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 …

YKK partners with David Clark Company to produce Boeing’s New Starliner Spacesuit

April 20, 2017

YKK (U.S.A.) Inc. has partnered with David Clark Company to provide the zippers for The Boeing Company’s new Crew Space Transportation (CST)-100 Starliner Spacesuit. The spacesuit has been designed for wear in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, which is being developed in collaboration with NASA’s Commercial Crew Program and is designed to accommodate seven passengers, or a …

Flame retardant usage increases

Worldwide consumption of flame retardants in construction applications is projected to increase 3.2 percent per annum through 2020 to 803,000 metric tons according to a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland, Ohio-based industry research firm. Between 2010 and 2015, a rebound in the U.S. construction industry fueled the gains, as well as double-digit …

IDTechEx hosting free live webinar on April 25

April 19, 2017

A reminder that IDTechEx are hosting a free live webinar on Tuesday, April 25 Stretchable Electronics: No Longer Just a Solution Looking for a Problem Presented By Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Research Director, IDTechEx and James Hayward, Senior Technology Analyst, IDTechEx Space is limited – if you have not already done so reserve your seat today! …

MIL-SPECS: Get the facts and gain a competitive edge

April 18, 2017

May 4, 2017 | Noon, EST  Free to all industry professionals  Need help deciphering Military Specifications? Attend Mil-Specs, Get the Facts and Gain a Competive Edge, a free webinar that provides an in-depth analysis of the entire scope of a Detail Specification, followed by a Q&A session. Understanding the significant cost implications can give you a competitive edge when bidding …

Call for entries: Expo 2017 Fabric Sourcing Center

April 17, 2017

The Fabric Sourcing Center at IFAI Expo 2017, in New Orleans, LA, is a daily Expo feature open to all. This hub organizes hundreds of exhibitor materials in one prime location on the show floor. Exhibitors have the opportunity to display up to 12 fabric samples, with contact information and booth numbers, conveniently displayed on …

ASTM establishes cannabis committee

ASTM International will launch a new committee focused on creating technical standards and guidance materials for cannabis and its products and processes, pending approval from its board of directors. The committee will focus on standards development in six technical areas, including indoor and outdoor horticulture and agriculture, quality management systems, laboratory, processing and handling, security …

A revolution in moisture management

April 14, 2017

Five textile industry leaders are launching HYDRO_BOT, a new technology for moisture management. It is expected to solve a major challenge in sports, work and protective clothing: to transport moisture to match human sweat rates in various climates, conditions and activity levels. Behind HYDRO_BOT is Osmotex, a Swiss-Norwegian start-up dedicated to developing solutions for electro …

Safety Components expands management

April 13, 2017

Safety Components, Greenville, S.C., has named Ana-Maria Petrea as merchandise planning manager. Petrea will manage planning for Safety Components’ rapidly growing product lines, such as WeatherMAX performance outdoor fabric, Armor AP, Glide Ice and PBI Max structural firefighting materials. She has extensive experience as a demand forecast analyst and is skilled in inventory level control, …

Remembering Edward Paul Hunzinger Jr.

April 12, 2017

Ed Hunzinger, former owner of Evanston Awning Co., Evanston, Ill., passed away on April 11, 2017 after a long battle with cancer. Hunzinger passed on the family tradition in the industrial fabrics industry to his fifth-generation sons who have successfully taken the reins of Evanston Awning Co. In his “retirement” he began volunteering on the …

Bui joins Serge Ferrari North America

Serge Ferrari North America, Pompano Beach, Fla., welcomes Julie Bui to the sales team as regional sales manager for the South Central United States. She will handle sales and service of Serge Ferrari products in the states of Texas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri and Illinois. Bui, who most recently worked as a …

Equipment rental forecast strengthens

April 11, 2017

The American Rental Association (ARA), Moline, Ill., has released a new five-year forecast for equipment rental industry revenues that shows a moderate strengthening compared to the November forecast. ARA now projects U.S. equipment rental revenue will reach $48.9 billion in 2017. It estimates that the industry will grow at an average annual rate of 4.3 …

Bio-based polymer production increasing

April 10, 2017

The worldwide production capacity for bio-based polymers grew by four percent to 6.6 million tons in 2016 according to a market study by the Cologne, Germany-based nova-Institute. This represents a two percent share of the global polymer market. The bio-based polymer turnover was about $13.8 billion worldwide in 2016 compared to $11.7 billion in 2014. …

New sales manager for Rainier Industries

April 7, 2017

Steve Sadenwasser was recently named sales manager, shade division at Rainier Industries. He will be responsible for expanding the availability of Rainier awning and screen products across the U.S. while continuing to provide support to existing dealers with training, trade show assistance and coaching as needed. Sadenwasser has driven wholesale shade sales since the company …

USIFI and NFI Lobby Day 2017

April 6, 2017

The U.S. Industrial Fabrics Institute (USIFI) and Narrow Fabrics Institute (NFI) members joined forces in Washington, D.C., February 7–8 to discuss textile issues with Congress and key executive branch policymakers. Lobby Day is an opportunity for USIFI and NFI members to nurture stronger working relationships with officials responsible for crafting, implementing and administering policies that …

ZDHC launches online academy

In December, the ZDHC Foundation launched the ZDHC Academy, an online portal for ZDHC chemical management training. The academy enables brands and manufacturers to receive certified training to improve their knowledge and practice of responsible chemical management. The release of the platform is significant for the ZDHC program as it shifts its focus from the …

New advisor for Applied DNA Sciences

April 5, 2017

Applied DNA Sciences Inc., a provider of DNA-based supply chain, anti-counterfeiting and anti-theft technology, product genotyping and product authentication solutions, has appointed former NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to its Strategic Advisory Board. Currently vice chairman of K2Intelligence, Kelly will provide valuable insight into the design and development of tailored enterprise risk solutions and understanding of …

Chembio suit design challenge winners

April 4, 2017

The Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense awarded 12 prizes to winners of the Proof Challenge—a chembio suit design challenge that called on the public to submit designs and ideas. The challenge was to source innovative ideas for solutions to increase mobility, dexterity and tactility, allowing the warfighter to complete all relevant …

IFAI’s Advanced Textiles Conference: Testing Program 2017

April 3, 2017

At the 2017 Advanced Textiles Conference (ATC), four educational tracks—military, medical, smart fabrics and testing—will give attendees the latest news on the processes, products and profit potential in working with high-tech fabrics and fabrication techniques. The Advanced Textiles Conference, part of IFAI Expo 2017, will be held in New Orleans Sept. 26-29. This year’s ATC …

Thrace Group appoints Lake, Sparks

March 31, 2017

The Thrace Group has appointed Andreas Lake to the newly created position of group development director for the technical fabrics division. Brian Sparks, formerly vice president of sales and business development, will replace Lake as general manager of the Thrace LINQ organization in Summerville, S.C. Lake has 26 years in the nonwoven fabric industry with …

Textile market database

March 30, 2017

Textile Network Concepts, Greenboro, N.C., has compiled an extensive database in a spreadsheet that includes 2,494 international companies that purchase para-aramid fiber, pulp/floc, filament or paper. Users of the database can perform statistical analysis of the various para-aramid markets by clicking on any parameter. The parameters include region (North America, Asia Pacific, Japan, EMEA and …

IFAI’s 2017 Smart Fabrics Program

March 29, 2017

Channeling exciting ideas into new product development. At the 2017 Advanced Textiles Conference, four educational tracks—military, medical, smart fabrics and testing—will give attendees the latest news on the processes, products and profit potential in working with high-tech fabrics and fabrication techniques. The Advanced Textiles Conference, part of IFAI Expo 2017, will be held in New …

Student Design Competitions application deadline May 15

March 27, 2017

IFAI appreciates members’ dedication to helping advance the textile industry. We encourage you to further that advancement by passing along the following information to students  who are interested in a textile industry career. Students have until Monday, May 15, 2017, to submit projects for the IFAI Student Design Competitions. Any project completed between May 2016- May 2017 is eligible. …

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 …

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 …