AATCC encourages education and discussion on wearable technology and electronic textiles

February 29, 2016

The Association of Textile, Apparel and Materials Professionals (AATCC) is encouraging the electronic segment of the textile industry by sponsoring and participating in upcoming workshops. It is also partnering with the WEAR Conference, the longest-running conference series dedicated to smart textiles, wearable technology, material innovation and the business of consumer experience. Upcoming workshops, meetings and …

U.S. patent covers Infinity Canopy’s shade system

February 26, 2016

The U.S. Patent Office has issued a patent number covering the unique features of Infinity Canopy. This is the first patent issued for the Los Angeles, Calif.-based Infinity Canopy Inc., with more patents pending. Infinity Canopy is a dynamic and versatile retractable canopy with a modular design that allows it to adapt to any space. …

AATCC Foundation offers more than $60,000 in scholarships for 2016

February 25, 2016

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) Foundation Inc., is accepting applications for all scholarships, including four new scholarships, through March 31, 2016. Recipients receive half of the award for the fall semester and half for the spring semester. Applications can be downloaded on the AATCC Foundation website. The AATCC Foundation assists students …

Leigh Fibers adds trading specialist

February 24, 2016

Leigh Fibers, a Wellford, S.C.-based fiber and polymer trading, manufacturing and fiber reprocessing company, has hired Yunhong “Amy” Li to expand its international trading services. Proficient in spoken and written English, Mandarin and Cantonese Chinese, Li has over 20 years of experience in importing and exporting and ten years of experience in product and raw …

Bouffler joins Strataglass

Strataglass LLC has added Randy Bouffler to its Fort Lauderdale sales team. Bouffler comes to Strataglass with more than 15 years of experience in the marine market. He has been a leader in marine cleaning and maintenance solutions and routinely participates in local and national industry expert events. Strataglass, a subsidiary of Herculite Products Inc., …

Archroma and DKTE to enter education partnership

February 23, 2016

Archroma, a color and specialty chemicals company, and DKTE Society’s Textile and Engineering Institute, Ichalkaranji for Technical Textiles (DKTE), based in Kolhapur, India, have entered into a five-year partnership aiming at sharing Archroma’s expertise in the area of Technical Textiles and Nonwovens with the Institute’s faculty and students. Under the terms of the partnership, Archroma …

Aero Industries opens new facility

February 22, 2016

Aero Industries Inc., a manufacturer of tarp systems and trailer accessories, has opened a new facility in Kent, Ohio. The Kent site, replacing the original Streetsboro, Ohio, location, will be a more accessible location for customers and will provide a state-of-the-art facility for the installation and servicing of Aero products. Aero Industries holds 67 patents …

Sympatex wins Ecosport Award for best concept in “Eco Design Textiles and Footwear”

February 19, 2016

Sympatex was awarded the Ecosport Award in the category “Eco Design Textiles and Footwear.” The award goes to products with the biggest effort of reducing their ecological footprint. Sympatex won with its portfolio of 100 percent recycled and recyclable functional laminates. The award was launched by the “French Ministry of Sports and Ecology,” the “Ministry …

U.S. Secretary of Commerce to moderate business leaders at Smart Fabrics Summit

February 18, 2016

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will be the moderator for a panel of senior level business leaders at the Smart Fabrics Summit on April 11, 2016 in Washington D.C. The Summit, hosted by the Department of Commerce and the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), will provide a forum for public and private sector leaders …

AATCC announces program for 2016 international conference

February 17, 2016

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) announced the 2016 International Conference will be held April 19-21 in Williamsburg, Va. at the Williamsburg Lodge. The conference will feature a keynote presentation, educational tracks, a poster session, the Herman and Myrtle Goldstein Student Paper Competition, networking, and the awards luncheon, where AATCC’s awards will be …

Conwed launches 2016 IDEA Book

February 16, 2016

Conwed, a plastic netting manufacturer, launched its 2016 IDEA Book, a digital catalog that outlines the company’s capabilities, core products and technologies. The digital catalog includes a step-by-step description of how Conwed netting is made, the netting characteristics that can be customized and how netting can be incorporated with other materials and substrates in diverse …

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Start to finish

February 15, 2016

Fabric structure companies with metal shops make material decisions based on multiple factors. Site conditions, local building codes, aspects of design and customer preferences dictate the type of metal used with fabric structures, says Gerald Thompson, CEO of Awnings of Hollywood. His company works with high-strength steel pipe and tubing, aluminum pipe and tubing, and …

BondCote Corporation promotes Paul Riggins

BondCote Corporation announced the promotion of Paul Riggins to the position of associate military & customer service manager. Riggins joined BondCote more than eight years ago as an inside sales representative, and has held the position of product manger for military & inflatables. As associate military & customer service manger, Riggins will be in charge …

Trade officials sign landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership

February 12, 2016

Trade officials representing the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations joined in signing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement Feb. 3, 2016, according to a press release from the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). In what has been called “the largest regional trade accord in history,” Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Peru, Malaysia, Mexico, …

UNC Athletics releases sustainability report, highlights efforts with REPREVE

February 11, 2016

More than 250,000 plastic bottles have been recycled through the 18-month collaboration University of North Carolina Athletics released its sustainability report highlighting environmental efforts throughout campus including a university-wide 12 percent increase in collected recycling materials. Unifi Inc., makers of REPREVE, teamed up with UNC in 2014 to raise awareness among student, faculty, fans and …

Techmer PM launches new design and innovation event

February 10, 2016

Techmer PM, a materials designer, announced the launch of SHYFT Design + Innovation 2016, an event the company created as part of its continuing efforts to promote collaboration and engagement among all members of the materials design supply chain. The event will be March 21 at the Hunter Museum in Chattanooga, Tenn. Speakers at the …

SBA revises size standards for wholesale trade and retail trade industries

February 9, 2016

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) increased small business size standards affecting businesses in 46 industries in North American Classification System (NAICS) sector 42, wholesale trade, and in one industry in sector 44-45, retail trade. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on Jan. 25 and will be effective Feb. 26. SBA reviewed …

Q-Lab’s Doug Grossman receives ASTM G03 Warren Ketola Memorial Award

February 8, 2016

Q-Lab, producer of weather equipment and outdoor exposure test services, announced that Doug Grossman, Q-Lab president, received the Warren Ketola Memorial Award on Jan. 25 at the ASTM G03 committee meeting in San Antonio. The Warren Ketola Award is given in memory of Warren Ketola, a pioneer in weathering testing at 3M. Ketola was responsible …

ASTM International launches year of the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME)

February 5, 2016

ASTM International, a standards development organization, launched the “Year of the SME: Small Business in Action” at its first major meeting of 2016. Throughout the year, ASTM will emphasize how input from small- and medium-sized enterprises is crucial to creating high-quality technical standards. ASTM will highlight advantages SMEs gain by being members, including ASTM’s consensus-driven …

Larson Electronics releases mini crank up tower for electrical equipment

February 4, 2016

Larson Electronics released a 7- to 12-foot crank-up mini antenna cart equipped with a wheeled base to allow for maneuverability throughout a work space. The WAL-ML-SAWC mini tower features a fold over and extendable tower assembly that can be adjusted from 7 to 12 feet in height. A single pin locks the mast in a …

Complying with U.S. export controls seminar

February 3, 2016

The U.S. Commercial Service (CS) and District Export Councils (DECs) around the country will host Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) export control seminars in four cities over the next three months. Each program will be led by a BIS professional counseling staff and provide an in-depth examination of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The …

FGA to host wall coverings webinar

February 2, 2016

The Fabric Graphics Association (FGA) of Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) will host a webinar on wall coverings Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. The member-exclusive benefit will provide an overview of types of materials used in wall coverings along with specific case studies on how they can transform a space. Webinar presenters include: Tim Michell, …

CRM programs run the gamut

February 1, 2016

There are dozens and dozens—maybe hundreds—of Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software programs on the market. And it seems that most are difficult to use. In terms of navigating the programs, many CRM packages seem to be rated along an arc of complexity, from user-unfriendly to totally impossible to use. One well-known program, Salesforce, is often …

Heavy-duty light tower

The EPL-LQP-2X150RT-100 is a heavy-duty, 300 watt explosion-proof quadpod-mounted LED light tower. Designed to withstand inclement conditions and harsh construction environments, the aluminum and stainless steel unit provides 15,000 square feet of work area coverage with 26,000 lumens of light. The tower has a removable LED light head mounted on top of a four leg …

Connecting the threads

Tips for obtaining strong patent protection in textiles. Imagine that a research scientist developed a new woven fabric that could potentially have a significant impact as an implantable medical device to replace damaged tissue. Excited about the potential of this breakthrough technology, this scientist now grows concerned about the next steps. How does she protect …

Neutralize static

Ionizing Air Knives neutralize static that can attract dust and contaminants and stop static discharges that can damage equipment and shock personnel. A static neutralizing bar generates positively and negatively charged ions that are carried to the target by a uniform sheet of amplified air. Recommended for moving webs, film, sheets, strips, auto bodies and …

Fabric on the frontier

Eric Walton and Devlin Mckee bring fabric solutions to Alaska’s wild and wondrous terrain. “The remote area where we work can be a challenge so we have to be flexible and willing to do lots of different things,” say Eric Walton, MFC, and Devlin McKee, CC, owners of Custom Canvas Alaska (CCA) in Fairbanks, Alaska. …

Creating a financial cushion

In a reversal of the old fairy tale about turning straw into gold, artist Angela Mathis has turned money into fabric. With what she has named her Value project, the London-based designer explores the meaning of money in an increasingly technology-driven and economically complex world. After all, what is a dollar bill worth without its …

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Part 1: State of the Industry 2016

With the U.S. economy continuing a slow but steady recovery, more job growth, more consumer confidence and increasing sales are anticipated for 2016. The world economy in review Six years after the world economy emerged from the Great Recession of 2009, a return to a strong global expansion remains elusive. The downside risks to the …

Seeing the light

There’s always something going on at the John J. Dillon Field House at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Md. The 30,300-square-foot facility is used for basketball, tennis, volleyball, track and other athletic activities year round. First constructed in 1987, the field house outlived original expectations and was in need of a renovation. Mount St. …

Out of this world

Brent Anderson is a partner and engineering manager at Aerospace Fabrication & Materials, a Farmington, Minn., company that specializes in the design, fabrication and installation of Multi-Layer Insulation (MLI) Blankets for use on spacecraft, launch vehicles and cryogenic applications. The company’s MLI blankets have been used on AMOS II and SCISAT I spacecraft as well …

Recycling: The Tour

These days, there are many reasons to keep that plastic water bottle out of the trash—especially when it can be turned into recycled fiber that can be made into shirts, blankets, artwork and other items. Unifi Inc., the Greensboro, N.C.-based manufacturer of REPREVE®, a leading recycled fiber brand, wanted to educate consumers about the advantages …

Forethought: Waging wars

Last week’s blizzard was officially the fourth most powerful snowstorm to hit the Northeast in more than 60 years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). On Jan. 20, NASA and NOAA reported their analyses that Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since recordkeeping began in 1880, with 15 of the 16 …

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Angles of shade

Tech giant Google™ relied on old-school textiles to help shed some shade on its new campus expansion. Google™ is known for its inventiveness, creativity and efficiency. It’s no surprise that the unique Internet company continued that trend when it chose an industrial fabric solution for the outdoor area of its new campus expansion. The shaded …

When employees leave: fact finding

Mine the hidden resources of departing employees with a thoughtful exit interview. When it’s time to hire that new employee, you pull out all the stops: a complete review of duties and responsibilities, a tightly crafted list of desired skills and careful interviews. You make the hire—and hope that you’ve made the right choice. Now …

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Textiles in space

The textile industry has made significant contributions to human space exploration in the past. There are also important opportunities to meet NASA’s needs today. Since the start of human spaceflight, the U.S. space program has faced many challenges in clothing astronauts. Survival inside a spacecraft needed to be addressed first. Historically, human space exploration started …

Acoustically absorbent

Carnegie has expanded its Acoustic Textile Solutions with two new acoustically absorbent sheers and one new silk-inspired acoustically transparent panel fabric. Deltacoustic and Zetacoustic lightweight sheers have the strength and performance of an opaque sound-absorbing fabric and achieve Noise Reduction Ratings (NRC) up to .6 NRC when draped. Deltacoustic’s soft-hued color pallete has a cotton-like …

The science of touch

A silky blouse, a cozy sweater, Egyptian cotton sheets—they all feel good to wear or wrap yourself in. There is a science behind how different textiles feel on the body. Now, a European research project called Touché is gaining a better understanding of fabric feel and textile touch, in order to advance textile innovation. A …

Flame-resistant fabrics

MY•FR custom yarn-dyed stripes and plaids and Nanuq CWI (Cold Weather Insulation) are two new cotton-rich flame resistant fabric collections. MY•FR fabrics use the brand’s 7.25-ounce AMTEX® PLUS 88 percent cotton/12 percent nylon FR fabric and are ASTM F1506 compliant, NFPA 70E category 2 and NFPA 2112 component recognized. The new line of quilted FR …

Stand up to Mother Nature

Built to withstand UV rays, salt spray and heat, BreakWater X™ is a long-lasting, PVC-coated exterior performance fabric for marine enclosures and T-tops. Made up of a base cloth woven from high-tenacity synthetic yarns, it is coated with a combination, or alloy, of advanced polymers modified for use in a marine environment, resulting in a …

Person to person

Meeting face-to-face with overseas customers brings a wealth of benefits. I’ve been traveling to Asia, including China, since 1981, promoting U.S. products for more than 100 firms. One vitally important lesson I’ve learned is the value of talking with overseas customers in person. Face-to-face conversations with prospects and customers bring tremendous and unexpected orders—and they …

What T-shirts may come …

Reality Dreams Hydrophobic T-shirts are not only designed and manufactured for finish, fit and style—they now offer a new REP-L hydrophobic treatment to protect against dirt, fluids and UV radiation. The cutting-edge nanotechnology can be applied on a made-to-order basis on any Reality Dreams garment, adding value and functionality that can keep you partying right …

Lightweight armor protection

Dyneema® Anti Stab Technology is an anti-stab material for soft armor applications. Vests manufactured with the technology combine protection against knives, broken glass and other sharp weapons. Compared to traditional materials, the new Dyneema technology platform enables designers to create protective vests that are up to 25 percent lighter and thinner, offering greater flexibility and …

Extending urban space

The Metzgergasse is a popular gathering place in the Buchs Town Center area of St. Gallen, Switzerland. With shops and restaurants, it’s a place for people to meet, take a stroll and relax. To enhance the area and make it an outdoor destination no matter the weather, Kugel Architekten, a Stuttgart, Germany-based architectural firm, was …

Reflectology, on the roads

Runners, cyclists and any pedestrians out on the roads at night need to take extra caution in traffic. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, the likelihood of being struck and killed as a pedestrian increases more than 1,000 percent after dark. Reflective clothing can make all the difference. That’s why Safe Reflections, a …

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Nouveau cargo

Carving out new niches in a stable industry What could possibly be new in the cargo control and packaging industry? Aren’t containers, pallets and trucks the same as they’ve always been? Isn’t the goal always to secure items to transport them from point A to point B? The basics may be the same, but the …