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 …

Oxco expanding operations

February 23, 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, …

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 …

New Outdura design manager

February 16, 2017

Outdura, Hudson, N.C., has promoted Gloria Tsocos to design manger. Tsocos joined the company in 2015 in the contract fabric division. She began her career as a fabric designer in the home furnishing and hospitality markets and has specialized in indoor and outdoor upholstery fabrics. She served as a professor at the Fashion Institute of …

ARA donates to wildfire relief

February 15, 2017

Responding to the wildfires that ravaged Gatlinburg and parts of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the American Rental Association (ARA) Foundation and the ARA of Tennessee have joined forces to donate $6,000 to the American Red Cross for relief efforts. The ARA Foundation matched the ARA of Tennessee’s donation of $3,000 through its Matching Funds Program. The …

Zabek retires from Seaman

February 14, 2017

Ed Zabek has retired from Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio, after 29 years of service. Most recently he served as regional sales manager in the eastern U.S. Zabek is an expert in the industrial fabrics business and has been a mentor to many associates in the company.

Analysis of protective fabrics market

February 13, 2017

“Industrial Protective Clothing Fabrics Market—Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2016–2024,” a report from Transparency Market Research, analyzes and forecasts the market for industrial protective clothing fabrics at the global and regional level. The market forecast is based on revenue from 2016 to 2024, considering 2015 as the base year. The study …

50 U.S. companies certified to GOTS

February 10, 2017

Fifty companies in the U.S. are now certified to the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS). Seven Canadian companies are also certified. GOTS is the stringent voluntary global standard for the entire post-harvest processing of apparel and home textiles made with organic fiber. The standard, which includes spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing and manufacturing, includes both environmental …

Fabric structures guidelines updated

February 9, 2017

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Tension Membrane Committee has revised ASCE 55-10, the organization’s primary set of guidelines for designing a wide variety of tensioned fabric structures. The updated standard, ASCE 55-16, includes a chapter on air-supported structures, information on how to design a structure to meet codes and more. Working groups spent …

Carroll, Isenhour join Meridian

February 8, 2017

As it expands its U.S. manufacturing operations, Meridian Specialty Yarn Group Inc., Valdese, N.C., has added two positions to the company’s management team. Ed Carroll, former vice president of finance for the Branded Apparel Segment of Gildan Activewear Inc., has been hired as vice president of finance. Carroll has more than 20 years of experience …

IFF announces 2017 scholarships

February 7, 2017

Students have until June 10, 2017, to apply for any of four $5,000 scholarships available through The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF). Each year, IFF awards several scholarships to degree-seeking students enrolled in accredited colleges, universities or technical schools. The scholarships are paid directly to the students’ schools for fall semester tuition. Available scholarships include: Textile …

Mold, Mildew and Harmful Bacteria in Textiles: Can Your Fabrics Be Protected?

February 16 | Noon – 1 p.m. EST Companies can have their carefully built reputations ruined overnight when mold, mildew or other harmful bacteria are found on their fabrics. With a global supply chain, a complex distribution network and uncontrolled shipping environments, this scenario, while not the norm, can create expensive problems for companies within the …

Sympatex to launch first 100% CO2-neutral membrane

February 6, 2017

At ISPO Munich 2017, Sympatex Technologies will introduce the “guaranteed green” Sympatex membrane. To eliminate any contribution to global warming, the ecological alternative among functional textile specialists will compensate the CO2 amount of its entire yearly membrane production starting from 2017 through respective climate protection certificates in cooperation with the Munich-based consultancy ClimatePartner. The material …

The Chair Forum™ slated for March 2017

February 3, 2017

Facilitated by leading family business governance experts Dr. Craig Aronoff, Dr. Jennifer Pendergast, and Joe Schmieder, the Chair Forum will provide an insider’s view of the innovative and meaningful ways that family businesses build thriving governance systems. It is an opportunity for in-depth conversations with peers and experts on some of the distinct questions that face …

Growth for the North American markets

February 2, 2017

German-based HUESKER Inc. celebrated another milestone during the month of December. The expanding of their operations in Cleveland County and the city of Shelby, through of an 8.5-million-dollar state-of-the-art facility. HUESKER Inc. recently celebrated their 25th anniversary in the United States. The new facility will manufacture core products locally for the North American market per …

Huntsman partners with knitting specialist

February 1, 2017

Huntsman Textile Effects, a provider of high quality dyes and chemicals, has entered into a partnership and collaboration agreement with Viyellatex Group, a multi-dimensional business conglomerate in Bangladesh with spinning, knitting, dyeing, accessories and printing facilities. The agreement reinforces Huntsman as the preferred supplier of Viyellatex and will help the Bangladeshi company be more competitive …

Urban intervention

The Centro Cultural Miguel Angel Asturias (CCMAA) is a sprawling, stunning cultural center in the heart of Guatemala City. A section of the complex’s public space was ripe for rejuvenation, which is where Taller KEN, a young architectural firm based in Guatemala City and New York, comes in. Known for design that is modern and …

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Glamp it up

The growing glamping trend brings together comfort and the great outdoors-whether for a weekend getaway or as a way of life.  Glamorous camping—aka glamping—is more than camping for people who want a weekend in nature but don’t want the challenges that come with being outdoors. Glamping is fabric at its best. It’s soft shadows that …

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Inflation rates

Blow-up shapes and structures make a valuable medium for edgy and interactive art. When Los Angeles based artist Paul McCarthy installed two works in Munich’s Haus der Kunst, the widely known provocateur hired a company that specializes in inflatables for branding to create a flowerpot of geraniums to cover the museum’s roofline. The blow-up vinyl-coated …

Engineered for inclement weather

Tecasafe® Typhoon3™ is a tri-laminate FR fabric designed for use in rainwear. With a PPE category 2 rating, it provides protection from arc flash events and is engineered to feel comfortable and stand up to extreme wear and multiple launderings. Tecasafe Tundra1000™ is a double-sided, wool-enhanced fleece with a high PPE category 2 rating. Weighing …

More than scraps

The centuries-old tradition of handiwork—making a patchwork quilt, darning socks, patching jeans—is explored through the lens of sustainability at an exhibit at the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York. Scraps: Fashion, Textiles and Creative Reuse seeks to draw attention to the environmental impact of industrial textile practices that fill up landfills with remnants from yarn, …

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Special (fabric) effects

Ubisoft and OCAD University students worked together to advance the technology of the motion capture suit. Ubisoft, a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, is behind some of the world’s most recognizable game brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon and Watch Dogs, and more recently has launched Ubisoft Motion …

Keeping it cool

Scientists at Stanford University have developed a textile to keep you cool. It’s a plastic-based material that can be woven into fabric to cool the body two ways, allowing the wearer to feel nearly four degrees (F) cooler than with typical cotton clothing. The textile cools first by enabling perspiration to evaporate through the material, …

A next-generation adhesive supply unit

The Dynamelt™ S Series Adhesive Supply Unit features a 10-or-20-pound capacity hopper, intuitive controls and consumes 20 percent less energy than competitive units. New features include a Nano ceramic hopper coating that is five times more durable than other PTFE coatings, a repositionable display panel and a 7-Day Scheduler. A “standby” temperature may be programmed …

The buck starts here

Chris Ritsema leads his company by building a strong culture that encourages growth and success for his employees. My vision has always been to grow a company that empowers its employees,” says Chris Ritsema, owner of Canvas Innovations in Holland, Mich. “I want to give people a reason to stay here and build their careers—and …

Durable architectural shade

Commercial HEAVY 430 is engineered to withstand extreme weather conditions on large-scale tension structures. Its biaxial stability and load-bearing strength creates the needed shape and tensioning endurance for large-scale structures and is made from 100 percent HDPE monofilament using a patent pending intertwining knit pattern. Commercial HEAVY 430 blocks up to 94 percent of ultraviolet …

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More than covered

Demands increase for truck covers and tarps that offer weather protection and driver convenience. With millions of trucks being utilized across a wealth of industries, tarps and truck covers are big business for manufacturers and specialty fabric suppliers. As the industry continues to grow, some companies have increased their efforts to gain market share within …

A dumpster gets recycled

A unique classroom concept brings new life to typical city dumpsters by providing a mobile space for learning. The brainchild of New York-based architect John Locke and his Department of Urban Betterment, the Inflato Dumpster consists of a membrane made of lightweight materials and clear polyethylene, an inexpensive, biodegradable material that allows views both into …

A maze, suspended

Audacious. Abstract. Experimental. These are just some of the words one could use to describe the work of Numen/For Use, a design collective working in the fields of conceptual art, scenography, and industrial and spatial design. Designers Sven Jonke, Christoph Katzler and Nikola Radeljkovic formed the collective in 1998 and established Numen in 1999 for …

Creatively Pleasing

Phyllis Mitchell is the owner of Phyllis Mitchell’s Island Style Marine Canvas & Upholstery in Kemah, Texas. Since its opening in July of 2013, the company has been specializing in the design and fabrication of all things sewn on a sail or powerboat. Here, Mitchell shares her thoughts about the industry, the challenges her company …

Breathable and waterproof

Polartec® has created new versions of Polartec NeoShell® specifically for the Teton Bros. TB 2.0 Jacket. The new waterproof NeoShell fabrics offer a combination of stretch, breathability and overall comfort. A more supple 70-by-160-denier mechanical stretch nylon woven NeoShell fabric balances drape and stretch with high durability for greater mobility in the body of the …

A geometric wave

Palm Harbor has a leather-like look with a weave embossed pattern. Its topcoat, Forbid SRT, increases stain resistance while preserving the integrity of the fabric luster and softness of the faux leather textile. Palm harbor exceeds 100,000 cycles on the Wyzenbeek Test and has a cold crack rating of -10 degrees F. The collection is …

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Part 1: State of the Industry 2017

Despite some slowing of global GDP in 2016, growth of the U.S. and Canadian specialty fabrics industry is slow but steady, and markets like fabric structures, tent rental and manufacturing, fabric graphics and marine fabrication are outpacing national averages. The pace is expected to continue, but can also be somewhat constrained by changes in unemployment …

Tax law changes

How the Trump Administration may affect businesses. Any change in Washington, D.C., brings the possibility—and the likelihood—of tax law changes. The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States is no exception. In his campaign, President Trump highlighted several goals of tax reform that included reducing the official corporate tax rate …

Decorative fabrics

Avenues is a Mondrian-inspired design that features a large-scale color block. Ideal for a modern home or commercial setting, Avenues is 54 inches wide and available in colors Daylight (neutral tones white, flax and gravel) and Midnight (darker tones black, blue and charcoal). Cirrus portrays an allover cloud look that gives the fabric the illusion …

The smart way to dress for winter

Skiers, runners and other winter athletes are at greater risk of contracting chest infections when exercising in the cold. Now there is a “smart” solution—a balaclava that warms oxygen before it’s inhaled. Developed by Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham, England, and German advanced knitting machine manufacturer Stoll GmbH, the prototype features a knitted patch of electric-conductive …

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Better chemistry, better products

Sustainability in textile development and manufacturing is an ongoing conversation, much of it revolving around processes that conserve energy, water and natural resources. Beyond manufacturing processes, however, sustainability issues are driving true technical innovation, resulting in new products that offer a host of advantages. Replacing PFCs The search for alternatives to perfluorinated compounds (PFCs) such …

Canopy scores a touchdown

As part the plan to realize head coach Jimbo Fisher’s commitment to rebuild the Seminoles football dynasty, Florida State University’s Doak Campbell Stadium recently underwent a major renovation. The project included the construction of a premium club seating section featuring 6,000 seats and hosted services at the south end of the stadium. The 24,930-square-foot area …

Tejin acquires Continental Structural Plastics

January 31, 2017

Teijin Limited, Tokyo, Japan, has acquired Continental Structural Plastics Holdings Corp., Auburn Hills, Mich., a global leader in automotive lightweight composite technologies. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Teijin, the company will remain an autonomous operation, maintaining its brand in North America and strengthening its global capabilities. The acquisition will enable the combined companies to …

Toyobo to increase airbag business

January 30, 2017

Toyobo Co. Ltd., Osaka, Japan, is increasing its production of fabrics and yarn for automobile airbags by investing more than $8.5 million in plants and equipment globally through 2020. The company will separate its fabric production plant for airbags from their existing fabric plant in Thailand and establish a manufacturing joint-venture company with a local …

Applied DNA Sciences to provide traceability for retailer

January 27, 2017

Applied DNA Sciences Inc., Stony Brook, N.Y., will provide its SigNature T DNA products and services platform to empower textile supply chain security for a large U.S.-based retailer over a multi-year period with established revenue thresholds. The retailer selected SigNature T for its ability to assure quality in global supply chains. SigNature T DNA platform …

Mutoh and Avery Dennison offer training

January 26, 2017

Mutoh America Inc., a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and cutters, is partnering with Avery Dennison, global leader in pressure-sensitive technology and materials, to offer a Wrap Training Program in 13 cities across the U.S. in 2017. Master installers Justin Pate of The Wrap Institute and John Duever of Vinyl Images will host the …

Outdoor Graphics Webinar

January 24, 2017

IFAI Member Exclusive Presented by the Fabric Graphics Association One week left to register!  January 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm Eastern / 1:00pm Central Come learn about techniques for creating successful outdoor graphics. Industry experts will provide detailed and tangible ways to specify, produce, and finish outdoor graphics for strength and longevity. A few of the …

Minnesota Knitting Mills receives award

January 23, 2017

Minnesota Knitting Mills Inc., Mendota Heights, Minn., was selected for the 2016 Minnesota Excellence Award by the American Economic Institute (AEI), a leading authority on researching, evaluating and recognizing companies across a wide spectrum of industries that meet its stringent standards of excellence. AEI conducts yearly business surveys and industry research to identify companies that …