AccuMark® increases productivity

March 30, 2016

Gerber Technology, Tolland, Conn., a provider of integrated software and automation solutions for the apparel and industrial markets, is introducing AccuMark 10.1 and New Module AccuPlan™. The new technology accelerates product development and quality while reducing costs, enabling apparel brands to respond more quickly to market trends. AccuMark 10.1 offers enhanced pattern design and development, …

American Textile Company promotes two senior executives

March 29, 2016

American Textile Company, a Pittsburgh, Pa.-based provider of innovative sleep solutions, announced the appointments of Jane Fischer to senior vice president of product development and Patrick Seiffert to senior vice president of marketing. Fischer will oversee the ideation and development of the company’s list of retail products and Seiffert will focus on consumer insights, brand …

Roland DGA launches ecosolvent printer/cutters from TrueVIS™ series

March 28, 2016

Roland DGA Corporation has announced the launch of the TrueVIS VG series 64” and 54” printer/cutters to be released under the TrueVIS™ brand name. The wide-format printer/cutters are equipped with four new FlexFire™ print heads that deliver precision droplets in three sizes and a 25 percent wider swath. TrueVIS VG series printer/cutters are also equipped …

Global Rental Alliance countries represent $77 billion in combined rental revenue

March 25, 2016

The 14th annual meeting of the Global Rental Alliance (GRA) was held February 19–25 at The Rental Show 2016 in Atlanta, Ga. Agenda items discussed during the meeting focused on advancing the business success of members of the individual associations and promoting the image of the equipment rental industry throughout the world. Current member priorities …

Silver State Inc. introduces Color Match Guarantee program

March 24, 2016

Silver State Inc., Salt Lake City, Utah, has introduced its Color Match Guarantee program that covers stocked fabrics in both the Silver State and Alaxi brands. Color Match Guarantee will eliminate “cutting for approval” (CFA’s) and concerns with dye lots and will allow for quicker turnaround for projects. The program, effective March 1, 2016, is …

Toho Tenax Europe joins project to further Industry 4.0 initiative

March 23, 2016

The core company of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibers and composites business, Toho Tenax Co., Ltd., announced that its German subsidiary, Toho Tenax Europe GmbH (TTE), will participate in a technology development project aimed at contributing to Industry 4.0, the German initiative for a fourth-generation industrial revolution. Goals of the project, called iComposite 4.0, are …

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C8 phase-out prompts improvements in water-based coatings

March 22, 2016

APV Engineered Coatings, Akron, Ohio, is a custom coatings manufacturer, with growing sales in products for industrial fabrics. Founded in 1878, the company began promoting and engineering finishes for textiles the past 12-15 years-with a specific purpose. “There were performance issues that needed to be addressed with a coatings,” says Erin Brown-Neff, director of marketing …

Enter the 2016 International Achievement Awards

March 21, 2016

The 69th Annual International Achievement Awards are open for entries. Industrial fabric companies from around the world are encouraged to compete in new categories that showcase innovation, technical skill and design excellence. The competition has changed a bit this year. Each of the seven major categories will now have a brand new “Best in Category” …

Arlon announces All Graphic Supplies as a new distribution partner in Canada

March 18, 2016

Arlon Graphics LLC, headquartered in Placentia, Calif., has partnered with All Graphic Supplies as a national distributor for the Canadian market. Arlon’s product lines—Print Media, Cut Graphics and Automotive Restyling Films—can now be ordered through All Graphic Supplies, who has six branches located throughout Canada. Arlon Graphics manufactures and markets a full line of pressure …

Teijin and Hayashi Telempu’s soundproof material selected for 2016 Toyota Prius

March 17, 2016

Hayashi Telempu Corporation’s V-Wave™ soundproof material made with Tejin Limited’s V-Lap™ nonwoven polyester fabric has been selected as soundproof material for the 2016 Toyota Prius, which launched in Japan in December 2015. As environmental regulations continue to become increasingly strict worldwide, there are growing demands for solutions that help improve vehicle fuel efficiency, including weight …

Duvaltex acquires True Textiles

March 16, 2016

Duvaltex Inc., a Québec City, Canada-based holding company that specializes in textile innovation and development, has acquired True Textiles Inc., a leading textile mill that provides high performance fabrics to a variety of markets. The acquisition includes all of the True Textiles business units—True, Guilford of Maine and Teknit—and as a result, Duvaltex becomes the …

J. Ennis Fabrics announces head office move

March 15, 2016

J. Ennis Fabrics Ltd., an Edmonton, Canada-based fabrics and supplies distributor servicing the decorative, contract and specialty markets around the globe, has signed an agreement to sell the Edmonton head office building to the Jerry Forbes Centre for Community Spirit—a non-profit center for over 20 Edmonton charities. A search is currently underway in Edmonton to …

Institut de Soudure Group strengthens position on the composite market

March 14, 2016

A signed agreement between Villepinte, France-based Institut de Soudure Group and Saint-Avold, France-based PPE (Pôle de Plasturgie de l’Est) has strengthened the position of Institut de Soudure Group on the composite market. The agreement will allow the Institut de Soudure Group to extend its activities, mainly focused on metal materials, to composite materials. By integrating …

Nike’s Flyknit to use only recycled polyester

March 11, 2016

Nike has announced that all core yarn for its Flyknit styles will be made from recycled polyester. Since the design’s launch four years ago, the knitted manufacturing technique has prevented 3.5 million pounds of waste and has diverted 182 million plastic bottles from landfill. The design has been in development for more than 10 years …

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Textile coating knowhow

March 10, 2016

Based in Belgium, Pennel & Flipo, through its ORCA® range, designs, produces and distributes high-tech, protective, engineered fabrics for the marine, safety and industry sectors. The company was created in 1924 due to the (then) technical innovation of applying a layer of rubber onto a textile backing. “Innovation is rooted in the heart of our …

AATCC honors Cook with the Olney Medal

March 9, 2016

Known for his contributions to the fields of polymer/textile chemistry applied to sustainable developments in textile/carpet wet processes and novel fiber/materials innovations, Fred L. Cook is the 2015 recipient of the Olney Medal. Cook’s work over the past 40 years has exemplified the importance of visionary thinking in turning ideas tested in the laboratory into …

Sandler AG reports successful year 2015

March 8, 2016

Sandler AG, a German nonwovens producer based in Schwarzenbach an der Saale, Germany, reported a successful year 2015, having generated sales of 288 million Euros. With its wide product range, Sandler was able to achieve high levels of capacity utilization in 2015. Highlights from the year included the introduction of self-supporting nonwovens for office acoustics …

Esmetex introduces shirting fabric made from REPREVE® with SORBTEK®

March 7, 2016

Esmetex, a global fabric producer, announced its first collection of casual and dress shirt fabrics that combines the moisture wicking properties of SORBTEK® with the recycled benefits of REPREVE®. Esmetex is the first to launch Unifi Inc.’s SORBTEK and REPREVE products in shirt weight fabric. SORBTEK offers properties found in athletic wear, such as moisture …

Gerber Technology eSTORE provides easy user experience

March 4, 2016

Gerber Technology has introduced the Gerber eSTORE, a new e-commerce site that shortens ordering time through intuitive navigation techniques and product visuals. Navigation on the eSTORE can use any element of the product description to generate suggestions, as well as predictive suggestions for commonly used products and services related to searches. Gerber Technology, headquartered in …

Teijin receives Life Nanotechnology Award at nano tech 2016

March 3, 2016

Japan-based Teijin Limited, a chemical and pharmaceutical company, received a Life Nanotechnology Award at the nano tech 2016 International Nanotechnology Exhibition and Conference held last month in Tokyo, Japan. Teijin presented Nanofront ultra-fine polyester fiber, which is already used in health care for facemasks and skincare products. It also presented the technology for creating continuous …

Zünd appoints John Cote to national sales manager

March 2, 2016

Zünd America Inc., manufacturer of multifunctional digital cutting systems and U.S. sister company of Zünd Systemtechnik, has appointed John Cote to the position of national sales manager and channel manager for the U.S. and Canada. He will be responsible for managing the Zünd America sales team and distribution channels and his key focus will be …

Collecting sun and rain

March 1, 2016

A pair of dynamic fabric structures bookend the Taiwan landscape. From the northern most tip of Taiwan, where capital city Taipei is located, to the southwest coast, where Kaohsiung City, the country’s industrial center, greets the setting sun, two new installations showcase the capabilities of tensioned fabric. The north-south oriented island nation of Taiwan (population …

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Framework for success

Companies with in-house metal shops enjoy advantages in quality control and customer service, plus increased opportunities for expanding operations. Like the stars of box-office hits, fabric usually gets all the glory as the most noticeable player (especially when emblazoned with colors and custom graphics) in structural protective coverings. But just like those high-grossing stars of …

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Sailing the ocean blue

Leo Pohlmann, owner and designer of Uncharted Marine Canvas, Gulf Breeze, Fla., has been serving the Gulf Coast’s boat canvas and marine upholstery needs for more than 25 years. Recognized by the Marine Fabricators Association for his achievement in design, Pohlmann’s business objective of providing customers with cutting-edge material and design products has been a …

Flower power

Vallero Square at the heart of Jerusalem, Israel, has seen better days. It’s located near a large open market and is divided into two separate spaces by a tramline. Home to facilities like a waste composter and electricity sub-station, the area is a bit tired and utilitarian with little to attract visitors. The city of …

Digital textile production

The Alpha series is a new generation of super multi-pass inkjet printers for the digital production of home textiles and fashion. It offers print widths of 190-330 cm and can be configured with up to eight colors and 64 Alpha-S print heads that achieve a native resolution of 600 dpi and a print speed of …

Inks for high traffic areas

ES3 eco-solvent inks are now available for Mimaki’s JV300, JV150, CJV300 and CJV150 Series printers. Compatible with a wide range of media types from indoor posters to outdoor signs, the fast-drying inks offer superior media adhesion and color reproduction. The scratch resistance also makes the inks useful for high traffic applications such as transit advertising, …

Worth its salt in winter

Surviving winter in Minnesota, where annual snowfalls can exceed 80-plus inches, requires tons of salt each year to keep the roadways clear of ice and snow. One of the challenges is storing the salt in sufficient quantities to be used at a moment’s notice. When Northern Salt, a St. Paul, Minn.-based supplier of commercial and …

Forethought: The next job

Back in September 1999, I wrote my first editorial for the Industrial Fabric Products Review. At the time, I described myself this way: “I’m a rabid science fiction fan and a relentless afficionado of robust red wines, and I have no children, no pets, six slowly petrifying house plants, and only a fading hope that …

Honoring veterans in a big way

WCCO, a Minneapolis, Minn., television station, wanted to recognize members of the military in a way that would be memorable and make a difference. So it launched “More Than Names,” WCCO’s Accomplish Minnesota campaign project to collect signatures thanking veterans for their service. The names were signed on panels that were sewn together to create …

Mix and match fabrics

Phifer has expanded its current stock line of indoor and outdoor furniture fabrics to include an additional 30 cushion and sling fabrics. This new collection features styles in bold, rich and fresh tones and soothing neutrals that mix and match for a host of color-coordinated options. GeoBella® cushion and pillow fabrics are made of 100 …

Translucent structures

Ask an architect whose natural medium is hard materials to create a design using soft fabrics and the result is going to be interesting. That was the case when Tokyo-based Jo Nagasaka of Schemata Architects was asked to design an installation to celebrate the launch of the new ZOOM collection from Kinnasand, a Swedish design …

In case of flood, inflate

Flood Sense, a supplier of residential, commercial and industrial flood protection products and services in the United Kingdom, was interested in a new kind of inflatable product that could be used to protect against flooding in homes and businesses. They wanted a textile protection system that could be deployed rapidly and stay inflated for as …

Recent tax changes

Tax savings from another late law. Once again, lawmakers waited until late in the year to pass another “extenders” bill. The new “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes (PATH) Act of 2015” retroactively extends quite a few tax-saving provisions, many of them quite narrow in scope such as those for film and theater producers, NASCAR® racetrack …

Colorful durability

Stamskin® One is a Swiss-made upholstery membrane for indoor and outdoor furniture. Similar to worn leather, the elastomer-coated polyester jersey is insensitive to water and UV radiation, useful for demanding environments such as restaurants, poolside seating and yachts. Stamskin One outperforms traditional PVC products in bagging and folding tests and provides exceptional tensile and tear …

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Finishing fabric

Coating and laminating treatments enhance fabric performance in important —and multiple— ways. The fabric itself can be just the beginning. For the end product manufacturer to get the performance qualities necessary to meet today’s stringent regulations and to satisfy the end customer’s high expectations, it is likely that the fabric will be coated. In some …

Textiles for brilliant printing

Samba Fabric Elite is the latest generation in Samba fabrics. Versatile for numerous applications in advertising and environmental graphics, the eight new textiles feature two sets of ink compatibility on the same fabric by offering two face sides. The uncoated face is used for dye sub transfer printing and the opposite face offers a print-receptive …

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Part 2: State of the Industry 2016

As consumer confidence slowly increases, buoyed by improvements in the U.S. economy and employment figures, respondents in 10 of the 11 markets surveyed by IFAI predict single-digit increases in sales in 2016. Innovation in products and processes will help manufacturers anticipate customer needs and stay competitive in a global economy. Part I of IFAI’s 2016 …

The pillow does the work

Attempting to prop yourself up in a chair or bed with traditional pillows can be frustrating, especially for someone who is immobile due to injury or other physical limitations. Bina Baitel Studio, Paris, France, has the answer—Soufflet, a pillow that self-inflates. Bina Baitel, a designer who works in a broad range of sectors including furniture, …

Clothing makes the competitor

Athletes are always looking for new ways to push the limits of endurance and test their physical and psychological mettle. It’s no secret that the right clothing can affect performance, protect against the elements and help prevent injury. But what if athletic wear could go a step further and enhance a competitor’s cognitive and physical …

Eat street easy

When it comes to fun and relaxation in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., East Las Olas Blvd. is the place to be. It’s packed with restaurants, boutiques and art galleries. In fact, real estate is at a premium along the 2-mile stretch, and businesses have to be creative to maximize space. That’s the dilemma Louie Bossi’s Ristorante …

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Envision, build, repeat

Michael Catalano treats his clients as strategic partners—and that keeps them coming back. “We have a saying here: It’s not about the first job. It’s about the next job,” says Michael Catalano, CEO of Capitol Awning Co., Jamaica, N.Y. “And probably 90 percent or more of our work ends up being repeat business.” Michael Catalano …

Body climate control

Moisture-tech® Apparel offers an optimal body climate for changes between high-demand activities and resting phases. Due to a vertical suction effect, moisture is transported from the skin to the inner functional layer where it is stored temporarily and spread over a large surface. The hydrophilic membrane is activated by the high moisture concentration and allows …

Safety first

A closer look at environmentally preferred DWR finishes. With the growing emphasis on multiple functionality and comfort in safety apparel, breathable and durable water repellency (DWR) has become an important attribute of most safety clothing and workwear. Uniforms and workwear coated with PVC (polyvinyl chloride) or its greener alternative, polyurethane, successfully repel water, oil, dirt, …

Connecting with students

Opportunities for the next generation. As businesses and industries transition and evolve, more professionals recognize the importance of continually connecting with the college and university students who may be interested in learning more about the specialty fabrics industry. Just ask Stephanie Cizinsky, marketing manager at Glen Raven Inc., Glen Raven, N.C. She explains that a wealth …