Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards

October 31, 2016

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced last week its call for nominations for the 2017 Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Awards for companies or institutions that have developed a new process or product that protects public health and the environment. The deadline is December 31, 2016. “Green chemistry innovations couple scientific brilliance with the entrepreneurial …

Scheduled Evolution

Eric Heischmidt approaches project management with flexibility and an architect’s eye for precision. “Project management means planning ahead,” says Eric Heischmidt, senior project manager, Arizon Structures, St. Louis, Mo. “But more than anything it means being prepared to be flexible, because every project is an evolution. Things change, and you need to react to those …

IFAI Expo 2016 closes successful show with near-record attendance

IFAI Expo 2016, the textile industry’s show of record, attracted 5,023 participants to the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C., from Oct. 18-21. IFAI Expo is the largest display of specialty fabrics and technical textiles in the Americas. Attendees were treated to four days of product demonstrations, education, networking, exhibits and awards recognizing industry achievement. “We …

FRX Polymers’ Nofia Flame Retardants obtain accreditation from Oeko-Tex Association

October 28, 2016

Several Nofia flame–retardant grades from Chelmsford, Mass.-based FRX Polymers Inc., a producer of polymeric, halogen-free flame retardant solutions, have earned accreditation by the Oeko-Tex Association. The Oeko-Tex association is an international association of independent research and testing institutes focused on enhancing both product safety and sustainable production in the textile industry. FRX Polymers’ Nofia OL1001, …

Marlen Textiles adds distributor

October 26, 2016

Marlen Textiles, a New Haven, Mo.-based manufacturer of outdoor textiles, announced that Action Upholstery Supply will be a full line distributor of their products. Action Upholstery Supply, Sarasota, Fla., was established in 1987 and has grown into a nationwide distributor serving marine fabricators with top quality products. Stock, in a variety of colors of the …

HTS Clearspan Structure Systems sales team grows

October 25, 2016

HTS Clearspan Structure Systems expanded its sales team. Now located in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Fla., two new sales managers have been added. Victor Manzano will be the sales manager for the US Mid-states and Canada. He brings more than 20 years of event industry experience to his new role. Dan DeLeo will be the sales manger for …

Marc Shellshear joins Value Vinyls

October 24, 2016

Grand Prairie, Texas-based Value Vinyls, a provider of  industrial and structure fabrics, welcomed Marc Shellshear as its new director of sales—structure fabrics. Shellshear brings more than 20 years of expertise in the specialty textiles, architectural, engineering and construction industries to his new role. Previously, he was vice president of commercial sales at Gale Pacific Inc. …

State of the Makers, Friday, Oct. 21, 2016

October 21, 2016

Mary Hennessy, president of the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), and Tatjana Hutnyak, board chair of The Makers Coalition (TMC), led a session on the show floor at IFAI Expo 2016 to talk with show participants about IFAI’s Makers Division, which is working in partnership with TMC to address an acute industry problem—the shortage of …

IFAI Expo 2016: Show Stopper winners

Thursday morning at IFAI Expo led off with lists of winners for the year—including the 2016 winners of the Show Stopper program, recognizing the most innovative new products in the exhibit hall. Thomson Research Associates was recognized for Ultra-Fresh DM-25 in the category of chemicals, coatings and compounds. Fenetex won for its Adjustable Tracks for …

Details count when submitting government bids

Teresa Bouchonnet knows a lot about doing business with the U.S. government. Bouchonnet is a retired U.S. Air Force major and former warranted contracting officer with the military. She is now a consultant for commercial manufacturers, and she shared her expertise Oct. 20 at the IFAI 2016 Expo in Charlotte, N.C. For businesses interested in …

Protect your competitive advantage using intellectual property

According to Art MacCord, a patent lawyer with MacCord Mason, marketplace winners are those whose products are unique and desirable. MacCord shared information about protecting your company’s competitive advantage and product differentiation using intellectual property during a campfire session on Oct. 20 at IFAI Expo in Charlotte, N.C. Intellectual property law cannot bestow desirability, but …

The Future of Interior Textile Architecture: Optimistic Sustainability

At a Campfire Session on Thursday, Oct. 20, on the show floor at IFAI Expo 2016, Cynthia Thompson, MFA, shared her thoughts on where the “built environment” is headed. Thompson is the founder of Transformit, a company based in Gorham, Maine, that designs and creates artistic and functional tensioned fabric structures and components. “In the …

A. Hoffman Awning donates to The Children’s Home

October 20, 2016

A. Hoffman Awning Co., a Baltimore, Md., awning manufacturer, volunteered to design, manufacture and install a patio awning for The Children’s Home, a residential care facility for youth. The work was part of the Built Upon A Dream project, an effort sponsored by WMAR TV in Baltimore. Modeled in the spirit of the ABC Network’s …

Delivering world-class customer service

“Lessons from the Mouse” Dennis Snow, the author of the business book “Lessons from the Mouse,” spent roughly 20 years at Disney, working his way up from playing Captain Nemo (driving the submarine) and staffing the “It’s a Small World” ride to management. Now, as the head of Snow & Associates Inc. and a well-known …

Beating the pink stain problem in marine fabrics

What’s known as pink stain is a common problem on light colored vinyl. Marine fabricators know exactly what pink stain looks like on cushions and other applications, but the problem also occurs in flooring, bedding and other vinyl surfaces. Thomas Robitaille, global technical marketing lead at Lonza Inc., presented an overview of pink staining Oct. …

Industrial Fabrics Foundation Innovation Award Recipient announced

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) recently announced Gelvenor Textile of South Africa as the 2016 IFF Innovation Award winner, presented at IFAI Expo in Charlotte, N.C., on Oct. 20. The company won for its project, the VulAmanz Rural Water Filter (VA-RWF). Gelvenor Textiles was awarded a prize of $5,000. The innovation is a unique woven …

Functional apparel designer says ‘Technology is your friend’

Maureen MacGillivray, Ph.D., tells her students to think of their fashion designs as “product development” and to get used to wearing lots of hats. MacGillivray presented an overview of what a functional apparel designer does Oct. 20 at the 2016 IFAI Expo in Charlotte, N.C. MacGillivray’s work at the Center for Merchandising and Design Technology, …

Winning the manufacturing war requires strategy

Michael McKeldon Woody, CEO at Trans-Tex LLC, says that manufacturing tide is beginning to turn favorably to the U.S., but companies have to be ready to embrace customers who expect to “have it their way.” Woody presented the principles found in his book, American Dragon, Oct 19, at the IFAI 2016 Expo in Charlotte, N.C. …

IFAI announces International Achievement Award winners

The Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) has awarded seven 2016 Best in Category International Achievement Awards (IAA) for design excellence in specialty fabrics applications at the 2016 IFAI Expo. IFAI Expo is the largest specialty fabrics trade show in the Americas, held this year at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, N.C. For more than …

IFAI Honored Life Members announced at IFAI Expo 2016

First Vice Chairman Steve Ellington announced this year’s newly appointed Honored Life Members at the annual meetingWednesday morning. Honored Life Membership is bestowed by special request only at the discretion of the IFAI Board of Directors to candidates who meet one or both of the following criteria: For meritorious or outstanding work accomplished for the …

IFAI Expo 2016 Sewing Machine Tour

October 19, 2016

Harry Berzack’s unique collection of antique sewing machines wowed visitors on three tours at The Fox Company in Charlotte, Tuesday, Oct. 18. The tours were sponsored by the Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) as a fundraising opportunity for the organization’s educational programs for students. Berzack, president of The Fox Co., treated guests to a personally guided …

AIP acquires Gerber Technology

American Industrial Partners, (AIP), New York, N.Y., has acquired all outstanding shares of Gerber Technology, a Tolland, Conn.-based leader in integrated software, automation and vision systems for the apparel, graphics, packaging and other industrial markets. Gerber’s full line of digital solutions includes many of the most recognized products in the industry. They enable leading brands, …

Grit: Guts, Resilience, Initiative and Tenacity

Wednesday morning’s keynote speaker at IFAI Expo 2016, Linda Kaplan Thaler, spoke with verve and vivacity about the importance of “keeping at it.” Thaler is president of Kaplan Thaler Productions, a member of the Advertising Hall of Fame, and the award—winning author of the best-selling business book “Grit to Great.” When she started her agency, …

Work Groups vs Teams

How both approaches impact business profitability In the U.S., approximately 30 percent of employees are engaged in their jobs—which means that more than 2/3 of employees are not. According to Lynn Dessert, MBA, DCC, an executive career advisor who spoke Tuesday morning at IFAI EXPO 2016 in Charlotte, forming committed and valued teams and work …

Marine shop features efficiency and organization

Rick’s Custom Marine Canvas and Sail Repair, Cornelius, N.C., was the second stop on the IFAI Specialty Fabrics tour Oct. 19. The tour was as part of the IFAI 2016 Expo in Charlotte, N.C. Rick Berkey, owner of Rick’s Custom Marine, welcomed tour participant to look around his new shop that is behind his home. …

Springs Creative marries old with new via digital printing technology

“What’s Next. Now,” is how Springs Creative in Rock Hill, S.C., brands itself. And a tour to the Springs Creative site on Oct. 18 left all participants wanting to know a lot more about what’s next for this innovative company that offers digitally-printed textiles, product design, brand development, and merchandizing. The Specialty Fabrics tour was …

2016 Advanced Textiles Student Design Challenge Winners Announced

Advanced Textile Products and the Narrow Fabrics Institute, divisions of the Industrial Fabrics Association International, announced the winners of the 2016 Advanced Textile Student Design Challenge on Oct. 18, 2016, during the Advanced Textile Reception following the Advanced Textiles Conference at IFAI Expo. This year’s student design challenge was to use textiles as a major …

Taking the heat: Thermal control of the automotive interior with phase change material

October 18, 2016

In order to reduce and stabilize the interior temperature while driving a car, many models are equipped with air-conditioning systems; however providing a sufficient cooling capacity requires a lot of energy. Energy can be saved and the thermal comfort inside a passenger compartment can be enhanced substantially by the use of new textile composite materials …

American Textile Company expands

Pittsburgh-based American Textile Company, a leading provider of innovative sleep solutions, has announced an expansion of operations with the addition of new facilities in Dallas, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah. The new facilities add capacity and distribution capabilities to support increasing demand for American Textile Company products sold under bedding brands including AllerEase® and …

Water Repellency highly possible without fluorine

Carlo Centonze, CEO of HeiQ, says repellency is all about outdoor textiles staying clean and dry. Centonze was a presenter Oct. 18 at the IFAI 2016 Expo in Charlotte, N.C. Because consumers are beginning to perceive fluorine-based garments as negatively affecting the environment, the textile industry continues to explore fluorine-free options. He adds, “Nature can …

EPA regulations complex and not always in sync with each other

Paul Matthai, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), says his agency’s regulations are complicated and often don’t “harmonize” with each other. Despite these complexities, Matthai, who presented an overview of EPA regulations Oct. 18 at IFAI’s 2016 Expo in in Charlotte, N.C., says the U.S. Congress generally strives to write environmental laws that do …

Vibrant Coaching

A session by Nicole Greer, a leadership and business coach, focused on the “four elements of success” in learning how to effectively approach and communicate with clients: Earth, Water, Wind and Fire. Your products and manufacturing processes are already excellent, she says, but you need to focus on the last ‘P’; people. Earth: solid, steady, …

Dye derived from cotton plants

October 17, 2016

Cotton Incorporated, Cary, N.C., the research and promotion company for cotton, and Archroma, a Switzerland-based leader in color and specialty chemicals, have collaborated to present what they believe is the first-ever dye derived from cotton plant-residues. Cotton Incorporated approached Archroma to develop a dye option that may represent the first opportunity in modern textile history …

H&M funds research

October 14, 2016

The non-profit H&M Foundation and The Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) have entered into a four-year partnership to develop technologies to recycle blend textiles into new fabrics and yarns. The technology will be licensed widely to ensure broad market access and maximum impact. Apparel and textile products made from blended materials …

Sustainable denim jeans

October 13, 2016

Jimtex Yarns, a division of Martex Fiber Southern Corp., has announced the development of R3 Denim™, a sustainable denim collection, in cooperation with Denim North America (DNA). The launch of the line further advances Martex’s “No Fiber Left Behind—Zero Landfill ™” campaign. The line utilizes certified Martex Fiber Southern Corp. ECO2cotton®, a sustainable fiber solution …

An education in nonwovens at IFAI Expo 2016

October 12, 2016

Adding to the information in the October issue, there are a number of educational opportunities about the latest news in nonwovens: On Tuesday, as part of the Advanced Textiles Conference, Automotive track. Three free presentations will take place on the Advanced Textiles show floor: On Wednesday: 4:30 pm, Nonwovens in Apparel and Footwear, Dr. Behnam …

Techmer ES opens new facility

Techmer ES, Clinton, Tenn., has opened a new compounding facility in New Castle, Del., that further advances the company’s commitment to sustainable business practices. The plant features closed-loop utilities, cooling and vacuum systems, all of which rely on recycled water. A water filtration system, odor control system and various recycling initiatives reduce waste to landfill. …

Hands on the fabric, foot on the pedal

October 11, 2016

The Makers Movement is bringing back into mainstream consciousness the honor, skill and dedication it takes to create custom goods—and it’s about time. Sewing, designing and creating never went away—they’ve always been the bedrock of custom textile work—but now that their value is being more broadly recognized, coupled with the fact that many lifelong makers …

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Price and value in the agricultural markets

Profit margins are tight for a lot of industries, but this is especially true in the agricultural arena, where profits can be wiped out—in some cases virtually overnight—by events beyond the control of growers and producers. Consequently, pricing has become a huge concern for all involved, say manufacturers of fabric agricultural products designed to mitigate …

Serge Ferrari North America welcomes new middle atlantic regional sales manager

Pompano Beach, Fla.-based Serge Ferrari North America, a manufacturer of flexible composite membranes, welcomes Nick R. Ferrante Jr. to its sales team as the new sales manger for the middle atlantic region. Ferrante comes to Serge Ferrari with 20 years of sales experience. He earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree majoring in business administration from Seton Hall …

The growing ground for durable nonwovens

David Nelson was devoted to nonwoven technology at 3M when the Minnesota-based corporate powerhouse became a charter member of The Nonwovens Institute, which launched in 2007 at North Carolina State University. Nelson served on the institute’s industrial advisory board for six years, three years as chairman. He also served for six years on the board …

Offray Specialty Narrow Fabrics changes name

October 10, 2016

Bernardsville, N.J.-based Offray Specialty Narrow Fabrics, a manufacturer of high performance narrow fabrics, has changed its name to OTEX Specialty Narrow Fabrics. “With a nod to our past, we kept our family initial ‘O,’” said company owner and CEO Denise Offray. “‘TEX’ represents our textile heritage. Our new name represents the advanced manufacturer we have …

Sympatex Technologies appoints new CEO

October 7, 2016

Munich-based Sympatex Technologies, leading global suppliers of high tech functional materials in clothing, footwear, accessories, protective workwear and technical applications, appointed Dr. Rüdiger Fox CEO and management spokesman. Michael Kamm, CEO and management spokesman since 2010, has left the company by mutual agreement. Fox brings more than 25 years of management experience working for international companies …

Herculite welcomes new western regional sales manager for awning and marine distribution

Emigsville, Pa.-based Herculite Products Inc., the leading innovator in high performance and custom fabrics, hired Buddy Silva as their new western regional sales manger-awning and marine. Silva comes to Herculite with many years of sales and business development experience. He earned the Marketing Excellence National Award and is a present/past director on two textile industry …

MMI Textiles Inc. welcomes two new hires

October 6, 2016

Cleveland, Ohio-based MMI Textiles Inc. has expanded its team with two new hires.Dave Barton was brought on as a sales representative. He brings over 20 years of textile and materials expertise. Barton earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business. After interning with MMI for over a year, Annie Lempke …

Lectra appoints Céline Choussy Bedouet to its executive committee

October 5, 2016

Paris-based Lectra, a world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials, announced the appointment of Céline Choussy Bedouet, chief marketing and communications officer, to the executive committee. Bedouet holds a master’s degree in management from ESC Bordeaux. She began her career in 2000 with Dassault Systèmes …

APV Engineered Coatings to exhibit their VYNGUARD product line at IFAI Expo 2016

October 4, 2016

Akron, Ohio-based APV Engineered Coatings will showcase their re-released VYNGUARD performance coatings line, which now includes specialty fabrics and leather hide applications. The line was originally launched for use with non-woven, vinyl substrates. Available in solvent- or water-based, VYNGUARD chemistries provide an easy-to-apply clear, protective layer that can mitigate plasticizer from migrating through the surface. …

TopTec takes tent training program on the road

October 3, 2016

Tent School, the event industry’s longest running tent installation and safety training program, is receiving an overhaul with a new on-the-road format for 2017. This will be the first time event organizers have offered the training program at an outside location. The first Tent School On the Road session will be held at Rent-E-Quip in …

Fisher Textiles wins Three Product of the Year Awards at the SGIA Expo

Indian Trail, N.C.-based Fisher Textiles won three Product of the Year awards at the 2016 Specialty Graphic Imaging Association (SGIA) Expo. Their ET 2600 Jersey Spandex Knit, GF 4395 Semi-Glossy Art Canvas, and DD7375 Feather Flag were among the products honored. The ET 2600 Jersey Spandex Knit is made from recycled PET bottles and is …

Inflating space for public discourse

October 1, 2016

One minute, the neighborhood park is quiet; the next, it’s filled with protesters, party animals or players of Pokémon GO. The Seattle Design Nerds is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization dedicated to design in the public realm. The Nerds decided that when temporary or flash gatherings happen, they deserve a structure that can be delivered by …