Berry Amendment threshold to stay at $150,000

September 30, 2015

The text of the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act has been released, keeping the threshold to trigger the Berry Amendment (10 USC 2533a), its specialty metal variant and the Kissell Amendment at its current level—the inflation-adjusted figure of $150,000. The Berry Amendment requires the Department of Defense (DOD) to procure certain items, including …

New sponsorships available at Tent Conference

In lieu of tabletop exhibits, new sponsorship opportunities are available at IFAI’s Tent Conference 2016, taking place Jan. 26–28 in Las Vegas, Nev. Companies can choose from several options, including speaking engagements, signage and meal choices. All sponsorships include logo placement on the Tent Conference website and show guide, as well as in email communications. …

EDANA launches nonwovens training program

September 29, 2015

EDANA, the international association for the nonwovens and related industries, has renewed its training course program with “Nonwovens Learning Cycle™,” an integrated approach to nonwovens from the basics to advanced courses and guided development. Developed in partnership with the European Centre for Innovative Textiles (CETI), the courses are delivered in four stages: an introduction to …

New motorized shades from Budget Blinds

Budget Blinds®, a window covering provider based in Orange, Calif., now offers Virtual Cord™ motorized shades through its Signature Series® private label program, with Springs Window Fashions as the exclusive manufacturer. Virtual Cord technology is available for Budget Blinds’ cellular honeycomb shades, and will be made available for additional products later this fall. Virtual Cord …

AATCC releases textile coloration book

September 28, 2015

The Association of Textile, Apparel and Materials Professionals (AATCC) announced the release of a new book titled “Textile Coloration for the Retail Supply Chain,” co-authored by J. Richard Aspland and Ann C. Laidlaw. The book is divided into multiple sections: a discussion of textile coloration designed for a non-technical audience; a glossary of textile terminology; …

Textile companies collaborate to improve sustainability

Textile Exchange (TE), a global nonprofit organization that works to accelerate sustainable practices in the textile industry, released the findings of a comprehensive benchmarking report that measures the progress of 57 leading textile companies in their effort to become more sustainable. Companies ranging from small start-ups to global brands submitted detailed data about their use …

Tent Conference registration now open

September 25, 2015

Registration for IFAI’s Tent Conference 2016, held Jan. 26–28 in Las Vegas, Nev., is now open. Hosted by IFAI’s Tent Rental Division (TRD) at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino, the conference offers a robust educational component designed to grow businesses; valuable networking opportunities; access to the industry’s top material suppliers; and TRD’s annual …

PAMA seeking board candidates

September 24, 2015

The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of IFAI, is seeking candidates for its board of directors. The mission of PAMA is to raise general awareness of awnings as an image-enhancing, energy-savings and attractive addition to a residential or commercial structure. Interested candidates must be awning supplier members of PAMA. They will be evaluated …

H&V begins NanoWave® production in Germany

Hollingsworth & Vose (H&V), a global manufacturer of advanced materials for filtration, battery separators and industrial applications based in East Walpole, Mass., has launched a successful start-up of NanoWave air filter media production in Hatzfeld, Germany. The new production capacity supports the European market demand for high-performance filter media. NanoWave, an extended surface area, multi-layer …

VTT to turn waste cotton into fashion line

September 23, 2015

Effective in 2016, the European Union ban on placing organic waste at landfills is fast approaching. In response, the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a cellulose dissolution technique that turns old, worn-out cotton clothing into new fibers for the textile industry. Based on this process, VTT has teamed up with Ethica Ltd. …

SBA hosting webinar on EMV chip card technology

Migrating away from outdated credit and debit cards that use magnetic stripes, U.S. credit card companies have set Oct. 1 as the date for the national adoption of cards embedded with microchips. This technology, known as EMV (Europay, Mastercard, Visa), is a safer form of payment for buyers and sellers, as the cards are nearly …

NASA seeks students’ ideas for inflatable heat shield technology

September 22, 2015

NASA has launched its Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge, offering students the chance to participate in the agency’s journey to Mars. NASA’s Game Changing Development Program (GCD), managed by the agency’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington, D.C., and the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) are seeking innovative ideas for generating lift using …

Phifer introduces Graceful Verde collection

September 21, 2015

The new Graceful Verde Designed Fabrics collection from Phifer Inc., Tuscaloosa, Ala., features cushion and sling outdoor furniture fabrics in sophisticated stripes and traditional florals joined by coordinating, cornerstone solids. Phifer’s Designed Fabrics—plush, 100 percent recyclable GeoBella® Indoor/Outdoor Cushion Fabrics and sleek, sling Phifertex® Outdoor Fabrics—are available in an array of intricately-woven designs in dobbies, …

Fifty years of Lenzing Modal®

The Lenzing Group is celebrating 50 years of the production and marketing of Lenzing Modal, the Austrian company’s ecological modal fiber that is made with beech wood, a replenishable raw material. Up to 95 percent of the chemicals used in the production process are recycled. Using the Kawabata Evaluation System, measurements of the softness factor …

Burke announces exclusive partners for CSPE geomembranes

September 18, 2015

Burke Industries Inc., San Jose, Calif., has formed exclusive partnerships with Colorado Lining International Inc. and Layfield Environmental Systems Corp., allowing the two companies to manage distribution and fabrication of all Burke chlorosulfonated polyethylene (CSPE) geomembrane products and systems. The agreement does not prevent any other third-party companies from working with Burke’s CSPE products, but …

APDN, Techmer PM to apply DNA tagging to fiber applications

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 a partnership with Techmer PM, Clinton, Tenn. to apply DNA tagging to fiber applications. Techmer, a producer of value-added colors and additives for the plastics and fiber industries, is collaborating with APDN to apply …

Milliken & Co. acquires Springfield LLC

September 17, 2015

Springfield LLC, a Jericho, N.Y., manufacturer of technical, performance and flame-resistant fabrics for the safety apparel, fire service, military and occupational markets, has been acquired by Milliken & Co., Spartanburg, S.C. This acquisition is the latest initiative in Milliken’s expanding presence in the global industrial workwear and military fabrics markets. Springfield’s portfolio of both flame-resistant …

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Loopy thinking

From yarn to fabric, and back to yarn: recycling and repurposing materials. For companies with vision, strategic moves often require a leap of faith. In 2012, Designtex began using yarn produced from recycled fabric waste it had accumulated. “At the time, we were not sure if we would be successful in making a first-quality yarn,” …

Epson expands line of SureColor® F-Series printers

September 16, 2015

The new 44-inch Epson® SureColor F6200 and 64-inch Epson SureColor F7200 and F9200 from Epson America Inc., Long Beach, Calif., leverage Epson UltraChrome® DS ink with a new high density black ink to deliver improved ink efficiency and black density with better tonal transitions and grayscale. Designed for the roll-to-roll fabric production, customized promotional production, …

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics names Allen Gant III casual market manager

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics named Allen Gant III its casual market manager. He will be responsible for the casual furniture market and specialty outdoor segment of Glen Raven Custom Fabrics. Gant III joined Glen Raven in 2008 and was most recently the specialty accounts manager for Custom Fabrics. He has served roles with new business …

In memoriam: Clyde Grambsch

September 15, 2015

Clyde Grambsch, pop-up manufacturing pioneer and founder of Canvas Replacements, Loyal, Wis., has passed away. In 1957 Grambsch started EZ-Kamper after developing one of the first modern pop-up camping trailers in America. His impact on the RV industry led to his induction into the RV/MH Hall of Fame in Elkhart, Ind., where his original prototype …

Mimaki adds financing services

Mimaki USA, a Suwanee, Ga.-based wide-format inkjet printer and cutter manufacturer, now provides consultative financing solutions for Mimaki customers. Mimaki Financial Services enables customers to protect their cash, overcome budget limitations and acquire the right printing equipment for existing jobs as well as future growth. Monthly payment plans can be customized to meet almost any …

Shaw Industries increases equity stake in Watershed Geosynthetics

September 14, 2015

Shaw Industries Group Inc., a Dalton, Ga.-based carpet manufacturer and supplier of floorcoverings and synthetic turf, has significantly increased its investment in Watershed Geosynthetics LLC of Alpharetta, Ga. The additional investment will be used to build a sales and marketing team capable of driving growth, while increasing the company’s commitment to being a leading technical …

Flame retardants on the hot seat: ATP hosting webinar Oct. 27

IFAI’s Advanced Textile Products (ATP) Division will host the second of six IFAI member-exclusive webinars in its flame retardancy series Oct. 27 at 2 p.m. ET. Titled “Flame retardants on the hot seat: Controversy over health impacts and update on State and Federal Regulations,” the webinar will provide an overview of environmental, toxicity and exposure …

Seaman launches new FiberTite® website

September 11, 2015

FiberTite Roofing Systems, manufactured by Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio, has launched its new website, redesigned to allow for increased functionality and capability. Focused more on the needs of customers, the redesign is part of a grander plan of improving engagement with the company’s online audience, says Michelle Miller, Seaman’s marketing manager. Seaman selected SyncShow Interactive, …

Bayer CropScience opens Seed Innovation Center

September 10, 2015

Bayer CropScience has opened a new Seed Innovation Center on the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock. The 100,000-square-foot center will host the company’s global cotton business, growth rooms for plant cells, molecular biology laboratories and a greenhouse to support research in cotton, soybeans and wheat. The greenhouse can hold 30,000 midsize cotton plants and …

OMNOVA names Falloon general manager of performance materials

OMNOVA Solutions Inc., a Beachwood, Ohio-based provider of emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals and functional and decorative surfaces, has hired Steven Falloon as general manager, performance materials. Performance materials include OMNOVA’s traditional core chemical markets of paper, carpet, antioxidants, reinforced rubber, tire cord and specialty rubber. Falloon and his team will focus on stabilizing these core …

Department of Defense announces new flexible electronics institute

September 9, 2015

As part of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) effort to partner with the private sector and academia to help the United States increase innovative manufacturing, the Obama administration recently announced a Manufacturing Innovation Institute for flexible hybrid electronics to a group of 162 companies, universities and nonprofits led by the FlexTech Alliance. Part of …

W.L. Gore to invest $15 million in new DWR solutions

W.L. Gore & Associates, a Newark, Del., manufacturing company specializing in products derived from fluoropolymers, plans to invest more than $15 million in developing “new approaches” to durable water repellent (DWR) solutions in the next five years. There has been debate in the outdoor industry over PFCs, which can be formed as a byproduct of …

Sunbrella® introduces first knit shade fabric

September 8, 2015

Sunbrella Fabrics, Glen Raven, N.C., has announced its first shade fabric engineered for shade sail applications. Sunbrella Contour is the first knit Sunbrella shade fabric, featuring a rich texture with the unique ability to fit to any shape and angle, making it usable for a variety of applications such as shade sails, fixed awnings, shade …

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In the commercial upholstery market, is small beautiful?

September 7, 2015

Smaller shops may not always have the staff, but they’re local and they’re flexible, advantages that are still valuable in the business. With commercial furniture and upholstery becoming increasingly large-scale and increasingly technical in nature, is there still a niche for smaller shops? The answer is yes—if only by the skin of their teeth. Robert …

Call for entries: MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards

Entry submissions for the 2016 MFA Fabrication Excellence Awards, presented by IFAI’s Marine Fabricators Association, are due Oct. 30, 2015. Projects can be submitted into eight different categories: Powerboat Exterior-Rigid Enclosures; Powerboat-Soft Enclosures; Dodgers with Extensions; Marine Interior Upholstery; Marine Exterior Upholstery; Tops and Enclosures; Travel/Full Covers; and Miscellaneous (any marine fabric project not covered …

New H&M challenge aims to close the fashion loop

September 4, 2015

The H&M Conscious Foundation, a nonprofit global foundation funded by the Stefan Persson family— founders of Swedish fashion company H&M—has launched the Global Change Award to encourage innovative ideas that can help close the loop for fashion by changing the way garments are designed and produced, shipped, bought, used or recycled. Five winners, chosen by …

Sunbrella® documentary follows U.S. Olympic hopefuls

September 3, 2015

Offering an inside view of the journey to the Olympic Games, upcoming documentary “Uncharted Waters” follows the personal stories of 11 US Sailing Team Sperry athletes working toward a spot on the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams that will compete in the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Made possible by Glen Raven, N.C.-based Sunbrella® …

Cast Aluminum introduces “no contact” circulation heater

The new CAST-X 4000 circulation heater from Cast Aluminum Solutions, Batavia, Ill., is designed specifically for high-throughput processes, such as the manufacturing, mixing and processing of chemicals for the coatings and adhesives market. Featuring a “no contact” design, the heater prevents the fluid being heated from touching the heating elements. Its design also reduces contamination, …

In memoriam: Frederick Utzinger III

September 2, 2015

Frederick Utzinger III, a fourth-generation owner of Independent Awning and Canvas Co., Dayton, Ohio, passed away Aug. 15 at the age of 59. Utzinger started in the awning business at age 14 while working beside his father. He took over the family business when his father passed in 1990, and he and his wife, Shirley, …

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Just right

With the right guidelines and strategies, calculating the correct square footage for a tented event can be more science than art. Accurately calculating the amount of space a tented event requires is a critical component of the service that tent and event professionals provide. A too-small structure will result in an overcrowded event, impeding flow …

Jason Mills adds to mesh line

September 1, 2015

Jason Mills LLC, a Milltown, N.J.-based convertor/manufacturer of knit textiles, has expanded its line of products sold into the outdoor retailing industry with the addition of Style 413. The product meets basic requirements of no-see-um mesh screening, and is fire-resistant, water-repellent and UV-resistant. The screen is 60 inches wide and made of 100 percent polyester …

Moss acquires Marx+Moschner

Tension fabric manufacturer Moss Inc., Elk Grove Village, Ill., has acquired Marx+Moschner, a European environmental branding supplier headquartered in Lennestadt, Germany. Marx+Moschner provides standard and custom branding solutions for interior and exterior use, including a line of silicone edge graphic (SEG) frames, custom printed large-format fabric panels and custom trade show exhibit components for European …

Environment-friendly dyes

Huntsman Textile Effects has introduced the eCool70™ concept to make it possible for mills to achieve a range of brilliant shades while using less water and energy, for lowered processing costs and enhanced productivity. AVITERA® Brilliant Yellow SE, NOVACRON® Brilliant Blue EC-B and Brilliant Turquoise EC-GN were developed to reproduce the vivid, fashion-forward colors of …

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Powering up

The demand for inflatables used for shelters, rescue and training is strong and growing, as new applications for a well-known but developing technology attract more attention worldwide. Air is a powerful force. Properly harnessed, it can be completely transformed, becoming an integral player in products that serve all manner of purposes, from strictly fun to …

Forethought: IFAI Expo 2015

IFAI Expo 2015: Let’s talk Some of the most interesting conversations I have with people in our industry occur after I ask them to tell me about a connection that changed their business, or their jobs. Their stories are always interesting and informative, and I am often amazed to see how delighted they are because …

In the bag

As the war in Afghanistan aptly illustrates, combat units deployed in remote locations struggle to keep supply lines open for food, water, ammunition and medical supplies. Mountainous regions of Afghanistan can be re-supplied by helicopter drop; unfortunately, 50–60 percent of the supplies are damaged after they hit the ground. “We originally received this need from …

Water-based digital inks

The J-Lux series of dye-sub inks is comprised of water-based digital inks for polyester fabrics and substrates, featuring superior light fastness for applications such as fashion and home decoration fabrics, sportswear and flags and banners that require high resistance to light combined with brilliant color and image definition. The new inks have been launched in …

Walking on water

Grand scale installation artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude have a long history with Italy, where the visionary couple has wrapped monuments, a medieval tower and a Roman wall in fabric. After a 40-year hiatus from the country, and the death of his wife and partner in 2009, Christo now has plans for Italy’s Lake Iseo—a modular …

Imitating nature

When Birce Ozkan, a Turkish international relations graduate from Istanbul’s Koç University, decided to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree at Parsons The New School for Design, New York, N.Y., she brought along a number of unique questions about clothing design. “My thesis project was evolved around the questions,” writes Ozkan on her website. …

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Fabric meets frac sand

A fast-growing industry relies on fabric architecture for a long-term, large-format storage facility. Wind and sand are like oil and water; they don’t mix. When Source Energy Services (SES), Eau Claire, Wis., enlisted the assistance of Legacy Building Solutions Inc., South Haven, Minn., to build the largest regional frac sand storage facility in Alberta, Canada, …

No fear

Per Lindstrand sees obstacles as stepping stones as he develops new methods and products for fabric engineering. Never be afraid to stick your head out. I’d rather have my head slapped one time too many than too little,” says aeronautical engineer Per Lindstrand, founder and president of Lindstrand Technologies, Oswestry, U.K. “You get nowhere unless …

Commemorative canopy

The first name of Frei Otto, a pioneer in tensioned fabric architecture born in 1925 in Siegmar, Germany, translates to “free” in his native tongue. The gifted architect developed his vision of lightweight architecture following stints as a stonemason for his parents (both sculptors), a pilot in WWII, a prisoner of war charged with camp …

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Estimating for profit: Where to begin

Understanding the customer’s unique wants and requirements goes to the heart of successful custom projects. Larry Schneider, owner of Homestyle Awning & Upholstery in Bay View, Wis., recently worked on a project that seemed fairly simple—adding screens to a car trailer so the customer could sleep in it. After talking it through with the customer, …