PremEx Solutions’ latex fabrics debut

June 23, 2017

PremEx Solutions introduced their latest HP DuraVibe latex fabrics at the International Sign Association Expo in Las Vegas where they were well received. HP, after thoroughly testing, is embracing the fabrics for decor, with more offerings to come in the near future. DuraVibe was also praised in the HP Lounge at the 2017 Coachella Valley …

Cargill acquires BioBased Technologies®

June 22, 2017

Cargill, Minneapolis, Minn., has bolstered its biobased polyol product offerings by purchasing Rogers, Ark.-based BioBased Technologies’ vegetable-based polyol product line, Agrol® and other assets. Cargill’s Industrial Specialties business and BioBased Technologies are leaders in the development of soybean-based polyols that replace petroleum-based polyols enabling manufacturers to create more sustainable products. Cargill’s BiOH® product line produces …

LENZIP releases No. 12 Marine Grade UV Zipper

June 21, 2017

LENZIP Manufacturing Corporation, a manufacturer of industrial and commercial grade zippers based in Rolling Meadows, Ill., has released the LENZIP No. 12 Marine Grade UV Zipper. No. 12 gauge is larger than the industry standard No. 10, but smaller than LENZIP’s BIGZIP® No. 15 gauge. The No. 12 gauge is available with 316 stainless steel …

Losberger acquires De Boer Structures

Losberger Holding GmbH, Bad Rappenau, Germany, has acquired De Boer Structures Holding BV, Alkmaar, the Netherlands, to create a leading global provider of temporary space solutions. The company will be called Losberger De Boer Group to fully capitalize on the strengths of both brands. The relationship will position Losberger as a leading company in the …

NAUE Asia accredited for geosynthetics

June 20, 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 …

Branch Technology awarded for project

June 19, 2017

Branch Technology won top marks during NASA’s 3-D Habitat Centennial Challenge for a project submission that uses technology that could be used to develop future habitats from materials on other worlds. Working with Foster+Partners, a global architectural and design firm, Brand Technology used materials developed by Techmer PM to fulfill the required task: creating a …

DuPont’s William Feehery to kleynote ACS Conference

June 16, 2017

DuPont Industrial Biosciences (DuPont) president William F. Feehery, Ph.D. will keynote the American Chemical Society (ACS) Green Chemistry Institute’s 21st Annual Green Chemistry & Engineering (GC&E) Conference on Tuesday, June 13 at 8:45 a.m. EST. Dr. Feehery will address other business leaders, policy makers, educators, students and professionals from the scientific and academic community to …

NAFTA re-negotiations impute

June 15, 2017

USTR Representatives will be in Los Angeles June 20th for several roundtable discussions regarding NAFTA.  If your company manufactures apparel/textiles products and sells to Canada or Mexico your impute is requested.  Tentatively we plan on holding the discussions at the New Mart in Downtown Los Angeles.  Details to follow;  If your organizations would be interested …

The Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference will be held on June 20

June 14, 2017

The 8th Advancements in Manufacturing Technologies Conference will be held on June 20, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL in conjunction with Techtextil North America. ​The one-day conference will focus on “Understanding the Technology of Things” in the manufacturing of apparel and non-apparel sewn products, flexible materials, and technical textiles. ​Understanding ToT will help transform the …

RITIN to launch new initiatives

The Rhode Island Textile Innovation Network (RITIN), a trade organization whose mission is to guide the future growth of Rhode Island’s textile industry, announced that it has secured funding to launch the following initiatives in the fall of 2017: Conduct an industry survey to better understand Rhode Island’s supply chain and identify job skills needs. …

Reynolds receives award

June 13, 2017

Cody Reynolds, CEO and co-founder of Addictive Drug-Delivering Devices Inc., is the recipient of the AATCC Young Entrepreneur Award. He is being recognized for developing patents that allow drugs to be added to uniquely formed bi-component fibers that elute the drugs in an even, time-controlled manner to fight surgical-site infections. Reynolds currently works as technology …

Advanced materials research in the UK

June 12, 2017

The United Kingdom is investing more than $290 million to establish the Henry Royce Institute, a national center for advanced materials research and innovation. The institute will enable the UK to grow its research and innovation base in advanced materials science, which is fundamental to all industrial sectors and the national economy. The institute will …

MacClamrock wins AATCC award

June 9, 2017

Carla MacClamrock is this year’s recipient of the AATCC Technical Committee on Research Service Award. She was recognized for her contributions in the development of a new test method for formaldehyde determination. MacClamrock led the effort to develop a test method that uses a water submersion technique to determine formaldehyde content in textiles. This test …

Women and Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

June 8, 2017

The National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) contracted with Washington CORE to develop an entrepreneurial ecosystem model that can be adopted by local stakeholders to evaluate their regional economy, identify significant actors and activities, and provide opportunities to consider how to strengthen the system of support for women business owners. Once the model was developed, NWBC …

Hellstern named CEO

June 7, 2017

Americhem Inc., an international provider of color and additive solutions for polymeric products, has appointed Matthew Hellstern as CEO of the Americhem Group of companies. The group includes Americhem, Infinity LTL Engineered Compounds and Vi-Chem Corporation. In his new position, Hellstern will provide strategic direction to the organization and will ensure that the strategic plans …

OEKO-TEX® issues leather standard

June 6, 2017

For the first time, the OEKO-TEX Association is introducing a standard for the leather sector. The first certifications are being carried out with the sheepskin producers G.L. Bowron and Gerberei Hofbrucker, as well as with the retail chain LIDL. Additional certificates will be granted soon. As of January 2017, the association is inspecting and certifying …

Heytex and BondCote new hires

June 5, 2017

Heytex and BondCote Corporation named Cathleen Mook national sales representative for North American Sign sales. Mook is assuming responsibility of the Heytex Family of sign products sold to OEM’s as well as distributors nationwide. Steve Moses has been named purchasing/materials manager. He will be responsible for the cross-plant global purchasing strategy of Heytex and BondCote, …

Krzeminski named executive vice president

June 2, 2017

Shelter Structures America, a distributor of Shelter temporary clearspan tent structures with offices in Los Angeles, Calif. and Roanoke, Va., has appointed Keith Krzeminski to be executive vice president. Krzeminski brings deep knowledge of the special event rental industry and strong expertise and experience in temporary clearspan tent systems to the position. He will be …

Innovation road tour

June 1, 2017

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has launched an 11-state, 15-stop National Innovation Road Tour. It is led by the SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, with participation from 11 other federal agencies. Now in its third year, this year’s tour, “Seeding America’s Future Innovations,” is a national …

Continuous cutting

The new intelligent Vector iQ features Eclipse continuous cutting, previously available only on higher-end models. With the addition of predictive maintenance and patented continuous cutting, Eclipse can increase productivity by up to 10 percent, according to the manufacturer, because it cuts without interruption as the material automatically advances. The increased reliability and productivity of the …

Utilizing discarded textiles

May 31, 2017

The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is coordinating a project to develop a profitable circular economy for textiles. The Telaketju project is establishing an ecosystem formed by companies and other actors to develop an extensive sorting and collection network for different discarded fibers—from cotton to polyester and viscose. It is also looking at ways …

Nonwovens highlighted at conference

May 30, 2017

The third Conference on Nonwovens for High-Performance Applications offered information about the latest developments in new areas of application and production processes. Held in Prague in March, the conference included a presentation on the findings from two major market studies on nonwovens. Other topics included the use of nonwovens as automotive components for lightweighting and …

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 …

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 …

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 …