A-Screen woven fiberglass fabric

November 13, 2009

Recommended for roller shade, roman shade and panel track applications, Mermet’s A-Screen woven fiberglass fabric features Enduris™ Glass Core technology. Intricate vertical weave pattern, offered in nine designer colors, has a 14 percent openness factor. A-Screen is GreenGuard and Oeko-Tex certified, fire-rated to NFPA 701 standards, and available in a roll width of 98.4 inches. …

Upper South Studio adds three new divisions

November 12, 2009

Upper South Studio, Winston-Salem, N.C., has announced the expansion of its company, adding three new divisions to meet the growing interior design and sourcing needs of commercial and residential designers, purchasing agents and architects. Upper South Studio companies have been known for 30 years for the custom design of fabric for the international hospitality, gaming, …

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New Roland DGA Creative Center

November 11, 2009

The Roland DGA Creative Center opened at the company’s headquarters in Irvine, Calif., joining an international network of Roland Creative Centers located in Japan, Belgium, Italy and Germany. The U.S. gallery master plan is divided into five themed sections: Roland @ Play, Roland @ Work, Roland @ the Movies, Roland @ Home and Roland on …

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Forming partnerships with lighting vendors

Even if you stock lighting equipment, a relationship with a lighting vendor will help you take advantage of everything fabric has to offer. By Jon Weingarten A continuing trend in the tent rental industry is the “one-stop shop” business model in which rental companies offer party rental products and decor services along with tents. It’s …

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NAUE: Fight is not over in anti-dumping case

November 10, 2009

In a press release dated Oct. 27, 2009, NAUE GmbH & Co. KG, a German manufacturer of geosynthetic materials, including geosynthetic clay liners, said it is appealing a recent decision by Australian Customs that imposed anti-dumping measures on NAUE products. Based in EspelkampÐFiestal, Germany, NAUE said it is an internationally active company with a long-standing …

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UFS expands and re-brands

November 6, 2009

Universal Fabric Structures (UFS) has announced the launch of its new custom architectural division, Fabritecture. UFS’s goal is for Fabritecture to set a new benchmark in fabric structure design and construction, providing solutions for developers, builders, governments and private contractors who require custom projects. Fabritecture will operate in tandem with UFS, which will remain active …

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Oracal designer film colors

November 1, 2009

Oracal USA added 14 new designer colors to its popular ORACAL Series 631 Exhibition Cal Film family. The total number of colors available in the series is now 45, providing a broad pallet of choices for interior designers and sign makers. ORACAL Series 631 Exhibition Cal films are popular among interior designers and home and …

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PVC-free media

Brussels-based Spandex expanded its ImagePerfect range of media with new environmentally friendly, 100-percent PVC-free materials. Designed for large-format digital inkjet printing, the new materials are compatible with all eco-solvent and solvent inks, as well as UV-cured inks, and are suitable for use in indoor and outdoor signage applications. The new ImagePerfect polyolefin products are both …

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The benefits of color management systems

Color management systems help printers achieve first-quality products quickly and with less wasted material. By Janice Kleinschmidt In 1903, Binney & Smith introduced eight Crayola crayons. While the list has grown to 120 colors, including such esoteric shades as “unmellow yellow,” “sunglow,” and “neon carrot,” there’s no “McDonald’s golden arches.” The arches (Pantone 123) set …

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Turn awnings into eye-catching signage

Use the latest digital graphics innovations to turn your awnings into eye-catching signage. By Sigrid Tornquist It used to be that an awning was an awning was an awning. And a sign was a sign was a sign. Then, in a way that rivals the meeting of peanut butter and chocolate, commercial awnings and signage …