Free Webinar: New Business Opportunities in Mexico for Textile and Apparel Exporters

November 30, 2016

On Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 2:00 p.m. EST, the U.S. Department of Commerce and ExpoProducción Mexico will co-host a webinar on new business opportunities in Mexico for the US textile and apparel exporters. The webinar will feature information on Mexico’s market and business culture, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the 2016 ITA Technical Textiles …

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Beyond branding

November 29, 2016

Inflatables manufacturers find diverse markets in addition to promotional products. To attract the attention of drivers, car dealerships float spheres or other shapes with automakers’ logos. People dressed in inflatable costumes that identify them as brand mascots line festival walkways to interact with attendees. Giant replicas of consumer goods—whether it’s a can of beer or …

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Fear of flying?

Companies that make air- and helium-filled products weigh the risks. When Pink Floyd’s trademark helium pig got too high at a Coachella concert in 2008 and drifted away, no one got hurt—even though the pink inflatable was, as the Associated Press reported, “as tall as a two-story house and as wide as two school buses.” …

Applied DNA Sciences expands DNA technology

Applied DNA Sciences, Inc., Stony Brook, NY, today announced it is expanding the use of its proprietary, SigNature® T DNA technology to cotton gins in Arkansas, California and Texas, with the launch of its fully automated DNA Transfer Systems. The new systems are equipped with real-time monitoring, and security and data capture, ensuring efficient and …

Covestro joins zero discharge program

November 28, 2016

Covestro, a world-leading supplier of high-tech polymer materials, has joined the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program as one of the newest value chain contributors. In this role, Covestro will commit more resources to assist brand owners in sustainable chemical management through innovation on chemical technology, material production and supply chain collaboration. Covestro supplies …

Mimaki USA opens Canada location

November 25, 2016

Mimaki USA, Suwannee, Ga., a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, opened its first Canadian branch in Toronto in October. The facility is home to Mimaki trained sales, support and service staff designed to provide Mimaki dealers and end users with local sales and technical support. The 11,000-square-foot facility will be the site …

Sage Automotive acquires Apollo S.p.A.

November 24, 2016

Sage Automotive Interiors, Greenville, S.C., has acquired the automotive manufacturing assets of Italy-based Apollo S.p.A. with the goal of expanding capacity and capability for automotive interior products to the European market. Based in Florence, Italy, and Bucharest, Romania, Apollo is ideally suited to supply automotive fabrics and sewn covers in Central and Eastern Europe. The …

Techmer PM expands to Mexico

November 23, 2016

Techmer PM, Clinton, Tenn., will open a production facility in Mexico to provide local service to the growing number of its customers with operations in Mexico and Latin America. The facility is expected to be operational in the second half of 2017 and will have sufficient capacity to service Mexico and key Latin American markets. …

NatureWorks wins 3M supplier awards

November 22, 2016

NatureWorks, Minnetonka, Minn., received two 2016 3M Supplier of the Year Awards in recognition of the company’s contribution to improving 3M’s competitiveness and helping to drive sustainability. This year, 3M recognized 11 suppliers among thousands in its global supply base for world-class performance in providing products and/or services. NatureWorks supplies biopolymers to the plastics, fibers, …

New industrial textile knife packaging improves safety for users and convenience for distributors

November 18, 2016

New user-friendly packaging designed to hold multiple Wilson Brand Knives used in the cutting of cloth, textiles or composites has been introduced to the market by Hyde Industrial Blade Solutions (IBS). Made with industrial-grade plastic and designed to take up less space, this new packaging protects users retrieving knives and opens up shelf space for …

Baldwin introduces textile spray applicator to the Asian market

November 17, 2016

Baldwin Technology Company is ready to launch its new industrial spray system for textile finishing and impregnation on the Asian market. The spray applicator technology has been available in the printing industry for more than 30 years, with Baldwin’s 40,000 installed units making it a market leader. Now adapted for the textile industry, the textile …

IFAI Expo 2017 information available

November 16, 2016

Information about IFAI Expo 2017 is now available on the show’s website. IFAI Expo 2017 will take place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, La., Sept. 26–29. It will highlight three show floor areas: specialty fabrics, advanced textiles and shade & weather protection. The show will feature a broad marketplace connecting thousands …

WeatherMax 80 fabric warranty extended to 10 years

November 14, 2016

Greensboro, NC-based Safety Components has extended the limited warranty of its innovative technical fabric WeatherMax 80 to 10 years. UV-resistant WeatherMax 80 is woven from 100 percent pigment solution-dyed fibers. It has a breathable finish that resists water, dirt and mildew. The high-performance outdoor fabric out-performs acrylic and polyester for strength, color-fastness and abrasion-resistance. Safety …

Phifer expands social media presence

November 11, 2016

Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based Phifer, a global textiles manufacturer, launched PhiferTV. PhiferTV is a well-stocked YouTube channel with videos regarding the company’s sun control fabrics, insect screening products, engineered meshes and textiles and indoor/outdoor performance fabrics. YouTube is one of several social media tools Phifer uses to virtually connect with distributors, dealers, installers and consumers. Phifer also …

Lori Wyman appointed as North America GOTS Representative

November 10, 2016

Lori Wyman was appointed as the new Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) representative for North America. Prior to joining GOTS, Wyman was senior auditor with Control Union Certifications and has served as an inspector to textile programs for over 10 years. GOTS is recognized worldwide as the leading processing standard for textiles made with organic …

Former IFAI board chair Murray Driskell passes away

November 9, 2016

Former Industrial Fabrics Association board chair Murray Loman Driskell Sr. passed away at the age of 94 on Nov. 7. The World War II veteran was the owner of Canvas Products and was a former president of the National Canvas Products Association. He served on the IFAI board from 1959-1979 and as board chair from …

Enter the 2017 Fabrication Excellence Awards today

Now is the time to submit your best fabrication projects for a chance to win a Fabrication Excellence Award. The deadline to submit projects is Dec. 5. The award winners will receive a feature spot in Marine Fabricator magazine, a recognition on the MFA website and participation in the awards ceremony dinner at the Marine Fabricators Conference. The …

Covestro shows further advances in sustainable PU

November 8, 2016

German-based Covestro, a producer of advanced polymers and high-performance plastics, announced a series of breakthroughs in its INSQIN® waterborne polyurethane (PU) technology and Impranil® polyurethane dispersion products. The advancements are set to further enhance the applicability of waterborne PU as a sustainable technology in the textile industry. INSQIN® base is a new technology that enables PU base, …

Losberger US welcomes new southern region sales representative

November 7, 2016

Losberger US, the Frederick, Md.-based tent and hall manufacturer, welcomed Mike Morse as its new southern region sales representative. Morse will be responsible for developing new accounts, making sales and providing customer service. The states he will cover are Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Prior to joining Losberger US, Morse was the …

 Registration is open for the 2017 Marine Fabricators Conference

November 4, 2016

Registration is now open for the 2017 Marine Fabricators Conference, Jan. 19–21 at the Jacksonville Marriott Hotel in Jacksonville, Fla. Join fellow marine fabricators for three days of education, networking, fun and and business building. You won’t want to miss out on the conference’s nine educational seminars. These seminars are devoted to helping your business grow …

RetractableAwnings.com announces new Awning Advisor Tool

November 3, 2016

Retractableawnings.com has developed Awning Advisor, a new tool that asks a series of simple questions to help narrow down awning choices. Awning Advisor gives you a chance to really think through the criteria that are most important to you or your client so you can make the best choice. The Awning Advisor session will start by asking what kind of …

Eastman launches Avra Peformance Fibers

November 2, 2016

Salt Lake City, Utah-based Eastman, a global specialty chemical company, announced the launch of Avra™ Performance Fibers. Avra™ is a family of performance fibers enabled by a proprietary spinning technology. The first product enables a revolutionary ribbon-shaped synthetic fiber with a combination of shape and size never before seen. The performance benefits include exceptional moisture …

The Hohenstein Group welcomes John Frazier

November 1, 2016

The Hohenstein Group announced John Frazier has signed on with Hohenstein Institute America as senior technical director. He will support footwear and apparel across North America in the implementation of green chemistry, textile and materials research, and innovation. Prior to joining Hohenstein, Frazier served as senior director of chemistry for Nike. At Hohenstein, in addition …

On the cold front

Cold kills more people than all other weather-related causes combined, according to the National Center for Environmental Health. People in areas with milder winters can be at a greater danger than those in frigid climates because they aren’t always as prepared for severe situations. XeroGear, a Wilmington, Del., manufacturer of portable personal protection equipment, has …

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Marketing in the digital age

Technology has changed things,  but customer relationships are still paramount. Not long ago, business managers realized that the Internet would change everything,  especially marketing. With the click of a mouse, millions of potential customers could be reached. Although that revolution has come to pass and online platforms have matured, the takeaway for business owners is this: …

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Crossing over, down under

A fabric-clad pedestrian bridge is poised to become a landmark entry point to Western Australia’s in-the-works sports stadium. Australian football fans ready to cheer on the 2018 Australian Football League season will travel from all across the country to attend the highly anticipated opening of the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct located on Western …

Suited against Zika

With the dangers of the Zika virus, West Nile, Lyme disease and other mosquito- and tick-born illnesses, protection for people who work outdoors is more critical than ever. Green Mountain Products, Norwalk, Conn., is now making available its time-tested superpolymer suit to provide head-to-toe protection against mosquitoes, ticks, bees and other insects. Virtually impregnable, it …

Double the production

ITI’s super-wide “Dual Production mode” sublimation printer—the ITI3200-TXR—has the capability to print directly on textile fabrics and handle dye-sub transfer paper applications. An internal vacuum mechanism securely holds down the transfer paper to prevent cockling, and it comes with an ink collection gutter assembly to handle polyester or mesh-type textiles used in direct printing methods. …

Crisis connectivity ‘in vest’ment

Soldiers on the battlefield, firefighters in the midst of raging wildfires and first responders to natural disasters often succeed or fail in their life-saving missions by having the right information in the right place at the right time. In situations where power and the ability to communicate are the first casualties, connectivity can be a …

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Inside and out

Collecting rainwater, bird-proofing facades, even deflecting airborne volcanic fragments—buildings today are integrated with fabric in nontraditional ways. Architectural fabric can be integrated into buildings in more than the common uses such as roofs, shading devices and exterior cladding. Architects are now finding ways for fabric to improve building performance with special applications and unique materials. …

High-tech camping, in the bag

Nothing kills a great outdoor camping experience quicker than tedious equipment assembly. Enter Cinch!, the brainchild of Lancashire, U.K.-based Jack Jackson, a life-long camper who wanted an affordable tent that sets up quickly and incorporates today’s best technology. Described as the ultimate pop-up, Cinch! incorporates high-quality superflex fiberglass poles that go up in seconds and …

Develop and diversify

By the time you read this magazine, IFAI Expo 2016 will have passed; but as I write this, it’s still 10 days out. The magazine will go to the printer before I have a chance to say anything about what I learned, or learned to question, in Charlotte. At this time of year, I’m always …

Stars and stripes forever

While serving two combat tours in Afghanistan, Sam Russo flew every mission with one special flag. It was particularly meaningful to him and his family because this flag was given to his grandfather when he returned home from World War II. Russo wanted to provide the same emotional connection to the Red, White and Blue …

Military complexities

Smart materials mean lighter and more comfortable gear—and more flexible procurement policies. The nature of military warfare has undergone a seismic change over the past twenty years. Theaters of engagement are now more diverse and complex, demanding more of military personnel than ever before. The traditional procurement policy of buying in bulk to ensure standardization …

Nature’s coated textile

SIMPL® by Sommers Plastics is an eco-textile comprised of only two layers of sustainable materials—a backing featuring hemp and hemp blended fabrics and a silicone surface for enhanced performance and pleasing aesthetics. The coated textile can be woven and colored in a wide range of weights, and is recommended for indoor or outdoor use. Extremely …

Northern niche

Kate Mitchell is the owner of NOMAR, a Homer, Alaska-based company that develops unique items to serve the local industries. NOMAR first opened its doors in 1978 as Mitchell’s Marine Canvas & Upholstery. Today, it employs 15 skilled employees and offers American made clothing, ‘Laska Luggage,’ fisheries gear, parachute bags, upholstery and canvas boat tops. …

Fusing style with durability

The Sunbrella® Fusion Collection is a decorative mix of design and performance with 99 new textures, patterns and colors for indoor and outdoor upholstery. The collection offers a wide variety of colors and patterns including classic basics and jacquards for style and design possibilities. New additions include Tailored (fabric inspired by menswear tweed using chenille …

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Five climates, five approaches

Weather and water conditions dictate how regional shops make enclosures for exacting customers. Local geography can define a business. In the case of marine fabrication shops, locality factors into everything from work schedules to choice of materials. Whether the shops are based in the subtropical heat of Florida or the often-chilly climate of the Great …

One winner, 310 tents

The U.S. Open Golf Tournament serves as a premier stage for the best golfers in the world—156 athletes in 2016 vying for $10 million in prize money. Dustin Johnson walked away with the $1.8 million winner’s purse, but Arena Americas, Oak Creek, Wis., was another big winner as the provider of 310 tents and structures …

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Room to grow

As Mother Nature persists in her fickle and sometimes destructive ways, manufacturers of agricultural fabrics and fabric products report strong and growing demand in many areas. The agricultural arena isn’t for the faint of heart; just ask anyone who earns a living by keeping us supplied with food. Too many things can go wrong—too much …

Expanding design

Synchronicity is an extension of the Eduraprint program, a roto-gravure, three-color print offering that can be customized with a 200-yard minimum. In addition to the Enduratex topcoat, Produratect Plus, it is equipped with an abrasion resistance rating of 100,000 cycles and is mildew resistant and backed with the Eduratex knit backing. Pattern names and corresponding …

Art and architecture, comfortably

The Brickell City Centre, a new $1.05 billion, 5.4-million-square-foot, mixed-use development in downtown Miami, Fla., has it all. There are luxury residences, a hotel, office space and a five-story pedestrian mall with shops, restaurants and cafés. Connecting this vast space into one architectural statement is a 100,000-square-foot canopy called the Climate Ribbon™. Made of faceted …

The Halo effect

Threading carefully to minimize damages from patent infringement. The smart textile industry continues to respond to customer interest in interactive fabrics that meet a variety of needs, including the monitoring of athletic performance and the improvement of tissue reconstruction. This growth drives new approaches to solve problems, pushing the textile industry to draw on advancements …

Economical safety

Melt Out fabric is a fire safety ceiling fabric used to diffuse light over trade show booths, displays and exhibits. It has meltable seams, which appear every 12 inches along its length. In the event of fire, the seams open and allow smoke to escape and water from sprinklers to come through. Melt Out is …

Extra-soft touch

Fastenano™ is a soft polyester hook-and-loop fastener that uses Nanofront® polyester nanofiber-pile fabric for its loop surface, as well as polyester raised fabric for its hook surface. It achieves high adhesiveness when pulled in a horizontal direction and separates easily when pulled in a vertical direction. Fastenano features nano-sized bumps that increase surface area for …