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.

The changing workforce

June 17, 2009

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 …

Datacolor introduces UV calibration service

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 …

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 www.tecgenxtreme.com 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 …

OR announces design competition sponsors

June 10, 2009

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 …

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Green cost savings

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 …

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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Cutting system makes fabric printing faster

June 1, 2009

A new InLine Cutting System for HeatWave direct-to-fabric printers increases productivity, making production faster and easier by cutting printed fabric on the vertical axis. System uses cold knife technology to make sharp, flawless cuts, and can be stopped or paused without creating defects in the printed fabric—a significant advantage over traditional hot knife systems. The …

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Chicago’s Millennium Park celebrates fabric

Civic pride partners with art, architecture and landscape design in Chicago’s Millennium Park, a 24.5-acre public space featuring world-famous designs and designers. Zaha Hadid, the only woman to win the prestigious Pritzker Prize in architecture, joins their ranks with her temporary pavilion design for a June 19 centennial celebration of park planning in Chicago. Zaha …

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Joint venture forms in auto fabric production

In December 2009, Japanese manufacturers Suminoe Textile Company Ltd. and Teijin Fibers Ltd. will locate a joint venture in Osaka, Japan, to combine their strengths in automotive fabric production. The new venture, Suminoe Teijin Techno Company Ltd., will have the advantages of Suminoe’s large market share and developed relationships with auto manufacturers, as well as …

Film protects carpeting and textiles

Transparent, colorless polyethylene film protects carpeting and textiles from wear and soiling, and offers a new, solvent-free adhesive mass and more environmentally friendly manufacturing processes. Novacel 9357 film can also be printed with a logo, trademark or any advertising message. As long as the film has not been soiled during use, it can be safely …

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Golf cart features retractable roof

Golfers looking for a perfect drive need look no further than a golf cart with the Sun Topper® retractable top, a product from Mr. Otek Sign and Textile, Mishicot, Wisc. The Sun Topper fits various makes and models of carts. Constructed from 18-gauge stainless steel tubing, it has a patented hinge system and polypropylene adjustable …

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TAPAS consortium improves airplane technology

The Thermoplastic Affordable Primary Aircraft Structure (TAPAS) consortium consists of companies and research institutes focused on airplane structural improvements in material, processing and joining technology. Recently, French manufacturer Airbus extended its agreement to work with TAPAS, which includes Dutch company TenCate Advanced Composites, Almelo, The Netherlands. TenCate uses composites of carbon or glass in synthetic …

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Lighted frame showcases fabric graphics

Moss Groove, a smart fabric framing system that uses a smooth-surface aluminum extrusion system to showcase printed fabric graphics, has now added light box technology for even greater visual impact. Exclusive light blanket technology uses an internal layer of lighting to permit quicker set-ups and offer the flexibility to fit specific design needs. The blanket …

Portable multimedia display used at trade shows

Visitors to the Exhibitor 2009 Show in Las Vegas March 23–25 watched a multimedia experience on an eight-foot video wall—and everything needed to produce it came out of a single portable box. Rainier Industries Ltd., Seattle, Wash., worked with DejaVue Display to introduce SystemM4, which controls four 22-inch HD monitors with one on-board computer. Display …

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Bioplastic used in auto seat fabric

Mazda wants its Premacy Hydrogen RE Hybrid to have a green, sustainable profile, and Teijin Fibers Ltd., Osaka, Japan, obliged with BIOFRONT seat fabric, made almost completely from plant-based raw material. BIOFRONT is a heat-resistant bioplastic that allows for high-temperature, high-pressure dyeing, and is durable enough for automotive interior use.

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Cutting energy costs can cut taxes

Federal tax incentive programs can significantly reduce day-to-day operating costs. By Mark E. Battersby Reducing the cost of energy and going green is on every businessperson’s mind these days. Although there can be additional initial costs associated with saving energy, provisions in our tax laws—benefits that increased significantly with last fall’s incentives package—offset some of …

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Film allows customization of reflective graphics

Scotchlite™ reflective material, 5807 Custom Cuttable Transfer Film, allows manufacturers and users to offer workers a simple and affordable way to customize many types of work garments and accessories with reflective graphic transfers to meet safety requirements. Purchasers can create high quality, customized reflective graphic transfers without the cost of outsourcing. Simple to use, and …

Shop creates custom canvas and vinyl products

David Sobieski learned to package and sew parachute equipment while serving in the military at Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota. When his service ended, he attended the University of Minnesota and worked for the parking department on the Twin Cities campus. These diverse experiences merged in a business concept: design and manufacture …

U.S. unlikely to impose trade restrictions on Chinese textiles

Despite widespread demands among U.S. textile industry groups for trade protections against Chinese imports, practical and political barriers will prevent substantial restrictions, experts predict. China’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001 gives it some protections; the WTO requires the U.S. to legitimize trade measures affecting Chinese imports before putting them into practice, …

Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 and 1000 certification

The International Oeko-Tex® Association is well-known for its Oeko-Tex Standard 100, which certifies that textile products are tested to be free from harmful levels of more than 100 substances believed to be dangerous to humans. Also rapidly gaining useage is the Oeko-Tex Standard 1000, which evaluates textile production facilities and certifies that they are employing …

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Organic fabric offers options for media printing

Problem: A completely earth-friendly and versatile media for printing. Solution: UltraTex™ Organic fabric from Ultraflex is woven from 100 percent organic plant fiber with a water-based coating on one side. Biodegradable, recyclable and naturally fire retardant, it can be used in backlit or frontlit applications both indoors and short-term outdoors, and is compatible with solvent, …

Building better bullet-proof vests

Protective vests and body armor are fabricated using high-performance fibers, such as Kevlar®, Twaron®, aramids or high-density polyethylene. A research team at the University of Manchester, England, wanted to know how these ballistic fabrics react to piercing bullets at the micron scale. “By understanding the way a bullet penetrates the armor and the way it …

Supply chain integration a possibility in Thailand

The Thai Garment Manufacturers Association invited experts to advise them how to stem the decline in garment and textile exports by almost 14 percent in the first two months of 2009. David Birnbaum, a garment industry expert with the World Bank, the United Nations and the World Trade Organization, confirmed that economic times were tough; …

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UV protection tests from the Hohenstein Institute

The Hohenstein Institute offers manufacturers of outdoor clothing, window fashions and shade structure fabrics the assurance that their UV (ultraviolet ray) protection products perform as specified against the UV Standard 801, the most stringent UV certification process in the textile industry. Test methodology exposes test fabrics to intense environmental factors and evaluates performance before and …

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Cost-effective film protects graphic displays

Problem: A less expensive covering to protect graphics displays for a shorter period of time. Solution: Neshen Americas’ SEAL® brand Print Shield Base is a cost-effective new choice in pressure-sensitive laminate film. Constructed of a 3 mil PVC film, water-based acrylic adhesive and a release liner, it has an outdoor durability of one year and …

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Fabrics save money for airline

Hundreds of people, tons of material, soaring above the clouds courtesy of fuel, air and engineering; an airliner is the miraculous sum of many complex systems. Focusing on just one, airplane interior design and materials, has been a business success for Lantal Textiles, Langenthal, Switzerland. The company makes lightweight textiles, carpets, leathers and pneumatic seat …

Avian influenza increases need for protective fabrics

Demand grows for anti-virus masks and protective clothing. By Kikuko Tagawa According to the World Health Organization (WHO), a worldwide avian influenza outbreak is not a matter of “if” but “when.” The recent outbreak of H1N1 (swine flu) has renewed concerns about the the difficulty of containing influenza viruses. In spite of the global economic …