U.S. Department of Labor announces $1.9M funding opportunity; support for women

April 29, 2016

The U.S. Department of Labor announced a $1.9 million grant competition to recruit, train and retain women in high-skill occupations such as advanced manufacturing, transportation, energy, construction and information technology. Grants will be funded by the Women in Apprenticeship and Nontraditional Occupations program. The department will award approximately four grants to community-based organizations to create …

In memoriam: John Mortensen

April 28, 2016

John Mortensen, Little Silver, N.J., died on April 20, 2016 at the age of 78. Mortensen was an inventor, thinker, contrarian and an eternal student with insatiable curiosity. He graduated from Philadelphia University, Institute of Textile Technology at University of Virginia and Princeton University and achieved two masters degrees—one in textile engineering and another in …

Marlen Textiles extends warranty period for five products

Marlen Textiles, New Haven, Mo., manufacturers of outdoor textiles, has extended the warranty on five of its most popular products: Top Notch®, Top Notch 9®, Top Notch 1S®, Top Notch FR® and Top Gun FR®. The warranty period will be extended from five to eight years for Top Notch, Top Notch 9, Top Notch FR …

Lenzing and The Woolmark Company announce their cooperation

The Lenzing Group, Lenzing, Austria, and The Woolmark Company, Sydney, Australia, signed a cooperation agreement and presented the partnership between the lyocell fiber TINCEL® and Merino wool. The fiber duo introduces a new dimension to high-end textiles and active wear. TENCEL is of botanic origin and offers moisture management properties while Merino wool is a …

Global Imaging holds 8th VIP event at workflow studio

April 27, 2016

Global Imaging, a Louisville, Colo.-based integrator of wide and grand format printing systems and supplies, held a day-long event in March that addressed the fast-growing digital textile printing industry and innovative equipment and technology trends. Held at Global Imaging’s 6500 square foot Workflow Studio, the company hosted 30 business owners of some of the nation’s …

ITECH introduces two new majors

April 26, 2016

ITECH, a Lyon, France-based engineering school that trains engineers in the fields of polymers and their applications, is introducing two new majors—Plastic Materials and Textile Materials—as a part of its European Master program. Responding directly to the needs of the industry, the majors will be offered beginning September 2016. The European Master program trains students …

2016 IFAI International Achievement Awards

April 25, 2016

IFAI’s 69th annual International Achievement Awards (IAA) honor and acknowledge aptitude and fine craftsmanship within the specialty fabrics industry. IAA entries get unbeatable publicity: Be featured in Specialty Fabrics Review and other IFAI publications and marketing material throughout the year. Be viewed online in the IAA Winner’s Gallery and IFAI Division Websites. Be seen by …

Longtime Fasnap president George Lang to retire

Fasnap Corp., a wholesale distributor of fastener textile systems based in Elkhart, Ind., announced that president George Lang will retire effective April 29, after 17 years with the company. Lang began his 43-year career in fastener distribution in 1973 with TRW Fasteners, where he worked for 18 years. He spent eight years with Scovill Fasteners …

Management succession at Uster Technologies

April 22, 2016

Effective April 1, 2016, Thomas Nasiou has taken over the position as CEO of Uster Technologies. Dr. Geoffrey Scott and Philip Mosimann have become Co-Chairmen of the Board of Directors and Koichi Ito has joined the Uster Board of Directors succeeding Susumu Toyoda. The succession follows a planned transition and handover of responsibilities from Dr. …

AATCC offers remote access to committee meetings

April 21, 2016

The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) will offer remote access to select spring 2016 Research Committee meetings on Tuesday, May 10. AATCC test methods are developed and updated by industry professionals throughout the supply chain, academia and government. Diverse perspectives are valued and every comment is considered. Members and non-members are welcome. …

Teijin to boost production of Technora® para-aramid fiber

April 20, 2016

Teijin Limited, Tokyo Japan, will expand Technora® para-aramid fiber production by 10 percent through increasing capacity in Teijin’s Matsuyama Factory. Construction begins this June with operation slated to begin in October 2017. Teijin and Teijin Aramid B.V. will jointly expand the worldwide sales of Technora in response to increasing market demand worldwide. Technora features high …

Lindström selects Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM™

April 19, 2016

Lindström Group, a global textile service company headquartered in Helsinki, Finland, has implemented Gerber Technology’s YuniquePLM™ web-based product lifecycle management software to accelerate the production of customer solutions throughout its operations. Gerber and their Finnish distributor, ACG Nyström, provide product support to Lindström. “We have been able to create a standardized process enabling daily tasks …

InfoTrends recognizes leading wide-format printer manufacturer

April 18, 2016

Roland DG Corporation, Hamamatsu, Japan, was recognized by InfoTrends as the leading wide-format printer manufacturer in the durable graphics market for 2015. The InfoTrends 2015 Quarterly Wide-Format Tracking Shipping report covers all four reporting quarters in 2015 and takes into consideration all wide-format inkjets 30 inches wide and larger priced at under $50,000 USD. According …

Technical fabrics maintain ISO standards of excellence

April 15, 2016

Safety Components Fabric Technologies, Greenville, S.C., the manufacturer of WeatherMax® and other technical fabrics, maintains ISO 9001:2000, TS 16949 and ISO 14001 certifications. Fabrics produced by Safety Components are tested and inspected to the industry’s highest standards and its laboratories are ISO 1725 approved, ASTM, DIN, JIS and NFPA certified. The company manufacturers marine, outdoor, …

Tyndall to receive Chapin Award for service to AATCC

April 14, 2016

R. Michael (Mike) Tyndall has been named the 2015 recipient of the Harold C. Chapin Award for his service to AATCC. Tyndall has represented AATCC locally, nationally and internationally, and has furthered the AATCC’s mission, service and outreach in the areas of textile education, research and communication. Tyndall served as President-elect from 2009–2010 and AATCC …

Whaley named AATCC’s young entrepreneur of the year

April 13, 2016

Founder and chief executive officer of TITIN LLC, Patrick Whaley, is the recipient of the AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award. Recognized for developing a line of fitted, weighted compression athletic apparel that creates an improved workout experience in many workout disciplines, Whaley’s apparel has been used therapeutically and professionally to build strength, endurance and speed. Besides …

J. Ennis Fabrics to launch four new collections for spring 2016

April 12, 2016

J. Ennis Fabrics Ltd., an Edmonton, Canada-based fabrics and supplies distributor servicing the decorative, contract and specialty markets around the globe, plans to launch four new collections for spring 2016. The highlight product line, Ennis 1974, is a re-launch of the PVC coated polyester that now has a finer PVDF coating for improved weldability. Ennis …

RWS available for review

April 11, 2016

Textile Exchange, a U.S.-based global nonprofit that works to make the textile industry more sustainable, has released the first draft of the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) for public stakeholder review. Interested parties will have the opportunity to give input into the standard and ensure that it meets its goals and delivers value to the wool …

New STeP by OEKO-TEX® requirements

April 8, 2016

Zurich-based STeP by OEKO-TEX® makes the sustainability of production facilities throughout the textile-value creation chain visible using a transparent scoring system. The STeP standard gives brands, retailers and manufacturers the opportunity to have each area of their company’s facilities analyzed and assessed according to environmental and social criteria by an independent body. As of Feb. …

Nonwovens demand expected to rise

April 7, 2016

Global demand for nonwovens is forecast to rise 5.4 percent annually to 11.1 million metric tons in 2019 according to a new study from Freedonia Group, an industry research firm based in Cleveland, Ohio. The study, World Nonwovens, anticipates that demand will be driven by an expected increase in the manufacture of key products made …

Moves toward hemp legalization

April 6, 2016

On January 26, 2016, the Virginia House of Delegates passed a bill (HB699) to authorize the farming and production of industrial hemp in the state for commercial purposes with a 98-0 vote. Once passed into state law, Virginia would be able to authorize commercial farming and production, thereby setting the foundation to nullify in practice …

Mogul PET product is flame-resistant

April 5, 2016

Turkish nonwoven fabric specialist, Mogul, has introduced MOPET® TCS, a spunbond fabric made from mono-component trilobal filament. It was produced from a PET polymer chip containing a special fire-retardant component and is flame-resistant in accordance with BS5852-2 without fire-retardant impregnation of the fabric. The raw material additive enabled the resultant fabric to self-extinguish a flame …

Midwest Awnings opens after fire

April 4, 2016

After fire tore through its Cameron, Ill., manufacturing facility in December, Midwest Awnings Inc., Galesburg, Ill., is open at a temporary location north of the original plant. No employees were injured in the blaze; however, there was a lot of fabric in the building at the time of the fire. Midwest Awnings manufactures awnings, shades, …

SECDEF unveils $317 million deal for high-tech textiles at MIT

April 1, 2016

Defense Secretary Ash Carter plans to announce today a new $317 million initiative to develop high-tech fibers and textiles that could eventually store battery power, advanced computer circuitry and health sensors in troops’ clothing. Led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Defense Department will help fund a consortium to research and manufacture advanced materials …

Outdoor furniture with warm embrace

When it comes to relaxing on a patio or by a pool, the comfort of the outdoor furniture is an important component of the experience. German designer Sebastian Herkner had this idea in mind when he created MBRACE, a stylish chair with an extra-wide back that wraps around the body, providing the feeling of a …

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Brand new

A strong brand identity can drive sales, while a weak one holds a business back. Your business may be keeping up with economic and market changes and be on the leading edge of industry trends, but is your brand keeping pace? There’s no denying that today’s business culture is fast-moving and constantly changing. A leading …

Home shade solutions

The Solair® power screen is a motorized exterior vertical shade that extends from ceiling to floor, enclosing any outdoor area to provide protection from insects, UV rays and glare. Available in two models—Side Retention System (SRS) and cable guided system—the screens block 50 to 99 percent of UV rays. In addition, Solair awnings are now …

Textile testing

The next-generation Martindale Abrasion and Pilling Tester is versatile and delivers exact abrasion or pilling movements required by all international and retailer standards. Four configurations—9-head, 8-head, 6-head and 4-head—feature an improved touch screen controller with common functions accessible in one or two touches. The design incorporates a storage rack for the motion plate, stronger base …

Increased efficiency

Rolandprintstudio™ (RPS) software, specially designed for the Mac OS X operating system, makes it possible to control a Roland printer, printer/cutter or stand-alone cutter with a Mac. RPS software enhances the capabilities of Roland’s inkjets and cutters, allowing for quick, simple and effective management of the entire print production process. It was developed in response …

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2016 Specialty Fabrics Showcase

IT’S ALL ABOUT FABRIC, and it’s all about performance—the qualities that customers demand. We asked fabric suppliers tosend us news about their high-performing products, fabrics that fight weather, disease, use and abuse for years, and look good doing it. We combined their responses into performance categories. >> View all products in the Specialty Fabrics Showcase

Big Ben doesn’t bend

Few things are more relaxing than enjoying a meal or a drink on an outside patio during the warm months. But the restaurants, resorts, clubs and other venues that provide outdoor space have to plan carefully for the bad weather as well as the good. Wind and storms can wreak havoc with patio umbrellas, furniture …

Fluorescents that pop

Mimaki™ USA now offers Sb410 fluorescent pink and yellow, and light black dye sublimation ink. Fluorescent inks produce bright colors beyond the range reproducible by process color printing, while light black ink creates smooth gradations. Popular for athletic and fashion apparel and soft signage, the original Mimaki inks are for use in the TS300P production …

Mobile hotel takes “glamping” a step further

There are pop-up restaurants, pop-up shops, how about a pop-up hotel? It only makes sense in a world where more people want simple solutions when they travel. That’s the idea behind Snoozy, the mobile hotel that can be set up wherever and whenever. Snoozy takes the idea of “glamping” a step further. It can be …

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Innovation on the water

Adding comfort, performance, style and durability to boats, inside and out, through the advantages of the latest marine textiles. Sun and water are the iconic companions of leisure and recreation. (Think lounging on a boat, salty sea spray misting your face, sun warming your skin … ) But if you’re a marine fabricator, those same …

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Ideas in harness

Michael Lester doesn’t shy away from a challenge. He builds a team of fellow innovators and comes up with tensioned fabric solutions. “We’re always innovating,” says Michael Lester, managing director of MakMax Australia Pty. Ltd. in Brisbane, Australia, a world-renowned company building custom membrane structures and manufacturing a range of shade products. “We’ve always got …

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The testing issue

As the textile industry continues to wrestle with questions that impact testing, certification and standardization of the processes, the testing market grows. The market for textile testing, inspection and certification is expected to reach more than $7 billion by 2020, according to a report published by MarketsandMarkets. There has been much debate on the need …

A forest of light

The lush countryside west of Kolkata, India, is home to a tribal community, the Kishor Sangha, who wanted to create an experience for a religious festival that celebrates tribal life, rituals and the symbiotic relationship with the forest. They also wanted to raise awareness about the enrichment and conservation of the forest and the communities …

Warp speed

One of my friends emailed me this morning to ask about some research she was doing into the history of women’s participation in “technological” careers, wondering what was considered “high tech” 30, 40 and 50 years ago, and reminiscing about professional life before cell phones and computers and a global communications network. When I started …

Smarter every day

The wearables market builds customer relationships with new products and high-tech expertise. The speedy acceptance of wearable technology by health and fitness enthusiasts has supported impressive growth in this market. This growth reflects today’s larger culture, in which people expect ready access to information. Consumers can even monitor and evaluate their health and fitness goals …

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Full coverage

Tips and trends in travel and mooring covers. Every boat owner wants to be on the water as much as possible. Even on shore, however, protection from the elements is crucial. Good mooring and travel covers protect the finish, upholstery and interior/exterior environments of boats. A custom cover ensures a good fit, proper ventilation and …

Four walls no more

The modern office environment is changing dramatically as the way people work evolves. Four walls and a door are quickly becoming a thing of the past. The ability to adjust space to accommodate a business’ different needs is becoming essential. To meet changing design requirements, Benjamin Hubert of the London-based design agency, Layer, created Scale, …

Tartan with charge

Self-described as classic American cool, Tommy Hilfiger’s designs fuse traditional sportswear with influences from pop culture, music and even technology. That was the inspiration for a limited edition Solar Powered Jacket that combined classic tartan from a centuries old British woolen mill with the answer to a very modern need—the ability to recharge mobile phones, …

Indelible textiles

You may think the purpose of DNA profiling is to prove guilt or innocence or test for paternity, but London-based designer Iona Inglesby has found a way to use it to make art. Human beings share 99.9 percent of the same DNA. It’s that 0.1 percent that distinguishes each person from the other 8 billion …

Coatings for fabrics and leather

A new line of coatings and finishes is now available for specialty fabric and leather hide applications. The VYNGUARD® line includes seven base chemistries custom-formulated for each customer. VYNGUARD Polycarbonate features improved abrasion resistance and improved surface tension for a softer and smoother finish. VYNGUARD chemistries provide a clear protective layer that can mitigate 100 …

Air curtains for comfort

Curtron Products’ 2-Go Pro is a new air curtain designed for drive-through and pick-up windows. The compact unit accommodates openings 24 inches wide by up to 42 inches high. It blocks insects, temperatures and car exhaust from entering a facility with a solid stream of air that keeps a drive-through attendant comfortable even when the …

Against the elements

Donald Franks is the owner of Shade One Awnings, a Toms River, N.J.-based awning company that specializes in residential and commercial awning sales, service and installation. Franks started the company in 2002 and has since set himself apart from competitors by focusing on motorized retractable awnings. Here, Franks talks about how he got his start, …

How does your garden grow?

Swiss-born Miriam Josi and Australian-born Stella Lee Prowse of The Garden Apt. are product designers who met and became friends while studying at Parsons The New School For Design in New York City. When they decided to share an apartment together in Brooklyn, both women anticipated enjoying a garden full of herbs and vegetables, just …

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Tropical canopies

Climate and sustainability goals dictate the choice of ETFE membrane structures for the U.S. Embassy in Laos. In the capital city of Vientiane, Laos, the U.S. Embassy complex recently underwent major rebuilding and a thorough sustainability assessment. The outcome of this multi-year process produced some of the most energy-efficient, sustainable facilities to date for the …