Companies release eco-friendly denim

June 30, 2009

Tejidos Royo and Lezing Fibers have introduced E[DOS], an eco-friendly denim, as part of the Hybridenim collection. E[DOS] features a combination of organic cotton and TENCEL® cellulose fiber made from wood pulp. The result is comfortable denim that requires little maintenance. E[DOS] will be presented at Bread & Butter, a three-day tradeshow for street and …

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The ephemeralization of energy production: Photovoltaics using fabric

June 29, 2009

The skinny on photovoltaics using fabric and where to find it By Amelia Amon Buckminster Fuller famously asked a group of architects “How much does your building weigh?” His query to us now might be, “How much energy is embedded in your photovoltaic installation?” Flexible amorphous PV panels, nano-tech films and solar fabrics on lightweight …

Invista to demonstrate Lycra® Sport

June 26, 2009

Invista will demonstrate its line of active wear, Lycra® at a press breakfast July 22 at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show. The demonstration will also include a history of the development and testing of Lycra® Sport. The breakfast will begin at 8:45 a.m. at the Invista booth (#39037).

Companies form new raw material supply agreement

June 25, 2009

3M company Dyneon LLC has formed an agreement with China-based Shandong Dongyue Polymer Material Co. Ltd., a producer of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE). The agreement pertains to the raw material supply of suspension PTFE intermediate. Both companies seek to expand their presence in the PTFE market through the agreement.

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Designing innovative fabric structures

June 24, 2009

How a German engineering/architecture firm is leading the way in designing exciting and unusual fabric structures By Mark Zeh Recently I had the pleasure of talking to Gerd Schmid and Bernd Stimpfle, the managing directors of form TL. form TL is a structural engineering consultancy located in Radolfzell in the south of Germany on the …

TENCEL® fiber available in powder form

The Lenzing Group announced the release the powder form of TENCEL® fiber, a cellulose fiber. TENCEL® offers a variety of natural functions for use in textiles for apparel and home applications. The particles of the eco-friendly powder form are almost spherical, making them easy to process, and the full range of applications for the powder …

Best Rental Management Software winner announced

June 23, 2009

Rental & Staging Systems magazine and InfoComm International named IntelliEvent the winner of the 2009 Best Rental Management Software award. IntelliEvent, a company specializing in management software, won the award for the second consecutive year based on a Rental & Staging Systems readers’ poll. The company received the award at the Orange County Convention Center …

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Upholstery fabrics go green

June 22, 2009

Upholstery fabric manufacturers are implementing earth-friendly production processes and developing high-quality fabrics with eco-sensitive features. By Holly O’Dell From magazine articles to seminars to trade show floors, the topic of sustainability has worked its way into the American business consciousness. As a result, companies are pioneering solutions that address the safety of the planet and …

OPM introduces new high performance films

OXPEKK® Permetta™ films, released by Oxford Performance Materials, have been released for use in the medical, industrial, electronic and aerospace markets. The eco-friendly films are made from OPM’s polyetherketoneketone polymer and are available in widths up to 393 mm and thickness up to 600 microns. The films offer strong adhesion, abrasion resistance and high thermal …

DuPont™ releases Sorona® fiber for commercial use

June 19, 2009

Sorona®, a renewable fiber made partially with agricultural feedstock, has been released by DuPont™ for use in the commercial carpet industry. The eco-friendly polymer meets LEED requirements in three categories, and is 37 percent renewably sourced by weight. Sorona is also resistant to staining and fading.

Furniture broker expands online shopping features

June 18, 2009

Wholesale Furniture Brokers, an online contemporary furniture store, has improved its online shopping experience for customers. Upgrades to the company’s site include staff reviews of products, shopping and style guides, an American made furniture section, and expanded furniture and manufacturer categories to help shoppers make better-informed buying decisions.

Datacolor introduces UV calibration service

June 17, 2009

Datacolor announced the addition of the UV ASSURED™ Calibration Option to its ASSURED Support Program. The option, which is available to the textiles, paper and plastics industries, will measure the whiteness of UV-enhanced materials. It is intended to optimize UV output while reducing costs and saving time in the process. Click here for more information …

The changing workforce

By Pat Hayes, CPP Businesses across all industries face changes in workforce and labor needs. Finding the right person with the right skills suited to specific job requirements continues to be the crux of all labor issues. No matter the size of the company, business owners may face similar employee problems: turnover, lack of commitment …

SCORE releases startup guide for entrepreneurs

June 16, 2009

The Company Corporation® and SCORE have released an updated version of How to Really Start Your Business. The workbook provides detailed information on how to transform a business idea to a business plan, as well as how-to guides to launching a successful website and conducting error-free e-commerce. A PDF version of the workbook is available …

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Customer service keeps businesses afloat

June 15, 2009

Focusing on customer service can help navigate a tough economic climate. By Abbie Yarger Businesses are doing all they can to stay afloat in today’s economic environment, from layoffs to budget cuts. One thing they shouldn’t cut is customer service. Creating and sustaining good customer service in tough economic times can give businesses an advantage …

PPI to provide LEED Green Associate classes

Professional Publications Inc. will offer classes to help prepare building professionals to pass the LEED Green Associate exam, which tests basic knowledge of green operations, design and construction. Students will receive free flashcards, a study guide and a practice exam book. The one-day classes, which will be taught by accredited LEED instructors, will be held …

Ashburn Hill Corp. launches new website

Ashburn Hill Corp., a manufacturer of fire-retardant apparel based in Angleton, Texas, announced the launch of its new website promoting a new line of products. TECGEN XTREME™ is a single-layer protective apparel that offers an alternative to turnout gear for firefighting. The site also features ThermTex™ products. Visit for more information.

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Taylor Made Systems launches repair service

June 12, 2009

Taylor Made Systems is offering Taylor Made Advantage Plus, a marine glass repair service. The service specializes in repairs for broken, malfunctioning or outdated marine glass on hatches, windows, roofs, doors, windshields, lights or any other glass parts of a boat. All work is under a Taylor Made Systems warranty and is be performed by …

SCORE launches online toolkit for success

June 11, 2009

SCORE launches online toolkit for success SCORE, a nonprofit association partnered with the U.S. Small Business Administration, recently launched an online toolkit as part of its “Accelerate Your Success” campaign, which will feature new online toolkits each month. This month’s toolkit, titled “Accelerate Your Network,” is meant to encourage entrepreneurs to launch businesses and create …

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Green cost savings

June 10, 2009

What cost-saving techniques does your company implement regarding recycling and textiles? “Never throw out any fabric scraps” is a policy at Glawe Tent and Awning. A bin of fabric scraps has resulted in a remnant sale of small lots of industrial fabrics to the public, a source of supplies for a neighborhood sheltered workshop and …

OR announces design competition sponsors

Outdoor Retailer (OR) announced the sponsors of its 2009 trade show, Project OR, which will consist of a 48-hour student design competition in which students turn their concepts into prototypes. This year, students will be challenged to create an eco-friendly garment for outdoor use. Sponsors of the event, which will be held July 21-24 in …

AATCC names 2009 Outstanding College Graduate of the Year

June 9, 2009

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) awarded Ashley E. Bradham, who received her B.S. in polymer and color chemistry from North Carolina State University, with the 2009 Outstanding College Graduate of the Year. The award, which was established in 2002, is given to candidates nominated by the AATCC student chapter faculty advisors. …

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Keeping up with advances in backlit applications

June 8, 2009

Staying on top of advances in fabrics and techniques for backlit applications offers a promising opportunity for growth. By Sigrid Tornquist If you want to attract attention to something, shine a light on it—or better yet—shine a light behind it. Backlit interior signage has long been a popular and effective advertising strategy, but it’s a …

TenCate receives $13 million order for combat uniforms

Propper International Inc., St. Charles, Miss., requested $13 million worth of TenCate Defender™ M fabric from TenCate Defense & Tactical, a division of TenCate Protective Fabrics Inc., Union City, Ga.. The fabric, which received commendations of appreciation from the U.S. Army and U.S. Marines in 2008, will be used for the manufacture of combat uniforms …

Naturally Advanced Technologies presents at hemp conference

June 5, 2009

Jason Finnis, co-founder of Naturally Advanced Technologies Inc., Vancouver, Canada, presented at the Sixth International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) in May. Finnis announced his company’s plans to commercialize Crailar®, an eco-friendly, fiber-based technology used by the textile industry. The conference, which took place in Wesseling, Germany, focused on the latest developments …

Chinese textile officials tour U.S. textile facilities

June 4, 2009

A group of Chinese officials visited several key textile facilities to continue their research on U.S. standards for textile and apparel manufacturing. Test equipment provider SDL Atlas, Rock Hill, S.C., hosted the officials at the company’s North American headquarters based in Rock Hill, S.C. Officials also stopped at the U.S. Product Safety Commission in Bethesda, …

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Miami’s design festival features fabric pavilion

June 3, 2009

The pavilion is the centerpiece of the festival. By Joanna Baymiller Like the proverbial expression about rust, Miami never sleeps. From its renovated and ultra-hip South Beach playground to its Art Deco and Design districts, Miami parades art, fashion and architecture in a frenzied and seemingly endless loop of exhibitions and festivals. It’s a kind …

Eastman updates Netherlands resin production facility

Eastman Chemical Co., Kingsport, Tenn., announced the completion of the first upgrade to its hydrogenated hydrocarbon resin facility in Middelburg, the Netherlands. The upgrade is one of many planned by the company to increase plant capacity by more than 30 percent by the end of 2009. The plant produces the Regalite™ product line, which is …

Topson Downs receives Apparel Top Innovator award

June 2, 2009

Apparel Magazine honored Topson Downs, an apparel manufacturer in Los Angeles, Calif., as one of the 40 recipients of the Apparel Top Innovator award. The award is granted to apparel retailers, brands and manufacturers for their innovation in the areas of technology, management and corporate goodwill. Topson Downs earned the award for their green policies …

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The softer side of signage

June 1, 2009

Making fabric the medium for the message By Janice Kleinschmidt A stone tablet may have served the early Viking explorers well, but the 21st century demands more flexibility—and certainly more mobility. That’s why soft signage continues to evolve. “You are seeing people’s needs for messaging change,” says Jason Amidon, 3M product marketing supervisor, noting a …

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Dye ink dries instantly

Problem: For some projects there is simply no time to wait for the ink to dry. Solution: GO dMax 4 HS from Graphics One is a black dye ink formulated for high-production environments. Offering good densities in excess of 3.2 on dMax 4 film, the major feature of this ink is to image film at …

BioNeutral Group develops fabric treatment formulas

Ogiene™ eliminates toxic gases and odors on fabrics, while Ygiene™ has antimicrobial properties. Both are fabric treatment formulas developed by BioNeutral Group Inc., Newark, N.J. The company recently announced that a wholly owned subsidiary, Advanced Bio-Fiber Treatments Corp., will focus its attention on marketing these products to industries and customers at high risk for toxin …

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Cut costs, not customers

Think like your customers before making cost management decisions. By Marc Hequet Getting a grip on how to navigate through difficult economic times is challenging even for the most seasoned business people. It may be tempting to fiddle with prices and expend significant resources in scrounging for new business, but experts advise a different path. …

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Woven material ideal for backlit graphics

Problem: Customers need fabrics for backlit graphics. Solution: Fisher Textiles now offers a wrinkle-resistant, three-layered, tightly woven material that produces exceptional print quality and opacity for backlit applications. It is also flame-retardant and available in 61-inch, 72-inch and 120-inch widths. SOURCE Fisher Textiles

Revised NIOSH guidelines for protective gear

When first responders suit up for a possible bioterrorism situation or unknown chemical release, a respirator may be a life-and-death decider. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) revised its recommendations for responders, incorporating two advances made since the previous 2001 guidelines. Respirators should be rated for chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) …

Controversy over ballasting tents

Compiled by Juli Case I’m installing a 40 x 120 foot tent, and my client is not allowing me to use stakes. If I use cement barrels, how many will I need? This is a tricky question, and as you’re probably already aware, is fraught with liability issues. What you’re describing is called “ballasting” and …

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Adhesive designed for rough surfaces

Problem: Graphic media don’t stick to rough surfaces. Solution: New RoughRap™ from MACtac® is an aggressive adhesive designed for application on rough-textured surfaces, with the added advantage of being completely removable. This media can create the look of painted graphics on a challenging surface, such as an old brick wall. SOURCE MACtac

DSI acquires Alexco

Diversified Systems Inc. (DSI), Greenville, S.C., added to its extensive product line of manufacturing machinery with the purchase of Alexander Machinery (Alexco), the largest designer and manufacturer of large roll-winding machinery in the world. Alexco’s many design patents will complement and extend DSI’s reach in machinery for textile, cut-and-sew, nonwoven and film industries.

Defining NYCO fabric

Compiled by Juli Case I have a customer specifying Nyco fabric. What is it? NYCO is an abbreviation for a fabric that is a blend of nylon and cotton. The nylon adds strength and abrasion resistance, while the cotton adds breathability and moisture absorption. To date, it’s being used for military uniforms and high-performance sportswear. …

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Le Bel forms connections to fuel innovation

Claude Le Bel’s experiences and interests have led him to success. By Sigrid Tornquist “For me, everything is possible. You just have to find the right person for the job,” says Claude Le Bel, president and founder of Sollertia Inc. in Montréal, Quebec, Canada. Appropriately named Sollertia—which is Latin for ingenuity—the company serves as a …

A&R Tarpaulins named SBA Family Business of the Year

A&R Tarpaulins Inc., and its divisions AR Tech and AR Industries, have received the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) 2009 Family Owned Small Business of the Year Award, one of only two winners from the agency’s Region IX zone (California, Nevada, Arizona, Hawaii and Guam). “Recession is a challenge, and meeting that obstacle head-on with …

Obtaining a NAFTA Certificate of Origin for exports

Compiled by Juli Case I’m in the U.S. and am exporting some product to Canada. Where do I get a NAFTA Certificate of Origin? The North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is a trade agreement between the United States, Canada and Mexico that eliminates duties and eliminates or reduces tariffs on certain products. Under NAFTA, …

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Mosaic dresses up fashion trade show

{Pink Inc.} New York, N.Y., U.S.A. Pink Inc. developed The Mosaics, a hanging system for their client, Business Journals, to create interesting fashion trade show environments. The structures needed to be large but light and attract attendees to the registration area and other common areas. With Sharon Enright, Pink Inc. designed a Mosaic Mobile of …

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Demand for geomembranes shifts

Aspect Environmental Lining Ltd., Frankton, New Zealand, has seen a decline in demand for decorative pond liners and agricultural manure basins; at the same time, lining installations for heavy construction work and landfill cells remain a strong business. Possible reasons for the demand shifts: in tough economic times, decorative ponds may be expendable, and bio-gas …

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ETFE membrane installed in North America

A North American first shelters shoppers and diners in “Kansas City’s living room.” By Lynn Keillor When sprinter Muna Lee ran in the 200-meter finals at the Beijing Olympics, she competed beneath the same membrane that she may have dined under in her home town of Kansas City, Missouri. The single-layer ethylene tetrafluorethylene (ETFE) membrane, …

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Fabric structure revitalizes farmer’s market

{Mahaffey Fabric Structures} Memphis, Tenn., U.S.A. When a fire destroyed a year-round farmer’s market in Washington, D.C., a structure was needed immediately to replace an important neighborhood gathering place. Mahaffey Fabric Structures provided a custom, clearspan, 50-foot by 225-foot fabric structure in less than six weeks, revitalizing the popular center. Since the market was covering …

Bloomsburg Mills closes operations

After 120 years of weaving, dyeing and finishing fabrics in Bloomsburg, Pa., and Monroe, N.C., the Bloomsburg Mills Inc. closed its plants and ceased operation May 31. The closing affects 226 employees at the two locations. President and CEO James P. Marion III cites an ongoing influx of low-cost imported textiles and the economic downturn …

Fashion runways inspire faux leather collection

Inspired by the high-fashion runways, Silver State Inc. has introduced the Celebrity vinyl collection of faux leathers: they put on a show, but also offer comfort, durability and cleanability. From a signature basketweave to an exotic boa, a high-gloss python and vintage leather-looking solids, the collection has the variety to suit any application and aesthetic. …

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Graphics transform geodesic dome

{Pacific Domes} Ashland, Ore., U.S.A. Pacific Domes created a custom, 24-foot portable geodesic event dome tent for a five-city tour promoting Gatorade Tiger Thirst Quencher. The client wanted the dome to photo-realistically look like the moon to coordinate with the Tiger Woods commercial where Woods drives a golf ball off the moon. The client also …

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Manufacturer seeks to lower cost of kenaf

Kenaf fibers work well for automotive interior door trim, seat backs and other parts, but cost 30 percent more than comparable polypropylene materials. Toyota Boshoku, Aichi, Japan, a manufacturer of auto interior materials, aims to lower the cost of kenaf within three years: in part because it absorbs tons of CO2, a greenhouse gas, and …