Ultraflex introduces redesigned Web site

April 1, 2009

Ultraflex Systems Inc., a Randolph, N.J., manufacturer and distributor of seamless fabrics and accessories for sign, billboard, awning, banner and architectural design, has redesigned its Web site to give distributors and customers more information and options, including technical documentation and certifications. Check out the improved look and content at www.ultraflexx.com.

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Rowley expands annual product catalog

The catalog of tools for home decor design, quilting, upholstery and marine applications keeps growing at Rowley Co., Gastonia, N.C. The company just released its 2009 catalog, which includes nearly 200 new items that can be shipped the same day. View all of Rowley’s 2,700 products online or request a catalog at the Web site, …

Monitoring needed to stop China’s unfair trade practices

In a letter sent to the National Council of Textile Organizations in October 2008, presidential candidate Barack Obama signaled his preference for change in American policy toward Chinese trade practices. “The massive current account surpluses accumulated by China are directly related to its manipulation of its currency value,” said Obama. “A fair trading system requires …

Free trade agreement to increase Indonesia’s exports to Japan

The Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (IJ-EPA) signed in 2008 is likely to increase Indonesia’s exports to Japan from $650 million to $1 billion by the end of 2010, according to Ansari Bukhari, Indonesia’s director general for textiles in the Industry Ministry. China currently dominates the Japanese textile market, with a market share of 75 percent. …

“Buy American” provisions to benefit textile industry

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama on February 13, 2009, includes “Buy American” provisions that will preserve or create jobs in the textile industry, say industry representatives. The Act requires two federal agencies exempt from the World Trade Organization Agreement on Government Procurement, the Transportation Security Administration and …

U.N. group recognizes Toray’s climate change efforts

The reverse-osmosis membrane and carbon fiber composite technologies developed by Toray Industries, Tokyo, Japan, provide practical and profitable solutions to global climate challenges. The United Nations Association of New York awarded Toray its 2008 Humanitarian Award to recognize its efforts to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and purify drinking water supplies for an estimated …

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Rainier acquires SunBlockers

A new product line will enhance the display, fabric and shelter solutions of Rainier Industries Ltd., Tukwila, Wash., following Rainier’s acquisition of SunBlockers retractable awnings, roll shutters and exterior sun screens. SunBlockers, distributors of Eclipse Awnings and Talius Roll Shutters and Screens, became part of the Rainier family in February, 2009. Rainier recently opened a …

TMI opens new warehouse on West Coast

Citing continued growth and an expanding West Coast OEM base, TMI LLC, a producer and supplier of PVC, film, and coated and laminated vinyl, recently established a new Anaheim, Calif., warehouse and logistics center. It is TMI’s fourth location, reflecting the company’s continued strength despite tough economic times. “We are servicing markets that tie into …

Hohenstein Institute comes to U.S.

The German textile research and testing powerhouse, Hohenstein Institute, is bringing its services to the U.S. market, establishing Hohenstein America in Elon, N.C. Former textile industry executive Samuel B. Moore will lead the expansion of the Institute’s product development and testing for textile products, including materials testing, safety certification, UV protection, microbial effectiveness, fire resistance …

Zeus advances polymer electrospinning

Electrospun polymers create high surface-to-weight and surface-to-volume ratio fibers in complex shapes. Zeus Inc., Orangeburg, S.C., recently introduced a new electrospinning process to produce fibers ranging from nano- to micro-sizes. The fibers are especially suitable for filtration media and medical devices, including implantable structures. The company can incorporate additives into the fibers and fabrics, integrating …