Fabric Images Inc. utilizes Japanese designs

February 1, 2009

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 …

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. …

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 …

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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 …

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Sun shade regulations recommended in preschools

The consumer group Choice, a founding member of Consumers International, audited seven Australian childcare centers, none of which complied fully with regulations governing UV protection in shading structures. The group recommended regulation of sun shades in preschools to ensure that shade cloth provides sufficient protection and structures are designed to account for sun intensity and …

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 …

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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 …

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.

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 …

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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 …