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Vancouver streets feature 850 banners

July 1, 2008

The project. Each year since 1958 Vancouver, British Columbia decorates the city’s streets with banners. The idea was unprecedented when first initiated, but is now mimicked throughout North America. This year’s commission went to the internationally renowned Vancouver painter, Bratsa Bonifacho. The company. Bonifacho’s banners were printed on 210 denier nylon by The Big Bold …

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Technology gives fabrics the power to act and react

Adapting shoes to weather conditions Wet feet? Never again. German companies IQTEX and BASF have jointly developed a unique, intelligent system that adapts shoes to suit weather conditions. To make this possible, IQTEX has processed a special superabsorbing fleece from BASF into an innovative ventilation element known as Vayu Verde®. When the material gets wet …

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Online awning advantages increase consumer awareness

Many consumers aren’t aware of the role awnings can play in conserving energy and providing protection from solar fading and exposure. Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC and Somfy Systems Inc. hope to elevate consumer awareness about the benefits of awnings through a marketing program that will continue throughout the peak selling season. The central element …

Textile waste causing pollution in Bangladesh

The dyeing and printing units of the Universal Yarn Dyeing facility in Tangail, Bangladesh, are releasing toxic waste, including arsenic, into the nearby Louhajang River, threatening public health, fish, crops and vegetation, according to The [Bangladesh] Daily Star Internet edition, www.thedailystar.net. The chemical wastes, permitted for disposal in a pond or pit on the company …

Unrest in Pakistan hurts textile exports

A state of emergency declared in Pakistan in November 2007, followed by the assassination of Benazir Bhutto and the subsequent December riots, are the primary causes of a 3-percent decrease in textile exports, reports the Yarns and Fiber Exchange e-newsletter, yarnsandfibers.com. Political crisis and uncertainty is scaring off foreign buyers, while production costs after the …

CONTECH revamps operations and leadership

CONTECH Construction Products Inc., West Chester, Ohio, announced a major reorganization in May of its bridge, drainage, earth stabilization and stormwater solutions business. The company has integrated its field marketing and sales team and streamlined its operating divisions, appointing Stephen R. Spanagel as president of sales and marketing and Thomas P. Slabe as president of …

Life Stone Materials creates 45 high-tech textile jobs

When Santens of America moved its operations overseas last year, many textile workers lost long-time careers. Now Life Stone Materials LLC will take advantage of their skills by locating a $5.5 million manufacturing facility in Anderson, S.C., employing veteran employees in 45 new high-tech textile jobs. The availability of trained workers was key in selecting …

Engineered Yarns shifts to technical textiles

EY Technologies is a name that evokes engineering expertise, and Engineered Yarns Company USA, Fall River, Mass., will use its new name to signal a shift to new technologies and smart fibers. The manufacturer of industrial and composite yarns is touting its expertise in nanoparticle and nanofiber technologies. “Through the combination of fiber and chemical …

Roland DGA recognized for software use to improve business

Each year, Microsoft® Dynamics™ recognizes customers that have achieved significant business improvement using the company’s software and services. At the Convergence 2008 Dynamics user conference, Roland DGA Corporation, Irvine, Calif., received recognition for using the software to achieve its goal: moving from multiple paper-based warranty claims processing to a completely automated process. Roland DGA supplies …

Winston Group acquires Eagle line of hot air welders

The Winston Group Ltd., West Chicago, Ill., has acquired the Eagle line of hot air welders, industrial thermal welding elements and accessories from Clements National Corp., Chicago, Ill. “The brand strongly complements our current product efforts,” says William Croft, president of the Winston Group, “and we look forward to infusing it with our latest technologies …