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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Enduratex™ moves headquarters

January 20, 2017

Enduratex™, a provider of vinyl-coated fabrics to the automotive, hospitality, marine, health care and spa industries, has moved its U.S. corporate headquarters from Mira Loma, Calif., to Corona, Calif., as of Jan. 1, 2017. The move will enable staff expansion and accommodate additional customer needs. The company also introduced a new logo that represents the …

N.C. State to host textile summit

January 19, 2017

Recognizing the importance of textiles as building block materials for new product development and the advancement in textile technologies, the College of Textiles at N.C. State University in Raleigh is hosting Textile Summit 2017 March 21-22. The conference will bring together faculty, staff and students with representatives from textile programs at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, …

OEKO-TEX IFAI Webinar: Compliance 101

January 18, 2017

Chemical compliance is a complex topic for most industries but especially for industry textiles and fabrics. Join IFAI for a webinar on Tuesday, March 7 with Ben Mead of the International OEKO-TEX Association, the world’s oldest and foremost leader in textile chemical compliance. Mead will review what exactly “compliance” means in a global industry and …

2017 Queenstown Conference slated for May

January 17, 2017

The Outdoor Products Association NZ (OFPANZ) and the Specialized Textiles Association (STA) have partnered for the 2017 Queenstown Conference. The conference will be hosted at Rydges Lakeland Resort in Queenstown Thursday, May 25- Saturday, May 27. Both local and international industry speakers will be present and there will be a 2-day program filled with educational …

Texworld USA and Apparel sourcing USA return in Winter 2017

January 13, 2017

With the Winter 2017 edition of Texworld USA and Apparel Sourcing USA just around the corner, Messe Frankfurt and Lenzing Innovation are pleased to announce the seminar speaker line up for the Texworld USA Seminar Series. Focusing on discussions around industry hot topics like TPP and duty-free trade, color and fabric trends, digital printing, and …

2-day workshop addresses moisture management testing

January 12, 2017

AATCC’s Moisture Management Workshop slated for Feb. 8-9 will provide an overview of the performance technology associated with moisture management and discuss the test methods needed to evaluate your product’s performance claims. Industry experts will share information regarding customer expectations as well as data interpretation from standard and customized tests. The 2-day program will consist …

Pre-treatment of bandages may improve the antibacterial properties of nanoparticles

January 11, 2017

Pre-treating the fabric surface of the bandages used to treat burns with enzymes and polyethylene glycol or cellulase may promote the adhesion of antibacterial nanoparticles and improve their bacteria-repelling ability. Nanoparticles can be used to introduce antimicrobial properties into the textiles used in dressings. Further studies into the combination of bactericidal polymers with bacteria-killing metal-oxide …

Recycled fiberboard and pulp could be sources for electricity

January 10, 2017

Recycled cardboard fibers and pulp, when developed into triboelectric generators can produce electricity. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison are advancing the field of “roadside energy harvesting” by getting help from recycled paper boards and pulp based cellulose nanofibers. Integrated triboelectric fiberboards were developed using cellulose nanofibers triboelectric generator embedded in fiberboards developed using recycled …

InTents Buyer’s Guide cover contest

January 9, 2017

We asked for your best work, and you gave it to us! InTents put out an open call for cover images for the 2017 InTents Buyer’s Guide. And so many gorgeous pictures of tent installations came in, we can’t decide! We’ve narrowed the choices to three, and now we need your help to select the …

Meridian brings wool carpet yarn production back to North America

Meridian Specialty Yarn Group, Inc. (MSYG) has begun production of wool and wool/polyester blend carpet yarns at the company’s newly expanded Ranlo, N.C. plant. This is a new product line for MSYG, and also represents the return of wool carpet yarn production to North America. The wool yarns produced will serve the high end, tufted …

J. Ennis Fabrics hires Steve Toth

January 6, 2017

J. Ennis Fabrics welcomed a new addition to their sales team. Steve Toth will brings a wealth of industry experience, which will serve him well as the new US specialty regional sales manager. Toth comes to J. Ennis Fabrics with over 30 years of leadership experience in the specialty products market. Starting first with The …

Huntsman partners with Jihua Group

January 5, 2017

The Textile Effects division of Huntsman Corporation and Jihua Group, Zhejiang Province, China, signed an agreement to cooperate in a wide range of areas to jointly capitalize on the growing need for dye and chemical solutions for China’s textile sector. The partnership will help the two companies speed up their supply chains to react more …

NCTO to host 14th annual meeting

January 4, 2017

NCTO will host their 14th annual meeting at the Capital Hilton, Washington D.C., March 21-23. Themed “New Directions, New Opportunities,” the meeting’s interactive program will focus on the policy priorities of the new Trump administration and how they may affect the U.S. textile industry. Tuesday, March 21, will consist of official NCTO business followed by …

Airbag yarns on the rise

January 3, 2017

The demand for airbags is expected to grow five percent annually over the next five years, according to estimates from Business Wire. While airbags have been predominantly manufactured using polyamide 6.6 yarns, there is a trend towards polyester, due to the challenging nature of industrial filament yarns. With the interest in this potential growth market, …

Cotton prices rose in 2016

January 2, 2017

Cotton prices increased over the summer and have remained at levels higher than in 2015. The rise can be attributed to several unique factors. One is seasonality; nearly 85 percent of the world’s cotton is produced in areas where only one harvest per year is possible. The market tightened as this warehoused supply dwindled over …

New Rental Hall of Fame inductees

December 29, 2016

Two industry veterans are slated to become the newest inductees into the American Rental Association Rental Hall of Fame. Art Moore, the founder of Snorkel, and Spencer Etzel, a visionary in tent rental now with Rainier, will be formally inducted during a ceremony at The Rental Show® on Feb. 27. Art Moore founded Snorkel Fire …

Conant named ARA CEO

December 28, 2016

Tony Conant has been named executive vice president/CEO of the American Rental Association (ARA) by the organization’s board of directors. He succeeded Christine Wehrman, who retired after 16 years with the association. Conant most recently served as chief operating officer at the Institute for Supply Management where he was responsible for enabling operational excellence across …

Eco-friendly wearable electronics

December 27, 2016

Researchers at the Cambridge Graphene Centre at the University of Cambridge and scientists at Jiangnan University, China, are developing more environmentally-friendly conductive textiles using graphene-based inks on cotton. The researchers created inks of chemically modified graphene flakes that are more adhesive to cotton fibers, similar to the way cotton holds colored dye. Most of the …

Noonan named OMNOVA CEO

December 23, 2016

OMNOVA, Beechwood, Ohio, has named Anne P. Noonan president and CEO. Ms. Noonan succeeds Kevin M. McMullen who stepped down as chairman, CEO, president and member of the board of directors. Ms. Noonan will also be appointed to the board of directors. In connection with this leadership transition, the board has determined to separate the …

SPESA elects new leadership

December 22, 2016

The Sewn Products Equipment & Suppliers of the Americas (SPESA) elected new leadership to two-year terms at its annual executive conference in San Antonio in November. Sam Simpson, vice president of Gerber Technology was named chairman. Nina McCormack, vice president and CFO of DAP America, Inc. was named vice chairman. Secretary/treasurer is Ed Gribbin, president …

Specialty Fabrics Showcase 2017

December 21, 2016

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS The April and May 2017 issues of Specialty Fabrics Review magazine will include our special annual showcase of our contributors’ latest high-performance fabrics, for end products ranging from awnings, canopies and tents to medical, military and aerospace products. If you’re an end-product manufacturer, watch for this special feature in our spring 2017 …