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“How to” for small businesses

March 26, 2010

SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” and Experian, a leading global information services company, have joined forces to offer “how to” resources that help entrepreneurs better understand their business credit profile and strengthen their credit score. As a newly recognized national corporate sponsor of SCORE, Experian will help promote financial health by sponsoring SCORE Expert …

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Printable flocked fabrics

March 25, 2010

A new, patent-pending line of flocked fabrics that can be printed with sublimation inks to create brilliant, colorfast pictures and patterns is now available from Spectro Coating Corp. The washable VividHD fabrics feature a soft plush pile, and are not pretreated or coated, to offer a good feel and hand. Available in 54-inch widths on …

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Geotextile monitoring solutions

March 24, 2010

TenCate Geosynthetics, a leading provider of geosynthetics, and Roctest Ltd., the world’s largest manufacturer of fiber optic sensors for civil engineering applications, are collaborating in the development of a unique geotextile monitoring system—TenCate GeoDetect®—that will provide unprecedented detail about the properties of embankments, slopes, walls, levees, roads, rails and other earth structures. Customers will benefit …

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EFI’s VUTEk QS Series r ink approved by Nordic Ecolabelling Board

March 23, 2010

EFI announced that its VUTEk QS Series r ink has been approved by the Nordic Ecolabelling Board, and print companies may now refer to the approved ink when documenting their application for a Nordic Ecolabelling license. In order to achieve Nordic Ecolabelling status, printing companies agree to follow a certain criteria set, which includes the …

Military webbing, fastening

Lowy Enterprises has added to its line of military components ACU patterned mil-spec nylon binding tape (per Mil-T-5038, Type III) and mil-spec nylon MOLLE/PALS webbing (per Mil-W-43668, Type III), both of which blend perfectly with ACU pattern fabrics. Also available are ITW Nexus backpack accessory items ÔWeb DominatorsÕ for webbing retention, Grimlocks for quick-release d-rings, …

Amicor fibers are REACH certified

March 22, 2010

Manufacturers and importers must list the presence of substances of very high concern (SVHC) in their products if they want to do business with European Union nations. The regulations directing the process are called REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals), and the first brand of antimicrobial fiber receiving REACH certification is Amicor™. The …

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Lightweight Manufacturing relocates, expands

March 19, 2010

Encouraged by the Allentown Economic Development Corporation, which is located in a Keystone State Opportunity Zone that provides tax incentives, Lightweight Manufacturing Inc. (LWM) has moved its fabric structure and tent rental industry business to Allentown, Pa. The move brings together the LWM fabric shop (where custom fabric panels and panel graphics are made) and …

In memoriam: Kayser Winsiang Sung

March 18, 2010

Editor-in-chief and publisher of Textile Asia Kayser Winsiang Sung passed away at the age of 90 on January 12, 2010, in Hong Kong. A skilled reporter and editor, Sung worked for the Reuters News Agency from 1947-1957; was employed as managing editor and publisher for the Far Eastern Economic Review from 1959-1968; in 1970, he …

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Tri Vantage offers improved Firesist fabric

Now available at Tri Vantage is the new and improved Firesist, a fire retardant awning fabric specifically designed for the commercial awning, canopy and shade markets. Available in 12 colors, Firesist is lightweight, yet very durable. Firesist is woven from high UV- and fade-resistant, solution-dyed fiber that provides superior resistance to weather, stains, mildew and …

Bioplastic kimonos at Shanghai Expo

March 17, 2010

Silk crepe kimonos made with Teijin’s eco-friendly Biofront bioplastic will be worn by Japanese restaurant staff at the Japan Industry Pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China, beginning May 1. The material for the kimonos was produced in collaboration with the city of Kyotango, home of traditional Tango silk crepe, or chirimen, known …

Lenzing Group to expand

March 16, 2010

Facilities in Austria, England and Indonesia will benefit from the Lenzing Group’s expansion plans for its worldwide cellulosic fiber business. Lenzing will add a pulp production plant with eco-friendly ozone bleaching at its home base in Lenzing, Austria; expand Tencel® production from 10,000 to 60,000 tons per year at its Heiligenkreuz, Austria, plant; renovate the …

Ultra-lightweight carbon fiber fabric

March 15, 2010

In March 2010, Toho Tenax Co. Ltd., the core unit of Teijin’s carbon fibers operations, will begin selling a carbon fiber fabric that is less than half the weight of conventional carbon fiber fabrics. Developed with Sakai Ovex Co. Ltd. and used for forming prepregs, the new fabric will help to further reduce the weight …

High-tech fabrics for speed

March 12, 2010

Swiss knitwear specialist Eschler supplied high-tech fabrics to the manufacturers of speed suits of many national teams at the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. Four different fabrics are used in one single speed-skating suit, giving each body zone a particular construction. Critical zones, specified by the International Skating Union, use extremely durable and cut-resistant fabric; …

Atlas to offer seminars on textile weathering

March 11, 2010

Atlas Material Testing Technology offers basic and advanced Fundamentals of Weathering seminars to educate its broad client base on the essential elements of weathering testing, designed for professionals involved in coatings, plastics, textiles, cosmetics and other products that can be affected by exposure to light or weather. The courses are held in Atlas’ Center of …

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3M to sponsor American Wrap Star contest at ISA Expo

Digital Designware and the International Sign Association (ISA) are hosting the American Wrap Star contest for the first time at ISA Expo in Orlando, Fla., April 8-April 10. The contest will award $250,000 worth of prizes. 3M is the platinum sponsor of the event, providing 3M product as prizes, on-site support and demonstration, along with …

Sunbrella brand goes mobile

March 10, 2010

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics LLC has launched a mobile version of its popular Sunbrella fabrics website, allowing users to search a fabrics library and locate the nearest Sunbrella resource from a handheld device. “Our initial mobile offering includes the five most popular portions of our website, and gives consumers a powerful decorating resource they can …

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Estimating for sales and profits

March 9, 2010

The quality of your estimates has an impact on your bottom line. By Shelby Gonzalez Estimating job costs is one of the cornerstone skills of running a successful marine fabrication business. The more accurately you can estimate the amount of labor and materials a given job will require, the better the job will go, and …

European conference aims to improve funding of textile research

The European Apparel and Textile Organization (EURATEX) will host a conference examining the regional and national dimension of textile research and innovation in Europe on March 24-25, at the Hotel HUSA President Park Hotel, Brussels, Belgium. The conference aims to showcase the strategies and activities of national and regional platforms, clusters and networks from across …

Event to feature expert opinions on workwear trends

March 8, 2010

The International Oeko-Tex® Association and Textile Insight will present “A Focus on Workwear” on March 12 in New York City, at the DuPont™ Corian® Design Studio. The latest installment in the popular “Insight on What’s Next” textile and apparel industry roundtable discussions, the event will feature expert opinions on current trends in workwear and the …

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Using new media tools wisely

March 1, 2010

Plan your strategy to make social media marketing your interactive advantage. By Linda Kaun You might be tempted to jump right into social media marketing, sign up for Facebook and Twitter, start a blog, and add a few videos to your website. However, you’ll quickly realize it’s not the shiny new tools that lead to …

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Heat presses engineered for dimensional digital decoration

The Sublideck Surface Decoration System is a new range of specialty heat presses engineered for dimensional digital decoration. Patented process combines infrared heat and vacuum pressure to mold images onto two- and three-dimensional substrates and surfaces, from automotive parts, sporting gear and fashion products to architectural details and household appliances. Sublideck 2D lets users decorate …

Performance fabrics, to the extremes

For 31 days, Canadian Lindsay Knowlton and American Josh Sullivan played golf on the most extreme golf courses in the U.S., Bolivia, Argentina, South Africa and Australia to test new adidas golf gear made with CoolMax® Extreme performance fabrics. For mega-hot Furnace Creek, California, they wore ClimaCool® apparel, made with lightweight, breathable and fast-drying CoolMax …

New CEO for Neschen

Neschen Americas has announced the promotion of Ernest Brodbeck Jr. to the position of Chief Executive Officer of Neschen Corp. and Neschen Americas. Brodbeck served as the president and COO for Neschen Americas prior to his promotion, and has a strong background in operations, finance and distribution. Neschen Americas serves the needs of the sign …

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The agricultural specialty fabrics market

Fabric products help farmers put the green back in agriculture. By Jamie Swedberg The market for agricultural specialty fabrics in the United States is a paradox. On one hand, agriculture has suffered terribly over the last two years for reasons related to the current recession. Accordingly, sales of agricultural products have dropped or stagnated. “For …

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Faux leather fabric for outdoor applications

The Ultra Lifestyle Collection of durable, luxurious simulated leather fabrics is designed for marine and outdoor use, engineered to meet the growing demands for strength and environmental responsibility. The fabrics are free of plasticizers, heavy metals, stabilizers,VOCs and formaldehyde; 99 percent of the solvents used in production are captured and recycled. An anti-mildew agent allows …

Banner-to-bag business: teachable moments

Enterprising business students at Simon Fraser University (SFU), Surrey, B.C., Canada, learned how to organize the people and partnerships necessary for success when they developed a project to teach high-school students about sustainability and the economic value of reusable wastes. The Banner Bag project “is about keeping banners out of the landfill,” says SFU student …

Senior VP/creative director for Schumacher

Susan North joined F. Schumacher & Co., Newark, Del., in 1997 as director of design for one of the company’s fabric and wallcovering product lines. She has been named senior vice-president/creative director of Schumacher, leading creative aspects of fabric, wallcover, furnishing design and new product development, as well as branding and visual merchandising. North earned …

Eco-friendly mattress coverings

Bekaert Textiles is now using REPREVE®, a 100 percent recycled fiber from Unifi Inc., for a new collection of eco-friendly mattress coverings designed for comfort, durability and sustainability. The new collection includes eight patterns, contemporary with a natural theme and a very soft hand. Current constructions are knit, with woven constructions soon to be added.

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Meet the press

Grab—and keep—media attention by following a few simple guidelines. By Janice Kleinschmidt When flu season hit and H1N1 vaccines grabbed top-of-the-news, above-the-fold status, Mahaffey Fabric Structures stepped up to help and gained valuable name recognition. The Memphis, Tenn.-based company set up a tent outside a children’s hospital for the influx of patients. First used as …

Exhibit fabric offers versatile options in four patterns

Problem: Ordinary, solid fabrics limit the possibilities for dramatic effects. Solution: With Burn-out Knits from Dazian Fabrics, stunning see-through effects can be achieved by manipulating front and rear lighting to highlight either the pattern and the reflective shadows, or the see-through element and the background. A wide-width fabric, it can be stretched to be used …

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Retractable awnings, moving outdoor spaces

Winter weather kindles human longing for the rites of spring, including lounging with food and friends on decks, porches and patios. A’besco Blinds and Awnings, New South Wales, Australia, plans to take advantage of outdoor living trends, as well as a 2007 smoking ban instituted in Australia, by selling the SUNRAIN® Bistro line of retractable …

Lectra names marketing director

Lectra, an integrated technology company producing software for the textile, leather, industrial fabric and composite sectors, has named Philippe Ribera marketing director of group software at the company’s Paris, France, headquarters. He will define and implement software marketing plans for all industries, with special emphasis on the Lectra Fashion PLM (product lifecycle management) strategy. Ribera …

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The future of digital printing technologies

By Tim Greene One of my responsibilities at InfoTrends is to develop forecasts for digital printing technologies, and one of the key elements to forecasting is understanding what is happening among print service providers. 2009 was a bad year for those companies. Many are looking for new market opportunities, and digital textile printing presents one. …

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Why do boots leave clean prints on tent fabric?

Compiled by Juli Case When we’re cleaning our tents, which are made out of vinyl laminate, we sometimes notice something odd. The tents are dirty with this brown-looking film that takes a lot of work to get off with a brush, but if one of the guys walks across it with his boots on, it …

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Choices and style for indoor and outdoor shading

Problem: Consumers want high style and plenty of choices for both indoor and outdoor shading. Solution: The Shade Inspiration Collection, a new line of decorative window shades from Tri Vantage, offers style solutions to create a variety of environments from bright and airy to blackout. Available on manually operated or motorized shade systems for indoor …

Report from ATNT-2009 India

Developments to watch in nonwovens and technical textiles. By Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar India is being watched carefully by the global community due to its economic growth numbers and growing political stature in the world. Investments from North American and European companies are already underway: Finland-based Ahlstrom will soon commission a $47 million facility for developing …

In memoriam: Howard B. Ausema

Howard B. Ausema, owner of Chesterfield Awning Co. in South Holland, Ill., passed away Jan. 22 at the age of 73. He was a longtime member of the Industrial Fabrics Association International and the Midwest Fabric Products Association. Ausema is survived by his wife Tekla, son David, daughter Susan, and six grandchildren.

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Double-sided opaque sign material

Blox-Lite from DaVinci Technologies is an opaque, grommetable banner and sign material that is printable on two sides. The FSC-certified product comes in 10-, 12- and 14-point media and is suitable for use to hang in windows and from ceilings. Applications for this product include digital, screen, offset and flatbed UV printing. SOURCE DaVinci Technologies

New Oeko-Tex test criteria

Based on a joint resolution adopted by its 14 member institutes, the Oeko-Tex® Association has revised and expanded applicable test criteria, limits and by-laws of the product certification process for Oeko-Tex Standard 100, effective January 1, 2010. As of December 2009, the Oeko-Tex certificate contains a note advising that the “certified articles meet the requirements …

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High-end awning fabric made from weather-resistant acrylic

Problem: Some end-product users may require a high-end awning not generally available in traditional fabrics. Solution: The concept for The Cromie Collection from Durasol Awnings Inc. was to create a design identity for awnings distinct from traditional awning fabrics and other window treatments, raising awnings from accessories to sophisticated building features. Made from through-dyed, weather-resistant, …

Tensioned fabric Tubaloon celebrates winter

Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America opened its winter exhibit in February with the innovative architecture and landscape work of Snøhetta, an international design group located in Oslo, Norway, and New York, N.Y. The members of Snøhetta, named after a Norwegian mountain peak, wanted to integrate architecture and landscape in a new way, and …

In memoriam: Franklin A. Milnes

Wayne Industries president Franklin A. Milnes passed away Jan. 17 after a long battle with cancer. He began his career at Wayne Mills Co. in 1957, becoming president in 1987; in 1998 he took over as president of parent company Wayne Industries. A longtime contributor to the narrow fabrics industry, Milnes was also a member …

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3M ink for HP

3M Commercial Graphics and HP Large Format Division announced 3M Piezo Inkjet Ink Series 5400UV. Offered for sale directly through the 3M distribution channel, the 3M ink series 5400UV was designed for use with HP’s Designjet H Series Printers. 3M Ink series 5400UV features six-color inks, designed for use with a broad range of opaque, …

AATCC student competition

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) encourages creativity in textile and product design by offering cash and prizes to top student designers. The Concept 2 Consumer® Student Design Competition for 2010—themed “Summer Bling!”—garnered 70 entries from 16 schools. The Summer Bling! Competition gives students the challenge of creating a fabric or product …

Sign system offers even lighting for clear images

Problem: Acrylic sign boards using fluorescent lighting do not always provide a clean, crisp image on the signage. Solution: The P-Light paper lighting system (PLS) from Takaten Co. Ltd. offers a slim, attractive appearance and more even lighting than traditional fluorescent-lit signage. Made of a translucent, PVC-coated polyester, the flexible face sheet and LED lights …

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NHTSA rules on side curtain airbags

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed new rules that would require automakers to improve side curtain airbags by making them cover more of the window, stay inflated longer and possibly be tethered to keep occupants inside the vehicle during a rollover. Approximately 6,200 die annually from side window ejections, and NHTSA wants …

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Poster paper offers sustainable option

GreenLight™ is an FSC-certified, bright white, latex-saturated moisture-resistant backlit poster paper. Even though it is non-recyclable, this translucent engineered paper remains a more sustainable option than traditional styrene or polyester film for backlit signage. GreenLight™ is currently printable using offset screen or flatbed UV technology. SOURCE Converd

New safety apparel standards from ISEA

An updated national consensus standard for high-visibility safety apparel from the International Safety Equipment Association (ISEA) now provides criteria and test requirements for garments marked as flame- or water-resistant, and includes service-life guidelines. The American National Standard for High Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear (ANSI/ISEA 107-2010) is the authoritative document for the design, performance specifications …

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Fabric-covered insert helps trim blend with awning

Problem: Traditional PVC trim for covering staples on awnings is not available in all fabrics and colors. Solution: The CaMillion, available from Back-Lit Awnings and Canvas, is a fabric-covered insert that uses the same material as the awning for a perfect texture and color match every time, which will weather and can be cleaned the …

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Polyfab USA pilots recycling program

Customers purchasing shade products of Polyfab USA Polytex® and Comtex® extra-heavy-duty knitted shadecloth asked the company to establish a recycling process to take pre- and post-consumer material out of the waste stream. Polyfab USA, Manhattan Beach, Calif., has partnered with Recycle Solutions of Memphis, Tenn., to launch a recycling program for HDPE knitted shadecloth. “We …