Oeko-Tex® Institute meets in South Africa

January 1, 2009

The International Oeko-Tex Association held its annual directors’ conference Oct. 27–28 in Cape Town, South Africa, with particpants from 41 countries celebrating nearly 9,000 product safety certificates issued during the last year. Efforts to increase awareness of textile product safety even in less significant markets, such as Africa, were highlighted by an event held for …

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Biodegradable film offers alternative to PVC film

EcoMedia™ film for UV printers is 100 percent biodegradable and recyclable, priced to compete with traditional PVC film. Stronger and cleaner than PVC, according to the manufacturer, the complete product line includes banner, backlit and block-out films in various widths and weights, which can be used anywhere PVC might be used. EcoMedia received the Product …

Cable system makes installation of recyclable billboards easy

Outdoor advertisers seeking new ways to make customers’ messages stick are turning to single-sheet polyethylene Eco-Posters™, recyclable billboard posters attached with high-tech cables instead of glue. Circle Graphics, Longmont, Colo., developed the unique cable system that attaches single-sheet polyethylene posters with clips inserted into pockets on the back of the Eco-Poster. The clips are attached …

Eastman Machine to expand representation

Eastman Machine Co., a 120-year-old manufacturer specializing in cutting equipment, has announced the appointment of GlobAbility Ltd. of Headington, Oxford, U.K., to represent its line of automated cutting systems, material handling equipment and design software. GlobAbility Ltd. is an international consulting and program management group specializing in the development and implementation of investment, diversification and …

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OFPANZ joins IFAI

Steve Warner, IFAI president, and Grant Clausen, president of the Outdoor Fabric Products Association of New Zealand (OFPANZ), announce that OFPANZ will merge its organization with IFAI. Its membership is comprised of the leading companies in New Zealand involved in the manufacturer of end-products that use specialty fabrics, including lightweight structures, and agricultural, transportation and …

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Herculite Inc. unveils line of biodegradable digital print media

Herculite Inc., Emigsville, Pa., has announced the introduction of Bantex-Terra, an innovative line of biodegradable digital print media for banners, POP, digital print, screen print and other print applications. Bantex-Terra is the only flame retardant, 13-ounce, two-sided, completely blackout digital media made with Herculite’s proprietary Enhanced Micro-Texture to ensure image quality. SOURCE Herculite Inc.

ASID moves to NeoCon

Building on the success of the annual NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair, the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced plans to launch a new ASID National Conference in conjunction with the 2009 event, June 15–17. Each year, NeoCon brings together more than 50,000 attendees to Chicago’s Merchandise Mart to unveil the latest trends and …

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Outdura expands performance fabric awning-weight line

The Outdura performance fabric awning-weight line has added dozens of new stripes to its existing inventory of solids and tweeds, in the 60-inch width favored by the industry. Solution-dyed acrylic fabric is stain-resistant, water-repellent and breathable; properly used and maintained, Outdura will not fade, mildew or lose strength, and is offered in weights suitable for …

Area rugs allow custom cutting

Casual furnishings for indoor or outdoor environments are a Sunbrella® specialty, and durable, colorful, sunlight- and bleach-resistant Sunbrella yarns make up a new line of braided texture area rugs. Tri Vantage™ LLC, a Glen Raven Company in Cleveland, Ohio, recently introduced Sunbrella Renaissance area rugs available in custom options without the cost of custom design. …

New technical fabrics meet wide variety of needs

The newest technical fabrics can withstand all kinds of threats, from infectious agents to human sweat. From the editors of TUT (Technical Usage Textiles) magazine in Paris. Textile finish keeps users smelling and feeling fresh No stinky athletic gear here: HeiQ Materials AG, Swiss producer of silver composite additives and high-performance sustainable textile finishes, has …

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Aurora hires director of marketing

Aurora Specialty Textiles, Aurora, Ill., announces the hiring of Mike Richardson as director of marketing, print media. Richardson will oversee all marketing activities and product line management for Aurora’s print-able textiles, including fabrics that are compatible with solvent, UV, dye sublimation and litho print technologies. Visit www.auroratextile.com.

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ITW Devcon introduces two-part structural methacrylate adhesive

ITW Devcon, Danvers, Mass., has introduced Clear Welder, a two-part structural methacrylate adhesive. It produces a clear bond line on a variety of plastics including acrylics, PMMA, FRP, ABS, PVC and PETG. Requiring little or no surface preparation, Clear Welder is suitable for signs and display cases, and will not discolor or craze when exposed …

AATCC offers student grants

U.S. college juniors are invited to apply for research grants through the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) Foundation/Institute of Textile Technology (ITT) Undergraduate Research Program. ITT will fund up to five awards each year for research in textile engineering or chemistry, and polymer or materials science. All required application materials must be …

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Sunbrella adds velvet to decorative fabrics line

Sunbrella® Velvet is a luxuriously soft fabric woven with a plush pile face— tough and resilient, but soft and pliable, with Sunbrella’s lightfastness and durability making it suitable for high sunlit areas both indoors and outdoors. Recommended for furniture and window treatments, Sunbrella Velvet features excellent abrasion resistance, and color-coordinates with fabrics throughout the decorative …

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Inflatable hospital-to-go speeds emergency relief

The Kentucky Department of Public Health recently raised a 45-bed hospital inside Louisville’s Kentucky Exposition Center using air compressors, human power and inflatable tent technology on a grand scale. Kentucky emergency management officials planning logistics for tornados, floods, large chemical accidents or a pandemic influenza outbreak purchased the instant hospital for deployment during disasters taking …

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Entering the sports and entertainment market for printed fabric projects

Entertainment and sports offer opportunities for those on top of their game. By Barb Ernster Tapping the entertainment and sports market for printed fabric projects is less about who you know and more about having a can-do attitude that delivers quality product on time. Backdrops, stage drapery, large banners and building wraps for film, theater …

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New application makes watercraft projects easier

By Tim Greene A lot has been written about vehicle graphics—meaning cars and trucks—but watercraft have not received the same attention, perhaps because water and wind create an even more challenging environment. This might be about to change. One of the cooler applications of wide format digital graphics print I have seen recently is the …

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Data Logger features digital display of temperature and humidity

Monitoring printing inventory storage areas is now easier with the new Dickson multifeature digital display temperature and humidity Data Loggers with push-to-start and push-to-stop functions. Digital displays allow tracking of temperature and humidity conditions between data downloads, and the Data Logger is USB-enabled for triple speed data downloading. A temperature-only version is available. Dickson is …

The Fiber Society calls for presentations

The Fiber Society has issued an invitation for original research papers for oral and poster presentations at its 2009 spring conference in Shanghai, P.R. China, hosted by the College of Textiles at Donghua University. The theme of the conference is “Fibrous Materials: Science, Technology and Applications,” including polymer science and nanotechnology; dyeing, finishing and biotechnology; …

Welding machine used for wide variety of applications

Problem: When manufacturing a wide variety of products with different materials, thicknesses and type of joints, it is often necessary to have several welding machines for different applications, which can be costly and space-consuming. Solution: The Forsstrom TDW Mega RF welding machine has a much wider welding bed to accommodate larger-diameter materials and supplementary sealing …

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Durasol makes wishes come true

A strong dealer network and commitment to community motivated Durasol Systems LLC, Middletown, N.Y., a manufacturer of custom retractable awnings and solar screens, to donate a portion of company profits to the Make-A-Wish Foundation®. Durasol president and CEO Richard LeMond pledged to share company profits with the charity, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening …

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FGA and Fabric Graphics partnership serves fabric and graphic industries

By Jan Schieffer As the official publication of the Fabric Graphics Association (FGA), Fabric Graphics partners with the association to serve the fabric and graphics industries as a source for information and inspiration. Adam Hewson, co-founder of www.marketclub.club.com, said, “What is good for America in the long run are smart businesses that embrace change.” This …

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Sustainability benefits business

By Tony Schmitt When considering whether or not sustainability is a good business decision, you may ask: What does it mean to be sustainable? In an effort to answer that question, additional questions may arise. What is the difference between sustainable and green? What is a sustainable business? Is it just about a product? What …

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DHJ International launches range of coated polyester media

DHJ International has announced the launch of Acqua’Print, a new range of coated polyester media for direct print dye dispersal for the new generation of inkjet printing machines. The products include Acquasun, for backlit applications; Acquanight, a blackout fabric for front lit applications and banners; Acquadrop, a non-curl canvas for kakemonos, artist canvas and POP; …

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The true value of awnings

To remain relevant and profitable in a tough economy, awning manufacturers, distributors and retailers need to promote the palpable benefits of awnings. By Holly O’Dell As their bank accounts shrink, consumers are carefully examining every purchase and balking at what they view as an unnecessary expenditure. Unfortunately, awnings are often grouped into this category, prompting …

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Marine fabric resists pencil and ink mark absorption

Problem: Many popular exterior marine vinyls have a tendency to absorb and retain patterning marks from both pencil and pen, making the fabric assembly process tedious and time-consuming. Solution: Herculite Riviera Marine Fabric™ is made with a high-performance stabilized PVC and coated with Rain Kleen® to resist pencil and ink mark absorption. The fabric can …

Prodesco celebrates 65 years of manufacturing

Prodesco Inc., Perkasie, Pa., celebrated its 65th year of technical textile manufacturing on November 20, 2008, with an award ceremony and history presentation—preceded by a day of volunteer service in the community. On November 19, Prodesco employees worked for free, building Habitat for Humanity housing, helping keep local parks clean and green, and assisting at …

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Facing green challenges

Scott Campbell, chairman of the Industrial Fabrics Association International and owner of Rainier Industries in Tukwila, Wash., discusses issues facing the textile industry in its movement toward sustainable practices. How much can textile suppliers and manufacturers realistically embrace sustainable practices in this economy? Defining “green” is a challenge because there are no standards. Everyone can …

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Creative services company offers top-shelf solutions

By Jill C. Lafferty In the decades in which Photoworks Creative Group has been in business, the Charlottesville, Va.-based creative services company has evolved with every industry innovation. Photoworks started as a custom color lab and commercial photography studio in the mid-1980s, transitioned from film to digital in the 1990s, expanded into a full-blown creative …

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Aurora introduces six new fire-resistant fabrics

Adding to its line of dye-sublimation and UV-printable fabrics, Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc., Aurora, Ill., announces six new fire-resistant options. These fabrics retain their softness of hand and brightness, while meeting NFPA 701 standards for indoor use. They are ideal for point-of-purchase, banner stands and trade show exhibits. SOURCE Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc.

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Technologies meet demand for digitally printed fabric products

As the digital fabric printing industry matures, the machines are faster, the inks are more vibrant, and the most important color in the spectrum is green. By Janice Kleinschmidt The marketing phrase “new and improved” has been slapped on every kind of product at one time or another, with—on occasion—dubious results. Sometimes “improvements” are merely …

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New gaming suede used with grand-format printers

Problem: Customers want a grand-format-sized gaming suede for sublimation printing. Solution: Now available in a 135-inch width, GF4908 Gaming Suede allows more speed and efficiency for grand-format printers. The 7.6-ounce 100-percent polyester knit was developed as a top cover for gaming tables, and offers excellent print qualities and superior stain resistance. Flame-retardant fabric passes the …

Fiber Economics Bureau releases 2009 directory

The Fiber Economics Bureau, Arlington, Va., released The 2009 World Directory of Manufactured Fiber Producers in October 2008, and it provides product and contact information on 1,300 fiber producers in 66 countries. The directory includes a chart of fiber plants by country, international fiber producer affiliations and ownership, and a list of 900 fiber trademarks, …

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Signage presents opportunities for retailers in down economy

Data from the U.S. Small Business Administration shows that signage is the least expensive, yet most effective, form of advertising available to retailers, and is responsible for half of retailers’ customers. The International Sign Association (ISA) stresses the critical role of on-premise signage as a marketing tool for struggling retailers during this challenging economy. Opportunity …

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Connecting printed fabrics and hardware

Installation hardware is part of the package print shops now offer. By Lou Dzierzak There’s a symbiotic relationship between printed fabrics and the hardware used to display those colorful materials. Neither element can truly succeed without the expected performance of the other. Imagine the deadline-challenged printer, who has delivered against a time-sensitive deadline, and then …

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Banners featuring historic photos decorate college campus

By Chelan David The project. To create large format banners embossed with historical photos from the Stanford University Library archives. The banners drape fences surrounding a construction site located at one edge of campus. The company. Designed by XL Prints, Santa Clara, Calif., for Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. The task. Stanford University was looking for …

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Partnerships and subcontracting benefit businesses

Partnerships and subcontracting offer opportunities and solutions. By Janet Preus It’s not so complicated: there are certain things your company does very well, and there are other things that could be done more expediently by someone else. It could be a matter of expertise, time available, or any number of factors influencing workflow. The bottom …

Polyester mesh minimizes waste and saves energy

Problem: Small rolls require larger purchases and extra seaming and can be damaged during shipping. Solution: Solrec® PVC-coated polyester mesh is available in nine colors in a 118-inch width and 32-yard lengths, minimizing waste by reducing cutting and seaming. Mesh construction improves air flow, provides UV protection and can reduce customers’ energy consumption—a prime selling …

Eide Industries donates money to assist with heating bills

Every time Eide Industries, a Cerritos, Calif., producer of custom awnings and structures, installs a fabric-based shade project registered with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, $100 will be donated to assist low-income families pay heating bills. Eide made the pledge after the U.S. Senate failed to pass a home heating assistance …

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EFI acquires remaining interest in Raster Printers

EFI, Foster City, Calif., is acquiring the remaining interest in Raster Printers it does not currently own. Raster Printers, San Jose, Calif., offers a line of environmentally friendly, UV, wide format printers, currently marketed under the brand name Daytona, and targeted to midrange customers in the display graphics market. Following the close of the transaction, …

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PVC breeds controversy in industrial fabrics industry

Can vinyl fit in a green world? By Janice Kleinschmidt Poor Waldo Semon. Today the inventor would no doubt fly his private jet to his private island, where he would entertain VIPs in just about any industry you could name. But in 1926, when the B.F. Goodrich Co. researcher devised polyvinyl chloride (PVC), his employer …

Fabric graphics industry helps print awning fabric

Compiled by Juli Case We have a customer who wants a vinyl awning fabric with a leopard or tiger stripe, and it has to be suitable for outdoors. Any idea who makes this material? We couldn’t find a supplier who stocked a vinyl awning fabric with these particular prints; apparently most awning customers aren’t quite …

Digital template system increases productivity

Problem: Physical templates are often difficult to capture due to their size and complexity, and the information needs to be recreated in a CAD format to work with modern cutting technology. Solution: The Proliner Digital Template System allows users to create CAD templates of existing field conditions and objects, with an easy-to-use four-button operation. Templates …

Textile fundamentals offered in online course

Complete a comprehensive, in-depth study of textile processing from fibers to finish at home with a new “eLearning” course developed by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) and the College of Textiles at North Carolina State University. The online course includes animations and videos in a series of modules on fundamentals of …

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Roland Financial Services enables customers to lease products

Roland DGA Corporation, Irvine, Calif., introduces Roland Financial Services, powered by U.S. Bank, enabling customers to lease any Roland product priced more than $5,000. Businesses can finance up to 100 percent of the equipment purchase price with minimal or no initial fees. Leases can also be set up to cover supplies and training costs up …

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Mastering color management

Creating the colors your customer wants. By Roberto Santos The growth of digital inkjet printing for fabric graphics is a reflection of the versatility of this technology and the unique demands of producing images on fabric. Taming the wild beast that is color management certainly involves another relatively new technology—ICC color profiling—but this digital tool …

Shadow Cube fabric ideal for use in hospitals

Compiled by Juli Case We have a client specifying a fabric called Shadow Cube for the hospital privacy curtains we’re making for them. What can you tell us about this fabric? Shadow Cube is a fabric that is part of Milliken & Co.’s line of Visa fabrics. Visa is the trade name of a line …

Saving time and labor while setting grommets

Problem: Fabricators waste time and labor pre-punching holes to set grommets. Solution: Fasnap’s full line of self-piercing grommets, bench press and dies saves time and labor by setting grommets in one quick motion. A variety of grommet styles and sizes can be set in these machines, including the rolled-rim and spur self-piercing line. SOURCE Fasnap …

Experts give advice on preventing airbag theft

According to a Consumer Affairs report, in 2004 one of every 25 previously damaged vehicles had a dummy airbag—or no airbag at all. One California woman drove her repaired vehicle two years before finding that her driver’s side airbag consisted of mechanic rags. Only a handful of states have laws regulating airbag system replacement. Then, …

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Bruin appoints Pletcher Sales as Midwest agents

Bruin Plastics Company Inc., Glendale, R.I., announces the appointment of Pletcher Sales Inc., Bristol, Ind., as its Midwest sales and warehousing agents. With their extensive experience in the industrial fabrics market, Brian Pletcher, Scott Coryn and Rob LaRocca will be significant additions to the Bruin sales force. Bruin Plastics has been a manufacturer and distributor …