A bigger Yarn Expo

February 20, 2017

Yarn Expo Spring 2017 is expected to be 20 percent larger in scale, occupying more than 19,000 square feet of space, when it is held March 15–17 at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai. Nearly 360 exhibitors, up from 309 in 2016, will be on hand to showcase some of the world’s highest …

India to hit $30 billion export target

February 17, 2017

India’s garment exports are on track to meet a government goal of $30 billion in the next three years, according to the Apparel Export Promotion Council, the official body of apparel exporters in India. Apparel exports are expected to increase in 2017–2018 due to innovative design, quality of products and initiatives by the government, including …

New Outdura design manager

February 16, 2017

Outdura, Hudson, N.C., has promoted Gloria Tsocos to design manger. Tsocos joined the company in 2015 in the contract fabric division. She began her career as a fabric designer in the home furnishing and hospitality markets and has specialized in indoor and outdoor upholstery fabrics. She served as a professor at the Fashion Institute of …

ARA donates to wildfire relief

February 15, 2017

Responding to the wildfires that ravaged Gatlinburg and parts of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., the American Rental Association (ARA) Foundation and the ARA of Tennessee have joined forces to donate $6,000 to the American Red Cross for relief efforts. The ARA Foundation matched the ARA of Tennessee’s donation of $3,000 through its Matching Funds Program. The …

Zabek retires from Seaman

February 14, 2017

Ed Zabek has retired from Seaman Corp., Wooster, Ohio, after 29 years of service. Most recently he served as regional sales manager in the eastern U.S. Zabek is an expert in the industrial fabrics business and has been a mentor to many associates in the company.

Analysis of protective fabrics market

February 13, 2017

“Industrial Protective Clothing Fabrics Market—Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2016–2024,” a report from Transparency Market Research, analyzes and forecasts the market for industrial protective clothing fabrics at the global and regional level. The market forecast is based on revenue from 2016 to 2024, considering 2015 as the base year. The study …

50 U.S. companies certified to GOTS

February 10, 2017

Fifty companies in the U.S. are now certified to the Global Organic Textiles Standard (GOTS). Seven Canadian companies are also certified. GOTS is the stringent voluntary global standard for the entire post-harvest processing of apparel and home textiles made with organic fiber. The standard, which includes spinning, knitting, weaving, dyeing and manufacturing, includes both environmental …

Fabric structures guidelines updated

February 9, 2017

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Tension Membrane Committee has revised ASCE 55-10, the organization’s primary set of guidelines for designing a wide variety of tensioned fabric structures. The updated standard, ASCE 55-16, includes a chapter on air-supported structures, information on how to design a structure to meet codes and more. Working groups spent …

Carroll, Isenhour join Meridian

February 8, 2017

As it expands its U.S. manufacturing operations, Meridian Specialty Yarn Group Inc., Valdese, N.C., has added two positions to the company’s management team. Ed Carroll, former vice president of finance for the Branded Apparel Segment of Gildan Activewear Inc., has been hired as vice president of finance. Carroll has more than 20 years of experience …

IFF announces 2017 scholarships

February 7, 2017

Students have until June 10, 2017, to apply for any of four $5,000 scholarships available through The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF). Each year, IFF awards several scholarships to degree-seeking students enrolled in accredited colleges, universities or technical schools. The scholarships are paid directly to the students’ schools for fall semester tuition. Available scholarships include: Textile …

Mold, Mildew and Harmful Bacteria in Textiles: Can Your Fabrics Be Protected?

February 16 | Noon – 1 p.m. EST Companies can have their carefully built reputations ruined overnight when mold, mildew or other harmful bacteria are found on their fabrics. With a global supply chain, a complex distribution network and uncontrolled shipping environments, this scenario, while not the norm, can create expensive problems for companies within the …

Sympatex to launch first 100% CO2-neutral membrane

February 6, 2017

At ISPO Munich 2017, Sympatex Technologies will introduce the “guaranteed green” Sympatex membrane. To eliminate any contribution to global warming, the ecological alternative among functional textile specialists will compensate the CO2 amount of its entire yearly membrane production starting from 2017 through respective climate protection certificates in cooperation with the Munich-based consultancy ClimatePartner. The material …

The Chair Forum™ slated for March 2017

February 3, 2017

Facilitated by leading family business governance experts Dr. Craig Aronoff, Dr. Jennifer Pendergast, and Joe Schmieder, the Chair Forum will provide an insider’s view of the innovative and meaningful ways that family businesses build thriving governance systems. It is an opportunity for in-depth conversations with peers and experts on some of the distinct questions that face …

Growth for the North American markets

February 2, 2017

German-based HUESKER Inc. celebrated another milestone during the month of December. The expanding of their operations in Cleveland County and the city of Shelby, through of an 8.5-million-dollar state-of-the-art facility. HUESKER Inc. recently celebrated their 25th anniversary in the United States. The new facility will manufacture core products locally for the North American market per …

Toyobo to increase airbag business

January 30, 2017

Toyobo Co. Ltd., Osaka, Japan, is increasing its production of fabrics and yarn for automobile airbags by investing more than $8.5 million in plants and equipment globally through 2020. The company will separate its fabric production plant for airbags from their existing fabric plant in Thailand and establish a manufacturing joint-venture company with a local …

Outdoor Graphics Webinar

January 24, 2017

IFAI Member Exclusive Presented by the Fabric Graphics Association One week left to register!  January 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm Eastern / 1:00pm Central Come learn about techniques for creating successful outdoor graphics. Industry experts will provide detailed and tangible ways to specify, produce, and finish outdoor graphics for strength and longevity. A few of the …

NCTO praises textile outcomes in FY 2017 Defense Bill

January 18, 2017

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) applauded the senate’s 92-7 vote to pass S. 2943, the FY 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The Defense bill would give way to favorable textile industry outcomes. There wasn’t any increase to the simplified acquisition threshold (SAT). The Berry Amendment was exempted from changes to the procurement …

ARA to honor member volunteers at The Rental Show

January 16, 2017

The American Rental Association (ARA) recognizes individuals each year for outstanding service to the association and the rental industry. They will be honored at The Rental Show® 2017 in Orlando, Fla. Various awards will be presented including the 2016 Distinguished Service Award, the 2016 Meritorious Service Award, the 2016 Special Service Award and the 2016 …

Natural pigments and useful raw materials from autumn leaves for industry

January 6, 2017

Autumn leaves contain a range of interesting substances such as pigments, carbohydrates, proteins and compounds that inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria. VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland is developing leaf-processing technologies. Pigments from autumn leaves can be used to color cosmetics and textiles. Compounds obtained from the leaves may be suitable for use as …

Gore opens fabrics testing facility

December 15, 2016

L. Gore & Associates, Inc., Elkton, Md., has opened the Biophysics and Heat and Flame Protection Labs, a state-of-the-art fabric testing facility. There, Gore engineers will be able to measure the properties of component materials, Gore laminates and fully constructed garments and footwear in new, expanded and relevant conditions. The facility will enable Gore to …

Gains for equipment rental industry

December 12, 2016

A five-year forecast for the equipment rental industry released by the American Rental Association (ARA) remains positive. ARA projects equipment rental revenue to reach $55.5 billion in the U.S. in 2020. Numbers in the forecast reflect recent changes in the marketplace as the forecast calls for industry revenue to increase by 4.3 percent in 2016 …