March 2010 Issue

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  • Clear vinyls that meet ASTM specifications

    We do installations of clear curtains for restaurants who want to extend the use of their outdoor patios in rainy or cooler weather.

  • Choices and style for indoor and outdoor shading

    The Shade Inspiration Collection, a new line of decorative window shades from Tri Vantage, offers style solutions to create a variety of environments from bright and airy to blackout.

  • High-end awning fabric made from weather-resistant acrylic

    The concept for The Cromie Collection from Durasol Awnings Inc. was to create a design identity for awnings distinct from traditional awning fabrics and other window treatments, raising awnings from accessories to sophisticated building features.

  • Fabric-covered insert helps trim blend with awning

    The CaMillion, available from Back-Lit Awnings and Canvas, is a fabric-covered insert that uses the same material as the awning for a perfect texture and color match every time, which will weather and can be cleaned the same as well.

  • Outdoors spaces covered by awnings rather than building extensions don’t require permits from most local government councils in Australia, a point favoring installation of retractable awnings such as the SUNRAIN Bistro.

    Retractable awnings, moving outdoor spaces

    Winter weather kindles human longing for the rites of spring, including lounging with food and friends on decks, porches and patios.

  • Polyfab USA pilots recycling program

    Customers purchasing shade products of Polyfab USA Polytex® and Comtex® extra-heavy-duty knitted shadecloth asked the company to establish a recycling process to take pre- and post-consumer material out of the waste stream.

  • Intelligent geotextile builds in warnings

    Geotextiles shape and stabilize large-scale construction projects, but can’t warn of strains or soil shifts in the structures—until now.

  • BC Lottery Corp., an official sponsor of the 2010 Winter Olympics, toured communities in British Columbia with their 2010 Winter Games Dome. Ideal Canopy Tent & Structure, Delta, B.C., Canada, designed and fabricated the structure. Photo: BC Lottery Corp.

    Upselling with graphics

    Custom digital graphics create value-added opportunities for customers and new economies for manufacturers.

  • Heat presses engineered for dimensional digital decoration

    The Sublideck Surface Decoration System is a new range of specialty heat presses engineered for dimensional digital decoration.

  • Versatile printer/cutter features metallic ink

    The VersaCAMM VS-640 inkjet printer/cutter from Roland DGA Corp. features DPI Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink.

  • Where to get flexible solar panels

    Photovoltaic technology has been around for years, but offered in rigid solar panels that were rather bulky and not very compatible with fabric products.

  • Pavilion features modern ETFE canopy

    The “Norway powered by nature” exhibit at the World Expo 2010 Shanghai China will showcase Norwegian woods in the Nanpu Bridge–Lupu Bridge area in the crowded center of one of China’s largest cities.

  • A big fire at a neighboring business discolored and shifted insulation in the old Talisman Centre roof, causing temperature and condensation problems indoors and a dingy appearance outdoors. Renderings: Birdair Inc.

    Athletic coverage in Canada

    The Talisman Centre for Sport and Wellness, a full-service Calgary, Alberta, Canada, athletic facility hosting Olympic-caliber competitors, will upgrade its 1983 fabric roof by installing a material with five times the insulating value.

  • Faux leather fabric for outdoor applications

    The Ultra Lifestyle Collection of durable, luxurious simulated leather fabrics is designed for marine and outdoor use, engineered to meet the growing demands for strength and environmental responsibility.

  • New safety apparel standards from ISEA

    An updated national consensus standard for high-visibility safety apparel from the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) now provides criteria and test requirements for garments marked as flame- or water-resistant, and includes service-life guidelines.

  • Why do boots leave clean prints on tent fabric?

    When we’re cleaning our tents, which are made out of vinyl laminate, we sometimes notice something odd.

  • Sample books for automotive interiors

    Companies that do automotive upholstery are familiar with Detroit Car Books; they’re sample books that show the fabrics used in OEM automotive interiors for a particular year.

  • NHTSA rules on side curtain airbags

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed new rules that would require automakers to improve side curtain airbags by making them cover more of the window, stay inflated longer and possibly be tethered to keep occupants inside the vehicle during a rollover.

  • Pearson Textiles offers 54 new fabrics, available online

    A comprehensive line of cut yardage fabrics available for use on Pearson upholstered pieces or in other applications is now available.

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News

  • New Oeko-Tex test criteria

    Based on a joint resolution adopted by its 14 member institutes, the Oeko-Tex® Association has revised and expanded applicable test criteria, limits and by-laws of the product certification process for Oeko-Tex Standard 100.

  • AATCC student competition

    The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) encourages creativity in textile and product design by offering cash and prizes to top student designers.

  • New safety apparel standards from ISEA

    An updated national consensus standard for high-visibility safety apparel from the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) now provides criteria and test requirements for garments marked as flame- or water-resistant, and includes service-life guidelines.

  • The ATNT-09 Inaugural, from left to right: Dr. S.K. Sundararaman, A. Sakthivel, S.V. Arumugam, Mrs. Panabaaka Lakshmi, Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, C.K. Wong.

    Report from ATNT-2009 India

    Developments to watch in nonwovens and technical textiles.

  • NHTSA rules on side curtain airbags

    The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed new rules that would require automakers to improve side curtain airbags by making them cover more of the window, stay inflated longer and possibly be tethered to keep occupants inside the vehicle during a rollover.

  • No national textile academy in the U.K.

    Malcolm Campbell, managing director of Joseph H. Clissold cloth design and export firm in Bradford, West Yorkshire, England, criticized Prime Minister Gordon Brown for rejecting plans for a national academy for fashion and textile skills.

  • New spins on natural fibers

    The Philippine Textile Research Institute (PTRI) has discovered how to convert the hard, coarse and stiff fibers of indigenous plants into soft spun yarns, a potential boost to use of renewable resources in textile manufacture.

  • African textile industries overwhelmed by imports

    The textile industry in Ghana is sinking under loads of imported Chinese fabrics that mimic the designs of Ghanaian cloth and sell for substantially less.

  • Indonesian banks tightening credit

    The Asia-China Free Trade Agreement (ACFTA) will tighten competition within Indonesia’s already struggling textile industry and, according to a survey conducted by Bank Indonesia, will make securing bank loans difficult for domestic textile operations.

  • Haitian earthquake collapses apparel industry

    The Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement (HOPE) Act, passed in 2006 and extended in 2008, boosted the Haitian apparel industry by allowing duty-free exports to the United States.

  • Concrete Cloth: material of the year

    Material ConneXion, a leading global materials consultancy and innovative materials library, has awarded Concrete Canvas’ Concrete Cloth their first Medium Award for Material of the Year.

  • In memoriam: Howard B. Ausema

    Howard B. Ausema, owner of Chesterfield Awning Co. in South Holland, Ill., passed away Jan. 22 at the age of 73.

  • In memoriam: Franklin A. Milnes

    Wayne Industries president Franklin A. Milnes passed away Jan. 17 after a long battle with cancer.

  • Polyfab USA pilots recycling program

    Customers purchasing shade products of Polyfab USA Polytex® and Comtex® extra-heavy-duty knitted shadecloth asked the company to establish a recycling process to take pre- and post-consumer material out of the waste stream.

  • PGI Center for Excellence to focus on nonwovens

    The Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) facility in Suzhou, China, becomes the newest regional Center for Excellence (COE) in PGI’s research and development efforts to develop new technologies to improve nonwoven materials used for health care, hygiene and industrial markets.

  • Birdair Inc. shares international award

    The Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, will host the 2010 Federation Internationale de Football Association World Cup in June 2010, and sports fans will enjoy the action under a tensioned membrane roofing system with a skeleton made of 2,400 metric tons of steel girders.

  • General manager for STANMECH

    Anne-Marie Harte assumes a new post as general manager of STANMECH Technologies Inc., Burlington, Ontario, Canada, running day-to-day operations for the company, which provides heat-sealing solutions for the plastics, packaging, joining and other industries.

  • New CEO for Neschen

    Neschen Americas has announced the promotion of Ernest Brodbeck Jr. to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Neschen Corp. and Neschen Americas.

  • Senior VP/creative director for Schumacher

    Susan North joined F. Schumacher & Co., Newark, Del., in 1997 as director of design for one of the company’s fabric and wallcovering product lines.

  • Lectra names marketing director

    Lectra, an integrated technology company producing software for the textile, leather, industrial fabric and composite sectors, has named Philippe Ribera marketing director of group software at the company’s Paris, France, headquarters.

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Products

  • Pearson Textiles offers 54 new fabrics, available online

    A comprehensive line of cut yardage fabrics available for use on Pearson upholstered pieces or in other applications is now available.

  • Professional fabric welding

    The TRIAC BT hot air indoor welding tool is an economical alternative for indoor fabric welding, designed specifically for indoor tarpaulin and billboard welding.

  • Fire-retardant stretch fabric

    Darlington Fabrics has introduced warp knit stretch fabrics with fire retardancy; the fabrics are made of polyester and spandex and are available in a range of weights and widths.

  • Search textile testing

    SDL Atlas has launched a completely redesigned website that offers visitors a comprehensive look at the company’s textile testing equipment, laboratory products, consumables and service offerings for the fabric, apparel, yarn and fiber industries.

  • Heat presses engineered for dimensional digital decoration

    The Sublideck Surface Decoration System is a new range of specialty heat presses engineered for dimensional digital decoration.

  • Faux leather fabric for outdoor applications

    The Ultra Lifestyle Collection of durable, luxurious simulated leather fabrics is designed for marine and outdoor use, engineered to meet the growing demands for strength and environmental responsibility.

  • Exhibit fabric offers versatile options in four patterns

    With Burn-out Knits from Dazian Fabrics, stunning see-through effects can be achieved by manipulating front and rear lighting to highlight either the pattern and the reflective shadows, or the see-through element and the background.

  • Choices and style for indoor and outdoor shading

    The Shade Inspiration Collection, a new line of decorative window shades from Tri Vantage, offers style solutions to create a variety of environments from bright and airy to blackout.

  • High-end awning fabric made from weather-resistant acrylic

    The concept for The Cromie Collection from Durasol Awnings Inc. was to create a design identity for awnings distinct from traditional awning fabrics and other window treatments, raising awnings from accessories to sophisticated building features.

  • Sign system offers even lighting for clear images

    The P-Light paper lighting system (PLS) from Takaten Co. Ltd. offers a slim, attractive appearance and more even lighting than traditional fluorescent-lit signage.

  • Fabric-covered insert helps trim blend with awning

    The CaMillion, available from Back-Lit Awnings and Canvas, is a fabric-covered insert that uses the same material as the awning for a perfect texture and color match every time, which will weather and can be cleaned the same as well.

  • Versatile printer/cutter features metallic ink

    The VersaCAMM VS-640 inkjet printer/cutter from Roland DGA Corp. features DPI Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink.

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