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, …

ACW Co. offers heat-resistant plastics

August 1, 2013

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

Stafford Textiles polyethylene substrate is engineered for billboard applications

Stafford Textiles LTD. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4663 What: Grandform 5 Meter Seamless Eco-PE™ Why: Strong, lightweight polyethelene substrate is engineered for billboard applications. It has excellent dimensional stability and stretching properties. Prints on UV printers at high speed. Easy to weld using hot air welders. SOURCE Stafford Textiles LTD.

American Plastics supplies a variety of fastening products

American Plastics Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4607 What: Fastening Products Why: Made with raw materials in ISO approved facilities in the USA and abroad. A variety of hook and loop, metal hardware, zippers and fabric products are available, backed by comprehensive customer service. SOURCE American Plastics

Facid offers easy to use aluminum tension frame system

Facid North America Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5230 What: Aluminum tension frame system Why: Easy to use extrusion profiles are the core framework system to achieve basic fabric panels, shaped panels or a complete building envelope. Designed and engineered specifically for fabric architecture applications and environments as an alternative to other forms of cladding. …

Keyston Bros. sells several awning fabrics

Keyston Bros. Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4447 What: STAM 6002 awning vinyl Why: Awning vinyl offers a textured surface aspect with any acrylic looking topcoat. It is a more natural look for franchises or communities that cannot use a plastic or commercial look. What: Dickson Soliel Orchestra collection Why: Awnings and canopies are …

Novelty Bias Binding offers bias binding, vinyls and vinyl binding

Novelty Bias Binding Co. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4042 What: Bias binding, vinyls and vinyl binding Why: Specialty textiles for consumer and industrial products are available in a wide range of colors. Ideal for apparel, automotive products, indoor-outdoor furniture and sporting goods. SOURCE Novelty Bias Binding Co.

Strategic Edge Imports provides thermal transfer machines

Strategic Edge Imports Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5336 What: Thermal transfer machines Why: Get the job done with machines for a variety of applications. The roll-to-roll transfer model has a three-part self-tensioning system to facilitate alignment of paper, fabric and support paper. For polyester fabric rolls, mixed cotton-polyester, tents, curtains and more. SOURCE Strategic …

A Perfect Print offers dye sublimation printing for narrow fabrics

A Perfect Print Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4647 What: Dye sublimation printing Why: Dye sublimation is recommended for printing on narrow fabrics such as webbing, ribbon and elastic. Company also custom assembles products from lanyards with various attachments to belts, pet collars and leashes, as well as sewn strap assemblies. SOURCE A Perfect Print

Fiber-Line high-performance fibers offer carbon fiber for industry use

Fiber-Line LLC. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5731 What: High-performance fibers Why: Carbon fiber offers many benefits over traditional materials, including high tensile strength, enhanced stiffness, low weight, better energy absorption in a crash and improved chemical resistance and temperature tolerance. For use in industries including electrical and energy storage, pressure vessels, oil and gas, …

King Tech Industry reflective fabric increases visibility and safety

King Tech Industry Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5619 What: Lumitech reflective fabric Why: Increase visibility and safety with fabric that can be detected by drivers at a minimum critical distance of 140 meters. Reflective system is applicable to various base materials including polyester, nylon and cotton. SOURCE King Tech Industry

Optitex supplies virtual prototyping software

Optitex Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5633 What: 3-D Virtual Prototyping Software Why: 3-D Creator for Pattern Design System allows draping of patterns on a model in the software or on the designer’s model. 3-D Digitizer enables user to digitize a contour onto a draped garment in 3-D, creating an internal contour on the 2-D …

Sunair magnetic screen lock devices keep Sunair exterior rolling screens in position

Sunair Awnings and Solar Screens Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4631 What: Magnetic screen lock device Why: Keep Sunair exterior rolling screens in position. Magnetic lock keeps the screen fabric taut when screen is lowered. If a wind gust lifts the hem bar, the lock releases the screen fabric from the pressure and automatically repositions …

Apex Mills provides spacer fabric for braces and slings

Apex Mills Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5208 What: 3D Spacer Fabric Why: Designed for shoulder braces and slings, 3D Spacer Fabric keeps patients cool and comfortable. Moisture is captured and moved away from the skin to another layer of fabric for quick evaporation. Antimicrobial finish inhibits the growth of odor-causing bacteria. SOURCE Apex Mills

Forsstrom offers high-frequency welding machines and arched tubes

Forsstrom HF AB Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4904 What: TG-Flex high-frequency welding machine Why: Welder can rotate 360° and travel up to 1200 mm laterally for easy material handling. It’s also equipped with servo-driven motors for increased precision and a remote control for easy positioning and welding. What: Tubeflexx arched tubes Why: New production …

Leister Technologies offers Variant T1 tape welders

Leister Technologies Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: SGIA 3228 What: Variant T1 tape welding machine Why: Tape welder is designed for welding reinforcement and anti-vandalism tapes in truck tarpaulin fabrication, and can also be used for difficult-to-weld tie-down straps. Easy to use with a lift-up device that ensures simple movement and accurate positioning. SOURCE Leister …

PD-Interglas supplies architectural membranes

PD-Interglas Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5825 What: Atex architectural membranes Why: Glass-woven fabrics feature an excellent strength-to-weight ratio and a quality matte lacquer finish that has been developed specifically for use in architecture. SOURCE PD-Interglas

Tencate offers woven geosynthetics for soil stabilization and base course reinforcement

Tencate Geosynthetics Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5222 What: Mirafi® H2Ri woven geosynthetic Why: For soil stabilization and base course reinforcement applications where differential settlement occurs due to heaving in the subgrade soils. Geosynthetic provides wicking capability, reinforcement strength, separation and filtration, and durability. SOURCE Tencate Geosynthetics

A+ Products sells a complete line of hardware and fasteners

A+ Products Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4647 What: Metal and plastic hardware Why: Complete line of competitively priced hardware and fasteners for tents, tarps, inflatables, emergency medical, orthopedics, apparel, truck hardware and more. SOURCE A+ Products

NuImage Awnings sells high-quality, retractable awnings

Futureguard NuImage Awnings Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4339 What: Retractable awnings Why: High-quality awnings are available to fit every application and budget. They feature drop-forged arm components for a clean fit and finish. Choose from traditional to a partial cassette, to the sleek, fully cassetted model. SOURCE Futureguard NuImage Awnings

Lenderink Technologies supplies molds, adhesives and lamination

Lenderink Technologies Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5334 What: Mold or fold 3-D Why: Flat, sewable or bondable core stock or backer can be heated and molded into most any 3-D shape and remain in that shape upon cooling. Ideal for vests, signs, covers and structures where shape is needed. What: DryFilm Adhesive Why: Thermoset …

Phifer offers two options for window shade fabrics

Phifer Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4412 What: SheerWeave® Infinity2™ fabrics Why: 100-percent recyclable PVC- and lead-free window shade fabrics are woven only from the core yarn, synthetic or natural, born out of post-industrial waste by-products. Fabric is thin and lightweight with heat and glare control properties. What: SheerWeave® fabrics with Dow Ecolibrium™ bio-based …

Texas Thread manufactures waxed thread and artificial sinew

Texas Thread Manufacturing Co. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5830 What: Waxed thread and artificial sinew Why: A full line of waxed threads ideal for stitching leather goods or anything that requires waterproofing and knot retention. Also available is artificial sinew for making Native American crafts including dream catchers, and monocord for stringing beads. SOURCE …

Applied DNA Sciences DNA markers authenticate originality of fabrics

Applied DNA Sciences Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5719 What: SigNature® T Botanical DNA Markers Why: Authenticate originality and verify provenance on fibers, yarn fabric, and garments by marking them with a unique and secure DNA signature. Ideal for brand protection, raw material source compliance and authenticity verification in critical application situations. SOURCE Applied DNA …

Gerald Schwartz provides thousands of textile trims, findings and notions

Gerald Schwartz Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4851 What: Textile trim, findings and notions Why: Choose from thousands of hardware, trim, fabric, findings and other items, all available for same-day shipping. Company offers problem-solving support for a broad spectrum of sewn products including military gear, medical products, safety/protective and industrial textile applications. SOURCE Gerald …

Luray Textiles products offer protection from heat and chemicals

Luray Textiles Inc. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5806 What: Terry Kevlar® Why: Apparel knitted with 100 percent Kevlar yarns protects wearer from cuts, abrasions and heat. Available in various weights and widths, and in interlock and tubing. What: Nomex® Why: Textile knitted with 100 percent 450 Nomex has excellent thermal, chemical and radiation resistance. …

Plastatech Engineering provides rugged geomembranes

Plastatech Engineering LTD. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4745 What: Plastaflex® geomembranes Why: Guaranteed to withstand extreme temperatures, deliver exceptional tensile and puncture strength, and resist even the harshest chemical attacks. For waste management, chemical processing, oil, natural gas and aquaculture industries. SOURCE Plastatech Engineering LTD.

Thomsom Research Associates provide antimicrobial technology

Thomsom Research Associates Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5821 What: Antimicrobial technology Why: Used by the world’s leading brands, Ultra-Fresh and Silpure antimicrobial treatments control the growth of unwanted microbes in consumer and industrial products. Technology controls odors and protects from staining and product degradation. SOURCE Thomsom Research Associates

Bally Ribbon Mills offeres shuttle loom weaving for narrow fabrics

Bally Ribbon Mills Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5612 What: Shuttle loom weaving for narrow fabrics Why: Traditional method of weaving produces a woven substrate of a uniform architecture and thickness across the entire width of the material, including the edges, for superior durability and strength. SOURCE Bally Ribbon Mills

Gold Eagle fabric supplies cleaner and fabric guard

303 Products – Gold Eagle Co. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5730 What: 303® Fabric/Vinyl Cleaner™ Why: Premium cleaner is specially formulated to clean all indoor and outdoor fabrics, carpeting and upholstery while rinsing residue-free. Designed to handle even the toughest cleaning jobs safely, using no harsh chemicals. Recommended by leading outdoor fabric manufacturer Sunbrella®. …

Marlen Textiles dyed fabrics have high tear strength

Marlen Textiles Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5218 What: Broadway flame-retardant fabric Why: Ten-oz. solution-dyed fabric has excellent tear strength, abrasion resistance and water resistance compared to other solution-dyed fabrics with FR specification. Available in 12 colors. What: Top Notch Elite breathable fabric Why: Nine-ounce solution-dyed fabric features better tear strength and abrasion resistance than …

Polyvision sells tarpaulin and illuminated banners

Polyvision Co. LTD. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 5228 What: Tarpaulin / Sol Tarpaulin Why: Often used with lattice sticks across a roof rafter because it offers superb weather and heat resistance. Uses include truck covers, tents, side curtains, air domes, roof materials, boat fabrics and container bags. What: Banners Why: Attract more attention with …

TMI offers a low-cohesion PVC film and auto pads

TMI LLC. Specialty Fabrics Expo 2013 Booth: 4233 What: Low-cohesion PVC film Why: Film was engineered to provide a solution for the difficulties PVC film’s natural tackiness can cause manufacturers. The result is a PVC film much easier to use, roll, unroll and unfold. What: Auto pads Why: Driver’s side floor mat will be used …

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

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