Company News

RBH Designs relocates, invests in new equipment

August 13, 2020

RBH Designs LLC has moved to a commercial space located in Tolland, Conn. Now pivoting its efforts toward providing PPE and more, the company recently purchased both computerized and long-arm zigzag machines, ultrasonic bonding and hot-air seam-taping machines, with a special focus on R&D and educational efforts. RBH Designs has been a custom apparel manufacturer …

Company News

Gerber celebrates 30 years of innovation in Portugal

August 12, 2020

Gerber Technology is celebrating 30 years of customer experience, innovation and growth through its European headquarters in Portugal. Since 1990, Portugal has been the European headquarters for the global leader of integrated manufacturing platforms and currently services more than 4,000 customers across the region. In that time, Gerber has heavily invested in its industry-leading technologies, …

Industry News

Global healthcare fabrics market forecast

August 11, 2020

According to ResearchAndMarket.com’s report “Healthcare Fabrics Market—Growth, Trends and Forecast (2020–2025),” the market for healthcare fabrics is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 8%. Increasing usage of cellulose fibers in healthcare applications is a major factor driving the demand of the market. However, lack of awareness among consumers likely to hinder the …

People

Jones Family of Companies announces new hires

August 10, 2020

Jones Family of Companies has hired Brian Trent as its new director of supply chain and Leonardo Franzinetti as its new business analyst and IT resource. With more than two decades of experience in the packaging and supply industry, Trent began his textile career at Milliken. Before coming to Jones, he most recently served as …

Company News

Eight promotions announced at Glen Raven

August 7, 2020

Glen Raven Inc., has announced the promotion of eight executives in its Technical Fabrics operating division. The moves will support the continued growth of its diverse business segments, particularly its GlenGuard brand of high-performance flame-resistant fabric. Glen Raven Technical Fabrics creates technical solutions that help keep people safe from military and protective work wear to …

People

Edelman appointed at Crypton Companies

August 7, 2020

The Crypton Companies (Crypton LLC & Nanotex LLC), providers of performance textile technologies in the contract, home furnishings, and apparel markets, has appointed industry veteran John Edelman to serve as executive chairman of the board, effective immediately. Edelman has decades of experience in all aspects of the design business and is a respected advocate in …

Company News

Sciessent earns industry honors for sustainability

August 6, 2020

Sciessent announced new industry recognition for its commitment to safe, sustainable, environmentally responsible solutions, earning bluesign® approval for all of its technologies (AgionÒ, ActiveXL, LavaÒ, Lava XLÒ and CurbÒ) and achieving Level 3 compliance from the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation.  Sciessent has met the following standards for bluesign approval: Highest degree of safety for the consumer Manufacturing with lowest …

Company News

U.S.-based textile companies join forces to fill nation’s PPE gap

August 5, 2020

Faced with a global pandemic and massive Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortages in the United States, three large textile companies banded together earlier this year to help fill the nation’s explosive demand for personal protective equipment (PPE). The result was a fast response to PPE needs and an ongoing relationship that promises to help the …

Company News

Freudenberg Performance Materials partners with NC State

August 4, 2020

Germany-based Freudenberg Performance Materials has collaborated with the Nonwoven Institute of North Carolina State University to produce face masks for North Carolina government organizations, UNC system universities and North Carolina hospitals.   Both the organizations will align their expertise and supply chains to bring PPE to healthcare professionals and universities as soon as possible.The production …

Feature

Pivoting to the PPE textile products market

August 1, 2020

How the manufacturing of medical protective gear is challenging U.S.-based textile businesses—and throwing them a lifeline. by Debra Cobb The COVID-19 pandemic made it abundantly clear that the U.S. is unprepared to supply its health-care and frontline workers, as well as its general population, with the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed in such an emergency.  China …

Business

Cash flow strategies and profits

May 1, 2020

By Mark E. Battersby Cash flow is the lifeblood of every business. In fact, according to a recent U.S. Bank study, poor cash flow management causes 82 percent of U.S. business failures. Although seemingly counterintuitive, many experts advise putting cash flow management before profits. While profits are how a fabrication business survives, a failure to …

Industry News

Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) clarifies organic product standards

March 12, 2020

GOTS has issued a statement in response to a recent claim by a company stating they hold a certification that’s “More important than organic” and “Textiles with the organic label can still be treated with toxic chemicals at a later stage of production.” While this is possible for uncertified products made from organic fibers, according …

Industry News

DSM announces partnership with SABIC and UPM Biofuels to create bio-based Dyneema®

March 12, 2020

Royal DSM, a global science-based company in nutrition, health and sustainable living, SABIC, a global leader in the chemical industry, and UPM Biofuels, a leading producer of sustainable raw materials, recently announced a partnership that will help to reduce the environmental footprint of Dyneema®, the world’s strongest fiber. The collaboration will see Dyneema transition to …

Industry News

GOTS registers highest growth rate ever in 2019

March 4, 2020

In 2019, the number of Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)-certified facilities globally grew by 35 percent, from 5,760 to 7,765 located in 70 countries. The number demonstrates that GOTS successfully serves as a sustainable solution. The required certified organic fibers protect the climate by absorbing CO2, and every processing step, from field to fashion, must …

Business

Richard Seaman on sustaining a family business

March 1, 2020

By Rebecca Post An urgency runs through the pages of Richard Seaman’s book A Vibrant Vision: The Entrepreneurship of Multigenerational Family Business. That urgency stems from Seaman’s understanding that few family businesses survive beyond a third generation. Seaman, the chairman and former CEO of Wooster, Ohio-based Seaman Corp., offers a model to family-owned businesses for …

Business

Small businesses with diverse workforces perform better financially

February 12, 2020

Small businesses with a diverse workforce are more innovative and financially successful, according to data gathered by SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. Data indicates that businesses with more diverse management have 19% higher revenue and are more likely to outperform non-diverse businesses. Diverse teams are more innovative, and therefore, perform …

Management

SBA announces funding opportunity through the State Trade Expansion Program 2020

February 7, 2020

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has announced the opening of the submission period for a funding opportunity through the State Trade Expansion Program. The purpose of the grant opportunity is to invite proposals for funding from eligible state entities interested in and capable of providing assistance, guidance and tools to qualified small businesses looking …

Business

Before selling, determine the true value of your company

January 1, 2020

By Larry Oxenham Succession planning can be a tricky matter, especially if you’re passing your business on to a family member. Sometimes keeping it in the family is viable, but not in every case. If it comes time to sell the business instead, you should be armed with some strategies for getting what it’s really …

Company News

Levi Strauss & Co. and Hohenstein collaborate to bring safer chemicals to the apparel industry

November 19, 2019

Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) and Hohenstein have announced a collaboration to utilize the ECO PASSPORT by OEKO-TEX® certification system in the LS&Co. supply chain. This will amplify the capabilities of the Screened Chemistry program developed by LS&Co., helping establish a clearer pathway toward safer chemistry in the apparel industry by providing enhanced levels of …

Business

Customer service is king

November 1, 2019

Strategic service makes your company memorable.  By Randy Westlund We live in a constantly connected culture of instant gratification. We want what we want and we want it right now—with no delays. Between instant messaging, next-day delivery and online services available 24/7, the marketplace is catering to these demands. Some revealing statistics show how much …

Expo News

Registration opens for IFAI Expo

June 15, 2020

IFAI Expo Nov. 3–6, 2020 in Indianapolis, Ind., will mark the event’s 100th anniversary. IFAI has announced that it is moving forward as planned, and registration is now open. Safety protocols are in place and will be coordinated with host hotels and the Indiana Convention Center (ICC).  The registration area at IFAI Expo will be …

Company News

IFAI president responds to Coronavirus, adjusts upcoming events

March 17, 2020

As concern over the Coronavirus (COVID-19) grows, I want all IFAI members to know we are closely monitoring developments and following recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO). We will follow their recommendations to keep our employees, their families and our members healthy and safe. With this in …

Awards

IFAI’s 2019 Outstanding Volunteer Awards

October 8, 2019

At this year’s annual meeting during IFAI Expo 2019, IFAI presented the Outstanding Volunteer Awards, recognizing members who generously gave of their time to serve on different boards, task forces and committees, judged competitions and provided education and leadership to others in the industry. This year’s winners: Amy Bircher, president, MMI Textiles Inc. Jonathan Chakales, …

Expo News

2019 Chairman’s Award winner: Scott Campbell, Rainier Industries

October 8, 2019

The Chairman’s Award (originally, the President’s Award) is an honor bestowed by the chairman of IFAI to an individual that has had an extraordinary and meaningful impact on the association. It is rarely given, and awarded at the sole discretion of the IFAI chairman. At IFAI’s annual meeting at IFAI Expo 2019, IFAI chairman Steve …

Expo News

Designing with shade cloth for human protection

October 4, 2019

Australia has a very high rate of skin cancer, so it’s not surprising that the country has led the world in the development of shade cloth, Chris Nolan told attendees of a shade cloth educational session at IFAI Expo 2019 in Orlando, Fla. “Even in the temperate areas where most people live, we have an …

Expo News

Avoid expensive mistakes when applying graphics to awnings

October 4, 2019

Bill McSpadden wants IFAI attendees to not make the same mistakes he has made. On day 2 of IFAI Expo 2019 in Orlando, Fla., McSpadden’s educational session on graphics for small to medium fabricators focused on avoiding expensive mistakes that turn profitable projects into unprofitable ones. McSpadden is owner of Capitol Awning, located in Richmond, …

Expo News

HDPE shade fabrics offer form and function for shade structures

October 4, 2019

Shade has been a requirement for human beings since ancient times, but very little technological development related to shade occurred until the last 30 to 40 years, said Andrew Nasarczyk, senior manager—research and development, GALE Pacific Ltd., Braeside, Victoria, Australia. Nasarczyk explained the design and development of world-class knitted shade fabrics in an educational session …

Expo News

Fire retardancy in shade structures: requirements and solutions

October 4, 2019

David Dean, director of research and development at Glen Raven/Sunbrella, led the campfire session, “Fire Retardancy in Shade Structures: Requirements and Solutions” during Expo 2019 in Orlando, Fla., According to Dean, in the U.S. there are currently no federally-mandated fire retardancy (FR) regulations for shade structures. The few regulations that have been passed include those …

Expo News

Sales success with a dose of passive aggression

October 4, 2019

Chris Semonelli, vice president, sales and marketing, E Squared, and president of Coated Technical Solutions, says he has “a philosophy of being assertive with passive aggression” when it comes to sales. “You need to have a deadline with customers and R&D, and make frequent visits. Emails and faxes are great, but you can’t look customers …

Expo News

Award breakfast transforms into a networking event

October 4, 2019

Keynote speaker Thom Singer hosted IFAI’s annual award ceremony October 3 at Expo 2019, continuing his message to “see people.” As Expo exhibitors and attendees entered the breakfast event, Singer encouraged people to separate from familiar colleagues and sit with new people. This year’s award ceremony was infused with an additional goal—that of networking with …

Feature

Pivoting to the PPE textile products market

August 1, 2020

How the manufacturing of medical protective gear is challenging U.S.-based textile businesses—and throwing them a lifeline. by Debra Cobb The COVID-19 pandemic made it abundantly clear that the U.S. is unprepared to supply its health-care and frontline workers, as well as its general population, with the personal protective equipment (PPE) needed in such an emergency.  China …

Feature

Staying agile in the time of COVID-19

August 1, 2020

Agility has emerged as the essential defining attribute of organizations able to respond to this crisis and chart a new, resilient course for the future. by Jeff Moravec Agility has always been something of a prerequisite for owning a company, and that skill set is clearly more valuable now than it ever has been. We …

Feature

Barry Adams on the science and art of the awning business

August 1, 2020

by Jill C. Lafferty You have to be an exceptional artist. You’ve got to be able to create a vision for your customer,” says Barry Adams, owner of Peachtree Awnings in Norcross, Ga., and Tennessee Awnings in La Vergne, Tenn. “Where the customer lacks vision, we have to give them a vision about what we …

Exhibitor Product Preview

Expo 2020 Exhibitor Product Preview

August 1, 2020

IFAI EXPO 2020 is going virtual! Here’s your first look at the products and value-added services that await you on the virtual show floor in early November 2020. During the virtual Expo, exhibitors will highlight the latest products and information from the entire textile supply chain, from fibers and fabrics to shade systems and state-of-the-art …

Feature Members only content

NECPA: A century of survival

July 1, 2020

Lessons from four member companies that have survived for a century and continue to thrive. by Cathy Broberg In January 2020, the North East Canvas Products Association (NECPA), a trade organization for the canvas and outdoor fabric industry, marked its 100th anniversary. Members celebrated at its annual conference with a gala and by touring a …

Feature Members only content

Designing functional PPE

July 1, 2020

For PPE that is both effective and comfortable—and more likely to be worn regularly and properly—consider a systems engineering approach to design. by Sigrid Tornquist Perhaps never before has the acronym “PPE” been so much a part of the common vernacular. In the days of COVID-19, few are unfamiliar with the term. However, PPE—personal protective …

Feature

Jan Kellogg’s strategy for growth at CCP Manufacturing

July 1, 2020

Jan Kellogg looks at the big picture for each job that CCP Manufacturing takes on, leading the company into new markets.  by Jill C. Lafferty “I love working with someone who turns to us with a new idea, saying, ‘Hey, can you make this work?’ We love taking the time to be able to do …

Feature Members only content

Fluid markets require flexible equipment

July 1, 2020

Custom manufacturers rely on equipment that multitasks across product lines and markets, with minimal downtime. by Maura Keller Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, every custom end-product manufacturer faced some type of financial challenge. Reduced or canceled orders, customer attrition and market changes always affect manufacturers’ bottom lines. Another commonality among manufacturers is their heavy dependence …

Feature Members only content

Automation advantages

June 1, 2020

Adding automation can prove challenging, with costs to consider, processes to change and nervous employees to reckon with. Still, fabricators who have taken the leap say there’s no other way to go.  by Pamela Mills-Senn When Darren Arthur, owner of Nautilux Custom Canvas LLC in Hazlet, N.J., purchased a single-fly Aeronaut cutter eight years ago—his …

Feature Members only content

Protecting structures with fabric

June 1, 2020

When it comes to protecting structures  from the elements, fabric has it covered. by Jeff Moravec Fabric serves an unending variety of needs, but sometimes overlookedis its role in protecting us from the dangers of our natural world. Here’s a snapshot of several companies and their products that have been designed to protect structures from …

Advanced Textiles

Breakthroughs in advanced textiles: New bio yarn, less toxic water repellent, firefighting gear for women, and more

August 1, 2020

New bio yarn shows breakthrough possibilities Researchers working at the University of Bordeaux/INSERM have created yarns of human cells from sheets of cell-assembled extracellular matrix, or CAM. The findings, reported in www.materialstoday.com, are a significant achievement because the CAM can be mass-produced for clinical applications including tissue engineering. However, the process is complex and the …

Markets

Jumping on design trends in the marine market

August 1, 2020

by Sigrid Tornquist Maybe it’s because boats are so special to their owners, or because boat owners are people who love to show off their latest acquisitions. Whatever the reason, most boat owners crave a vessel that showcases statement-making flooring and fabric trends. “If the boat next to you has something, chances are you’re going …

Advanced Textiles

New fabric materials support innovations

August 1, 2020

by Marie O’Mahony Health and safety are proving to be key drivers of innovative new fabric structures. These can prompt new designs in existing products and devices, or even whole new products. This is possible with imagination, expertise and an openness to look for solutions outside conventional thinking.  Strength can, of course, include hardness, but …

Advanced Textiles

Highlights of the 2020 Smart Fabrics Summit

July 1, 2020

The industry meets virtually to discuss innovations,cybersecurity and collaboration.  by Janet Preus The Smart Fabrics Summit, presented by the U.S. Department of Commerce in collaboration with Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), was held virtually this year. Its speakers covered a range of topics, with special emphasis on cybersecurity and collaborative partnerships.  From innovation to commercial …

Markets

Woven Inspiration recovers the gilded age

July 1, 2020

Woven Inspiration owner Christine Becker welcomes the challenge of preservation—of history and her craft. by Holly Eamon Christine Becker was destined for a life immersed in design. Born in Verona, Italy, she spent her childhood captivated by the city’s medieval architecture before moving as a teen to the artist-inhabited neighborhood of Greenwich Village, N.Y. Influence …

Advanced Textiles

Breakthroughs in advanced textiles: robotic glove, energy harvesting, solar-powered structures, camouflaging wearable, decomposing t-shirt

July 1, 2020

Robotic glove for hand paralysis San Francisco, Calif.-based technology start-up Neofect has developed a robotic glove to help patients suffering from paralysis. The product prototype, Neomano, is a smart glove designed for patient rehabilitation of the hand following a stroke, spinal cord injury or other condition that limits a patient’s ability to use his or …

Markets

Protective fabric mesh surrounds a landmark tower

June 1, 2020

A fabric-clad tower in southern Germany brings technicians, elevator experts and the public together in one spectacular vertical setting. By Bruce N. Wright, FAIA Paris’s Eiffel Tower, London’s Big Ben, China’s Three Pagodas, Iraq’s spiral minaret: Over time, all became more than just their function—they became iconic symbols of their location.  Likewise, ThyssenKrupp’s fabric-wrapped Rottweil …

Advanced Textiles

Sustainability and value: Biomaterials and biomimetics become green alternatives

June 1, 2020

by Glenna B. Musante Textile and outdoor gear communities are looking for ways to limit the use of petroleum products. To achieve this goal, apparel and gear brands, as well as ingredient manufacturers within the textile industry supply chain, are beginning to replace or augment plastics and polyester with biomaterials. Textile companies are also turning …

Markets

Nonwoven fabrics on the frontline of infection containment

May 1, 2020

By Jeff Moravec It’s easy to misunderstand viral respiratory diseases, whether the current pandemic outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) or past events such as severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2002−2003. When they fade from the news, people often assume it’s because a cure was found. In fact, what happens is that human-to-human disease transmission …

Advanced Textiles

How U.S. trade actions affect the textile industry

May 1, 2020

by Lawrence A. Ward and Dave Townsend The textile trade has long been complicated, requiring careful attention to the source and production methods throughout the supply chain to determine whether imports were allowed under quotas or what tariff rate applied to the imports. Although the Trump administration has a fundamentally different policy toward international trade …

Company News

RBH Designs relocates, invests in new equipment

August 13, 2020

RBH Designs LLC has moved to a commercial space located in Tolland, Conn. Now pivoting its efforts toward providing PPE and more, the company recently purchased both computerized and long-arm zigzag machines, ultrasonic bonding and hot-air seam-taping machines, with a special focus on R&D and educational efforts. RBH Designs has been a custom apparel manufacturer …

Company News

Gerber celebrates 30 years of innovation in Portugal

August 12, 2020

Gerber Technology is celebrating 30 years of customer experience, innovation and growth through its European headquarters in Portugal. Since 1990, Portugal has been the European headquarters for the global leader of integrated manufacturing platforms and currently services more than 4,000 customers across the region. In that time, Gerber has heavily invested in its industry-leading technologies, …

Industry News

Global healthcare fabrics market forecast

August 11, 2020

According to ResearchAndMarket.com’s report “Healthcare Fabrics Market—Growth, Trends and Forecast (2020–2025),” the market for healthcare fabrics is expected to grow at a CAGR of more than 8%. Increasing usage of cellulose fibers in healthcare applications is a major factor driving the demand of the market. However, lack of awareness among consumers likely to hinder the …

People

Jones Family of Companies announces new hires

August 10, 2020

Jones Family of Companies has hired Brian Trent as its new director of supply chain and Leonardo Franzinetti as its new business analyst and IT resource. With more than two decades of experience in the packaging and supply industry, Trent began his textile career at Milliken. Before coming to Jones, he most recently served as …

Company News

Eight promotions announced at Glen Raven

August 7, 2020

Glen Raven Inc., has announced the promotion of eight executives in its Technical Fabrics operating division. The moves will support the continued growth of its diverse business segments, particularly its GlenGuard brand of high-performance flame-resistant fabric. Glen Raven Technical Fabrics creates technical solutions that help keep people safe from military and protective work wear to …

People

Edelman appointed at Crypton Companies

August 7, 2020

The Crypton Companies (Crypton LLC & Nanotex LLC), providers of performance textile technologies in the contract, home furnishings, and apparel markets, has appointed industry veteran John Edelman to serve as executive chairman of the board, effective immediately. Edelman has decades of experience in all aspects of the design business and is a respected advocate in …

Company News

Sciessent earns industry honors for sustainability

August 6, 2020

Sciessent announced new industry recognition for its commitment to safe, sustainable, environmentally responsible solutions, earning bluesign® approval for all of its technologies (AgionÒ, ActiveXL, LavaÒ, Lava XLÒ and CurbÒ) and achieving Level 3 compliance from the Zero Discharge of Hazardous Chemicals (ZDHC) Foundation.  Sciessent has met the following standards for bluesign approval: Highest degree of safety for the consumer Manufacturing with lowest …

Company News

U.S.-based textile companies join forces to fill nation’s PPE gap

August 5, 2020

Faced with a global pandemic and massive Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shortages in the United States, three large textile companies banded together earlier this year to help fill the nation’s explosive demand for personal protective equipment (PPE). The result was a fast response to PPE needs and an ongoing relationship that promises to help the …

Company News

Freudenberg Performance Materials partners with NC State

August 4, 2020

Germany-based Freudenberg Performance Materials has collaborated with the Nonwoven Institute of North Carolina State University to produce face masks for North Carolina government organizations, UNC system universities and North Carolina hospitals.   Both the organizations will align their expertise and supply chains to bring PPE to healthcare professionals and universities as soon as possible.The production …

Exhibitor Product Preview

Expo 2020 Exhibitor Product Preview

August 1, 2020

IFAI EXPO 2020 is going virtual! Here’s your first look at the products and value-added services that await you on the virtual show floor in early November 2020. During the virtual Expo, exhibitors will highlight the latest products and information from the entire textile supply chain, from fibers and fabrics to shade systems and state-of-the-art …

Products

Shelter Structures America introduces First Responder product line

March 20, 2020

Shelter Structures America, distributor of Shelter temporary clearspan tent structures, has introduced the First Responder product line of clearspan tent structures and inflatable tents. Due to the market need for medical and screening tent structures, Shelter quickly developed and brought to market the line of inflatable and clearspan tent structures. The Shelter FR20—the first in …

Products

Degradable vinyl alternative

March 1, 2020

The Otratex™ collection of degradable vinyl alternatives is designed to meet health and wellness trends in the hospitality, health care, contract and cruise industries. The fabric can be treated for ASTM-E84 and IMO, and is treated twice with Pro-Tech, a water-based stain repellent with denim and ink protection, once in process and once post-production. Other …

Products

Natural odor control

March 1, 2020

Biobased antimicrobial solution BI-OME Natural guarantees optimal freshness and hygiene for textiles. The active ingredients are linseed oil, obtained from the dried, ripened seeds of the flax plant, and chrysanthemum, derived from the seeds of the flowers of the daisy. Recommended for the bedding industry and applications that require solutions to odors, allergens and dust …

Products

One-way wicking fabric

March 1, 2020

Designed to keep athletes cool, dry and fresh, ProCool® Stretch-FIT Dri-QWick™ Sports Jersey is a double-facing fabric with hydrophilic fibers next to the skin to wick moisture away, and hydrophobic fibers on the other side to keep moisture from seeping back into the fabric. The hydrophilic side has a diamond mesh, which increases the surface …

Products

Stylish sun protection collection

March 1, 2020

The innovative Sauleda New Generation collection is comprised of 90 exclusive designs in fabrics for sun protection. The collection includes the fabric GREEN, which purifies the air by means of photocatalysis, with a reduction in pollution around 55%, mold reduction of 60% and a self-cleaning effect of 70%. Other collection highlights include 28 plain colors …

Products

Flexible colors for carpets

March 1, 2020

Multicolored carpets are now easier with the development of the BCF S8 platform. The core component in the carpet yarn system is the patent-pending Color Pop Compacting Unit (CPC-T) designed for flexible and even color separation. Individually controllable air pressures per color in the CPC-T provide a pre-tangling, which results in an accentuation of the …

Products

Cutter support with 64-bit compatibility

March 1, 2020

Easy Cut Studio version 5 includes 64-bit support, which allows the program to process significantly larger design files quickly. The new version includes additional enhanced functions, support for more vinyl cutters, and is optimized to be fully compliant with Apple’s latest operating system, macOS 10.15 Catalina. Combining advanced cutting technology with simple user interface design, …

Products

Non-rusting grommets

February 1, 2020

ClipsShop® Self-Piercing Grommet Sets include grommets and washers made from non-rusting solid brass to withstand rain and the elements. The heavy-duty solid brass rust-proof grommets and washers come in a variety of sizes and finishes for use in privacy screens, wind screens, sunscreens and related outdoor products. Available in 500-set packages, the grommet sets can …

Products

Artfully inspired performance fabric

February 1, 2020

Fabrics in the Artscape collection—including Brushstroke, Vogue, Enzo and Sedona—are the first digitally printed cotton and cotton/linen offerings in the Breathe by Milliken™ performance fabric line. The collection offers a modern approach, introducing both abstract and watermark characteristics. It also stands out as a natural option that allows for easy cleaning through its plant-based water …

Products

Matte finish awning material in user-friendly width

February 1, 2020

With a new matte look and a user-friendly width, Sattler 745 Evolution awning material is a flame-retardant PVC coated textile that offers dimensional stability and is extremely durable. The fabric is weldable and accepts graphic treatments. At 63 inches wide, the awning material is available in 30-yard rolls and in 20 matte finished colors. Keyston …

Projects

Fabric transforms camper design

April 1, 2019

What’s the bottom line for camping gear? For many outdoorspeople, it comes down to fabric that is waterproof yet airy and comfortable, along with convenience and a dash of style. A new camper that is more like a geodesic dome on wheels checks those boxes. A collaboration between BMW Design Works Division and The North …

Projects

Germ-fighting fibers keep hospitals clean

April 1, 2019

It’s a common joke—don’t go to the hospital, it will make you sick. Yet there is some amount of truth to the idea. One study demonstrated that 92 percent of privacy curtains were contaminated with infectious bacteria within one week of laundering. Another study concluded that up to 60 percent of nurse and physician clothing …

Projects

Vest offers inflatable protection for bicyclists

April 1, 2019

If you fall off your bike, you want to make sure you protect your thorax, back and neck. A vest that takes its cue from automobile airbags can do just that. B’Safe features an airbag that inflates instantly in the event of an accident. Developed by the French airbag technology company Helite, B’Safe features a …

Projects

Sustainable shade technology

April 1, 2019

It’s only fitting that the new research and development facility for the Kolon Group, a leading South Korean manufacturer of innovative textiles, would stretch the boundaries of design. The company wanted the facility, dubbed the Kolon One & Only Tower, to embody its commitment to creativity, technology and sustainability. The 820,000-square-foot building is designed to …

Projects

Patio canopy expands church services

April 1, 2019

Summers are hot in San Ramon, Calif., located 35 miles east of San Francisco in the San Ramon Valley. The community is home to St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church, designed in the 1980s by Aaron Green, an associate of Frank Lloyd Wright. The church features a beautiful patio that congregants like to use for …

Projects

From waste to waterproof shoe

April 1, 2019

Each year, 23 billion pairs of shoes made from raw materials are tossed in the trash, where they end up incinerated or are left to decompose in landfills. Sympatex Technologies, the high-tech company that produces and distributes membranes, laminates and functional textiles, has a better model for the lifecycle of shoes than creating tons of …

Projects

Fashion meets furniture with TAPE

April 1, 2019

Benjamin Hubert of design agency LAYER likes to consider how fashion trends and the latest ideas in technology can be combined to realize his creations. For his furniture collection, TAPE, Hubert was inspired by design practices for garments in the sporting industry—specifically the use of tape to construct snowboard, ski and wet-weather gear. Hubert recognized …

Projects

Hand-woven folk art with character

March 1, 2019

Folk art meets Pokémon Ukrainian artist Oksana Levchenya has long admired the craftsmanship of traditional hand-woven rugs and tapestries. She founded OLK Manufactory in Kiev to create woven rugs and tapestries that exemplify the same kind of expertise. Her vertical kilims are created by hand using an intricate technique dating back to the 16th century. …

Projects

Marathon lamp is a bright idea

March 1, 2019

Sometimes inspiration is found in a most unexpected place. For designer Victor Moynier, the spark of an idea for a lighting fixture came from sportswear. The Lausanne, Switzerland-based industrial designer looked at running jackets and saw the possibility to produce a lamp using ripstop nylon. His Marathon lamp was one of nine lighting fixtures created …

Projects

Animated display for Brussels airport uses kinetic fabric

March 1, 2019

There are many “must sees” in the Flanders region of Belgium: charming cities and towns graced with medieval architecture, the paintings of the Flemish masters, historical sites, fashion, food and design. The tourism bureau, Flanders Tourism (Toerisme Vlaanderen), wanted to give travelers flying into the Brussels Zarventem Airport a taste of the adventure that awaits. …

The Greater Good

Pop-up factory with a purpose

November 1, 2019

IFAI’s Manufacturing for Good booth assembles three-ring pencil pouches for A Gift For Teaching. By Sammi Jones IFAI’s Manufacturing for Good booth made its third appearance on the show floor at Expo 2019 in Orlando, Fla. The booth, which debuted at Expo 2017 in New Orleans, La., and also appeared at Expo 2018 in Dallas, …

The Greater Good

Pushing the limits

October 1, 2019

Autometrix employees put the (bike) pedal to the metal to raise money for charity.  By Paul Johnson Most people experience joy when giving to a charity, but some undergo considerable pain because of their steadfast commitment and support for an enduring cause. Jonathan Palmer, Autometrix Inc. owner and CEO, and Joel Koopmans, customer solutions expert, …

The Greater Good

Making a mark in the community

September 1, 2019

At Presco, charitable giving, community support and energy conservation are a passion. By Paul Johnson In 1942, Robert “Earl” McMackin founded Precision Specialties Company, which made specific tools for geological and oil exploration. When working in the oil fields, Earl and his son, Edwin, recognized an opportunity to design and develop better materials for roll …

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Mermet Corporation seeks to protect ecology, promote sustainability and improve communities

August 1, 2019

By Paul Johnson  Mermet Corporation was not content to create just any standard environmental stewardship program for the company. Instead, the Cowpens, S.C.-based innovative solar shade manufacturer went several steps further to create its Weaving Change initiative. The program is a broad-based movement that supports sound environmental textile manufacturing, resource conservation, environmental protection and charitable …

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A common thread

July 1, 2019

Diamond Brand Gear is leading a regional effort to revive the art of sewing through education and collaboration. By Holly Eamon With roots extending to 1881, Diamond Brand Gear in Fletcher, N.C., continually works to build upon its legacy. The outdoor and military gear manufacturer is revitalizing not only its brand but also the industry’s …

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Setting a high standard: Owens Corning

June 1, 2019

Owens Corning’s philanthropic efforts, charity work and progressive employee policies have produced impressive results. By Paul Johnson For more than 40 years, Owens Corning, a developer and producer of  insulation, roofing and fiberglass composites, has been a supporter of a wide range of philanthropic endeavors and a key partner assisting charitable organizations across the globe. …

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Parà Group’s green initiatives focus on conservation, preservation and clean energy.

May 1, 2019

By Paul Johnson As a world leader in the manufacture of marine, awning and outdoor fabrics, Parà Group makes a wide range of products for iconic brands, such as Ralph Lauren Home, Fendi Home and Missoni. Five state-of-the art factories in Northern Italy produce more than 33,000 pounds of yarn and 32,000 feet of fabric …

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YKK Group’s global commitment to efficiency and sustainability

April 1, 2019

The YKK Group, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, has implemented a bold and broad-based strategy for energy efficiency, reduced carbon output and sustainability. YKK’s green approach has substantially decreased the environmental impact of its 111 facilities operating in 73 countries and regions. But beyond the environmental benefits, these measures have also lowered operating costs, improved safety …

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A&R Tarpaulins’ mentorship program takes internships to a new level

March 1, 2019

Bud Weisbart was determined to make a difference. He transformed A&R Tarpaulins into a leader in fabric and equipment manufacturing for the  aerospace industry, and also turned the company into a beacon of inclusiveness, diversity and multiculturalism. After earning a degree in social service and serving in many social service roles, Weisbart entered the business …

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Ennis Fabrics is committed to community support—from the top down

February 1, 2019

Ennis Fabrics in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has a history that’s steeped in community support. James Ennis Sr. launched Ennis Fabrics in 1972 with a goal to provide better industrial fabrics and service. From a modest 2,500 square-foot warehouse, the company steadily grew, and today it sells 9,000 products from a state-of-the-art office and warehouse that …