling the rate at which moisture evaporates from the garment for the …

Pakistani textile exports to Europe increase

After receiving preferential access to European Union markets, Pakistan was the fastest growing textile supplier among the EU’s leading 20 textile supplying countries in 2014, according to the latest issue of Textile Outlook International from global business information company Textiles Intelligence. Preferential access has been provided to Pakistan in the form of the EU’s GSP+ …

ShowStoppers 2015

August 24, 2015

IFAI Expo 2015 will feature the fourth annual ShowStoppers competition, created to recognize the best of the best on the show floor. All IFAI Expo exhibitors are eligible to enter their new products and services for the chance to be awarded as a ShowStopper. A committee of industry specialists will choose the finalists in each …

Safe Reflections opens new office in Taiwan

Safe Reflections Inc., a St. Paul, Minn.-based provider of reflective solutions to the safety, active apparel and military training markets, has opened a new headquarters for its Asia business unit in New Taipei City, Taiwan. The new facility is located in the Tucheng District near the Taiwan Textile Research Institute, bringing Safe Reflections closer to …

Should you extend credit?

Fabricators stress caution when extending credit to customers. On the surface, it sure seems like a slam-dunk decision for a marine fabrication shop to not extend credit to customers. “Let’s see, when you write off thousands and thousands of dollars—maybe even $100,000 over the 30-year life of the company—you start to think about giving anybody …

Ultraflex offers soft, stretchy signage

Developed by Ultraflex Systems Inc., Randolph, N.J., polyester and spandex knitted fabrics VorTex™ Stretch D229 and Super Stretch D231 are specifically treated for direct disperse, latex, dye-sublimation transfer and UV printing. Both fabrics are available in 126-inch roll widths in standard 164-foot rolls, offering single direction stretch, fire resistance and opacity. D229 is recommended for …

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Attachment issues

August 21, 2015

Connecting a tent to a building poses a set of challenges for tent installers. Stability, weatherproofing, auxiliary HVAC systems and custom flooring all need to be accounted for. These projects almost always require customized solutions that take the unique environment of the building and the tent site into consideration. One of the biggest considerations is …

BASF transfers textile chemical business to Archroma

BASF, a Singapore-based global chemical company with sales of 74 billion euros in 2014, has divested its global textile chemical business to Archroma, a Swiss specialty chemical supplier to the textile, paper and emulsion industries. BASF will continue to manufacture and supply textile chemical products to Archroma. The transaction includes BASF Pakistan Ltd., Karachi, but …

Minnesota Knitting Mills hiring

August 20, 2015

Minnesota Knitting Mills is hiring a knitting machine mechanic. The mechanic will be responsible for the upkeep of the knitting machines and other duties related to the operation of the knitting machines. Minnesota Knitting Mills is a privately held knit manufacturing company located in Mendota Heights, Minn. Applicants can inquire about the position by calling …

SPESA hosting educational conference Sept. 17

The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) will host its fourth “Advancements in Manufacturing Technology” educational conference on Sept. 17 at the Sheraton Charlotte Airport in Charlotte, N.C. The non-commercial, educational-only event is targeted at mid-level and upper-level managers, and will provide information to help improve quality and manufacturing efficiency while at …

EFI acquires Reggiani

August 19, 2015

Inkjet textile printing promises to be a high-growth industry, and Electronics For Imaging Inc. (EFI), Fremont, Calif., took a leading role in the transition from analog to digital textile printing with the acquisition of Reggiani Macchine, Bergamo, Italy. Reggiani provides industrial inkjet printers using water-based inks for fabric printing. The new EFI Reggiani will offer …

Ryze Renewables sets up shop in Texas

Ryze Renewables has announced that the newly formed company will bring its textile recycling business to Port Arthur, Texas, investing $200 million in two different business lines. The first will collect textile scrap to make medical and personal care products, luxury garments and packaging. The second will take waste from the first process and use …

Equipment rental industry continues to grow

August 18, 2015

The equipment rental industry revenue is forecasted to grow 7 percent through at least 2018, according to the latest projections released by the American Rental Association (ARA). The U.S. industry also remains on track to reach record revenue of $38.3 billion in 2015. Despite slower demand for rental equipment from the mining, oil and gas …

Future-proof textile production with new guide

More customers are demanding to know what is in their textile products, and chemical regulations for products are becoming more stringent. ChemSec, the non-profit International Chemical Secretariat in Goteborg, Sweden, offers the ChemSec Textile Guide to show companies how they can identify problematic chemicals in their production and finished garments—and how to eliminate them. The …

Pitching Australia’s cotton to major brands

August 17, 2015

At an event in the Australian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, representatives of the Cotton Australia delegation made their case about cotton quality, responsibility and sustainable production to companies that together consume approximately five times the volume of the average annual Australian cotton crop. The goal: increase Australia’s percentage of the world cotton market to 30 …

IFAI Military Division hosting MUST webinar tomorrow

IFAI’s Military Division will host a webinar tomorrow, Aug. 18, at 1 p.m. CT, to provide an overview of the MUST program and its capabilities for companies that are being given the chance to put product specifications in a knowledge base to inform the military of fabrics and accessories that could potentially be used in …

OrganoClick makes fabric from 7 Up bottles

August 14, 2015

At a Swedish seminar titled “The world’s most sustainable catwalk,” OrganoClick AG of Toby, Sweden, entered a fashion statement in water-repellant, recycled polyester made from 7 Up’s trademark green plastic bottles. Why? OrganoClick’s mission is developing functional materials based on environmentally friendly fiber chemistry, and several sustainable processes had gone into the garment’s creation. A …

Olympus Group hires Ahart

August 13, 2015

Jason Ahart has joined Olympus Group, Milwaukee, Wis., as chief operating officer (COO), bringing 16 years of exhibit production experience to the large format digital printing company. Ahart previously worked at Moss Inc., where he gained experience managing operations of a 100-person production facility, hiring and coaching staff, managing budgets, installing exhibit and retail signage …

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When textiles live long, service companies prosper

For textile service companies that provide linens, towels, uniforms and workwear to large institutional users, the longer an item survives its multiple industrial laundry cycles, the better. The Hohenstein Institute, Bonnigheim, Germany, has developed guidance and testing services to ensure that leased textiles hold value longer. The wholesale price of Asian cotton has increased by …

Ultraflex promotes Mitchell to VP of sales

August 12, 2015

Ultraflex Systems Inc., a Randolph, N.J.-based developer of specialty substrates, has promoted John Mitchell to vice president of sales for North America. Mitchell joined Ultraflex in 2013 and has served as the Canadian sales representative, increasing Canadian sales by 30 percent. With 25 years of experience in the graphics industry, he previously served as president …

Birdair awarded contract for new Atlanta stadium

Birdair Inc., Buffalo, N.Y., has been chosen as the specialty contractor for the roof pillow system and facade solution for a new Atlanta stadium set to open in 2017. Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) can be used in either single or multiple-layered applications. The new stadium project uses a three-layer application, known as a cushion system, where …

Designtex introduces Check-Up collection

August 11, 2015

Designtex, New York, N.Y., has launched a new coated fabrics collection designed for demanding health care environments such as patient care rooms. Featuring a mix of solids, textures and patterns, the Check-Up collection includes 10 versatile upholstery fabrics, offering a range of high performance polyurethane, nylon microfiber and vinyl seating options, all of which achieve …

D30 announces new headquarters

August 10, 2015

D3O, a U.K.-based developer of smart materials specializing in impact protection and shock absorption, has opened a 28,000-square-foot global headquarters in Croydon, England, called The Lab. The company received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise for export and was awarded 13 million euros in growth capital funding in April 2015 from new investor Beringea LLC (U.K. …

IFAI divisions seeking board candidates

The Equipment Division (EQP), Fabric Graphics Association (FGA), Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) and Tarp Association (TA), divisions of IFAI, are seeking candidates for board director positions. Each EQP, FGA and TA director position has a three-year term. Candidates are evaluated on previous volunteer leadership experience, length of time in the industry, the position the applicant currently …

Arlon launches new industry blog

August 7, 2015

Arlon Graphics LLC, Placentia, Calif., has launched a new blog, Arlon HUB™, offering expert content on the sign, graphics and automotive industries. Arlon contributors will focus on topics from all areas of the industry that can be openly discussed, offering a platform for readers to directly engage with them. Several posts will include visual content, …

Teijin opens new technology development center

August 6, 2015

Teijin Ltd. announced the opening of a new Technology Development Center at its factory in Matsuyama, Ehime Prefecture, Japan. The center will serve as a central base for developing high-performance materials solutions for the Teijin Group, integrating advanced fibers development functions previously handled by the Osaka Research Center. It has facilities for test production and …

Mutoh expands dye-sublimation printer line

Mutoh America Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., has added the ValueJet 1938WX to its line of dye-sublimation printers. The VJ 1938WX is a 74-inch printer designed for products such as scarves, uniforms, blankets, trade show graphics and soft signage. Featuring staggered dual heads, it offers 1440 dpi images at print speeds up to 1,327 square feet per …

Taco Marine releases rub rail replacement guide

August 5, 2015

Taco Marine, Miami, Fla., has released a comprehensive rub rail replacement guide that includes a new reference feature that helps speed up the process of selecting the proper rub rail. The guide provides references to specific boat builders and multiple rub rail profile versions of each, offering an easier method for matching a boat’s existing …

Robert Allen and Kirk Nix release hospitality collection

August 4, 2015

Robert Allen Contract, Foxborough, Mass., has released its third hospitality collection through its partnership with hospitality designer Kirk Nix of Los Angeles, Calif.-based KNA Design. The Penthouse collection includes a bold colors, tribal motifs and go-to neutrals, such as a Sunbrella® outdoor pattern, an epingle pile fabric, drapery sheers and two multi-color cut velvet designs. …

Caldwell joins MMI Textiles

MMI Textiles Inc., Westlake, Ohio, has hired Thomas Caldwell as technical sales director. Caldwell previously worked in the engineered fabrics business unit at Trelleborg Coated Systems. During his career, he has held positions such as director of sales and marketing, national sales manager and military business manager. Prior to his professional business career, Caldwell served …

Exhibitor Product Preview

An advance look at new products and services to be exhibited at IFAI Expo 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 6–9. This year’s show floor will offer new, dedicated areas for advanced textiles, shade and weather protection, and disaster mitigation and response, as well as several hands-on demonstrations. IFAI Expo 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 6–9, …

ATP to host fire retardancy webinar series

August 3, 2015

As an IFAI member-exclusive benefit, the Advanced Textiles Products Division (ATP) will kick off its fire retardancy webinar series Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. ET. Flame retardants are employed in a variety of consumer products, including industrial fabrics. Recent media coverage, coupled with the shifting regulatory landscape, is motivating interest in science, technology and policy …

Exhibit wraps truth in ‘paper’ package

August 1, 2015

EXHIBITORLIVE!, North America’s premier event for trade show and event marketing professionals, gives marketing firms like Derse, headquartered in Milwaukee, Wis., a platform to strut their stuff for an audience of 6,000. Derse’s design concept for its large booth at the 2015 EXHIBITORLIVE! featured authentic, raw-looking materials and the injunction “Unwrap the Truth.” People attending …

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Room for inspiration

The commercial upholstery market is becoming increasingly performance oriented, with noticeable growth in health care, hospitality and sports. New fabrics and coatings are in demand, and in development. When most people think of commercial upholstery, they think of offices . While that`s a big part of the market, it`s by no means where the most …

Student innovation

When industry and academia collide, design and technology become natural partners. Both researchers and students had a strong presence at the Techtextil show in Frankfurt, Germany, May 4–7. The work exhibited was in varying stages of development, but as a whole forms an important barometer of the next generation of industry innovators. Exhibitions such as …

Printed exhibit documents three roads to freedom

The City of Chandler, Ariz., sponsors the Celebration of Unity each year to honor community diversity, the achievements of the civil rights movement and the spirit, ideals, life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The 15th annual celebration in January and February 2015 brought together multicultural lectures, music, crafts and ethnic food, culminating …

Keeping it cool in space

Specialized textiles play an important role in thermal control for an evolving aerospace marketplace. Where there are flights, space missions and satellites, there are advanced textiles. For composites used in aircraft engines, multi-layer insulation (MLI) blankets for launch support and satellites, or—of course—space wear for participants of manned space exploration, textiles and textile components are …

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Work smarter

Tools and strategies to help tent rental companies get maximum efficiency from their crews. “Our philosophy is that installing tents is hard. How can we make it easier for the installer?” posits Kenny Puff, armed with an answer. “Every tent installer should have his own toolkit with the basics so they’re not continually borrowing or …

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Selling shade

Conrad Masterson builds his business by focusing on what clients really want—and what employees need. “The first thing I learned when I entered the shade sail industry was to focus on what the customer really wants,” says Conrad Masterson, president of SHADE Industries, Phoenix, Ariz. “That may sound simple, but it can be easy to …

The sky’s the limit

Shang Xia, a high-end retailer purveying the best of Chinese design and craftsmanship, wanted its boutique in Shanghai, China, to reflect the light and simplicity of its clothing, furniture and household products. The 1909 red-brick building housing the boutique posed a challenge for Kengo Kuma and Associates, Tokyo, Japan, the architect commissioned to redesign the …

Dual-purpose draping

A luxury high-rise apartment melds aspects of lifestyle, image and opulence to attract its clientele, and The Vermont in Los Angeles, Calif., sought that special touch that would set it apart. Cliff Garten of Cliff Garten Studio in Venice, Calif., was commissioned to create an architecturally integrated sculpture with a dual purpose: as a façade …

Lightweight looks great

What do 3-D printing, sportswear fabric and a leaf have in common? All of them inspired EDAG Engineering AG, the largest independent engineering firm in the automotive industry, to develop the EDAG Light Cocoon concept car. EDAG, headquartered in Wiesbaden, Germany, brought the striking vehicle to the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015 to illustrate …