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Aurora promotes Mike Richardson

September 29, 2009

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc., Aurora, Ill., announced the promotion of Mike Richardson to director of sales and marketing for their Northern Lights Printable Textiles™ line of fabrics. Richardson, who joined Aurora in November 2008 as director of marketing – print media, will have direct revenue responsibility for the line.

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The business of shade

September 28, 2009

By Janet Preus It appears that not enough of us are taking skin cancer statistics seriously. Dr. Sarah Schram, dermatology resident at the University of Minnesota, says that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and in the United States alone there will be more than one million new cases this year. The …

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Marketing 101

September 25, 2009

By Pat Hayes, CPP Reviewing our company’s development and how we originally created a marketing plan started me thinking of the company’s humble beginnings. We started it from scratch; two employees and one customer. The plan seemed to develop as we progressed. As a one man show, you wear many hats and move through stages …

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Speaker to address vehicle manufacturing standards at Expo Hightex

Serge Carignan, study director for the Association du transport urbain du Québec, will present a report on manufacturing standards that must be met during the production of vehicle components. The presentation will also address future opportunities for the textile industry in Québec’s transportation market. Expo Hightex will take place on Oct. 7 in Montréal, Québec, …

Free service helps textile companies work with NATO

By Juliana Wallace Government agencies don’t always have the best reputation for making life easy, but a free service from the U.S. Department of Commerce is trying to break past those stereotypes to bring together textile companies and NATO. The Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) is a gratis service for companies interested in working …

Hanesbrands Inc. launches Mount Everest expedition

September 24, 2009

Hanesbrands Inc., Winston Salem, N.C., and its Duofold and Champion apparel brands introduce “Expedition Hanesbrands: Climb With Us,” a Mount Everest expedition that will take place in the spring of 2010. The climb, which will feature international mountaineer Jamie Clarke, will take place to promote the company’s research and development in the textile industry and …

Keynote speaker reassures Expo attendees: “We will come out of this”

September 23, 2009

By Janet Preus “It’s not the end of the world,” CNBC Senior Analyst, Ron Insana, told IFAI Expo attendees in this morning’s keynote address, even though we were ‘that close’ to going over the edge, he said, pinching his fingers together to illustrate. “We will come out of this,” Insana emphasizes, although certain aspects of …

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3M extends Warranted Durability of Finished Graphics

September 22, 2009

3M extended the Warranted Durability of Finished Graphics used in digitally-imaged sign faces to six years. Products backed by the 3M™ MCS™ Warranty include finished graphics using 3M™ Scotchcal™ Luster Overlaminate 3619 and 3M™ Scotchcal™ Matte Overlaminate 3620.

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Rosa Parks Transit Center opens in Detroit

September 17, 2009

Detroit has something to feel good about as the new Rosa Parks Transit Center recently opened to rave reviews. By Bruce N. Wright In a city that was known as the automobile transportation center of the world for much of the twentieth century, the notion of a bus terminal as the key to the future …

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In Memoriam: Brad Kisner, INX Digital International

September 15, 2009

Brad Kisner, president of INX Digital International Co., passed away Sat., Aug. 22, after suffering a heart attack while visiting family in Santa Cruz, Calif. He was 47. Kisner’s name was synonymous with Triangle inks, from the founding of Triangle Digital LLC with his brother Ken, in 2002, through its evolution as a major component …

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ARA international rental exchange participant works in Texas

September 14, 2009

Michael Hayek, branch manager for Kennards Hire P/L in Sydney, Australia, is working with Eagle Rentals in Seguin, Texas, through Sept. 18 as part of the American Rental Association (ARA) international rental exchange program. After his stay at Eagle, Hayek will work at Taylor’s Rental Equipment Co., Fort Worth Texas, and will later work at …

Online calculator measures carbon footprint

September 11, 2009

The German Convention Bureau and CO2OL have launched an online calculator that measures the CO2 emissions generated by events, meetings and conventions. The companies are offering the calculator service to event and meeting planners in order to encourage more eco-friendly event planning. In addition to the calculator, the CO2OL website offers tips on how to …

Dow Corning to present at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics

September 9, 2009

Dow Corning, Midland, Mich., will present “Dow Corning® DS-9000 Eco Repel™ – A New Additive for Flame-Retardant Textiles” at Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre in Shanghai, China. The presentation will discuss Eco Repel, an eco-friendly silicone additive that increases the softness of technical textiles without affecting flame retardancy. Intertextile …

Interactive forum to address use of military textiles

September 8, 2009

An interactive forum will offer apparel and textile manufacturers the opportunity to ask military officials from the Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Army about specific military needs and how the textile industry might be able to meet those needs. The meeting, sponsored by the Textile Industry Coalition on Government Procurement, National Council of Textile …

TEXbase launches new software

September 3, 2009

Insight, the new software from TEXbase, acts as a custom system to track textile and apparel company performance. Real-time data is presented in color-coded graphs, charts and RSS feeds to monitor critical material and supply chain information at every stage of production, as well as supplier and staff efficiency.

PGI sells FabPro Oriented Polymers LLC

September 2, 2009

Tricor Pacific Capital Inc., Lake Forest, Ill., has agreed to buy FabPro Oriented Polymers LLC, Kingman, Kan., a subsidiary owned by Polymer Group Inc., Charlotte, N.C. FabPro owns manufacturing facilities in Clearfield, Utah and Kingman, as well as a converting facility in Guntown, Miss. The financial details of the sale, expected to close within 30 …

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Fabric Graphics magazine launches new website

Fabric Graphics magazine, the official publication of IFAI’s Fabric Graphics Association, has launched a new website. The site features the current issue of the magazine, up-to-date fabric graphics industry news and two years of previously published content. New issues of the magazine will be uploaded on the first of every other month. Check out the …

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The business of shade

September 1, 2009

By Janet Preus It appears that not enough of us are taking skin cancer statistics seriously. Dr. Sarah Schram, dermatology resident at the University of Minnesota, says that skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, and in the United States alone there will be more than one million new cases this year. The …

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Inkjet Set opens for business

Inkjet Set, a dealer for wide format equipment, supplies and service, officially opened for business. The company’s business philosophy is to be a source for information on everything wide format, paired with carefully selected vendors to provide the customer with a complete solution. Inkjet Set has already revealed several of its vendors, including HP, Canon, …

ARA challenges health care reform

The American Rental Association (ARA) is asking its members to call their U.S. House of Representatives member to voice concerns about H.R. 3200 “America’s Affordable Health Choices Act of 2009” introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) “ARA supports health insurance market reform. However, the reforms we have supported for the past decade that increase …

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Tent and vinyl cleaner removes difficult soils

Problem: Tents and other vinyl products look old and worn when they are stained. Solution: TentClean Green™ is a professional grade, safe, environmentally friendly tent and vinyl cleaner. Concentrated and high-strength, the product is designed to easily remove difficult soils—stains, scuffing, streaking or chalking—from all vinyl fabrics to help restore the product to a like-new …

Companies form strategic alliance for textile recycling

Martex Fiber Southern Corp., Spartanburg, S.C., collects and recycles textile waste scraps. So does Bollag International Corp., Charlotte, N.C. The two pioneers in fabric recycling have formed a strategic alliance to expand their customer base and benefit from cost-cutting and environmental trends in fabric businesses. Both Martex and Bollag will offer recycling for cut-and-sew operations, …

How does safety factor into shop layout?

By Jamie Swedberg Well-organized shops take safety into account when they’re arranging equipment, creating pathways, and designing work processes. Luckily, the graphics industry is not terribly high-risk; but an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. “We’re pretty fortunate in that most of our material is either fabric or aluminum,” says Vincent Marler, …

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Marketing 101

By Pat Hayes, CPP Reviewing our company’s development and how we originally created a marketing plan started me thinking of the company’s humble beginnings. We started it from scratch; two employees and one customer. The plan seemed to develop as we progressed. As a one man show, you wear many hats and move through stages …

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3M licenses Scotchgard

St. Paul, Minn.-based 3M signed exclusive licensing agreements for its Scotchgard brand textile finish with True Textiles, a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based manufacturer of contract fabrics; and TSG Inc., a North Wales, Pa.-based commission finisher. Both agreements cover the entire U.S. market, and both companies are ready to begin accepting orders for contract fabrics treated with …

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Interactive tools to enhance your website

Reach out to your website visitors with interactivity. By Joe Dysart Increasing numbers of users view the web as a second home where they spend hours each day interacting with friends, colleagues, clients and customers. It just makes sense to tap into the many tools available to make your business’s site work harder for you. …

Cleaner removes adhesives from fabric without causing damage

Problem: Removing mask adhesive from fabric can damage the fabric. Solution: Safe-T-Solve from Iosso® Products removes adhesives and residue without harming the fabric. A liquid sprayed full strength on the fabric, it works where other solvents do not, and because it is a plant-based product, it contains no petroleum distillates, has no odor and is …

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BAT S.p.A. opens BAT USA

BAT S.p.A., an Italian awning manufacturer, is opening BAT USA in Middlebury, Vt., for the production and distribution of awning components. The company also recently purchased Durasol Awnings, also located in Middlebury, Vt., but that part of the business will distribute a different range of finished products and fabrics to the industry. The parent company, …

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Main Attractions shows off services at VIP concert

By Jill C. Lafferty Main Attractions bills itself as a one-stop shop for special event rental and fabrication services. A recent project that involved a VIP concert by Bon Jovi really showed that off. “We utilized just about every aspect of our graphics, production, wood shop and metal fabrication departments,” says David Fekety, creative director …

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Wasatch printer driver earns HP certification

Wasatch Computer Technology announced a new Wasatch SoftRIP printer driver for the HP Designjet L65500 that is fully certified under the HP RIP Certification Program. Only products that have undergone stringent testing by HP and have met the necessary performance requirements are awarded the Certified for HP Designjet L65500 Printer status. Certification tests for the …

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Operating leverage: Adapt your technology to new markets

You’ve got the skills, the equipment, the employees, the opportunity. Go for it. By Carol Brzozowski In good economies, a rising tide lifts all boats, points out business speaker George Hedley. “Even people who weren’t following good business fundamentals were making money,” says Hedley, CSP, who heads up Hardhat Presentations and recently authored Get Your …

Fabrics offer fashion and function

Problem: Fashionable fabrics may sacrifice durability and functionality. Solution: Available in an array of patterns and colors, designed fabrics from Phifer combine soft and sleek with rugged and sturdy to deliver a high-performance material that requires little fuss. Anti-microbial, stain and fade resistant, designed fabrics can be used in diverse applications from sling furniture to …

Firefighters exempt from wearing high-visibility vests

When the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) promulgated the Worker Visibility Rule (23CFR 634) for first responders operating on roadways, it hadn’t considered that it would be an unnecessary complication for firefighters in turnout gear specially designed to be fire-proof. The Emergency Responder Safety Institute and other firefighter groups asked to be exempted when directly exposed …

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Designing with CAD software

Embracing the sophistication of CAD software allows the creation of complex structures for 3-D projects. By Jim Cotton Most fabric structure designers know that implementing modern computer-aided design (CAD) tools not only improves productivity but helps achieve their goals of accelerating design time, shortening design cycles, reducing development costs and improving quality. From the earliest …

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EFI enters agreement with Nazdar

Digital printer manufacturer EFI entered into a manufacturing agreement with Nazdar, wherein Nazdar will produce EFI’s VUTEk and Inkware solvent inks. The inks will use current VUTEk and Inkware formulations, with the same warranty coverage. The announcement of this extended partnership comes with word that EFI expects to cease ink manufacturing at its Meredith, N.H., …

3M offers SJ 3518 hook and loop fastener

Compiled by Juli Case We’re looking for a specific hook and loop fastener, the SJ 3518. Where can we get it? With the product number, we were able to trace this hook and loop fastener to the 3M Company. They described it as an adhesive-backed, flame-retardant hook and loop fastener that is part of their …

Coating protects fine art and giclee prints

Problem: Giclee prints can be susceptible to cracking, scratching and fading. Solution: Drytac’s® aqueous coating for fine art and giclee prints contains a blend of acrylic and non-yellowing urethane polymers to give coated prints flexibility and a finish that prevents scratching. Available in gloss or satin matte finishes, EnduraCoat giclee coating also contains UV absorbents …

Presco expands into lamination

Presco has completed expansion of its PVC film product line and now offers adhesive-free laminated materials. As a long-time manufacturer of thin-gauge, flexible vinyl films, the company is now able to laminate any material, such as nonwovens, scrims, fabrics and other substrates to high-quality vinyl films. The process introduces the material to be laminated while …

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Green sourcing resurfaces

By Janet Preus The practice known as “green sourcing” has resurfaced following last fall’s economic tsunami, and appears to be very much afloat. Gathering many green practices into one promotes the purchase of products that have the lowest and safest impact on the environment and human health. If every company at every level of the …

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Designers use digital graphics for a good cause

Inspired by a trip to New York City, Dutch designers Peggy van Neer and Erik van Loo created this cotton duvet and matching pillow cases to look like a folded-open cardboard box. Named Le Clochard after the French word for bum, a large portion of its proceeds will be donated to housing projects and organizations …

Official fading scale for fabric

Compiled by Juli Case I’m doing some outdoor tablecloths for a client and he wants to know if the fabric is a 5 on the fading scale. Do you know what he’s talking about? It appears that your client is worried about colorfastness when the fabric is exposed to sunlight. Although colorfastness is certainly a …

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Retractable awning system lets the light and air in

Problem: All-day sun control may detract from an otherwise appealing setting. Solution: Tendal One is a motorized, retractable solar awning system designed for balconies, decks, terraces and roof gardens. The unit extends from overhead, partially or fully, out and down to the ground, enclosing the area to control the sun’s glare, while allowing light and …

Tri Vantage acquires Canvas Link™ software programs

Canvas Link™ software helps design awning and sign projects, shows how the design will look and provides accurate estimates to customers. The software fits perfectly into the Tri Vantage plan to market more of its specialty fabrics and hardware for awnings, signs, tents, umbrellas, marine products and other outdoor textile applications. Tri Vantage, Glen Raven, …

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Sawgrass releases dye-based, waterproof ink

Sawgrass Technologies released M-FP Ink Film Positive, a dye-based, waterproof ink for screen printing. Pigment-based M-FP inks offer more resistance to UV light than dye-based inks currently on the market. With the ability to dry quickly on most standard clear films, M-FP ink allows users to print multiple films at once and burn screens immediately …

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Machine makes banners recyclable

Print and production specialist Imageco installed a machine that makes banners completely recyclable. The Leeds-based company is one of the first UK firms to have invested in an innovative banner eyeleting system, which makes it possible to fit any size banner with plastic and nylon eyelets instead of traditional brass. Conventional brass eyelets typically have …

Making web slings

Compiled by Juli Case Are there any recommended industry practices for making web slings? Web slings are lifting tools made out of webbing. They’re used for heavy goods and are particularly suited for lifting items that have a surface that might be damaged by other lifting products. Safety is a big concern for the manufacture …

Cardiac implant features knitted fabric

[NMT Medical Inc.] Boston, Mass., U.S.A. NMT Medical’s STARFlex® cardiac septal repair implant was developed for patients with ventricular septal defects (VSD), the most common type of congenital heart defect. The implant provides an alternative to open heart surgery in a minimally invasive procedure. Constructed from a framework with spring coils to which a knitted …

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New distributor named for Polyfab shadecloth

Innovative Industrial Solutions Inc. (IIS), Boynton Beach, Fla., will stock and distribute two brands of heavy duty fire-rated knitted HPDE shadecloth for manufacturer Polyfab USA LLC, Manhattan Beach, Calif. With warehouses in Florida and Texas, as well as representation in South Carolina, IIS provides better purchase and delivery options for Polyfab customers. IIS will distribute …

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GrafAmerica releases new UV LED wide format printer

GrafAmerica released a new UV LED wide format printer. By utilizing a UV LED “cold light” system, the printer requires less energy than standard UV curing systems. In addition, lower emissions and special LED-curable inks contribute to a more sustainable product. Other features include the integration of a smart diagnostics system of electronics. This system …

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HP launches Scitex reseller program

HP launched the Graphics Elite Industrial Program designed to bolster the company’s industrial large format distribution strategy. HP’s first Business Development Partner, Prisco, has joined the program and is now eligible to sell the complete portfolio of HP Scitex printing solutions directly to U.S. customers. Backing the program with the full support of its resources, …