Seaman introduces XR-5PW geomembrane

October 30, 2015

High-performance fabric manufacturer Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio, has expanded its line of XR-5® grade geomembranes with the XR-5PW. Specifically engineered for potable water floating covers, 45-mil XR-5PW offers high strength, UV protection and resistance to punctures and tears.

Serge Ferrari North America welcomes two account managers

Serge Ferrari hired Ryan Ohr and Eric Antrim as account mangers on its sales team. Ohr joins as regional sales manager for the northwest United States and western Canada. Antrim joins as regional sales manager for the north central United States. Both report to national sales manager Steve Fredrickson. Ohr has more than 10 years …

Apparel brands team up to change global labor conditions

October 29, 2015

A new initiative led by global brands, retailers, industry groups and civil society organizations is being launched to improve working conditions in apparel manufacturing across the world. The project seeks to achieve real, sustainable change through the collective development of an industry-wide, standardized methodology for social and labor performance assessment in apparel and footwear supply …

Saint-Gobain opens North American headquarters

Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies, based in France, recently announced the official opening of its new North American headquarters in Malvern, Pa. The 320,000-square-foot campus, situated on 65 acres, underwent a renovation over the past 18 months to transform the site into a showcase for Saint-Gobain and its North American construction …

Huntsman celebrates 50th anniversary of manufacturing plant

October 28, 2015

Huntsman Textile Effects is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its primary manufacturing facility in the Americas. The plant in Atotonilquillo, Mexico, is one of Singapore-based Huntsman’s global centers producing dyes and chemicals for customers in the Americas and around the world. The plant is ISO 9001 certified and has manufactured a range of innovative dye and chemicals in the past 50 years.

Agru America announces two managerial changes

Agru America named Melissa Grace as Business Unit Manager for the Fiber and Textile Business Unit and Chris Eichelberger’s role as VP-Technical Marketing will expand to include the oversight of technical marketing associated with the Geosynthetics product line. Grace will be responsible for developing new business and interfacing between the geosynthetics sales staff and the …

Strata Systems Inc. launches target-specific website

October 27, 2015

Strata Systems Inc., a global manufacturer of soil reinforcement products, launched a new regional website, which targets its South American customer base. The streamlined navigation and customer-targeted technical information is now available in both English and Spanish. The Spanish version is designed to offer Spanish-speaking customers the same site features and experience that English-speaking customers …

Depreciation of Euro increases EU textile prices

October 26, 2015

The average price of EU textile and clothing imports jumped 14.2 percent during the first quarter of 2015, says the latest issue of Textile Outlook International from Textiles Intelligence. The value of the euro had depreciated by 18.9 percent in the second half of 2014, leading to EU product price increases—the average price of clothing …

Pella recognizes ‘premier supply partner’ Phifer

Door and window manufacturer Pella Corp., Pella, Iowa, wanted to focus attention on partner suppliers that help make Pella products successful. Two years after asking Pella managers to nominate their best suppliers, the window and door giant announced its first Premier Supply Partner Award to Phifer Inc., Tuscaloosa, Ala., manufacturer of aluminum and fiberglass screens. …

EMS acquires Tigress

October 23, 2015

Eastern Metal Supply (EMS), a Lake Worth, Fla.-based national distributor of aluminum extrusions and sheet products, has purchased Tigress Trading Co. Inc. and Tigress Specialty Metals Products Manufacturing Inc. With facilities in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., area, Tigress manufactures and distributes a diverse product line including rod holders, outriggers and accessories, kite fishing tackle, antenna …

Gerber Technology’s ideation2015 to feature student design competition

October 22, 2015

Gerber Technology’s ideation2015, to be held Oct. 29–30 in Las Vegas, Nev., will pay homage to The Darnell Collection, a famous vintage garment compilation, as it inspires fashion design students through a competition that highlights the key role of technology in design. Students participating in the competition will create an original garment inspired by one …

Lawrence Fabric implements ESOP

Lawrence Fabric & Metal Structures Inc., St. Louis, Mo., has implemented an Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) and is now owned by its employees. First named Lawrence Canvas Products, the company was formed by Art and Dorothy Lawrence in 1941 and sold to Bob Helmsing in 1977. In 1984, Jerry Grimaud, the company’s ninth employee, …

Mutoh introduces new ValueJet printers

Mutoh America Inc., Phoenix, Ariz., continues to expand its ValueJet line of printers, introducing the eco-solvent 628X and direct-to-garment 405GT. The 24-inch 628X is Mutoh’s latest Eco-Ultra printer featuring CMYK plus white and metallic color capabilities. It prints 1440 dpi photographic output for the creation of custom banners, indoor and outdoor signs, or custom labels and stickers for specialty, retail, industrial or commercial applications.

Miller Weldmaster launches new website

October 21, 2015

Miller Weldmaster announced the launch of its new website optimized for easy navigation, enhanced aesthetics and a more user-friendly experience. New website features include: Product exploration. Machine options can be selected by industry, name, welding material and technology. Machine overviews, specifications, videos, photos and literature are available. Greater functionality. The website includes easier-to-access information on …

In memoriam: Joseph R. Greco

October 20, 2015

Joseph R. Greco of Old Tappan, N.J., passed away Oct. 14, 2015, at the age of 90. Greco worked at Cooley Group for 45 years, starting as a salesman and retiring as vice president in 1996, the same year he was named an IFAI Honored Life Member. He helped design and sell fabrics from cotton …

Limelight: Burch Fabrics’ latest Crypton offering

Burch Fabrics, Grand Rapids, Mich., now offers Limelight, a new fabric from Crypton Inc.
Part of the Trailblazer Collection, Limelight features clever color blocking and a pattern of intersecting circles, showcasing rich, energizing hues in eight colorways: Galaxy, Spiced, Aloha, Mixed Berry, Valentine, Toast, Sprout and Tranquil.

Noble Biomaterials’ anti-odor technology receives bluesign® certification

October 19, 2015

Noble Biomaterials Inc. has received bluesign product line approval for its XT2™ technology, which employs a proprietary process to provide permanent anti-odor protection that does not wash off or wear out. Based in Scranton, Pa., Noble manufactures antimicrobial and anti-odor technologies for performance fabrics. Through a comprehensive biocidal product review process, the company demonstrated that …

Sandler AG to open U.S. nonwovens manufacturing plant

German nonwoven manufacturer Sandler AG is opening a manufacturing plant in Perry, Ga., in 2016. Family-owned and operated, Sandler is active in both durable applications, such as automotive and filtration, and disposables, including personal hygiene and wipes. The company runs one of the largest production sites for nonwovens in Europe, employing 650 staff and reporting …

AirTrim publishes white paper on pneumatic material handling systems

October 16, 2015

A new five-page white paper from AirTrim Inc., a Springfield, Ohio-based designer, builder and installer of pneumatic material handling systems, details how converters and printers of paper, plastic, film and foil, nonwovens, fiberglass and metals can reap six overlooked benefits from a central pneumatic material handling system. An alternative to manually removing waste from converting …

Arlon promotes Neidell to vice president

Arlon Graphics LLC, Placentia, Calif., has promoted David Neidell to vice president—international. Neidell will be responsible for strategy, growth and profit and loss for Arlon in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Prior to this role, he held the position of director of EMEA and was instrumental in successfully launching and growing Arlon’s brand …

Designtex partners with Vescom

October 15, 2015

Designtex, a New York, N.Y.-based manufacturer of fabrics for upholstery and commercial and institutional interiors, has partnered with Vescom B.V. to launch a curated portfolio of Designtex textiles into the European and South American markets. Based in Deurne, Netherlands, Vescom develops and distributes interior products for the international contract market. The partnership combines a selection …

Phifer releases 2015–2016 stock line additions cards

Phifer Inc., Tuscaloosa, Ala., has unveiled its 2015-2016 stock line additions cards, showcasing a variety of inspired designs and updated hues. The new selections offer a seamless transition between Phifertex® sling and GeoBella® indoor/outdoor performance fabric collections. Phifer’s new designs display colors and trends for Phifertex and GeoBella, encouraging mixing and matching between the sling …

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Sustainability: public engagement

Raising awareness of fabric recycling and re-using keeps the conversation going. With the proliferation of social media, the general public has become accustomed to interacting with companies as well as each other. And companies increasingly appreciate the importance of being part of the larger conversation. Insularity is no longer a protection of corporate advantage. In …

Mimaki USA announces nine new equipment dealers

October 14, 2015

Mimaki USA has added nine companies to its distribution team in North America. The Suwanee, Ga.-based wide-format inkjet printer and cutter manufacturer experienced growth of 8.4 percent in 2Q-2015 over 2Q-2014. To support continued growth, the company has signed the following new dealers in the U.S. and Canada: AB Graphics, Clark, N.J.; American Print Consultants, …

Mount Vernon FR adds jobs, personnel

October 13, 2015

Mount Vernon FR continues to grow its presence in the flame-resistant (FR) fabrics industry with the addition of Peggy Holcomb as director of protective fabric sales and support, and Cameron Hood as protective fabric sales representative. Holcomb has a 37-year background in the textile industry. She most recently held the position of senior sales manager …

AATCC committees to discuss wearable technology, static electricity

Two new groups will meet to discuss wearables and static electricity as part of The Association of Textile, Apparel and Materials Professionals’ (AATCC) fall committee meetings in November. All interested parties are invited to attend the free meetings. Nearly 50 research and administrative committees will meet across the three-day event held Nov. 3–5 at the …

IFAI Expo 2015: Image Gallery

October 9, 2015

IFAI Expo 2015 was held in sunny Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 6–9. The week was filled with networking events, education classes, keynote speakers, equipment workshops and much more. These are some images from the week’s activities. For more about this year’s Expo, read the IFAI Expo 2015 Wrap Up. See you next year in Charlotte, N.C.! …

IFAI wraps up a successful 2015 Expo

The Industrial Fabrics Association International’s (IFAI) textile trade event, IFAI Expo 2015, took place Oct. 6-9, 2015, in Anaheim, Calif. The annual event is the largest display of specialty fabrics and technical textiles in the Americas. The show floor buzzed with excitement as more than 5,500 registrants and 376 exhibitors filled the space in the …

Funding and financing

How to acquire capital for your business. Where do funds come from? There are four main sources, according to Lynda Andrian of Southern California Leasing: FDIC-insured banks, Wall Street, private equity firms and marketplace lending (also known as “crowdfunding” for businesses). Types of financing include debt financing, equity financing, equipment financing, SBA loans, accounts receivable …

The top 10 shade sail mistakes to avoid

The top 10 mistakes to avoid when installing shade sails were presented today at the shade sail demonstration at IFAI Expo 2015. Design 10. Don’t use long, skinny shapes. Shorter sides should be at least one-half the length of the longest side 9. Don’t use two triangles to fit a square or rectangular space. Triangles …

The benefits of textile testing

In a presentation titled “Testing 101,” Dr. Emiel DenHartog, associate professor at North Carolina University, and Dr. Maureen McGillivray, professor of apparel merchandising and design at Central Michigan University, covered the basics of textile testing, explaining its benefits while offering tips for selecting a method. McGillivray has experienced an increased demand for testing during her …

Should you be exporting?

There is a great deal of free help available if the answer is yes. “The manufacturing landscape in America is changing,” said Mary Lynn Landgraf, Senior International Trade Specialist with the Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA). “Otexa offers programs and strategies to help businesses in this industry stay competitive. We compile data, design strategies, …

Customized testing of advanced textiles products

Advanced textiles are available to consumers with an impressive and ever-increasing array of performance attributes. Examples include wicking, compression, heat-reflecting and energy-harvesting properties. While standard tests exist to confirm and demonstrate the nature and magnitude of some properties, they may not capture the performance features that distinguish a product from its competition. Additionally, the standard …

The foreign exchange

If IFAI decided to give out a Most PowerPoint Slides Award, there’s no doubt the association would bestow it upon Mary Lynn Landgraf, senior international trade specialist at the U.S. Department of Commerce Office of Textiles and Apparel. Her IFAI Expo Advanced Textiles presentation titled “New Approaches to Selling to the Military” comprised a whopping …

FGA announces Student Design Challenge recipients

October 8, 2015

The Fabric Graphics Association (FGA), a division of IFAI, announced the recipients of the 2015 Fabric Graphics Student Design Challenge today at IFAI Expo 2015, which runs through Oct. 9 in Anaheim, Calif. Isabella Amstrup, Sarah Hass and Sarah McMahon of Philadelphia University were awarded first place for their project titled “Antimicrobial Artwork.” They received …

Personal branding using social media

How to achieve positive visibility and establish yourself as a leader. The use of social media to publicize your business (and yourself) is an invaluable tool in achieving visibility to your audience, but it’s vital to be a “thoughtful” leader and establish yourself as a professional who provides content that is both good and consistent, …

No barriers

Keynote speaker Erik Weihenmayer, the only blind climber ever to reach the summit of Mt. Everest, inspired a full house of attendees Thursday morning at IFAI Expo 2015. After losing his sight at the age of 13, Erik Weihenmayer has become one of the world’s most famous and inspiring athletes. He has not only climbed …

Somfy introduces new sun and rain sensor

Somfy Systems Inc., a Dayton, N.J.-based manufacturer of radio-controlled motors for interior and exterior window coverings, has introduced a solar-powered combination rain and sun sensor. Featured this week at IFAI Expo 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., the Ondeis™ WireFree RTS Rain and Sun Sensor is completely wireless and automatically operates motorized applications based on selected weather …

“Cool shade, real people”

Keyston Bros. introduces a new campaign at IFAI Expo In booth 1784, the backdrop is a beach, the carpet is printed like sand, and the fabric festooned overhead promotes Keyston Bros. new campaign: “Cool shade, real people.” According to president and CEO Dee Duncan, the company is promoting a new concept using ‘environmental’ designs that …

IFAI announces 2015 IAA winners

Winners of the 2015 International Achievement Awards (IAA) were announced today at IFAI Expo 2015, held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif., through Oct. 9. Sponsored by IFAI, the IAA program has recognized excellence in design and innovation for more than six decades, highlighting craftsmanship in the specialty fabrics and technical textiles industry. …

IFAI announces 2015 ShowStoppers winners

IFAI announced the winners of the fourth annual ShowStoppers awards today at IFAI Expo 2015 in Anaheim, Calif. The competition showcases the best of the best new products on the show floor, from the most technologically advanced to the most efficient to the most economical. IFAI received 58 entries that met the more rigorous standards …

A MUST do list

It’s not just being close to Washington, D.C., and its plethora of lobbyists that might make the vice president of operations for AdvanTech Inc. of Annapolis, Md., believe in the power of numbers. And if there is power in numbers, there must be power in databases. That explains, in part, why Robert Bona came to …

What stretchable electronic inks could do for smart fabrics

In a presentation Oct. 6 at IFAI’’s Advanced Textiles Conference in Anaheim, Calif., DuPont’s Dr. Michael Burrows posed the question: “Where’s the smart clothing? Where did it go?” His point was that e-textiles couldn’t progress more rapidly without stretchable electronics. “We believe this has been the missing element,” he said. DuPont has developed a new …

Introduction to ASTM

October 7, 2015

ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards. More than 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade, and build consumer confidence. ASTM has more than 30,000 technical-expert and business-professional members from 140 countries. …

Robert L. Cole receives IFAI Chairman’s Award

The award caps the annual association meeting at IFAI Expo. In addition to gracing the cover of the October issue of Specialty Fabrics Review magazine, Robert L. Cole of Goodwin-Cole Co. Inc., Sacramento, Calif., received the IFAI Chairman’s Award at the culmination of this year’s annual meeting at IFAI Expo. The Chairman’s Award is a …

Katie B. Bradford, MFC, IFM, becomes the new Chairman of the IFAI Board of Directors

She will be the 51st Chairman—and the first woman to hold the position. Katie B. Bradford, MFC, IFM, owner of Custom Marine Canvas in Noank, Conn., served one elected 3-year term and two appointed 1-year terms on the IFAI board during the period of 1997-2003, and was elected to the position of 1st vice chairman/chairman …

Smart fabric markets show steady growth

IFAI’s market research manager Jeff Rasmussen says that the worldwide smart fabrics market is growing at an annual rate of about 8 percent from about $984 million in 2011 to a projected $1.9 million in 2015. Rasmussen’s presentation on “Current Developments in the Smart and Interactive Fabrics Market” spoke Wednesday morning at IFAI’s Advanced Textiles …

FSA announces Student Design Challenge recipients

The Fabric Structures Association (FSA), a division of IFAI, announced the recipients of the 2015 Fabric Structures Student Design Challenge today at IFAI Expo 2015, which runs through Oct. 9 in Anaheim, Calif. Nicholas Musilli won first place for his project, titled “Sail Stage,” and received a prize package worth $6,000, which included a trip …

New leadership for the Industrial Fabrics Association International

New officers and directors announced at IFAI Expo 2015. At IFAI’s Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 7, Immediate Past Chairman Kevin Yonce, MFC, IFM, CPP, and CEO of TCT&A Industries of Urbana, Ill., announced that the following individuals have been chosen to serve on the IFAI board of directors: Gifford Del Grande, a director at …

Newly certified individuals recognized at IFAI Expo 2015

Industrial Fabric Manager (IFM) and Master Fabric Craftsman (MFC) certifications announced, as well as four Certified for Life designations. IFAI’s Professional Certification Program recognizes individuals for superior knowledge, skills, experience and dedication to excellence in a variety of specialty fabric product and management categories. Currently, IFAI offers Industrial Fabric Manager (IFM) and Master Fabric Craftsman …