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Aurora introduces new fire-resistant fabrics

April 1, 2009

Aurora has added six fabrics with fire-resistant (FR) treatments, including Premium Poplin FR, to its UV and dye sublimation line for indoor or short-term outdoor printed applications, and Act II FR, part of its Weaves of Green line of recycled polyester fabrics. It has also added Replay II to its Weaves of Green line. Made …

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Marine fabric offers full waterproof protection

Two new textiles from Recasens are recommended for the marine fabricator and boat manufacturer looking to offer customers a fully waterproof fabric that is durable and has excellent tear and tensile strength. Nauti Plus is coated with PVC on two sides; Nautimar is coated on one side. Both are produced in 86-inch width, which minimizes …

Fabric meets FTC guidelines for recycled products

Problem: Customers like the versatility of a printable, heavyweight stretch fabric, but they are also committed to going “green.” Solution: ET 9975 Power Stretch from Fisher is made with 95 percent Repreve® recycled yarns, meeting FTC guidelines for recycled products. Similar to Fisher’s regular Power Stretch material in their Eviro-Tex® line, it is a printable, …

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Retired postman starts self-supporting shade structures company

Charlie Sotirkys retired in February 2009 from the U.S. Postal Service in Plymouth, Mass., to launch a new career selling self-supporting shade structures that fit trucks, boats and campers. Sotirkys had an idea, and when he discovered his neighbor, Kenn Medeiros, owned KM Canvas, his own boat cover design business, a partnership formed. “We’re both …

Roofing system enhances roof durability

Sheerfill® architectural membrane is a cool roofing system that delivers high solar reflectance and thermal emitting properties, enhances roof durability, and reduces both building cooling loads and heat island effect. Sheerfill is ENERGY STAR® qualified and Cool Roof Rating Council (CRRC) certified, and because of its translucency it provides abundant natural daylight to facility interiors. …

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New geogrid increases life of pavement

Tech Glass Geogrid is used as an interlayer over distressed pavement, or within the overlay for reinforcement, increasing the overall life of the pavement. It retards the development of reflective cracks by absorbing stresses that arise from damaged pavement. A series of glass fiber strands are knitted into a grid and coated with modified polymer …

Kedercord offers three weldable keder cords

Problem: In order to weld keder cord (hem cord) into the edge of a fabric, the hem cord and fabric must be compatible resin types. Solution: Kedercord has developed three distinct weldable and compatible keder cords: PVC for PVC fabric, PE-type for PE (polyethylene) fabrics and rubber, which will weld to PE fabrics and maintain …

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FTC guides grapple with ‘greenwashing’

Products labeled “green,” “eco-friendly,” “organic,” “sustainable” or “renewable” purport to be better for the environment—but are they? The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) takes on deceptive environmental claims in new Green Guides, available online at www.ftc.gov/bcp/grnrule/guides980427.htm. The FTC wants green marketing claims, whether specific or implied, to be substantiated or qualified in a way consumers can …

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New awning fabric maximizes thermal isolation

Thermocril, a 100 percent solution-dyed acrylic awning fabric, offers color fastness and a newly-engineered backside coating to maximize thermal isolation for the best heat reduction. Thermocril boasts dimensional stability, more water column than regular Docril and extra UV protection. It can be produced in any color now available in the Docril collection. SOURCE Citel

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Awning material made from recycled PET bottles

Shagari awning material is made of solution-dyed polyester fiber recycled from PET bottles. Eco-friendly fabric is fire-retardant, has high quality color fastness and offers a full range of colors. Shagari is also appropriate for casual furniture and marine applications. SOURCE Teijin Fibers Ltd.

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Green fabrics provide options for digital printing

Problem: There are not enough “green” fabric options for the digital printing market. Solution: Weaves of Green™ fabrics are made of fiber from recycled plastic drink bottles. Act II, a heavier fabric with a canvas-like texture, and Replay II, which is lighter weight and smoother, are made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled content and are …

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Design sings in SkySong shade sails

Arizona State University’s Scottsdale Innovation Center invites business and research enterprises to co-locate with ASU’s technology units in a creative incubator. SkySong, a 125-foot swooping shade structure that anchors the central plaza, has become the signature of the Center’s entrepreneurial endeavors. Architect and engineer Nicholas Goldsmith, FTL Design Engineering Studio, New York, N.Y., worked on …

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Cooley releases new awning fabric and substrates

Weathertyte Lite has the architectural fabric look and feel, waterproof properties and flame resistance of Cooley Group’s Weathertyte awning fabric, but its lighter weight offers easier handling. It is also well suited for other applications where protection from the environment is key, such as boat covers and bimini tops, flags and banners. With the creation …

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3M introduces new banner materials

New banner materials include 3M™ Single-Sided Banner Material IJ51, a 12-ounce scrim-reinforced durable banner at an attractive price; 3M™ Double-Sided Banner Material IJ52, in a durable 15-ounce banner with a block-out layer; 3M™ Mesh Banner Material IJ53, a vinyl-coated flexible mesh for fencing and event applications; and 3M™ Mesh Banner Material with Liner IJ54, a …

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Industry innovations meet consumer needs

Improvements in performance fabrics are well suited to work wear, sports and active apparel markets. From the editors of TUT (Technical Usage Textiles) magazine in Paris. Software solutions: design your own The Brandvis Group, Donegal, Ireland, was awarded the innovation trophy for work wear at Expo Protection 2008 in Paris, the leading European show for …

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Lawmaker wants trucks under cover

Since 2001, Arkansas State Senator Kim Hendren has pushed for legislation to require sand and gravel haulers to cover loads with tarps—and the persistent Republican from Gravette, Ark., introduced it again during the 2009 session. “In some of our neighboring states, it’s the law, and up near where I live I see loaded trucks cover …

New fabrics designed for military use

C.O.B.R.A. is a compressible fabric composite designed for load-bearing gear for the U.S. military, such as backpacks and armor carrying vests. The technology allows for dissimilar fabrics to be tied together with an air core of connecting fibers. The fabrics can provide unique properties to the two sides, while the air core allows for compression …

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TriVantage releases new products

The High Point Collection™ III of Sunbrella® fabrics has 117 new style patterns. New collection includes a large grouping of traditional weaves in basic colors designed to coordinate with the patterns and textures that were also added to the collection. There is also a selection of reversible patterns. The fabrics’ softness, designer style and durability …

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Schmieler creates customized cost accounting system

Greg Schmieler’s system maximizes profit for his awning business. By Sigrid Tornquist “Creating a cost accounting system changed my whole career life,” says Greg Schmieler, vice president of Laurel Awning Co. in Pittsburgh, Pa. “It changed the way the company is run. We now know what our profit is, what our costs are, and what …

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 …

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Fabric provides solar light protection

Tempotest 100 percent acrylic fiber, solution-dyed fabric for awnings offers a solar light protection of at least 74 percent. This color fade- and mildew-resistant fabric also has a nanotechnology finishing treatment for a self-cleaning surface, and comes with an eight-year guarantee. Customers may choose from more than 140 colors and patterns. SOURCE J. Ennis Fabrics

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Eco-friendly banner media used for various applications

Ecologic recyclable banner media is a PVC-free, 100 percent recyclable material for front-lit, printed applications. With no plasticizers or heavy metals, Ecologic is an environmentally friendly product that still offers the strength and durability required for long-term outdoor use, and it is smooth enough for close-up viewing on indoor signage. SOURCE Value Vinyls

Sleeping surface keeps inmates safe

[Ferguson Safety Products] Santa Cruz, Calif., U.S.A Suicide prevention products for use in detention facilities pose a serious design challenge. Ferguson Safety Products has invented a textile-based solution to provide safe clothing and bedding for at-risk inmates. The result is the Dozer™, a safe sleeping surface that cannot readily be ripped or torn. The three-inch …

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 …

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Herculite releases new products

Natura™ is made for commercial awning and canopy projects to protect from harsh environments, while providing a natural fabric design element. It delivers the look and feel of natural woven cloth with the added benefits of being waterproof, flame resistant, weldable and dimensionally stable, and supports pressure sensitive graphics. Riviera Marine Fabric™ is lightweight and …

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Textile offers features similar to PVC

A new German-made textile offers the textured look of a textile product combined with the dimensional stability and color reproduction of PVC. The lightweight but durable Insight Heavy is designed for interior use for tradeshows, theatrical applications, point of purchase and retail display. Its fire-retardant properties meet demanding code restrictions, and its unique coating process …

Improved suit offers in-flight protection

[DRIFIRE LLC] Columbus, Ga., U.S.A. Advancements in the air combat uniform (ACU) and flight suit designed for the U.S. military promise a new standard of safety and improvements in breathability, comfort, design, durability and flame resistance. The new garments are not comprised of meta-aramid material, a product pioneered in the 1960s and currently experiencing 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 …

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New photo polyester used for quality images

Photo CS 340 polyester is recommended for all solvent and UV printers. Durable and fire-retardant, and available in widths up to 126 inches, it can be used outdoors or indoors for quality images with true color saturation. SOURCE Ibena Inc.

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Eco-friendly foam cushions offer quick-drying comfort

EZ-Dri polyether-polyurethane foam cushions from Crest Foam are now available in densities of 1.2, 1.5 and 1.8 pounds per cubic foot, with a comfort range from “plush” to “ultra-firm.” New green EZ-Dri materials, available for the 1.5-density family, are formulated for environmentally friendly applications. Large, open pores permit water drainage and air circulation, allowing EZ-Dri …

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Textiles withstand force of implosion

[Controlled Demolition Inc.] Phoenix, Md., U.S.A. [Sabre Demolition Corp.] Warners, N.Y., U.S.A. Textiles that are tough enough for road building can also withstand the force of an imploding building—even one as massive as the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Ind. Sabre Demolition Corp. wrapped three floors of the stadium’s concrete columns with a Tencate Mirafi (43 …

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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 …

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New awning fabrics meet fire resistance standards

Ultrashade and Ultrashade-Lite are vinyl-laminated awning fabrics designed to meet stringent fire resistance standards. Ultrashade’s high strength-to-weight ratio means easier manufacturing and resistance to sagging and stretching. The top coating enhances pressure sensitive vinyl receptivity and prolongs the fabric’s life. A smooth surface makes it easy to clean and stain resistant. Solarbloc® FireFoil offers excellent …

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Clear vinyl available for marine and auto markets

Using an innovative new coating chemistry, O’Sullivan Films introduces Ultrashield, a press polished clear vinyl sheet with superior chemical resistance and scratch-resistant properties for the marine and auto markets. Ultrashield is the only RF-sealable clear product with a scratch-resistant coating on both sides. Product will initially be offered in 54-inch by 110-inch sheets in clear …

Strong coveralls provide flame-resistant protection

[IndustriGuard] Hammond, Ind., U.S.A. IndustriGuard flame-resistant coveralls combine comfort and safety features to meet the demands of industrial environments. Often standard fire-retardant processes can reduce tear strength as much as 25 percent, but the IndustriGuard process controls tear strength within 8 to 15 percent. Even with 100 washings in controlled testing, the coverall retains flame-retardant …

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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New fabric for excellent adhesion

IT 1700 is made from a weft-insert warp knit, anti-wick polyester scrim that is extrusion coated with a matte finish, velvet-embossed PVC coating. Its clean, smooth surface provides for excellent adhesion for most types of graphics. It is heat sealable and meets standard flammability requirements, with a color range appropriate for frontlit awnings and canopies. …

Strap cutting machine features many useful functions

Reliant Converting Equipment Model RCTL-750 strap cutting machine automatically measures and cuts-to-length various strapping materials, from nylon to Kevlar®, up to three inches wide. The ergonomic design automatically unwinds, measures and cuts using cold cutting, hot cutting or ultrasonic cutting, depending upon the machine’s configuration. PLC-controlled system controls tension, manages splices and batch counts. Wider …

Retractable roof to cover Canadian soccer venue

The Vancouver Whitecaps move into a refurbished world-class soccer venue in 2010, and BC Pavilion Corp., Vancouver, B.C., hopes its retractable roof will give fans an intimate yet light-filled experience. The gathered synthetic roof fabric will effectively limit the capacity of the stadium to 22,000 seats, but allow end-zone draping to be removed for future …

“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 …

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Nonwovens markets expand to meet consumers’ demands

Consumers are requesting long-lasting products that are high-performance, cost-conscious and environmentally sound. By Holly O’Dell Although the concept of a durable nonwoven is not new to the industry, many of the products’ traditional applications have focused on disposable items, such as diapers, hygiene wipes, feminine care products and medical drapes and gowns. But as consumers …

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New fabrics offer marine fabricators versatile options

New fabrics including Marine One, Weblon Regatta and Topyssey offer marine fabricators versatile options. Marine One is a lightweight, vinyl-coated, fire-retardant and highly water-repellent polyester. With its high tensile strength it is particularly well suited for covering pontoon boats. Regatta fabrics are designed specifically for the rigorous topside UV exposure and weather challenges of open …

Explosion-proof LED light meets customer demands

Model 27XL LED light with Extreme Light Technology (XLT) is now available with a clear lens option as well as amber, blue, green and red, producing 60 high-intensity flashes per minute. XLT is a breakthrough high-intensity LED array designed to meet the demands of industrial customers, producing maximum light output and superior lens fill. Field …

Nanotube threads help create wearable biosensing technology

Fabrics that monitor vital signs, warn of allergens or cool people with heat stroke may not be far into the future, if Nicholas Kotov, a professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, has his way. Kotov coated cotton with a mixture of carbon nanotubes and a conductive polymer, creating threads that carry enough current to …

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. …

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Social media increases business

Can businesses find success in social media marketing in today’s economy? Yes, they can. By Janice Kleinschmidt Take a page from the high-end playbook: President Barack Obama used social media to build a base of enthusiastic supporters who carried him to the White House. “Instead of asking ‘Where can I find people to hit with …

New fabric combines strength and colorfast properties

TopNotch combines the colorfast properties of solution-dyed acrylics with the strength of polyester. Strong and both abrasion- and UV-resistant, it is also dimensionally stable and will keep its appearance for years. Versatile fabric is equally suitable for awnings and canopies, casual furniture, tents and tensile structures, and marine applications. SOURCE MarChem CFI

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Custom-made screens for retractable awnings

Custom-made screens for retractable awnings in sizes up to 20 feet by 16 feet, 6 inches are available to give awning companies an opportunity to expand their offerings to their customers for whom a screen option is a key element. Units are custom made for almost any retractable awning utilizing marine components. Licenses and exclusive …

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Web site allows for creation of custom fabrics

Handmade fabric items, such as quilts, clothes, pillows, dolls, handbags and framed art, become priceless family heirlooms and pieces of unique history. Crafters can make designs even more personal by ordering custom fabrics from Spoonflower, Mebane, N.C. Stephen Fraser, an Internet marketing consultant, founded the company when wife Kim Fraser said, “You know what would …

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 …