NTA adopts purchasing objectives

February 1, 2009

A Government Textiles Committee of the National Textile Association (NTA) has adopted objectives to increase purchases of domestic textiles in U.S. government agencies. The seven objectives are: Work with agencies, Congress and the Administration on matters related to textile and textile product purchases in government agencies; Suggest improvements in government business practices regarding textile procurement; …

Members Only  

Herculite designs fabric for marine applications

Herculite Riviera Marine Fabric™ is designed for a variety of marine applications, including bimini tops, enclosure curtains, cockpit and boat covers. Specially formulated with high-quality vinyl that features a soft, supple hand for easy fabrication, the lightweight fabric has a reinforced inner core woven from high-strength polyester, and an exclusive topcoat to enhance durability and …

Members Only  

Geotextile reinforces I-35W bridge reconstruction

The new I-35W Mississippi River, St. Anthony Falls Bridge in Minneapolis, Minn., opened to commuters in September 2008, more than a year after the catastrophic collapse of the old span. The 10-lane bridge with a 100-year lifespan set new records for design-build construction, in part because improved technologies, such as Mirafi® HP570 geotextile, allows multiple …

Members Only  

Chinese advised to use U.S. tests for auto fabrics

Original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are outsourcing automotive fabrics to Asian markets. IFAI’s Automotive Materials Association director, Kristy Osman, advised Chinese auto materials manufacturers to fully understand the test requirements and methods used by U.S. car makers before making fabrics for export. Most tests (durability, fire and stain resistance, weight) are international methods, “however, each OEM …

USDA offers User Agreement for textile mills

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made available the User Agreement for textile mills participating in the Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) Program authorized by the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008. The EAA Program authorizes the Secretary of Agriculture to provide assistance to U.S. textile manufacturers that invest an equivalent amount of funds …

Members Only  

Safe options for tensioned fabric structures

Problem: More stringent building codes have restricted choices for tensioned fabric structures. Solution: Atex™, by P-D Interglas Technologies, provides environmentally friendly, completely non-combustible fabrics in almost any color. These fabrics provide the marketplace with a truly commercially viable, silicone-coated architectural fabric. SOURCE P-D Interglas Technologies Ltd.

Top 10 home decor trends for 2009

In a distressed economy, the well-dressed home is a place for friends, families and harried breadwinners to re-group and find sanctuary. Decor Place, Las Vegas, Nev., consults interior designers and industry experts each year to pinpoint the Top 10 Home Decor Trends for 2009. Frugality isn’t the only thing that’s in this season: 1. The …

Arquati USA introduces new Web site

Current customers of Arquati USA, Carrollton, Texas, moulding and solar protection products, will find plenty to like about the company’s new Web site (www.arquatiusa.com). Registered users can download credit applications, forms, technical product information, installation instructions, price booklets and promotions, streamlining sales support. Updated user interface and easy navigation make the site much more informative …

HIA supports 2009 as the International Year of Natural Fibers

The Hemp Industries Association (HIA) is a supporting organization of the International Year of Natural Fibers (IYNF) 2009, a program of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. The public awareness campaign gets underway officially in Rome on Jan. 22, 2009, the beginning of a year-long series of events across the globe …

Members Only  

Carpet ideal for indoor digital printing

Problem: Your customer is short on promotional space, or just wants to create a unique, branded environment without using wall, window or display space. Solution: UltraCarpet Extra by Ultraflex is a white tufted pile carpet especially made for solvent, eco-solvent and UV inkjet printing. Ink will not scratch off and drying time is minimal. UltraCarpet …

Canvas cover helps replicate Wright flyer

When Tellus Northwest Georgia Science Museum in Cartersville, Ga., opened its doors in January 2009, visitors saw a full-sized replica of the Wright flyer that carried Orville and Wilbur Wright into aviation history—courtesy of Joni and Daymon Johnstone and family. The Johnstones own Lakeside Marine Canvas, Buford, Ga., and, after extensive research, painstakingly created and …

Web site creates online community for rental companies

A Web site where rental companies can ask questions, raise issues and network with others invites more people to join the conversation at www.RentTalkOnline.com. The site is free to use, available to everyone from front-line worker to CEO, and is divided into forums by category, allowing users to focus quickly on the information they want. …

Members Only  

Fabrics protect firefighters

Specialty fabrics meet critical needs in firefighting protection gear. By Julie Young Modern firefighters face numerous threats when they arrive at the scene of an emergency, and the last thing they need to think about in that moment is gear performance. Personal protective equipment (PPE) and related firefighting fabrics need to be designed with a …

Keder can be welded to polyethylene panels

Problem: Standard PVC-coated polyester keder cannot be welded to polyethylene panels. Solution: Polyethylene keder made by American Keder Inc. offers the strength of a polyester fabric with the ability to be welded to polyethylene panels. With careful attention to temperature in the welding process, standard welding equipment can be used. It is available in 2-flap …

Backpack doubles as fleece throw blanket

A student trudging to school with a backpack bigger than herself may earn praise as a model student, but actually plan to nap in the library during third period if she’s carrying a Throw-to-Go. Springs Creative Products Group LLC, Rock Hill, S.C., recently introduced the stylish Throw-to-Go backpack, which unfolds into a comfortable fleece throw …

Fabric Images Inc. utilizes Japanese designs

Japanese design traditions provide a functional solution for one American company. By Yayoi Nagata “I need a story.” This is what the president and CEO of Fabric Images Inc., Marco Alvarez, emphasized when he approached me about a project. He wanted to know about Japanese culture and the hidden stories behind it. Culture-based design today …

Members Only  

Maintaining quality standards in a tough economy

Times are tough, so should you cut corners to compete? “No!” is the adamant response from quality advocates. By Marc Hequet So you’re known for your quality…Great! But how are you supposed to sell quality in this economy? That’s the challenge manufacturers face: persuading discount-seeking buyers to pay a premium for top-of-the-line goods. It’s not …

Lightweight spunmelt fabric reduces noise

Problem: Quieter is better, but it usually means adding bulk and weight to sound-absorbing materials. Solution: Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) has developed a spunmelt fabric that can be used with foam, insulation, meltblown, high loft or other sound-absorbing materials as the outside facing material for enhancing its noise abatement properties. W600 is a thin, lightweight …

Decontamination wipes take on the toughest toxins

The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory recently tested 30 different decontamination wipes to clean up chemical warfare agents and other toxins, and Fibertect™ nonwoven dry wipes outperformed the rest—including materials currently used by the military. The Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH) at Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, developed the new wipe to “safeguard our …

Roofing industry introduces new requirement

Compiled by Juli Case I’ve been asked if my canopy’s wind loads meet I-90. What does that mean? This was a new one to us, too, and it turns out it comes from the roofing industry. I-90 is a wind uplift rating developed by the Factory Mutual Global insurance group. FM Global has developed a …

RF technology allows RF machines to weld polymers

Problem: Polyolefin is a cost-effective replacement for PVC or urethane, but it needs special welding machinery. Solution: Genesis Manufacturing Inc. offers a unique proprietary RF technology that expands the use of most RF machines, making them capable of welding polymers, such as polyolefins. Available for license on a use-specific basis to manufacturers with RF welding …

3M selects U.S. distributor for fabric protectants

Bozzetto Inc., a Greensboro, N.C., chemical company focused on the textile industry, will offer 3M Protective Materials stain management and repellent materials to the apparel industry under a November 2008 distribution agreement. The Bozzetto auxiliary and finishing chemicals “are compatible with our materials,” says Mitch Culbreath, new business development manager for 3M Protective Materials.

SIC codes to be replaced by NAICS codes

Compiled by Juli Case How do I find out which SIC codes describe my business? SIC stands for Standard Classification System, used by the U.S. government to organize businesses into basic categories. Although it is being replaced by NAICS codes, (North American Industry Classification System), SIC codes are still being used. The proper code depends …

Members Only  

Awning creates shade in corners and tight spaces

Problem: Shade is needed for the corner of a building, or an odd-shaped spot that a standard retractable awning or a shade umbrella won’t accommodate. Solution: The 90-degree SeaShell Awning is designed for creating shaded areas in corners or troublesome tight locations. It does not have footings and requires no footprint area, but with its …

Consumer Safety Product Improvement Act

The Consumer Safety Product Improvement Act of 2008 becomes effective February 10, 2009, restricting use of lead on products for children. According to FabricLink, an online resource for fabrics and apparel, manufacturers and retail customers may have large inventories of stock that become unsafe or illegal to sell. FabricLink and TEXbase, a supplier of supply …

Regentex sold exclusively by trade name holder

Compiled by Juli Case Where can I find a fabric called Regentex? Regentex is the trade name of a woven fabric that is a polyester/cotton blend and comes in weights ranging from eight to 24 ounces per square yard. It’s used in a variety of applications, including tarpaulins and horse blankets. The trade name holder, …

Thermocutter features handle that never gets hot

Problem: Hot knife cutters tend to be heavy, and the handle can get uncomfortably hot. Solution: At only 11 1/2 ounces, the AZTC-20 electronic thermocutter from Abbeon Cal Inc. is less than half the weight of other cutters. The transformer found on other cutters has been replaced by high-tech electronics so the handle will never …

ABC Industries receives ISO certification

ABC Industries Inc., Warsaw, Ind., a supplier of industrial textile fabrics, received ISO 9001 certification for quality management and manufacturing in December 2008. The certification applies to the company’s plants in Warsaw and Grand Junction, Colo. ABC’s ongoing improvement efforts will focus on quality management, product quality, on-time delivery, employee training and innovation. For more …

Meeting FMVSS 302 standards

Compiled by Juli Case My client is asking for a fabric that has a “four minute max” on FMVSS 302. What does that mean? FMVSS 302 is an abbreviation for “flammability of interior materials,” and is a frequently referenced U.S. government specification for flammability, despite the fact that its intended use is for fabrics in …

Members Only  

Weisbart uses responsible business practices

Bud Weisbart makes a success of applying principles of social responsibility to the business world. By Sigrid Tornquist “If you believe in the economic system [of free enterprise], which we do, and if you believe in your own abilities to provide value within that system, then do it—just do it,” says Bud Weisbart, IFM, vice …

Tests assess effective pressure of compression products

Is a compression product, such as compression hosiery, sleeves or bandages, too tight or just right? The Hohenstein Institute, Bönnigheim, Germany, has inexpensive, speedy tests to assess the effective pressure of medical compression products, as well as travel and sport stockings. The Hohenstein System (HOSY) device allows items to be fastened to 20 opposing paired …

Plastic tab system with matching pairs

Compiled by Juli Case I’m looking for a headliner system for boats that was new a couple of years ago. It involves a plastic tab system with matching pairs that lock. Any idea of what I’m talking about? We think you’re describing the Fastmount System from a company by the same name headquartered in New …

Members Only  

Flatbed protection system acts as traveling billboard

[Aero-Kit Industries & Tarp Technology Innovations] Burlington, Ontario, Canada Flatbed transportation has moved beyond the load limitations that used to limit haulers. The LOOK® Advanced Covering Sliding System is a versatile and convertible load protection system for flatbed trailers, adaptable to drop-deck and double drop-deck, B-train and tilt’n-load, heavy duty and recreational utility trailers, and …

Production of sustainable biomass from hemp in the works

Dr. Wing Sung, principal research officer of the National Research Council of Canada, discusses his new enzyme-based process to clean and extract fiber from hemp, flax and other bast fibers in a new three-minute video at www.naturallyadvanced.com/s/Photo_Gallery.asp. Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc., Vancouver, Canada, is developing ways to produce renewable and sustainable biomass from hemp, and …

Members Only  

Fabric canopies transform Oldham Schools

Fabric canopies unite revitalized buildings for Oldham Schools in England. By Helen Elias The city of Oldham in the northwest of England had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: Oldham Council was awarded £230 million (about $350 million) to spend on transforming secondary education through refurbishment or demolition and replacement with new schools. Most of the money came …

Members Only  

Tarps cover hazardous debris for transport

[Tarps Manufacturing Inc.] Meredosia, Ill., U.S.A. When the Pekin Power Plant in central Illinois committed to a $1 million asbestos removal project in 2008, it was clear that special equipment was going to be needed to handle the hazardous debris. Tarps Manufacturing Inc., Meredosia, Ill. was called in to help provide the solution. Durability and …

Members Only  

SKYShades offers investors money-back guarantee

SKYShades, an Orlando, Fla., manufacturer of tension membrane shades, is so confident that its products will sell that it is offering franchise investors a money-back guarantee. If new franchisees have not generated $1.5 million in revenue within three years, SKYShades will refund the initial franchise investment of $75,000. “Even with concerns over the economy, we …

Climate control system humidifies textile plants

To prevent problems with yarn breakage, static build-up, dust and lint, Fogco’s overhead “Revolution” climate control system humidifies the air by producing a fine mist and delivering it with a focused air stream, using an integrated horizontal fan to achieve 50–60 percent relative humidity within a textile plant. By integrating the focused air stream directly …

Mesh fabric increases tarpaulin life expectancy

[Roll-Rite LLC] Alger, Mich., U.S.A. Industrial scrap and refuse can turn a tarpaulin into, well…garbage. Roll-Rite worked with TenCate, Pendergrass, Ga., to develop a tarpaulin that could handle these demanding conditions. Ideally suited for haulers with roll-off and hook-lift style trucks and transfer trailers, Super Tough Mesh is a 100-percent polypropylene, 10,000 denier, 14.2 ounce-per-square-yard …

Athletic giant acquires Textronics

The Adidas Group International, Herzogenaurach, Germany, offers a broad range of sporting goods across the globe. By acquiring Textronics, a Wilmington, Del., company that develops and sells wearable sensors for fitness and health monitoring, Adidas brings new technology to sporting markets focused on measurement and performance. Textronics introduced the first consumer garment to incorporate heart …

Color-changing film indicates temperature

ChroMyx™ from Chameleon Intl. is a complete line of flexible, waterproof, temperature-sensitive, color-changing films that can be fabricated into virtually any product. The patented product line indicates temperature changes visually, through color change by the touch of a hand or when exposed to unsafe higher temperatures or even cold temperatures. A team of polymer experts …

Members Only  

State of the Industry 2009

The turmoil in the U.S./global economy and its impact on the specialty fabrics industry By Jeff Rasmussen Market strength worldwide In the U.S., specialty textiles account for about 23 percent of production and consumption of textiles overall. The breakout of the consumption of specialty fabrics by selected developed countries: United States, 23 percent; Europe, 22 …

Bruin Plastics appoints Midwest sales force

Bruin Plastics Company Inc., Glendale, R.I., a manufacturer and distributor of fabrics for industrial, marine, military, automotive and other markets, introduced its new Midwest sales and warehousing agents in late November. The industrial fabric market experience of Pletcher Sales Inc., Bristol, Ind., will add significant reach to Bruin’s products. For more information, see www.bruinplastics.com.

Nonwoven wall coverings available in variety of styles

Built on thermoplastic olefin technology, Surface IQ wall coverings feature bold colors, striking patterns and rich, subtle textures—using only water-based inks and coatings. Eight designs and three signature patterns offer more than 50 standard colorways. The eco-friendly nonwoven wall coverings match and exceed all Type II vinyl specifications, and offer rigorous performance standards with durability, …

Inflatable theater to house 2009 multi-media performance

Every year since 1994, London-based Arts Alliance Productions (AAP) recreates “ID: Identity of the Soul,” a multi-media performance based on poetry by Henrik Ibsen and Mahmoud Darwish. Dancers navigate around graphically manipulated landscapes, projected on screens made of materials as varied as a Norwegian lighthouse and sails draped over Japanese shipping containers. The 2009 performance, …

Members Only  

Eton Systems boosts FoamLabs production

By installing three Eton conveyor production systems in one year, specialty foam furniture manufacturer FoamLabs Inc., Atlanta, Ga., has enhanced productivity and provided real-time data to management, says FoamLabs CEO Louis Friedman. Eton Systems Inc., Alpharetta, Ga., supplies the Unit Production System developed specifically for use in the sewn products and technical textiles industries. The …

Banking strategies save money

How to boost your bottom line at your bank’s expense. By William J. Lynott The upheaval in our current economy is forcing banks to find new ways to strengthen their bottom lines—and much of their success in that effort is coming at the expense of their small business customers. New service charges, confusing account options …

Members Only  

Printer offers backlit camera option for outdoor applications

The new Jeti 3348 Jetspeed UV RTR digital printer from Gandinnovations prints at speeds of 2500 square feet per hour in a 4-color configuration with 48 Spectra print heads. Using the company’s UV-curable branded inks on a variety of materials, including 100 percent PE eco-friendly polyethylene, and is well-suited for all types of outdoor applications …

Members Only  

Portrait reproductions exhibit town’s historic textile industry

Museum Schloss Rheydt, a scenic castle in Mönchengladbach, Germany, currently hosts an exhibition on the town’s historic textile industry, including a portrait series of important figures. Visitors may leave the exhibit asking themselves “Was it live, or was it Mediatex®?” Only one of the portraits is the real deal; the rest are reproductions printed on …

MMI Textiles Inc. wins best upstart business award

The Weatherhead 100 awards sponsored by the Council of Smaller Enterprises and Weatherhead School of Management at Case University recognize fast-growing small businesses in northeast Ohio. In December, the number one ‘upstart’ was MMI Textiles Inc., Rocky River, Ohio, a one-person company established in 1997 that now has many employees and 2008 sales revenues of …