Mutoh wins four Product of the Year Awards at SGIA Expo 2016

September 30, 2016

Phoenix, Ariz.-based Mutoh America Inc. was honored with four Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Product of the Year awards at the 2016 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas. The ValueJet 1628X 64-inch printer, the ValueJet 1938TX 75-inch direct-to-textile printer and the ValueJet 1638UH 64-inch UV-LED hybrid printer were among the products recognized. The competition recognizes the latest …

Anchor Industries remembers Lou Brown

September 29, 2016

Last month, Evansville, Ind.–based Anchor Industries said goodbye to long-time employee Louis (Lou) Ray Brown. Brown passed away on August 11 at the age of 83, leaving behind his personal family and friends and his Anchor family. In his early days at Anchor, Brown worked on the manufacturing floor, quickly rising to the position of …

Global Imaging becomes U.S. distributor for Durst

September 28, 2016

Durst Image Technology U.S., a worldwide manufacturer of digital UV inkjet and textiles printing systems, has awarded a U.S. distribution partnership to Global Imaging Inc. Global Imaging will be offering the following printing sytems: Rho 312R, Rho 512R, Rho P10 250 & Rho P10 250HS, Rhotex 322 and Rhotex 500.

Roland DGA Wins Three Prestigious Product of the Year Awards at SGIA 2016

September 27, 2016

Irvine, Calif.-based Roland DGA was honored with three Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Product of the Year awards at the 2016 SGIA Expo in Las Vegas. Roland, a provider of advanced wide-format printers and other innovative digital devices, received its awards for the VersaUV® LEJ-640FT large-format UV flatbed printer, TrueVIS™ INK and Texart™ SBL3 Dye-Sublimation …

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products celebrates over 100 years of innovation

September 26, 2016

DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products are celebrating over 100 years of innovation in synthetic leathers. In 1910, one of DuPont’s first products outside its original core business was Fabrikoid, a coated fabric marketed as artificial leather. Now a century later, DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products is showcasing high performing bio-based synthetic leather coatings. …

Coolcore’s new VP of global marketing

September 23, 2016

Coolcore, a leader in chemical-free cooling fabrics in Portsmouth, N.H., has announced that David Ludd assumed his new role as vice president of global marketing in June. Ludd comes to Coolcore with more than 20 years of senior-level marketing experience working with brands such as Levi’s, Nike, Timberland, MBT and Converse. He will continue developing …

ARA battling natural disasters

September 22, 2016

The American Rental Association (ARA) Foundation has donated $6,000 to the American Red Cross for first-responder relief efforts for California’s voracious wildfires and West Virginia’s historic floods—and many ARA members showed up on the front lines. California wildfires scorched hundreds of homes, forced thousands to seek shelter and severely taxed the resilience of firefighters. ARA …

Register On-Site for the MFA Southwest Regional

September 21, 2016

The Marine Fabricators Association (MFA) Southwest Regional Workshop is September 23-24 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Although on-line registration has closed, on-site registration will be available.  The workshop will feature a profit and loss session about how to set the right price for your products and services, and a session on how to build and …

AATCC announces recipient of New Foundation Scholarship

Radhika Vaid was awarded the first Kanti & Hasna Jasani Family Textile Scholarship of $1,500. The award is available to students who are Indian citizens with a student visa or with permanent residency, who are attending an American university with AATCC student chapter and are pursuing undergraduate, graduate,-or post-graduate studies in the field of textiles. …

J. Robert Scott welcomes Countess von Eckermann

September 20, 2016

Countess von Eckermann will represent J. Robert Scott Inc. in company-owned showrooms in the United States and United Kingdom. J. Robert Scott is a destination location for the finest hand–crafted custom furnishings. The inclusion of the exquisite hand–loomed Countess von Eckermann products for the home is a natural marriage of heritage, and elegance. Countess von …

BV Investment Partners invests in C.F. Stinson

September 19, 2016

BV Investment Partners, a middle-market private equity firm, has made a sizable investment in C.F. Stinson, a tech-enabled designer and marketer of textiles to the commercial interiors industry. BV is investing in partnership with Keith and Glenn Stinson, the third generation of family ownership. Central to its business and its success, Stinson leverages a patented, …

Applications for durable nonwovens

Nonwovens may be best known for their role in disposable products; but, with advances in technology, these engineered fabrics are reaching further into markets where traditional textiles have been used. Ulrich Hornfeck, board member and chief commercial officer at Sandler AG, offers examples from the German-based company’s portfolio: Transportation: interior and exterior absorbers, carrier materials …

ASTM Intl. Award of Merit

September 16, 2016

Patricia Annis, associate profession at the University of Georgia in Athens, received the prestigious ASTM International Award of Merit, the top annual award for individual contributions to standards development. Annis, an ASTM member since 1988, led the Committee on Textiles’ (D13) two largest subcommittees on Test Fabric Methods and Fabric Test Methods, Specific. In addition …

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Enhancing the “legitimacy” of portable structures

The concept of a portable structure seems contrary to normal expectations. A building, after all, should be grounded with a solid footing and not move! Nevertheless, Aaron Betsky, architecture critic, curator and the dean of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, Scottsdale, Ariz., argued in a recent online opinion piece that temporary structures should …

ASTM fire-resistive standard proposed

September 15, 2016

ASTM Intl. is looking for people with experience inspecting fire-resistive materials to help create a proposed new standard: WK54567 Practice for the On-Site Inspection of Installed Fire Resistive Materials. Spray-applied (SFRM) and intumescent (heat expanding) materials are used on structural steel and other components in schools, hospitals, homes, offices, petrochemical plants and other places where …

Harlow Frederick Dodge

September 14, 2016

Harlow Frederick Dodge has been named chief operating officer of Leigh Fibers Inc. and ICE Recycling, world leaders in reprocessed fibers and polymers headquartered in Wellford, S.C. He has spent 20 years with Georgia Pacific Corp., where he advanced from the shop floor to executive vice president of the Gypsum Division. Dodge’s extensive experience in …

Key product areas in wearable technology

September 13, 2016

It’s tough to resist the “gee whiz” factor inspired by wearable technologies and the potential to strike it big with the newest trendy gizmo. IDTechEx, an independent research and event firm based in Cambridge, U.K., recently released a report, “Wearable Technology 2016-2026,” that identifies wearable technology as a $30 billion market in 2016, with more …

Talking textiles with Turkey

September 12, 2016

Turkish researchers offer innovative textile solutions to many serious problems: form-fitting ambulance stretchers with antibacterial and protective properties, military uniforms with antimicrobial and weather-resistant protection, and hats fitted with small photovoltaic panels powering a camera and related sensors to help those suffering from visual impairment. What these innovators need is the capital to bring these …

Dust mite protection

September 9, 2016

Patients suffering from neurodermatitis, an inflammatory skin reaction most common among children, may be reacting to the same allergen that irritates people with respiratory issues—dust mite feces. Does a fabric labeled “house dust and dust mite barrier” protect people from both types of allergic reaction? Not necessarily, according to the Hohenstein Institute, Bönnigheim, Germany. Skin …

Organic cotton production

September 8, 2016

In 1993, Texas organic cotton farmers formed the Texas Organic Cotton Marketing Cooperative (TOCMC) to develop new markets for the organically grown fiber. Over time the cooperative has survived floods, sandstorms, hailstorms and drought that destroyed as much as 70 percent of its crops in some years. Perseverance paid off, and in 2015, cooperative members …

Durst expands its textile printing portfolio with Technijet

September 7, 2016

Durst, an industrial inkjet specialist, and Technijet Ltd., a manufacturer of industrial high-pressure cleaning systems, founded a joint venture on the common conceptual design of the patented Swiftjet pre-treatment system. Swiftjet is a spraying and drying unit that is connected upstream of the actual printing machine and, depending on the desired printing result, takes over …

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Faith in the details

September 6, 2016

When it comes to specifying hardware for shade structures, fabricators and clients can rely on the wisdom of “sweating the details.” “Ideally, the fabricator and architect should be working together from the schematic phase,” says Erik Jarvie, PE, sales engineer with Tension Structures, a division of Eide Industries Inc., Cerritos, Calif.  “The knowledge of a …

EFI to relocate US Injekt Center to new state-of-the-art facility

Electronics For Imaging; Inc. will move its US Inkjet Center to a new facility in Londonderry, N.H. The new facility will allow all operations and research and development to be in one place. The facility will be more than 25 percent larger and a more efficient layout than the multiple buildings used to house EFI’s current Inkjet operations …

Chomarat acquires new technology

September 2, 2016

As a manufacturer of engineered textiles and composite reinforcement, Chomarat, Le Cheylard, France, works on automotive parts and equipment. “Varnishing is a key coating step in parts production that optimizes surface quality,” says Philippe Chomarat, head of Chomarat Coatings and Films business. The company has invested an estimated $2.8 million in acquiring a new varnishing …

Digital printing and textile conference converges

September 1, 2016

The World Textile Information Network (WTiN), an events management and information company in Impington, England, folded its Digital Textile Conference into IMI Europe’s Digital Print Japan 2016 conference scheduled on December 13 in Tokyo. It is the first joint initiative by WTiN and IMI Europe, and the event will continue into a second day IT …

Lush and vibrant

Inspired by the lifestyle of Miami, Fla., South Beach is Silver State’s latest Sunbrella® collection distributed through Alaxi. The hand is soft to the touch, colors are vivid but cool, and patterns are bold and forward. The Avenues pattern is geometric in design and multi-directional, Fontainebleu features railroaded stripe with a modern take on traditional …

Rough and tough

Vaquero is a supple, faux leather with a soft suede-like feel. With ranch-inspired names like Apple Jack, Night Rider, Mesquite and Lariat, the color line evokes a western aesthetic and is available in 13 warm-toned SKUs. It can sustain extreme temperature and exceeds 100,000 cycles on the Wyzenbeek durability test. Enduratex™ Mira Loma, Calif., USA …

Iconic canopy greets travelers

The San Diego International Airport (SDIA) wanted to make life easier for travelers needing rental cars by providing a one-stop centralized hub that would be quick and easy to access. They developed the SDIA Rental Car Center, a two million square-foot complex that houses all car rental companies and vehicles and enables them to provide …

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There are right and wrong ways to fix a shade structure in place

As anyone with knowledge of the history of tension structures will tell you, there is a logical and long-standing connection between marine hardware and tension structure hardware. One came from the other. Or more accurately, one (tension structure hardware) is an adaptation of the other (marine hardware). And just as the extreme environmental conditions of …

It’s cool to be square

Companies looking for a stand-out way to promote their product or message have attractive new options with the sleek new AXION Cube. The inflatable structure is symmetrical and streamlined, offering a tasteful backdrop to highlight an organization’s brand. With its hidden water drain, the roof can stay optically flat. Designed and manufactured by Stretch Marquees …

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A steel-framed fabric building shelters, protects and stores

With the global population expected to reach 9.7 billion by 2050, agriculture must overcome myriad demands required to feed so many people. A mineral known as potash provides a critical piece in solving this puzzle. Created during the evaporation of ancient seabeds, potash is most widely used as potassium fertilizer. “Potassium is one of the …

Visible protection

Teijin’s high-visibility aramid fiber fabric is suited for use in high-visibility protective apparel. Along with its extra-vivid coloring and resistance to fading, it is fully compliant with ISO 20471:2013, the international standard for high-visibility clothing that enables others to see the wearer in a variety of lighting conditions. Teijin developed the fabric in collaboration with …

Innovators find a variety of markets for color-changing materials

New research and applications are proving that color-changing smart textiles continue to offer viable technology and products in the smart fabrics marketplace. Most recently, researchers from the School of Information, University of California, Berkeley, have developed a new color-changing “smart thread,” Ebb, that turns fabric into a computerized display. According to information provided by the …

Flexible testing

The air permeability tester is compact, easy to transport and can be operated without external power supply. It allows for non-destructive testing on the finished product and caters for various air permeability tests across a wide measuring range. Operators can choose between more than 100 units of measure and, in addition to textiles, the TX15 …

Sustainable fabrics

INSQIN® waterborne polyurethane (PU) technology enables material sustainability for PU-coated fabrics. PU brings functionality to a range of coated, finished or printed textile materials used in fashion, sports and outdoorwear. Examples of PU fabrics are the synthetic materials used by the fashion industry (shoes, garments), the sportswear industry (footwear) and the outdoor industry (waterproof and …

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Coating tests that evaluate five types of durability

The right coating chemistry can make the difference between a fabric that has long-lasting durability and one that fades, degrades and fails before its expected lifecycle. This is especially true of fabrics used in awnings, tents, flexible decking, outdoor furniture, marine upholstery and automotive seating, where exposure to harsh environments can hasten the product lifecycle. …

Vehicles for change

The signature form of transportation in Mumbai, India, is the iconic black and yellow taxi. Many drivers like to make their taxi stand out by decorating it with personalized touches. But designer Sanket Avlani noticed that the seat covers were fairly standardized and dull. He also recognized that in India, design has limited scope and …

Follow the yellow fabric road

Renowned fabric artist Christo has worked his magic again—this time on picturesque Lake Iseo in Northern Italy. The Floating Piers transformed the landscape of the lake and the surrounding area for 16 days between June and July 2016. First conceived in 1970 by Christo and his wife and artistic partner Jeanne-Claude, who passed away in 2009, The …

Blair Belluomo brings a strong and appreciative management style to the family business

I went to school with many kids whose parents had businesses, and they thought that just because their parents ran a successful business, they could just step in and be successful as well,” says Blair Belluomo, owner and president of Belle Isle Awning in Roseville, Mich. “So many of them failed because they hadn’t had other …

Furniture meshes with footwear

Could athletic footwear inspire furniture design? It did for Benjamin Hubert of the London, England-based experience design agency, Layer. Hubert likes to look at existing materials and technology and consider how they can be re-imagined and used in unique, new ways. For his three-piece Cradle collection, which includes high-back and low-back chairs and a room …

Test of time

Bea Heinz, owner of Jefferson Tent & Awning Co., St. Louis, Mo., has a bit of experience in the custom canvas industry—51 years to be exact. Established in 1911, the majority of Jefferson Tent & Awning’s business consists of the custom manufacture of commercial and residential canvas awnings as well as all types of canvas …

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Canada is putting a new emphasis on developing smart textiles and wearable innovations

Textile is rapidly becoming the most effective wearable technology form factor,” says Tony Chahine, CEO of Myant & Co., a member of the Canadian-based Smart Textile and Wearables Innovation Alliance (STWIA). “Smart textiles and wearables have the ability to provide a holistic picture of the body, enhance everyday life and even transform the future of …

Flotation in style

People who spend time on the water, whether for work or play, need to take the right flotation protection with them in the event of an emergency. Damel, a Portuguese textile company that specializes in technical clothing, has introduced outdoor apparel that integrates automatic inflation, eliminating the need to carry extra equipment. The SeaB2 jackets, …

Business school, and NASCAR

The industry, past, present and future: IFAI Expo is the annual event where industry leaders, innovators and market makers connect. Next month in Charlotte, the heart of the U.S. textile industry, you’ll join with more than 5,000 attendees and 375 exhibitors for an industry education in specialty fabrics and fabrication, shade and weather protection and advanced …

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Textile manufacturers respond to the need for flexible medical and biomedical products

In the world of bad news/good news scenarios, one can hardly find a more salient example than that presented in the medical arena. Technological advances are gaining traction amid the growing threats of superbugs, global spread of disease and demand for regenerative treatments to address the needs of aging populations. A Grand View Research Inc. …

Striking backlit film

Illumi-Pro UV BL Film™ is 100 percent PVC-free, PET Film designed for high-speed UV printing. The 7.4 mil backlit film has an enhanced white point for a pure backlit image; the material is recommended for banners, light box applications and backlit display systems. It is printable with UV inks and available in widths from 40 …