March 2015 Issue

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Features

  • Photography by Betsy Hansen

    Good better best

    Charles Webster uses lean techniques to continuously improve production and efficiency.

  • Pavegen installed 200 tiles into a football pitch redeveloped by Shell in Morro da Mineira, an area of Rio de Janeiro, which has not benefitted from tourism and private enterprise development. Photo: Pavegen

    Energy for the future

    Flexible and durable power-generating textiles are poised to make a difference in meeting tomorrow’s energy requirements.

  • A redesigned 2015 Sea Ray 470 Sundancer now includes an automated retractable sunshade system by SureShade. Photo: Sea Ray

    Shade sales: Just add water

    The resurgence in boating and the concern over sun safety have been a boon for marine fabricators offering products that protect and beautify without spoiling the fun, or the view.

  • State of the Industry 2015: Part 2

    It was a year of respectable growth in the specialty fabrics industry and hope for an even better future, grounded in promising statistics.

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Markets

  • A redesigned 2015 Sea Ray 470 Sundancer now includes an automated retractable sunshade system by SureShade. Photo: Sea Ray

    Shade sales: Just add water

    The resurgence in boating and the concern over sun safety have been a boon for marine fabricators offering products that protect and beautify without spoiling the fun, or the view.

  • Pavegen installed 200 tiles into a football pitch redeveloped by Shell in Morro da Mineira, an area of Rio de Janeiro, which has not benefitted from tourism and private enterprise development. Photo: Pavegen

    Energy for the future

    Flexible and durable power-generating textiles are poised to make a difference in meeting tomorrow’s energy requirements.

  • SHEERFILL® II Architectural Membrane with EverClean Photocatalytic Topcoat by Saint-Gobain forms the roof of one of the venues used in the World Cup 2014 in Brazil, the Arena Fonte Nova in Salvador, Bahia. Photo: Saint-Gobain

    Expansion in layers

    Flexible composites are finding practical application in a growing number of industries.

  • The original seats of a 1955 Chevy Bel Air were stripped back, and instead of a flat bench, both front and rear were transformed to feel more like two seats. Photo: Owain Jones, Hawkes Bay Trim and Canvas

    Automatic upholstery

    Giving cars a winning look.

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Products

  • Flexible flooring

    Provides a durable surface and dimensional stability and is designed for high traffic residential and commercial applications.

  • Fast, accurate printing

    Features advanced piezo technology print heads capable of print speeds up to 605 square feet per hour.

  • Outdoor embroidery thread

    Features UV color fastness, fade resistance and weather durability.

  • Color reflective

    Provides design flexibility by incorporating visibility and style in the same offering.

  • 3-D enhancement

    To feature a fully integrated 3-D solution for garment development and pattern making as an optional module.

  • Digital textile printers

    Water-based dye-sublimation printer designed to streamline workflow with a single substrate and no need to rebuild ink profiles and settings.

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Business

  • Photography by Betsy Hansen

    Good better best

    Charles Webster uses lean techniques to continuously improve production and efficiency.

  • State of the Industry 2015: Part 2

    It was a year of respectable growth in the specialty fabrics industry and hope for an even better future, grounded in promising statistics.

  • Your taxes at work

    The Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014.

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Projects

  • Sefar Inc.’s Tenara® fabric has a 40 percent light transmission rate that provides translucency, while remaining inert and highly resistant to blemishing and degradation. Photos: FTL Design Engineering Studio

    Function meets beauty

    A more functional and beautiful way for commuters to experience New York's landscape.

  • Jeongmoon Choi works alone under UV lights while installing wool thread, referencing (but not following exactly) 3-D animations she generated on a computer. Photo: Alescha Birkenholz 
for PLATFORM

    Redefining space

    Munich's famous Maximilianstrasse has become an art space run by the city.

  • Lesia Trubat’s E-traces ballet shoes give dancers a whole new strategy for perfecting their art. Photos: Lucia González/Marta Guillén

    On pointe

    Science and self-evaluation come together with these prototype ballet shoes.

  • The Rescue TIP-Board® comes with a compact shoulder carrying bag and its own inflation tank. The safety raft won the prestigious Dutch Design Award in the “products” category. Photo: Spark Design

    To the rescue

    A solution that guarantees the Duth fire service a raft that allows a safe water rescue up to 650 feet from shore.

  • PressOn’s 12 installers took 10 days to place thousands of square feet of dazzle-printed vinyl on the HMS President—while the ship continued to rise and fall with the tides. Photo: PressOn

    Ship wrap bedazzles U.K.

    Camouflage wrap marks 100-year commemoration of the "Great War."

  • The structure is designed for seasonal installation of a third layer of insulation that increases the energy efficiency of the dome during long Minnesota winters. Photo: City of Edina

    A seasonal solution

    One of the largest seasonal multi-sports domes in North America uses fabric chosen for its durability.

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