CORDURA® receives multiple awards

March 24, 2017

CORDURA Brand received more than 50 ISPO TEXTREND Innovations awards on its 50th anniversary year at the February 2017 ISPO TEXTRENDS show in Munich. The brand also won “best in category product” for CORDURA® 4EVER™ knit by Yoonia. In total, 51 CORDURA fabrics in six key textile categories were selected as winners. A number of …

DuPont™ Sorona® recognized in global competition

March 23, 2017

Dupont™ Sorona®, a renewably sourced polymer, was named runner-up for Fiber Producer of the Year by the World Textile Awards. The first independent global awards competition, the World Textile Awards, are dedicated to recognizing and rewarding excellence across the global textile industry. Sorona is derived, in part, from renewably sourced plant-based ingredients, allowing for a …

Inland Tarp & Liner acquires Brawler

March 22, 2017

Inland Tarp & Liner LLC has acquired the physical assets and equipment of Brawler Industries and Brawler Environmental Containment, Midland, Texas. The company hired most of the former Brawler employees and is updating equipment to supplement production of pit and pond liners at its recently expanded facility in Odessa. The combined plants include over 100,000 …

Rose Brand moves West Coast facilities

March 21, 2017

Rose Brand, Secaucus, N.J., has moved its West Coast office and warehouse to 11440 Sheldon St., Sun Valley, Calif. Just three miles from the former location, the new office has 60 percent more space. This will provide more room for inventory, custom sewing services, rental stock and other growth. Rose Brand West stocks and produces …

Superior Ink Certifiably Green

March 20, 2017

Superior Ink Printing, Denver, Colo., has received the Certifiably Green Denver Certificate after a yearlong effort to convert their business to a more sustainable platform. To qualify for the certification, Superior Ink went through a full assessment process by a Certifiably Green Sustainability Advisor and made all required changes. These changes range from implementing a …

Outlook 2017 Conference speaker’s book wins award

March 17, 2017

Michael M. Woody’s book, American Dragon: Winning the Global Manufacturing War Using the Universal Principles of FEWER, FASTER, and FINER, was named a Business & Economics Foreword Indies finalist. The Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards recognize the best independently published books. The book gives an overview of China’s manufacturing rise and how U.S. manufactures …

Unifi wins gold at World Textile Awards

Unifi, Inc., Greensboro, N.C., was named 2016 Fiber Producer of the Year at the World Textile Awards. Unifi is a leader in producing high-quality recycled fiber and other premium value-added technologies that combine environmental responsibility, style and performance. The company provides innovative, global textile solutions and branded yarns for customers at every level of the …

Congressman tours new Aurora facility

March 16, 2017

U.S. Representative Randy Hultgren (Illinois 14th Congressional District) recently toured the new textile manufacturing operations at Aurora Specialty Textiles Group in Yorkville, Ill. The visit included a question-and-answer session and a tour of the plant’s new 124,000 square foot manufacturing operations. Aurora Specialty Textiles Group provides a wide range of coating, finishing and dying capabilities …

PA Group partners with Point Blank Enterprises

March 15, 2017

PA Group USA, Chattanooga, Tenn., a Gold Certified partner for Microsoft Dynamics, is working with Point Blank Enterprises to implement the Dynamics AX Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution. The deployment will focus on providing Point Blank Enterprises with a modern, unified ERP platform that will provide powerful business intelligence and efficiency for years to come. …

SEAMS celebrates 50 years

March 14, 2017

SEAMS, the National Association for the U.S. Sewn Products and Textile Industries, is marking its 50th anniversary at the annual Spring Networking Conference entitled “Shaping the Next 50 Years.” The conference scheduled for May 2017 in Asheville, N.C., will explore the trends and opportunities that diverse sewn products brands, manufacturers, OEMs, suppliers and retailers can …

Webinar series: flexible solar structures

March 13, 2017

Learn about solar-powered fabric technology in IFAI’s free webinar   ATP is excited to partner with division member Pvilion in a webinar on solar structures. This free webinar for all members and non-members will be held Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at Noon EDT.  Pvilion CEO and co-founder Colin Touhey will speak on the company’s innovative solar-powered fabric technology. Pvilion is the expert and …

Teijin receives technology award

March 10, 2017

Teijin Aramid received the 2016 Global Enabling Technology Leadership Award for unmatched performance of conveyor belts reinforced with the company’s high-performance aramid products, which enable the mining industry to realize a lower cost of ownership, longer lifetime and reduced energy consumption. Frost & Sullivan, a leading independent market research firm, gave the award. Teijin’s Twaron-reinforced …

OEKO-TEX® partners with ZDHC

March 9, 2017

OEKO-TEX®, Zurich, Switzerland, is joining the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Program. A provider of standardized solutions that optimize customers’ manufacturing processes and help deliver more sustainable products, the organization anticipates collaborating with other leading brands and contributors that are also members of the ZDHC Program. OEKO-TEX has long supported the vision of globally …

AmeriPride is ENERGY STAR certified

March 8, 2017

AmeriPride, one of the largest textile and rental supply companies in North America, has earned ENERGY STAR certification at their Minnetonka, Minn., headquarters and another Minneapolis office. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency certification signifies that the buildings perform in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meet strict energy efficiency …

CORDURA® debuts strongest nylon fiber

March 7, 2017

INVISTA, a worldwide integrated producer of polymers and fibers, has announced that the company’s CORDURA® brand has developed the strongest nylon-6,6 staple fiber ever produced by the company. T420HT high-tenacity fiber, which will enhance the core strength of CORDURA fabrics, is the result of an intensive two-year research and design process. Already adopted by a …

PolarFleece® returns

March 6, 2017

Polartec, Lawrence, Mass., will reintroduce the iconic PolarFleece® brand. When it debuted in 1981, PolarFleece set the premium standard for lightweight warmth and comfort, and became a fashion icon that changed outdoor apparel. Polartec will first introduce the PolarFleece pullover, a humble homage to the original article. In a modern update, the garment will combine …

Eton Systems expands in U.S.

March 3, 2017

Eton Systems, the Ganghester Sweden-based global supplier of customized material handling solutions, is conducting all sales-related activities through its headquarters in the U.S. as of the first quarter of 2017. The move will increase the company’s presence and become an even better partner to a growing American industry. Previously, independent sales agents serving North American …

Roland offers wrap workshops

March 2, 2017

Roland DGA, an Irvine, Calif.-based provider of advanced wide-format inkjet printers and other advanced digital devices, has announced its schedule of Born-to-Wrap™ workshops for 2017. The classes offered, which take place at various locations throughout the country, are led by the vehicle wrap pros from Louisville, Kentucky-based Digital EFX Wraps, renowned for both installation and …

Walmart awards textiles grants

March 1, 2017

Walmart has awarded $3 million in U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Fund grants to six universities. The schools will split the grant money to work on a variety of projects involving innovations in domestic textile manufacturing. It is the third and final round of grants for the fund, which has provided a total $10 million in grants …

Mathematics + design = visual drama

The science and art of mathematics comes together dramatically in the redesigned Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at London’s Science Museum. A vision of the late architect Zaha Hadid, whose Zaha Hadid Architects created the design in collaboration with curator David Rooney, the exhibit showcases 400 years of mathematics history from the renaissance to the present …

From custom to customer

Manufacturing USA—the new name for the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation—has established nine manufacturing innovation institutes, with six more planned in 2017. These public–private partnerships each have distinct technology focus areas but work towards a common goal: to secure America’s future through manufacturing innovation, education and collaboration. The mission of the Advanced Functional Fabrics of …

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Building markets in Ukraine

Ukraine plans to attract $300 million for the development of domestic technical textiles and nonwovens industries. According to recent statements from the Ukrainian Cabinet of Ministers, Ukraine plans to attract up to $300 million USD worth of investments for the development of the domestic technical textiles and nonwovens industries over the next several years. This …

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Game on

A competitive mind-set is what manufacturers of high-tech fabrics and fabric products say is powering demand for their high-performance solutions.  When you think about high-tech sports and recreation products designed to help athletes hone the competitive edge, equipment rather than fabric likely springs to mind first, but this reaction is behind the times—fabrics have evolved to …

Attention-getting activewear

Shockwave is Top Value Fabrics’ newest addition to its line of polyester fabrics for active wear applications. The 92/8 Polyester Spandex Space Dye Jersey Fabric is soft to the touch and allows for good lateral movement and comfortable wear. Popular applications include yoga apparel, hoodies, sports bras, leggings, headwear and athleisure wear. Top Value Fabrics …

Decorative fabrics

The Outline Collection from KnollTextiles is a textiles and wallcovering collection that explores line work, geometry and color in high-performance products. Highlights include Nature Walk, a polyurethane upholstery by designer Ruth Adler Schnee, high-performance 100 percent woven polyethylene wallcoverings Alias II and Asterisk II, and digitally printed privacy fabric with integrated mesh for easy maintenance. …

Keeping customers covered

Shane Cossette is the chief operating officer of T.R.S. Industries, a Fargo, N.D.-based manufacturer and servicer of tarps and tarp systems. A business that began in Cossette’s grandparents’ garage in 1983, T.R.S. Industries has since grown into a company that employs 47 workers in a location just shy of 70,000 square feet. Here, Cossette shares …

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Keeping up with carbon

Demand for carbon fiber stresses market ability to provide it,  but costs and efficiences are expected to improve. Although carbon fiber as a commodity has been around since the late 1960s, only in the past 10 years can there truly be considered a dynamic market of real substance with steady growth potential. Others in the …

Bring it on

Jacob Schwartz navigates the design and construction process by leveraging group strengths, examining all options and committing to long-term solutions for clients. “Without exception, the more—and earlier—we are engaged in the design process, the more successful the fabric application becomes,” says Jacob Schwartz, owner and director of engineering and construction for International Tension Structures (ITS), Phoenix, …

Light control

Phifer has expanded its SheerWeave collection to include additional blackout and light-filtering interior sun control fabric options. Style 7600 blackout has a soft, acrylic foamed backing for total light blockage. Style 7650 is a complementary range that uses the face fabric of Style 7600, providing privacy while allowing for natural light. The new fabrics are …

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Shade with character

Fabricators bring together innovative and classic elements to protect their boating customers from the sun’s harmful rays. Whether permanent or removable, shading on boats has a big job to fulfill: protecting the crew and passengers from the sun while creating a comfortable environment. And boat owners are becoming more knowledgeable about the health dangers that …

Stress-free removable film

DPF 510 Removable is a short-term promotional removable film available in a Gloss (DPF 510GTR) and Matte (DPF 510MTR) finish. It features a two-sided, lay-flat poly coated liner that provides a consistent and vibrant print quality compatible with a variety of print systems including Eco-Solvent, Solvent and Latex. DPF 510 Removable is recommended for short-term …

Stay dry in the rain

MINOTECH™ is a water-repellent outerwear material inspired by the design of straw raincoats made in ancient Japan. Due to the material’s micro-garter structure, small convex bulges help reduce horizontal surface tension to allow raindrops to slip off the surface in a vertical direction. With its non-laminated structure, MINOTECH has high moisture permeability that allows sweat …

Shapeshifting inflatables

The concept of inflatables is certainly not new; they’re available in every size, shape and color imaginable. But what is new is a process to create inflatables that can fold themselves into complex shapes. MIT Media Lab’s Tangible Media Group has introduced aeroMorph, inflatable structures that have the capacity to fold like Origami all on …

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The 2017 State of the Industry: Part 2

The slow economic recovery after the Great Recession has made kick-starting growth in the specialty fabrics industry a continuing challenge. Five of the six key markets covered in Part 2 of this report showed growth in 2016, which is expected to continue in 2017. (The military market was down 6 percent, and is expected to …

Minimal gear, maximum adventure

The freedom of the open road. It means getting on your motorcycle and going, not worrying about where or when to stop. The equipment a biker takes along can make all the difference. That’s the idea behind the Bivouac tent designed by Swiss-based Expose, a group of outdoor and motorcycle enthusiasts who prefer to travel …

New colors for shade solutions

Vicar International is stocking Cooltra Shade in Desert Tan, Aqua Blue, Black and Forest Green. Manufactured with 100 percent high density polyethylene warp knitted shade fabrics, Cooltra Shade is lightweight, durable and can provide shade for up to 95 percent UV coverage. The mesh is manufactured with a pre-heat set process for added strength and …

Fashion-forward exhibit: the personal touch

London’s NOW Gallery at Greenwich Peninsula, a public exhibition space for contemporary art and design, was recently transformed into a sea of tulle by hip young fashion designer Mary Goddard. Known for designing flamboyant yet feminine clothing in unlikely materials, Goddard created oversized dresses using about 1300 feet of tulle in vibrant colors and suspended …

Applying the perfect sunscreen

The Musee de L’Homme, a museum of anthropology in Paris, recently reopened its doors after being shuttered for a six-year renovation. One of the goals for the building, which is listed as a historical monument, was to bring space and light into its halls. The project included the creation of the Gallery of Mankind, a …

Local color, in style

It took big ideas and creativity to transform a 45,000-square-foot space into Rebel, Toronto’s hottest new nightclub. Local designer Studio Munge was up to the challenge, mixing bold colors and sensual patterns in multiple layers to create a unique, changing environment that breaks up the two-story space into distinctively themed gathering spaces. Eventscape, a Toronto-based …

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New technology from Japan

On the future of Japanese high-performance and high-function fibers. IFAI Japan, in collaboration with IFAI, conducted a Japan Technical Seminar at IFAI Expo 2016 in Charlotte, N.C., to introduce new technologies and ideas. The Japan Chemical Fibers Association (JCFA), which consists of members of world-leading chemical fiber manufacturers (including Teijin Ltd., Toray Industries, Kuraray, Co. …

Fewer, faster, finer

How U.S. manufacturers can adapt to changing expectations of customers. Back in 2007, Trans-Tex LLC, based in Cranston, R.I., was struggling to survive. Management quickly concluded that the company, a dye sublimation heat transfer printer of narrow web fabric, could not compete against overseas competition by attacking their strengths. Those competitor strengths included manufacturing long …

NETInc 2017 Registration is still open

February 28, 2017

NETInc (Innovative Nonwovens Conference) brings together industry professionals from around the world eager to share knowledge, innovation and new ideas about the nonwovens industry. This is the only technical conference developed by engineers and technologists to help attendees understand the innovation behind science and how it impacts the market. Early bird discount ends March 24, …

DSM Dyneema launches Black Dyneema® Diamond Technology

February 27, 2017

DSM Dyneema recently launched Black Dyneema® Diamond Technology, a fiber innovation that combines next level cut protection and uncompromised comfort. Black Dyneema Diamond Technology builds upon the Dyneema Diamond Technology platform. This innovation leverages DSM Dyneema’s unique, patented process to permanently embed deep, rich color directly into the fiber. Glove manufacturers will be able to …

AATCC test methods available as online subscription

February 24, 2017

American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) test methods, including all new and revised methods published in 2016, can now be accessed as an online subscription through American Society for Testing and Materials’ (ASTM) compass database. The “AATCC Collection” is comprised of 123 test methods, 11 procedures, and nine monographs. A subscription gives access …

J. Ennis Fabrics’ regional sales manager

February 22, 2017

J. Ennis Fabrics, Plainfield, Ind., has named Steve Toth to the position of U.S. specialty regional sales manager. Toth brings more than 30 years of leadership experience in the specialty products market to the position. He started with The Astrup Company (now Trivantage) and took on various vice president roles within the company. His experience …

Oxco expanding operations

February 21, 2017

Oxco Inc., a light manufacturer and supplier of nonwoven materials for a variety of markets and end-use applications, is launching new operations in York County, S.C., to accommodate the company’s growth. The project is expected to create more than 130 new jobs and bring approximately $13 million in new capital investment. Located in Fort Mill, …

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Covering the environment

February 20, 2017

Eco-concerns increase in truck and tarp industry These days, nearly every business is burdened with some kind of environmental challenge. These challenges include cutting landfill deposits, disposing toxic-laden wastes in a proper manner and educating employees on workplace recycling. Nearly every company has pressures from regulators and customers to change their products and processes to …

A bigger Yarn Expo

Yarn Expo Spring 2017 is expected to be 20 percent larger in scale, occupying more than 19,000 square feet of space, when it is held March 15–17 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. Nearly 360 exhibitors, up from 309 in 2016, will be on hand to showcase some of the world’s highest …

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Green glamping

February 17, 2017

Eco-friendly glamping structures designed to keep Mother Nature smiling. Glamping brings together the best of two worlds—all the splendor Mother Nature has to offer in posh, elegant accommodations. As if that weren’t enough, glamping structures are usually designed with fabrics that blend into the surroundings that leave less of a footprint to challenge the environment. …

India to hit $30 billion export target

India’s garment exports are on track to meet a government goal of $30 billion in the next three years, according to the Apparel Export Promotion Council, the official body of apparel exporters in India. Apparel exports are expected to increase in 2017–2018 due to innovative design, quality of products and initiatives by the government, including …