Countering myths about vinyl

May 26, 2017

Enduratex has joined forces with the CFFA (Chemical Fabrics and Film Association) and Vinyl Verified, a vinyl advocacy group, to set the record straight about the benefits of vinyl. The effort is aimed at correcting false and disparaging claims about vinyl in the marketplace. The group points to the advantages of vinyl in many applications …

2016 Smart Fabrics Summit Videos

Watch videos from the 2016 Smart Fabrics Summit on the website of the International Trade Administration Office of Textiles and Apparel. Part 1- Opening Remarks; Globe Demonstration; Challenges in Manufacturing Smart Fabrics Panel Part 2- First Line Technology Demonstration; Federal Research and Development in Smart Fabrics Panel; Part 3- DuPont Demonstration; Intellectual Property Rights for …

Textile standards online platform

May 25, 2017

ASTM International and the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) are making available textiles standards and other offerings in one online platform. Users will gain access to high-quality tools and resources from both organizations to improve durability of textiles, ensure quality colors, create in-demand products and more. Housed in the online platform ASTM …

Trelleborg installs rapid prototype center

May 24, 2017

Trelleborg has installed a state-of-the-art Rapid Prototype Center (RPC) at its engineered coated fabrics operation in Rutherfordton, N.C. The miniature prototype equipment offers the latest technology in the rapid prototyping field, providing a valuable service to current and potential customers. The RPC reduces the time and cost of creating functional coated fabric samples that are …

PET bottle recycling project

May 23, 2017

The Assumption College Primary Section (ACP), campus of Assumption College in Bangkok, Thailand, and Teijin Polyester (Thailand) Limited (TPL), a Teijin Group subsidiary in Bangkok that manufactures and sells polyester fiber, are collaborating on a PET bottle recycling project. It involves using two reverse vending machines that accept used PET bottles and pay the user …

Americhem renovates plant

May 22, 2017

Americhem Europe Ltd., Manchester, U.K., a global provider of color and additive solutions for synthetic fibers, is completing a plant-wide renovation and redesign. The renovations are designed to give the plant a lean, first-class workflow that increases productivity and product quality. The refurbishment will benefit the company’s nonwovens customers but also customers from the automotive, …

Dow introduces softer nonwovens

May 19, 2017

Dow Packaging and Specialty Plastics has introduced ASPUN™ MB Meltblown Fiber Resins and POUCHUG™ sensory packaging technology to provide converters and brand owners new options for improved comfort and softness in nonwoven applications. The fiber resins address the challenges of increasing softness and comfort while maintaining strength, durability and processing efficiency in fabrics such as …

DrivenBI integrates AutoCAD

May 18, 2017

DrivenBI, provider of SRK, the only cloud-native self-service BI platform that empowers business professionals without IT’s constant support, is integrating AutoCAD connectivity to its data preparation utility tool. This will enable CAD designs to connect directly to business data and instantly show how designs impact overall project costs. Quick access to insights will help companies …

Building a better company

May 17, 2017

For years, salespeople have chanted the “ABC” refrain of “Always be closing.” For pioneering companies, ABC could stand for “Always be changing.” The ability to adapt to, and stay ahead of, shifting conditions can help position an organization as an innovator—and a success. South Africa–based Gelvenor Textiles recognized the need to become nimble as circumstances …

Helios chooses Durst inkjet printer

Helios Digital Packaging, a Houston, Texas-based custom packaging and display print provider, has acquired the Durst Rho P10 250 HS for its printing operations. Helios serves customers in need of high-quality short- and medium-run corrugate packaging and display output. The 98-inch-wide printer will enable the company to deliver enhanced quality with true and vivid color …

NAUE Asia accredited for geosynthetics

May 16, 2017

NAUE Asia testing laboratory, founded by the international geosynthetics manufacturer NAUE GmbH & Co. KG, has achieved SAMM testing accreditation for geosynthetics. The accreditation means the Malaysia-based facility fulfills its duties competently and in accordance with strict quality standards. It also means the laboratory can serve external clients. NAUE’s primary manufacturing focus in this plant …

Techmer PM a “Best Place to Work”

May 15, 2017

Techmer PM, Clinton, Tenn., has been ranked seventh on Plastic News’ “Best Places to Work” list. Initiatives such as the national employee meeting and college recruitment program contributed to the recognition. The company improved its ranking from 13th best in 2016. With an employee count of over 600, Techmer PM is the largest company recognized …

Trivantage® offers Dickson® solar fabrics

May 12, 2017

Trivantage, a national one-stop shop for fabrics, hardware and accessories, recently added the Dickson North American Collection to its shade collection offerings. The popular shade fabric offers customers additional options with a wide range of solids, stripes and jacquards. The collection is available in 60 solid patterns, four block stripes, 47 traditional stripes and nine …

AATCC launches new tools for testing UV-protective fabrics

May 11, 2017

Fabrics can protect the skin from sunburn, cancer, and other effects of ultraviolet (UV) light exposure. Knowing how much protection a fabric provides can be tricky. Two new products are now available from AATCC to simplify the evaluation procedure for Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF). ASTM and AATCC Technical Information and Standards for UV Protective Textiles …

Xeros announces the first sustainable collaborative laundry project

May 10, 2017

Xeros announced the Symphony Project, an innovative technology collaborative with a mission to improve the sustainability of the world’s laundry rooms. The Symphony Project will include access to the Xeros polymer science, product designs, IoT platform, and its entire commercial laundry eco-system to any participating partner. The goal is to enable partner brands to offer …

Viscose Specialty Fibers from Kelheim Fibers

May 9, 2017

Kelheim Fibers offers a solid base for a wide spectrum of functional fiber products. Customers can choose from a constantly growing variety of well-established Kelheim brands. By precisely controlling fiber dimensions and cross sections or by incorporating additional functionalities in the fiber matrix, Kelheim’s fiber experts not only create a fiber with additional new functionalities but …

The Mitchell Group launches new website

May 8, 2017

Now all devices can access The Mitchell Group website www.mitchellfauxleathers.com, with the launch of the company’s new “all device friendly” site. Customers and design pros clicking on Mitchell’s website will now find a cleaner and more attractive design, an enhanced search, easier navigation and an overall more engaging user experience. Moreover, the website features an …

Trends in the awning markets

May 5, 2017

Fabrics and products evolve to serve the changing needs of customers. Companies involved in the awning and screen markest are feeling optimistic. Bill Pattison, general manager of Goodwin-Cole Co. in Sacramento, Calif., credits fabric manufacturers with introducing ever-better products with no-fade guarantees and self-cleaning technology. “Things like that give us something to talk about with …

Reebok announces “Cotton + Corn” sustainable products initiative

May 4, 2017

Reebok announced its “Cotton + Corn” sustainable products initiative, which will bring plant-based footwear to the market later this year. Cotton + Corn is an initiative developed by the Reebok Future team to create shoes “made from things that grow.” The first release will be a shoe that has an upper comprised of organic cotton …

Mimaki USA announces TX500P-3200DS complete digital fabric printing system

May 3, 2017

Mimaki USA announced the availability of the TX500P-3200DS super wide direct-to-textile printer with an in-line color fixation unit. This 3.2-meter wide model offers unique simultaneous printing and color fixation capabilities to enable long, uninterrupted runs for higher productivity. The TX500P-3200DS printer includes new print heads that enable printing directly onto various types of textiles. The …

Introducing awning fabrics

May 2, 2017

A balancing act: the complexity of making changes and additions to product lines. Recasens USA of Blue Bell, Pa., sells solution-dyed acrylic awning fabrics, called RECacril®, and PVC-coated polyester solar screen fabrics, called RECscreen®. Doug Dubay, national sales manager, calls the introduction of fabrics “a balancing act, because you want to stay current with color …

Phifer to debut new additions to GeoBella® line

Phifer Incorporated will premiere a collection of vibrant, colorful additions to its GeoBella® Indoor/Outdoor High Performance Fabrics line at the ITMA Showtime Market, June 4-7. Made from reclaimed fibers, GeoBella fabrics boast the plush texture and comfort of indoor furniture backed by the stability, strength and durability needed for outdoor cushion applications. These low-maintenance performance …

IFAI EXPO 2017: MEET YOUR MENTOR

May 1, 2017

Need confidential advice? There’s a new program at IFAI Expo this year: free private counseling sessions with independent industry experts in product development, intellectual property, knitting, smart fabrics, weaving, environmental law, nonwovens, supply chain issues and more. These one-on-one meetings are available to all show participants, both exhibitors and attendees, and are included in any …

Better together

Collaborative efforts support growth in the smart textiles industry. The more high tech an industry is, the greater the range of expertise it may need. Advanced textiles, particularly smart materials, are a prime example of this. Textiles often undergo a variety of processes requiring specialized skills and equipment, so collaboration is essential to the industry. …

Mastering the craft

Jerry Margrave keeps his company on track by staying on top of industry skills, technology and opportunities to solve customer problems. “Every time the phone rings we have a new opportunity to see how we can help somebody,” says Jerry Margrave, MFC, owner of Specialty Trim & Awning Inc., Bakersfield, Calif. “That’s the way we …

Innovation on the fly

When it comes to predicting hurricanes and other severe weather events, getting accurate, up-to-the-minute details can literally be the difference between life and death. Now NASA is developing a glider that could be a game changer in weather prediction. The Weather Hazard Alert and Awareness Technology Radiation Radiosonde (WHAATRR) Glider is the brainchild of students …

Shade 101: Beyond the basics

Successful marketing and selling means reaching, educating and caring for customers—in print, in person and online. Sit outside in sun and rain.  Reduce cooling costs and glare. Protect indoor and outdoor furnishings from UV rays. Add a level of privacy while enhancing the architecture of your home or business. Increase property value. Gain visibility for …

2017 Specialty Fabrics Showcase: Part 2

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 the product information into performance categories, and Part 2 is included here: we’ll cover …

The play of color and light

The Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy, a plaza central to the city’s history, is a popular tourist attraction and gathering spot. A short walk away, located amidst a series of courtyards, is the Brac Bookstore + Café, a fresh, modern respite from the hubbub of the square. Recently, the 807-square-foot space was renovated to …

Weaving biological tissues

Researchers at the University of New South Wales Sydney (UNSW) have developed a smart fabric with properties similar to the bone tissue periosteum, and are now ready to produce fabric prototypes for a number of different functional materials. In developing the fabric, the biomedical engineers looked to the adaptive properties of plant and animal tissues. …

Handle with care

Layoffs or firings can mean trouble for everyone involved. It’s an unwelcome responsibility, but almost every business owner and manager will eventually come face-to-face with the disagreeable task of terminating one or more employees. “Firing people is one of the toughest, most unpleasant things you do as an employer,” says James Walsh in his book …

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Property protection

How small firms can learn to recognize and head off product piracy. Most American businesspeople understand that the theft of intellectual property is a big problem—one that costs U.S. firms $300 billion a year. For decades, I have counseled my small and mid-size clients that this is a problem that should concern them … but …

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Living off the land

Ohana Yurts encourages sustainable living, one yurt at a time. To Jenny and Nathan Toler, a yurt is more than a temporary shelter or even a permanent home; it’s a way to reconnect with the earth. “It’s living in the environment as opposed to being protected from it,” explains Nathan, who owns Haleiwa, Hawaii-based Ohana …

A forest in fabric

Imagine walking through a dense forest canopy made entirely of fabric. That was the vision of French designer Élise Fouin, who was tasked with showcasing the Sunbrella® Indoor-Outdoor 2015-2017 Fabric Collection in a new and unique way. Fouin created a mosaic of colors in shades ranging from earth red to various hues of green and …

Making a mark

As the interest in and use of digital textile printing expands, wide-format printers have become essential players, opening up new and profitable opportunities for specialty fabricators. Wide-format digital printing is expanding exponentially, spurred by advancements in printer, ink and fabric technology. Deployed for all manner of products—apparel, décor, banners, murals, signage, upholstery, wallpaper, vehicle wraps …

Custom covers on the go

Charlie and Marcia Kees are the owners of Mister Sew-N-Sew Custom Boat Canvas. Based in Halfmoon, N.Y., the marine fabrication business designs and sews boat covers and marine upholstery for a variety of makes and models of boats. From bimini covers to mooring covers to camper-style marine covers, all custom work is professionally designed and …

Roofed: dramatic tension

An exciting new stadium is rising on the Canadian prairie. Part of the Regina Revitalization Initiative, the new Mosaic Stadium will be home to the Canadian Football League’s Saskatchewan Roughriders. Slated to open in the summer of 2017, the multipurpose facility seats 33,000 and can expand to 40,000 in order to hold large events like …

The radishes strike back

Some weeks ago, I listened to my cousin’s husband Fred as he told a tale of shopping and marital compromise. Apparently he’d gone out to run some errands, was attracted by a nearby brewery, and completely forgot that he’d been firmly instructed to pick up some cat food. Wishing to maintain household harmony, Fred sent …

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 …