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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …