Future of Shade Design Competition call for entries

April 28, 2017

Sunbrella® and Architizer™ invite the architecture and design community to reimagine shade design with the announcement of the fifth annual Future of Shade competition. The competition calls on creative architects and designers from around the world to envision pioneering shade designs to meet the needs of the 21st century and beyond. The Future of Shade …

AATCC invites remote participation in test method development

April 27, 2017

The Association of Textile, Apparel & Materials Professionals (AATCC) test method development has always been an open process. Anyone with an interest is welcome to attend meetings and discuss new methods, revisions to existing methods, and other related issues. Several of the May 2017 research committee meetings will be available for remote participation. Join the …

TenCate Geosynthetics launches high-performance turf reinforcement mat products

April 26, 2017

TenCate Geosynthetics announced the development of two, high 3 dimensional, lofty synthetic erosion control mat products, which provide bare soil retention, vegetation nurturing and high performance turf reinforcement. These flexible mats are designed for steep slopes and channels where high performance (soft armor) erosion control is required. Mirafi® TM13C and TM14S are woven from polypropylene …

Archroma adds to color atlas with new portable 2-volume set

April 25, 2017

Archroma launched a portable version of its popular Color Atlas system at the ‘Sourcing at MAGIC’ fashion industry shows in Las Vegas, Nev. The new Compact Color Atlas includes the same 4,320 color swatches as the original, but is condensed from six to two slim volumes for increased mobility. The Compact edition includes 2.5 x …

Mohawk expands wide format inkjet portfolio

April 24, 2017

Mohawk Fine Papers, in collaboration with Aurora Specialty Textiles Group, is launching a line of textiles for digital printing. Called Mohawk Printable Textiles, and Canvas, Engineered By Aurora, the product line includes a wide variety of high-quality textile products engineered to work optimally on the latest digital print technologies. The collaboration reflects the rapidly growing …

Lectra names Viala EVP

April 21, 2017

Lectra, a world leader in integrated technology solutions dedicated to industries using fabrics, leather, technical textiles and composite materials, has appointed CFO Jérôme Viala to the role of executive vice president for the group. Since becoming CFO in 1994 and a member of the executive committee, Viala has progressively taken on more responsibilities, and is …

YKK partners with David Clark Company to produce Boeing’s New Starliner Spacesuit

April 20, 2017

YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. has partnered with David Clark Company to provide the zippers for The Boeing Company’s new Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner Spacesuit. The spacesuit has been designed for wear in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, which is being developed in collaboration with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and is designed to accommodate seven passengers, or a …

Flame retardant usage increases

Worldwide consumption of flame retardants in construction applications is projected to increase 3.2 percent per annum through 2020 to 803,000 metric tons according to a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland, Ohio-based industry research firm. Between 2010 and 2015, a rebound in the U.S. construction industry fueled the gains, as well as double-digit …

IDTechEx hosting free live webinar on April 25

April 19, 2017

A reminder that IDTechEx are hosting a free live webinar on Tuesday, April 25 Stretchable Electronics: No Longer Just a Solution Looking for a Problem Presented By Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director, IDTechEx and James Hayward, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx Space is limited – if you have not already done so reserve your seat today! …

MIL-SPECS: Get the facts and gain a competitive edge

April 18, 2017

May 4, 2017 | Noon, EST  Free to all industry professionals  Need help deciphering Military Specifications? Attend Mil-Specs, Get the Facts and Gain a Competive Edge, a free webinar that provides an in-depth analysis of the entire scope of a Detail Specification, followed by a Q&A session. Understanding the significant cost implications can give you a competitive edge when bidding …

Call for entries: Expo 2017 Fabric Sourcing Center

April 17, 2017

The Fabric Sourcing Center at IFAI Expo 2017, in New Orleans, LA, is a daily Expo feature open to all. This hub organizes hundreds of exhibitor materials in one prime location on the show floor. Exhibitors have the opportunity to display up to 12 fabric samples, with contact information and booth numbers, conveniently displayed on …

ASTM establishes cannabis committee

ASTM International will launch a new committee focused on creating technical standards and guidance materials for cannabis and its products and processes, pending approval from its board of directors. The committee will focus on standards development in six technical areas, including indoor and outdoor horticulture and agriculture, quality management systems, laboratory, processing and handling, security …

A revolution in moisture management

April 14, 2017

Five textile industry leaders are launching HYDRO_BOT, a new technology for moisture management. It is expected to solve a major challenge in sports, work and protective clothing: to transport moisture to match human sweat rates in various climates, conditions and activity levels. Behind HYDRO_BOT is Osmotex, a Swiss-Norwegian start-up dedicated to developing solutions for electro …

Safety Components expands management

April 13, 2017

Safety Components, Greenville, S.C., has named Ana-Maria Petrea as merchandise planning manager. Petrea will manage planning for Safety Components’ rapidly growing product lines, such as WeatherMAX performance outdoor fabric, Armor AP, Glide Ice and PBI Max structural firefighting materials. She has extensive experience as a demand forecast analyst and is skilled in inventory level control, …

Remembering Edward Paul Hunzinger Jr.

April 12, 2017

Ed Hunzinger, former owner of Evanston Awning Co., Evanston, Ill., passed away on April 11, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Hunzinger passed on the family tradition in the industrial fabrics industry to his fifth-generation sons who have successfully taken the reins of Evanston Awning Co. In his “retirement” he began volunteering on the …

Bui joins Serge Ferrari North America

Serge Ferrari North America, Pompano Beach, Fla., welcomes Julie Bui to the sales team as regional sales manager for the South Central United States. She will handle sales and service of Serge Ferrari products in the states of Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. Bui, who most recently worked as a …

Equipment rental forecast strengthens

April 11, 2017

The American Rental Association (ARA), Moline, Ill., has released a new five-year forecast for equipment rental industry revenues that shows a moderate strengthening compared to the November forecast. ARA now projects U.S. equipment rental revenue will reach $48.9 billion in 2017. It estimates that the industry will grow at an average annual rate of 4.3 …

Bio-based polymer production increasing

April 10, 2017

The worldwide production capacity for bio-based polymers grew by four percent to 6.6 million tons in 2016 according to a market study by the Cologne, Germany-based nova-Institute. This represents a two percent share of the global polymer market. The bio-based polymer turnover was about $13.8 billion worldwide in 2016 compared to $11.7 billion in 2014. …

New sales manager for Rainier Industries

April 7, 2017

Steve Sadenwasser was recently named sales manager, shade division at Rainier Industries. He will be responsible for expanding the availability of Rainier awning and screen products across the U.S. while continuing to provide support to existing dealers with training, trade show assistance and coaching as needed. Sadenwasser has driven wholesale shade sales since the company …

USIFI and NFI Lobby Day 2017

April 6, 2017

The U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI) members joined forces in Washington, D.C., February 7–8 to discuss textile issues with Congress and key executive branch policymakers. Lobby Day is an opportunity for USIFI and NFI members to nurture stronger working relationships with officials responsible for crafting, implementing and administering policies that …

ZDHC launches online academy

In December, the ZDHC Foundation launched the ZDHC Academy, an online portal for ZDHC chemical management training. The academy enables brands and manufacturers to receive certified training to improve their knowledge and practice of responsible chemical management. The release of the platform is significant for the ZDHC program as it shifts its focus from the …

Geotechnical Frontiers 2017 Is Huge Success

Over 2100 attendees gathered at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando, Florida for Geotechnical Frontiers 2017, the biggest geosynthetics show in the industry.  Geotechnical Frontiers combined the annual Geo-Congress and the biennial Geosynthetics Conference into a super-event held once every six years. “We had a great show and we’re delighted with both the turnout and …

New advisor for Applied DNA Sciences

April 5, 2017

Applied DNA Sciences Inc., a provider of DNA-based supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and product authentication solutions, has appointed former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to its Strategic Advisory Board. Currently vice chairman of K2Intelligence, Kelly will provide valuable insight into the design and development of tailored enterprise risk solutions and understanding of …

2017 Specialty Fabrics Showcase

April 4, 2017

FABRIC MEANS PERFORMANCE—THE QUALITIES THAT CUSTOMERS DEMAND. For this feature, we asked our contributors to send us information about their latest high-performing fabrics: fabrics that protect against weather, pests, disease, use and abuse for years—and look good doing it. We’ve organized their product information into performance categories, and Part 1 is included here. In Part …

Chembio suit design challenge winners

The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense awarded 12 prizes to winners of the Proof Challenge—a chembio suit design challenge that called on the public to submit designs and ideas. The challenge was to source innovative ideas for solutions to increase mobility, dexterity and tactility, allowing the warfighter to complete all relevant …

IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference: Testing Program 2017

April 3, 2017

At the 2017 Advanced Textiles Conference (ATC), four educational tracks—military, medical, smart fabrics and testing—will give attendees the latest news on the processes, products and profit potential in working with high-tech fabrics and fabrication techniques. The Advanced Textiles Conference, part of IFAI Expo 2017, will be held in New Orleans Sept. 26-29. This year’s ATC …

Hand-crafted shade

April 1, 2017

David Aberle is the president of Hoigaard’s Custom Canvas & Awnings in Plymouth, Minn. Since 1895, Hoigaard’s has been manufacturing and installing high-quality awnings and shade structures for commercial and residential clients. Here, Aberle shares his thoughts about the industry and offers some sound business advice. How did you get involved in the company/industry? Hoigaard’s …

Beware the local radishes

Whenever anyone says something about being on Cloud 9, I have to wonder about the populations of Clouds 1–8. Are there predestined atmospheric locations for those having a bad hair day, a flat tire, two flat tires, a screenwriting career? Is Cloud 1 the lowest level, or does it continually sow discord by boasting the …

Sleek styling for space

What does the well-appointed astronaut wear on a shuttle mission? That was the challenge for designers tasked with rethinking the spacesuits to be worn on the Boeing-built CST-100 Starliner that will launch in 2018 and be used for low-Earth orbit missions and trips to and from the International Space Station. The new Starliner spacesuit, which …

Piezoelectric energy harvesting

Packages that power biochemical and environmental sensors. Breathing is the most consistent source of kinetic energy in the human body, as it produces a large circumferential displacement in the chest, even during sleep. This oscillation is one of few mechanisms in the human body that can also be exploited noninvasively for energy harvesting. The National …

Extreme storage, on ice

How do you build an adequate equipment and maintenance facility on the summit of the Greenland Ice Sheet where temperatures fluctuate between -49°F and 14°F and snow fall amounts threaten to bury food and supplies? The National Science Foundation and their operations partner, CH2M Hill, wanted a practical storage option at the Summit Station, home …

Extra muscle, senior style

The typical solution to help an aging person who is losing strength and stamina is to provide assistance that takes away the burden of daily chores and requires less mobility. But what if you could help him or her become more mobile and retain independence and mobility? Now there’s a smart suit that can do …

Texturizing space

The Hirikata T-SITE bookstore, located in a popular shopping center near Osaka, Japan, is a tranquil respite from the busy world. Dramatic two-story walls of books surround customers who are encouraged to sit, read and relax on lounge furniture or in the coffee shop area. The bookstore also features three 26-foot-high floor-to-ceiling windows that flood …

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May the workforce be with you

Manufacturers are facing a variety of staffing challenges, and responding to the need to educate the public as well as potential employees about the benefits of a hands-on career. It’s easy enough to understand that a lack of jobs can wreak havoc on economies, from local to global scales. What can be more complex is …

Instant kayak, on the go

Anyone who loves outdoor adventures knows what it’s like to be on a hike, come upon a lake and wish you could just jump in and go. Or, travel light but not miss out on a memorable paddle. That’s the thinking behind a new fully portable kayak. Justin Case Kayak is the brainchild of Canadian …

U.S. trade policy

Last year was both a momentous and a productive year for the U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and the Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI) divisions’ efforts in Washington, D.C. The text of the highly controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) limited damage to the U.S. textile industry to the greatest degree politically achievable; now the election of Donald …

Sculpted in classical lace

Lace has always played an important role in Dutch culture and art. Think of the painter Vermeer’s “The Lacemaker,” or other works of the time depicting women in traditional lace bonnets. So when the design team Jin Choi and Thomas Shine of Amsterdam-based Choi+Shine Architects was asked to create a piece for the 2016 Amsterdam …

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High-performance sewing

Choosing the right sewing machine saves time and money. Every trade has its tools, and marine fabrication is no exception. A critically important tool of marine fabrication is the sewing machine. Regardless of the brand, a sewing machine has to be durable, reliable and easily maintained, because it is, after all, the workhorse of a …

Pre-employment background checks

You may need them, but be careful. These days every new employee brings a possible threat to your business, including theft, sexual harassment, physical violence, identity theft, fraud and drug use. The potential for ruinous legal actions is higher today than ever before. That’s why a background check before you hire an applicant could save …

From the ground up

Cheryl Yennaco rebuilds a business by making the tough decisions, hiring the right team and setting meaningful and measurable goals. “Last year was our best year, and we’re at another point of growth right now,” says Cheryl Yennaco, owner and general manager of Melrose, Mass.-based Atlantic Awnings. “That growth started when we decided to clean …

Opening the door to architects

Experts discuss the best way to encourage designers to use fabric in their projects. Confession:  I am a licensed architect (please don’t hold that against me!) and I like fabric. I am also a teacher of young architects and designers and take every opportunity to introduce students to the wonders of fabric in architecture and …