2016 Exhibitor Product Preview: Call for entries

May 23, 2016

IFAI Expo Exhibitors: Tell us about the products and services you’ll be exhibiting at IFAI Expo 2016. Product descriptions are featured in the August issue of Specialty Fabrics Review. The August issue of Specialty Fabrics Review will include an advance look at new products and services to be exhibited at IFAI Expo 2016 in Charlotte, …

Exhibitor Product Preview

August 4, 2015

An advance look at new products and services to be exhibited at IFAI Expo 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 6–9. This year’s show floor will offer new, dedicated areas for advanced textiles, shade and weather protection, and disaster mitigation and response, as well as several hands-on demonstrations. IFAI Expo 2015 in Anaheim, Calif., Oct. 6–9, …

BAT USA Corp. Ombralsun awning is compact and easy to install

August 1, 2013

BAT USA Corp. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4610 What: Ombralsun Why: Self-standing awning is compact and easy to install and regulate. Unique Roller-Bat tube makes set-up easy at different sizes while limiting obstructions. A full-length cassette, which encloses both sides of the awning when retracted, completes the system. SOURCE BAT USA Corp.

Hapco Inc. supplies welding machines

Hapco Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5352 What: Bak PlanOn® digital hot-air welder Why: Lightweight hand-held welder is simple to use due to its fail-safe, robust design. Now available with an industry-exclusive two-year extended warranty over and above the manufacturer’s one-year warranty. What: TarpOn automatic welding machine Why: Compact and handy, automatic welder for …

Made In America supplies textile reinforcements

Made In America Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4010 What: Keder reinforcements Why: Textile reinforcement product can be used in many applications that require reinforced sides due to tension and forces. Uses include sides, borders and edging of banners, tents, awnings, marine products and textile cloths. SOURCE Made In America

Preco Golden conveyor laser system processes roll materials

Preco Golden Laser Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 3841 What: Inspire 140C conveyor laser system Why: Designed for processing roll materials, system has a cutting area of 55 by 35 inches. It offers conveyor formats in different lengths and widths to accommodate a variety of material requirements. Different laser powers are also available. SOURCE Preco …

Top Value Fabrics supplies new fabrics for flags, tents and activewear

Top Value Fabrics Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5244 What: 3.2-oz. flag polyester Why: Constructed specifically for flag manufacturers, fabric provides an advanced platform for superior printing. Applications include flags, banners and interior décor. Flame resistant and lightweight. What: Mid-weight nylon taslan with micro-porous coating Why: Waterproof, breathable and DWR, nylon taslan is also available …

Bolger & O’Hearn supplies OdorArmor for textiles

Bolger & O’Hearn Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5329 What: OdorArmor™ Why: Textiles treated with OdorArmor absorb and lock in body odors and outside environmental odors on contact. Antimicrobial component prevents bacterial growth. SOURCE Bolger & O’Hearn

Herculite sells awning fabric and banner material

Herculite Products Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4327 What: Excel M Series™ awning fabric Why: High-performance PVC textile features exceptional pliability and matte PVDF eight-year finish. Fire resistant, heat sealable and completely waterproof, it protects from both harsh UV rays and inclement weather. What: Bantex® two-sided curl-free banner material Why: Flame-retardant laminated two-sided banner material …

Megaplast offers high-quality transport tarps

Megaplast Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4951 What: Transport tarps Why: High-quality tarps are available in a variety of colors, for every job. Choose from lumbar, steel, coil and smoke tarps all in 16-oz., vinyl-coated, waterproof fabric. SOURCE Megaplast

The Quality Thread & Notions Co. supplies antimicrobial and UVR-enhanced threads

The Quality Thread & Notions Co. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4404 What: Guardian with Microban® Why: The first thread on the market that has antimicrobial protection to fight odor-causing bacteria that can lead to mold and mildew. Ideal for outdoor markets, hospitality furniture and health care products. What: Vision UVR-enhanced embroidery thread Why: Formulated …

UFP Technologies provides outdoor pool thermal covers

UFP Technologies Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5607 What: Thermal pool cover layer Why: Cut down on energy consumption and save money on cleaning chemicals with thermal covers for outdoor pools. Advanced methods of lamination produce material with enhanced bond line integrity for increased durability and useable lifetime of the cover. SOURCE UFP Technologies

Bonar Inc. produces a variety fabrics and support materials

Bonar Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5823 What: Enka® Solutions mats and composites Why: Enka engineered fabrics and mats are resilient and conform to any surface. Open matrix structure allows for free movement of air, water, resins and foam. Nylon allows for high heat range. What: EnkaFusion® flow medium Why: The various thicknesses of …

Humphrys Coversports offers tarps and protective covers

Humphrys Coversports Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5434 What: Tarps and protective covers Why: Manufactured for industrial, military or sports surface applications, tarps and protective covers up to 225 by 400 feet can be custom made to specification. Also available are geomembrane liners fabricated using the IncrediSeal™ factory seaming process for flexibility and durability. SOURCE …

Mermet windows shades offer both superior heat reflection and glare control

Mermet Corp. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4385 What: E Screen with KOOLBLACK™ Technology Why: Dark window shade fabric offers both superior heat reflection and glare control for crisp views to the outside. Available in five dark and lustrous colors. SOURCE Mermet Corp.

Rhode Island Textile provides medical straps, MIL spec webbing and green programs

Rhode Island Textile Co. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4749 What: Medical straps, MIL spec webbing, green programs Why: Company offers textiles to meet the needs of a variety of industries, including latex-free medical straps for N-95, respiratory, particulate and medical/dental mask manufacturers. MIL spec webbing, tapes, cords and elastics for military manufacturers. “Green” products …

Value Vinyls offers various vinyl products and systems

Value Vinyls Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4027 What: SIOEN sliding systems Why: SIOEN coating sliding truck tarp system has very low stretch and elongation but also allows for frequent accordion-style folding without cracking or creasing. Truck side curtain has excellent tensile strength with high puncture resistance. Both products may be screened or digitally printed. …

Bondcote Corp. offers mesh and tarp materials

Bondcote Corp. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5022 What: Tufmesh and Tufmesh plush Why: Mesh products are phthalate-free and meet the stringent requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. For use in school applications such as pole vault jump pits and other recreational products. What: Slider tarp fabric Why: Lower cost, excellent …

IMEX KL&C landscap fabrics are designed to last five years

IMEX KL&C CA USA Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5802 What: Santina capped woven fabrics Why: Available in different weights, landscape fabrics conserve soil moisture, increase desirable plant growth, help prevent weeds and keep mulch in place. Treated with UV protection, they are designed to last approximately five years in sunlight. SOURCE IMEX KL&C CA …

Mid South Extrustion manufactures polyethylene films

Mid South Extrustion Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4257 What: Polyethylene films Why: Blown film manufacturer offers creative and innovative options for custom films and bags, including the recently introduced Extrudtuff. Company can handle flexible packaging projects of all sizes in a 200,000 sq. ft. plant. SOURCE Mid South Extrustion

Robeco clear vinyls feature resistance to various hazards

Robeco Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5631 What: Clear vinyls Why: Clear vinyls feature fire resistance specifications, UV inhibitors, mildew resistance, glare reducing tints and wide widths. For marine, tent windows and flaps, recreational vehicles, welding screen panels and climate and noise controls. SOURCE Robeco

Whiting & Davis provides metal mesh fabrics for a diversity of uses

Whiting & Davis Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4652 What: Metal mesh fabrics Why: Metal mesh fabrics are recognized for their diversity of uses from luxurious décor and fashion products to industrial safety products. Choose from stainless steel ring mesh, spider brass and aluminum mesh, available in metallic colors or enameled to match any Pantone …

Bruin Plastics supplies a broad range of vinyl laminated and coated fabrics

Bruin Plastics Co. Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4204 What: Vinyl laminated and coated fabrics Why: Choose from a broad range of standard and custom fabrics for awnings, tents, industrial, marine, signage and more. New products include a flame-retardant, double-polished clear vinyl, tonneau cover fabric and an expanded line of vinyl-coated mesh. SOURCE Bruin …

Iosso Products supplies cleaning and odor neutralizing products

Iosso Products Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4012 What: Vinyl and leather cleaner, conditioner Why: Blended with the finest natural oils to protect vinyl, leather and rubber, spray cleaner restores appearance, natural feel and makes scratches less visible. Leaves a light gloss and protects against drying and cracking. What: Odor Buster Why: Product neutralizes and …

Miller Weldmaster supplies welders and various automations systems

Miller Weldmaster Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 3824 What: T-600 Extreme welder Why: Built to address the toughest production demands, welder is versatile and multifunctional for easy operation, speed and accuracy. It accommodates production of large products, accepting fabrics up to 81 inches wide without folding for easy maneuvering. What: Moduline System Why: Designed for …

Sedac Textiles sells eco-conscious upholstery and curtain fabrics for a wide range of applications

Sedac Textiles Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5827 What: Upholstery and curtain fabrics Why: Eco-conscious upholstery and curtain fabrics for a wide range of applications from residential and contract to leisure and hospitality markets. Coated fabrics, technical PU and artificial leather are also available. SOURCE Sedac Textiles

Zimmer Austria provides fabric printing solutions for a variety of situations

Zimmer Austria Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5639 What: ChromoJET Why: Printing system uses high-speed, computer-controlled valves. Pre-mixed pressurized spot colors are injected with high precision deep into the face of the pile for deepest color penetration and excellent print definition. What: Magnojet Foam Coating System Why: For paste and foam applications on technical and …

Carlson Design offers automated large bed plotting/cutting systems

Carlson Design Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4342 What: PT-96 plotter/cutter Why: Automated large bed plotting/cutting system is reliable and affordable. CAD software helps create digital patterns and autonest to optimize material yield. SOURCE Carlson Design

Jado-Gellman-Friedman sewing machines automatically stitch various fabrics

Jado-Gellman-Friedman Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4810 What: Jado 7-56 Special sewing machine Why: Ideal for heavy-duty stitching, new machine is designed to automatically stitch canvas, webbing, sails, tents, truck covers, and other material. It offers automatic pattern stitching, interchangeable cam mechanism, up to eight-cord thread and a high-air clamp lift. SOURCE Jado-Gellman-Friedman

Munro Fastenings offers a lower-cost grommet-setting machine

Munro Fastenings Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4947 What: 29-FEI grommet-setting machine Why: A lower-cost option, machine has a slower setting time, approximately one second, but the same internal cutting and setting drive systems as previous models. It cuts and sets all in one stroke. No need to adjust for material thickness. SOURCE Munro Fastenings

Shanghai Shenda Kobond New Materials offers PVC-coated fabrics

Shanghai Shenda Kobond New Materials Co. LTD. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4457 What: PVC-coated fabric Why: Producer of different types of coated fabrics made from PVC, TPO and TPU. Applications include tarpaulins, tents, banners, inflatable boats and marine, membrane structures and waterproofing materials, roller doors, oil boom and roofing underlayment. SOURCE Shanghai Shenda Kobond …

ABC Industries offers returnable packaging fabrics

ABC Industries Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4112 What: Packa-Tex returnable packaging fabric Why: Laminated fabrics for material handling provide a flexible method of product transport for automotive parts, glassware and other goods. The packaging fabric is easily cleaned, conforms to virtually any product shape and is more cost effective than disposable packaging. SOURCE …

Consew Consolidated offers various products for manufacturers

Consew Consolidated Sewing Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4810 What: LED Cool-Lite Why: LED lighting systems come in a variety of models and sizes. They offer natural light without giving off heat to assist machine operators with tasks such as threading needles. What: Model 2040-DSM decorative stitch machine Why: Heavy-duty machine has seven cams for …

JTE Machine Systems offer various welders and cutters

JTE Machine Systems Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5063 What: 10KW RF portable welder Why: At almost half the weight of other RF machines, this welder on wheels goes to the fabric rather than the fabric going to the machine. Ideal for final finishing or perimeter welds on large structures or containment products. What: …

Murdock Webbing Nanosphere® fabric finish is self-cleaning

Murdock Webbing Co. Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5160 What: Nanosphere® fabric finish Why: Innovative, naturally self-cleaning fabric finish forms a fine structure on the textile surface. Substances such as oil or ketchup simply run off, and any residue can be easily rinsed off with water, which runs off and never soaks into the …

Sinclair Equipment offers tape welders for side curtain, truck cover and tent fabrication

Sinclair Equipment Co. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 3827 What: Walkable reinforcement tape welder Why: For side curtain, truck cover and tent fabrication. Welder can apply a 2-inch (50mm) coated webbing efficiently. 230v unit delivers a greater airflow through the nozzle to pre-heat material and tape before bonding under the pressure of a heavyweight system. …

ACW Co. offers heat-resistant plastics

ACW Co. Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4707 What: FireLoc heat-resistant plastic hardware Why: Designed for high-heat applications, ACW’s complete line of thermal resistance nylon plastic hardware products have been tested and approved by Underwriters Laboratories for use in the United States and Canada. SOURCE ACW Co. Inc.

DAF Products provides fabrics and PVC products

DAF Products Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 3804 What: Nylon TPU 4-way stretch cushion and cover fabric Why: Thermoplastic polyurethane film laminated on the surface makes the fabric water resistant, protecting the finished product from fluid leakage. Pliable construction enables fabric to conform to surfaces for easy fabrication and ultimate comfort. What: UltraTop 15-9 opaque …

J.N. Zippers & Supplies true neon molded zippers pack a punch in apparel

J.N. Zippers & Supplies Corp. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4009 What: Neon bright and crystal mesh zippers Why: Pack a punch in apparel, bags and safety gear with true neon molded plastic zippers available in pink, blue, orange and limeade. Decorative crystal mesh tape zippers of woven plastic allow the color of the fabric …

National Webbing Products colored reflective webbing is environmentally friendly

National Webbing Products Co. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4244 What: Colored reflective webbing Why: Environmentally friendly options. Bamboo and organic cotton use sustainable fibers with earth-friendly dyes; the recycled polyester is made with yarn extruded from plastic containers. SOURCE National Webbing Products Co.

SM Techtex provides weaving, coating and extruding products

SM Techtex Co. LTD. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5057 What: Weaving, coating and extruding products Why: Coatve® Screen PVC-coated mesh fabrics are used for solar protection, construction, truck covers and more. Coatve®-Grid improves the degradation factor caused by friction and abrasion between geogrid and sharpened brittle stones. Coatve®-Strap is a polyester-corded strap with advantages …

Amann threads available in a variety of strengths and colors

Amann USA Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5233 What: Technical and apparel sewing threads Why: Bonded nylon thread is available in more than 75 colors. Other innovative products are also available, such as Extreme Tech, which offers best-in-class strength, UV and chemical resistance while retaining high-performance sewing characteristics. SOURCE Amann USA

Engineered Polymer Technologies produces strong liners and membranes

DAF Products Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5424 What: Cured-In-Place Pipe (CIPP) expansion bladder membrane Why: Composite of proprietary TPU reinforced with nylon woven fabric for dimensional stability. High-temperature resistance, low C of F properties for easy release. Hot air, RF and wedge welding compatible. Custom widths and lengths available. What: EPT XTRM PLY™ tension …

Kappler Inc. assists in custom fabric development

Kappler Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5817 What: Custom fabric development Why: Kappler can assist with the most demanding fabric project, from sourcing materials to accessing specialists. Whether it’s the chemical barrier technology or reactive technologies from nano to coatings, company offers a network of proven resources for custom jobs. SOURCE Kappler Inc.

Nextrusion hotmelt spun polymers deliver solutions for a range of technical needs

Nextrusion GMBH Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5252 What: Monofilaments Why: Nextrusion uses hotmelt spun polymers such as polyester and polyamide to deliver custom-made solutions for a wide range of technical needs. New AntiStat protects from unwanted static build-up in industrial manufacturing processes in a patented one-step process. Applications include filtration (especially solid-liquid separation), conveyor …

Soyang Technologies full line of textiles suit a broad range of end applications

Soyang Technologies Co. LTD. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 3815 What: Technical textiles Why: A full line of technical textiles to suit a broad range of end applications. Both coated and laminated PVCs are available, with treatments such as UV, FR, anti-mildew, cold crack and a range of surface treatments. Woven PVC-coated polyester and coated …

American & Efird threads offer superior strength retention

American & Efird Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4136 What: SunStop® sewing thread Why: For outdoor applications where seam strength retention and fade prevention during UV exposure are required. Twisted multifilament polyester sewing thread provides superior sewability, advanced UV protection and a non-wicking finish. SOURCE American & Efird

Erez provides superior polyurethane membranes for the inflatable boats industry

Erez USA Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4227 What: TPU-2051 polyurethane membrane Why: A superior product for the inflatable boats industry, TPU-2051 provides excellent abrasion resistance, high mechanical strength and superior weather resistance. It also delivers better hydrolytic stability and resistance to microbial attack such as mold growth. SOURCE Erez USA

Kaya Plastik offers knife-coated tarpaulin fabric

Kaya Plastik Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5331 What: PVC knife-coated tarpaulin fabric Why: Versatile and durable material can be used for inflatables, tents, awnings, manufacturing and truck covers as well as for digital and screen printing applications such as block-out, frontlit and backlit. SOURCE Kaya Plastik

North Cutting Systems cutting systems are designed for cutting textiles, laminates, films and composites

North Cutting Systems Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5404 What: alphaBlade Rapid Rotary™ Cutting System Why: Designed for cutting technical textiles, laminates, films and composites, machine features nine highly precise cutting heads—all in one quarter of the footprint of other contemporary conveyor cutters. SOURCE North Cutting Systems