Universal Fibers expands Virginia headquarters

January 29, 2010

Universal Fibers® has announced that it will invest $13 million in an expansion at its headquarters near Bristol, Va., that will create 84 new jobs. “Because here at the Industrial Park in Washington County, Virginia, is the location of our branded EarthSmart Technology® initiative, this location was our first choice for this exciting expansion,” said …

Tencel now used in carpets

January 26, 2010

Using a new Tencel fiber from Lenzing, natural cellulose fibers can now be processed in carpets, offering excellent moisture management properties; carpeting made with Tencel can also effectively combat the formation of mold. The carpets are also naturally moth-resistant, and, since Tencel has a natural moisture content of 13 percent (compared to only 1 percent …

Southcombe firefighting gloves

January 25, 2010

Southcombe Brothers Ltd. recently announced that the Indianapolis, Ind., Fire Department has purchased nearly 1,700 pairs of the company’s Firemaster® IV Kovenex® gloves, after months of rigorous testing. The gloves combine Kovenex’s inherent flame-, tear- and cut-resistant properties with Southcombe’s patented water- and chemical-resistant Pyrohide® to maintain the product’s NFPA 1971-2007 certification and EN659 rating, …

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AW Specialty Papers announces three new how-to videos

January 22, 2010

AW Specialty Papers announces three new how-to videos AW Specialty Papers launched three new videos demonstrating how to apply heat transfer paper onto dark-colored substrates using a commercial heat press. Available on YouTube, each video highlights one of three new products: the Koncert T’s, Laser Dark and 3G Jet-Opaque. The IMAGE CLIP series is for …

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Geosynthetics photo contest

January 21, 2010

The International Geosynthetics Society (IGS) is holding its first-ever photo competition, just ahead of its planned April 2010 launch of the redesign IGS website and the May 2010 quadrennial IGS conference in Guaruja, Brazil. Winning photographs must demonstrate geosynthetic materials and technology in action, and may illustrate any phase of implementation, from design to completed …

PGI releases sustainability report

January 20, 2010

Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) has released its inaugural 2008 Sustainability Report. Prepared following framework of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI), an organization in which PGI recently became an organizational stakeholder, the report covers five sustainability goals the company hopes to meet by 2014. PGI is also participating in a pilot program with the Paris-based Organization …

Wind turbine props, textile-reinforced

January 18, 2010

Wind energy promises to become a staple of a green economy, and innovative strategies to make wind turbines more durable can give companies a competitive edge. Technical textiles developed with carbon, glass and aramid reinforcements bonded by thermosetting or thermoplastic agents give rotor blades the strength to hold up to wind, wear and weather. Karl …

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Sunbrella® area rugs

January 15, 2010

Tri Vantage® now offers the renaissance™ collection of Sunbrella area rugs and accessories to enhance sales. Made with Sunbrella yarns to offer exceptional durability, softness, long-lasting color and stain resistance, the area rugs are created through a flat braid process using 50 percent recycled content. The reversible, weather-resistant rugs can be used both inside and …

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ARA to recognize industry service at The Rental Show

January 14, 2010

The American Rental Association (ARA) recognizes individuals for outstanding service to the Association and the industry each year. At this year’s Rental Show, Stan Crumbaugh, president of Independence Rent-All, Independence, Mo., will receive the Meritorious Service Award, which honors an ARA member who has made a significant contribution and demonstrated leadership pivotal to the success …

Synthetic textiles industry in India sees recovery

January 13, 2010

The increase in cotton yarn prices has led to a growing interest in India’s manmade fibers, according to the Synthetic and Rayon Textile Export Promotion Council in Mumbai, India. For the period between April and September 2009, manmade fiber exports rose by 10 percent over the previous year. Demand for synthetics in Europe and West …

PGI invests in nonwovens technology

January 11, 2010

Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) is investing in nonwovens technology in both the U.S. and Asia to serve the hygiene and healthcare marketplace. PGI plans to install new custom-designed spunmelt machines in the U.S. and China. Construction associated with the projects is expected to begin early in the first quarter of 2010 and material is expected …

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Make your own keder

January 1, 2010

The new keder machine from Sinclair Equipment Co. allows for fully adjustable keder sizes for single or double flap configuration. The Spec Hem Welder is the basis for the unit that includes the material unrolling device to produce finished keder. The aluminum mounting structure can be a stand-alone unit or can be mounted on a …

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Multi-functional structures aid agricultural producers

Cattle need fresh air, sunlight and protection from cold, damp conditions. ClearSpan Fabric Structures International, South Windsor, Conn., offers a range of custom-designed arched, fabric-covered shelters that can accommodate animal pens, stalls, nurseries or seclusion areas, designed from 25 to 200 feet wide and in any desired length. For smaller agricultural producers, ClearSpan partner FarmTek, …

PGI extends European presence in global hygiene market

In a further move to increase its presence in the large-volume European market for nonwovens used in hygiene products, Polymer Group Inc. (PGI), Charlotte, N.C., acquired the only manufacturer of spunbond polypropylene nonwovens in Spain from Grupo Corinpa S.L., an investment firm. Tesalca-Texnovo, Barcelona, Spain, has a strong customer base in Europe and Northern Africa, …

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The business benefits of fabric

By Jeff Leagon When the average person hears the word fabric, their first thought is likely about apparel, upholstery or bedding. For almost as long as these products have existed, they have been decorated with images and patterns. Instead of printing fabrics for apparel or home furnishings, most of the new digital textile equipment is …

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Recyclable banner material

Made of low-density polyethylene (LDPE), EarthSmart Eclipse from Drytac is a recyclable blockout banner material for UV flatbed printers and the Drytac line of print media. Certified by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) to biodegrade in most landfills, the material can be recycled as a commercial plastic to produce products like landscape …

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Retail-size wipes

New 303 Products Aerospace Protectant Wipes™ are available for 2010 in a new retail size containing 40 towlettes. A powerful UV screening surface treatment, the protectant is sold in the automotive, marine, RV, hardware, pool/spa, outdoors and recreation aftermarkets. Regular use provides 100 percent protection against UV-caused fading, according to the manufacturer. SOURCE 303 Products …

Creating computational textiles

It’s called a LilyPad Arduino, and designer Leah Buechley and a team of educators and scientists plan to show more than 400 students how to combine it with traditional fabric arts to create computational textiles—computers embedded into fabrics. Buechley, director of the “High-Low Tech Group” at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab, developed …

Terror attacks, fears slow Pakistani exports

Pakistan’s textile industry accounts for two-thirds of the country’s exports, and increasing terror attacks, power outages and limited market access is reportedly scaring away new business. Textile exports fell 11 percent to $2.44 billion in the first three months of 2009. Pakistan is seeking trade concessions from the European Union and the U.S. in order …

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Inking a plan

By Ashley Scoville So, you’ve got this fantastic new idea for a fabric graphic and you are looking for the best ink to create vivid colors, subtle shades and sharp details. But with so many choices, where do you start? You decide to attend a trade show to see, feel and learn about new digital …

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Hybrid printer features advanced print modes

Designed with efficiency in mind, the ValueJet 1608HA hybrid printer from Mutoh features advanced print modes, including a 1440 by 1440 dpi resolution at speeds up to 120 square feet per hour. The printer cabinet offers improved air flow and circulation, eliminating the need for a compressor. The printer can be used on rigid substrates …

Stretchable spacer fabrics

QuikSlim® is comprised of a connecting layer sandwiched between two fabric layers. Made of 90 percent polyester and 10 percent Lycra®, the fabric is free of foam, latex and adhesive. The construction allows the fabric to be stretched and compressed in all directions, creating a cushioning effect. The design also offers thermal insulation while providing …

Pinwheel-shaped panels for backdrops

Tom McPhillips of Atomic Design, Lititz, Pa., became fascinated with the pinwheel shape while staging a Japanese music festival for his rental display and stage fabrication company. “It’s such a fantastic dimensional shape, both simple and complex at once,” says McPhillips. His absorption has now emerged as a modular Pinwheel Panel, a two-by-two-feet square panel …

Cotton and jute markets in India

India’s Union Minister for Textiles, Dayanidhi Maran, has announced that he will seek a temporary ban on cotton export to ensure raw materials for domestic spinning mills. In a speech at the Southern India Mills Association (SIMA) in November, Maran acknowledged that the current 1.5 million ton global shortage of cotton has adversely affected cotton …

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Printed fabrics for home interiors

Digitally printed fabrics provide a world of opportunities for home interior applications. By Holly O’Dell Mass production has become the hallmark of American retail and design, but some consumers are ditching what they deem as cookie-cutter products and using interior designers to help them create one-of-a-kind furnishings and accessories for their homes. In turn, these …

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Direct-to-fabric printer has on-board sublimation unit

The HeatWave DFP-64 direct-to-fabric digital printer from Splash of Color has an on-board sublimation unit to maintain the natural properties of printed materials and ensure high-quality images. With Roland’s Intelligent Pass Control technology and four piezo print heads, the printer offers speeds up to 230 square feet per hour. A temperature-controlled calendar system with infrared …

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Low-maintenance blockout fabric

StructureTEC 22 from Value Vinyls is a blockout product with PVC-coated polyester, built at 98 inches wide to minimize seaming and fabrication costs while maximizing profitability. The fabric was developed with an acrylic lacquering on the face and back side to ensure easy cleaning and low maintenance while increasing durability. The addition of the blockout …

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High-tech wool keeps auto interior cool

Swiss automaker Rinspeed introduced the iChange, a vehicle that changes shape to adapt to the passenger load, in March 2009. The streamlined, lightweight, zero-emission iChange shifts to save energy, and its futuristic design includes high-tech wool for seat covers, door panels and roof liners that keep even dark-colored interiors comfortable. The spun, dyed and finished …

Richardson becomes sales director at Aurora

Aurora Specialty Textile Group Inc. has promoted Mike Richardson to the position of director of sales and marketing for the company’s print media collection of fabrics, with direct revenue responsibility for the Northern Lights Printable Textiles™ line. Richardson joined Aurora in November 2008 as the director of marketing, and will now be focusing his efforts …

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The right solution

Ink manufacturers strive to improve capabilities for printing on textiles. By Janice Kleinschmidt Look up the history of printing on Wikipedia and you’ll find a timeline that begins circa 200 with woodblock printing on textiles in China, followed by screen printing (1907), dye sublimation (1957), inkjet printing (1976) and ends with digital printing in 1993. …

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Three new heat transfer papers available

Three new heat transfer papers present new options for printing on fabrics and other substrates. IMAGE CLIP Laser Dark heat transfer papers, designed for use on dark- or bright-colored polyester, cotton and 50-50 blends, transfer full color images with oil or oil-less copiers and color laser printers. IMAGE CLIP Koncert T’s transfer papers are self-weeding, …

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Intelligent shading helps save energy

Shade structure and awning manufacturers are making shade pay for customers. By Holly O’Dell The importance of green technology is growing, with many industries finding new ways to integrate sustainable techniques into their products and services. Awning and shade structure manufacturers and fabricators have also been exploring how to give their products an eco-friendly edge. …

Customized protective safety garments

3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material offers a simple, affordable way to customize work garments and accessories for safety. The 5807 Custom-Cuttable Transfer Film has a one-step lamination process and is ready to use right off the roll, with no need to apply pre-mask. The clear liner allows for easy positioning, allowing manufacturers to meet requests for …

Nano-coated boots march into Paris

Magnum Boots, a manufacturer of safety and tactical gear, got its newest boots wet at the Milipol Paris 2009 military conference in November. Magnum allowed potential customers to test its Elite Force 8.0 WPi boots in a water box to signal the company’s confidence in the waterproofing ability of ion-mask™ liquid repellent nano-coating. P2i Inc., …

TMI welcomes Christian Nauman

The TMI Group, a manufacturer of flexible PVC products, has announced the appointment of Christian Nauman as director of sales. Nauman brings more than 10 years of sales management experience, including his recent position as director of strategic and security sales at BEA Inc., a supplier of commercial door sensor technology. He has a B.S. …

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The dye-sub debate: Transfer vs. direct

Explore the two printing technologies that have taken the fabric graphics industry by storm. By Maura Keller In this day and age, our media-saturated environment is teeming with bigger, brighter and longer-lasting images. From theatrical backdrops to grand format advertising banners to tradeshow booths, many of today’s vibrant printed images are the result of dye …

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Mountable precision cutter requires no extra floor space

The mountable Evolution precision cutter from Foster Keencut requires no additional floor space and is easy to use. Bar clamps keep materials secure, while adjustable levelers create accurate, straight cuts within .008 inches over the length of the material. The cutter features a fabric cutting wheel, and is available in five sizes ranging from 44 …

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Outsourcing as part of a growth strategy

Is the best way to do business still all under your own roof? By Marc Hequet Outsource your website? Probably. Your bookkeeping? Maybe. Printing of logos on your fabric? Hmmm. It’s possible. But should you outsource the stuff you do best? Never say never. These are interesting times. Manufacturers who have long tried to keep …

Redesigned data system enhances usability

Problem: Improved speed and accuracy is essential for data systems performance in the sewn products industry. Solution: The new Engineered TruCost™ Version 9 (ETC9) from Methods Workshop delivers the next generation of costing and engineering software. ETC9 couples the company’s standard data systems experience with the lastest Microsoft® technologies for a completely redesigned system that …

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Urban zoo benefits from steel mesh roof

A major urban center on a busy harbor may be a unique location for a zoo, but Darling Harbour in Sydney, Australia, established Wildlife World to attract both animal lovers and architectural students alike. The urban zoo’s tensioned stainless steel mesh roof draws visitors’ attention, allows sunlight to sustain the created natural habitats and provides …

Parry to market EarthSmart Technology

EarthSmart Technology® focuses on post-consumer fiber recycling and product development, and Universal Fibers, Bristol, Va., hired Joseph Parry as national sales manager for branding development and marketing/brand management for the EarthSmart Technology initiative. With 20 years experience in the flooring industry, Parry wanted to work with Universal Fibers on its sustainability efforts. He most recently …

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Sawgrass expands business

Sawgrass Technologies Inc. expanded into two new business units: Sawgrass Consumer and Sawgrass Industrial. The expansion is in response to increased demand and global synergies that have developed within the consumer and industrial markets. The Consumer Division will focus on solutions for digitally printing consumer products. The Industrial Division will focus on commercializing new technologies …

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Metallic ink wins Product of the Year

Winner of the DPI 2009 Product of the Year award in the Digital Ink category, Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink from Roland creates vibrant silver graphics and text. Formulated specifically for use with Roland’s 54-inch SOLJET PRO III XC-540MT 54-inch inkjet printer/cutter, the eco-solvent ink can be combined with CMYK to generate a spectrum of …

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Equipment and process efficiency

Finding efficiencies in equipment and processes to improve productivity, quality and delivery. By Janice Kleinschmidt In the early 20th century, mass production created not only jobs for assembly-line workers, but also for people to increase productivity. They were called ‘efficiency experts.’ These days, the phrase is ‘lean manufacturing.’ “It’s about much more than production,” says …

Bendable concrete suppresses structural distress

Problem:The cost of concrete repairs will soon exceed that of new construction. Solution: Engineered cementitious composites (ECC), a fiber-reinforced product also known as ‘bendable concrete,’ suppresses cracking and structural distress. Similar in composition to typical fiber-reinforced concrete, ECC is a mixture of cement, sand, water, fiber and a small amount of commercial admixtures, but it …

Fiber drywall tape fights mold

Household mold is a major indoor air pollutant, and grows in damp, humid or flooding conditions in carpets, furniture and paper-clad drywall. Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics, Grand Island, N.Y., offers an alternative to standard paper tapes used to join drywall—FibaFuse™ glass mat fiber drywall tape, an ideal choice for bathrooms, kitchens and other areas where moisture …

Sponseller joins IFAI Board of Directors

Jeffrey P. Sponseller, executive vice president of sales and service for Miller Weldmaster, Navarre, Ohio, has been elected to his first three-year term on the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) Board of Directors. Sponseller’s experience in industrial fabrics, sign graphics, thermoplastic welding and fabric handling will give him added credibility in representing the industry, as …

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Reviving vinyl: ads live on

Target Corp. made its mark on New York City in an ad campaign featuring the artwork of four local artists on billboards at 7 Times Square. The artwork was displayed through October of last year, but its time in the spotlight doesn’t end there. Target is recycling the printed vinyl and restyling it into tote …

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Modular wall system designed for fabric graphics

The EZ Fabric Wall System is the first modular wall system designed specifically for fabric graphics. The system offers the benefits of light-weight fabric structures and the versatility of modular walls. Available in varying widths and heights, the walls are designed for use with Moss’ Photo Fabric graphics, which range from individual wall-to-wall panels to …

Belli relies on relationships

Joe Belli drives business by making the most of relationships. By Sigrid Tornquist “Relationship selling is absolutely where it’s at,” says Joe Belli, design and estimating department manager and part owner of Eide Industries Inc. in Cerritos, Calif. “Sometimes people think it’s the lowest price or the best design that’s going to get the job; …