New retractable Solair® window awning

May 27, 2010

Tri Vantage® has introduced the new retractable Solair Window Awning, designed for both residential and commercial applications. The drop-arm retractable awning offers either manual or state-of-the-art motorized operation; users can adjust the awning all the way down for privacy, all the way up for full sun, or anywhere in between. Customizable unit is available with …

Flip-flop sandals design contest

Condé Systems has announced a SubliSandals™ Design Contest, a result of the SubliSandals’ success as a new product in the dye-sublimation transfer industry. The sandals have become very popular with digital decorators wanting to create fun, unique and stylish photo-quality flip-flops for bridal showers, outdoor weddings, beach parties, proms and other occasions. Design entries will …

Free samples program for 303 Products

May 26, 2010

Free consumer samples at the point of sale are excellent sales drivers, according to Fred Scuncio, vice president of sales for 303 Products Inc. The company has announced their FREE SAMPLES program for retail locations in the U.S. and Canada selling 303 Patio Furniture Protectant™, with the first displays scheduled to reach existing retail locations …

Learn how to make shade sails

May 25, 2010

The Shade Sail Workshop Series, sponsored by Polyfab USA LLC, will assist attendees to learn the techniques of design, fabrication and installation of shade sails, with U.S. industry experts and guests from Australia. The workshops will be held at fabricator shops, to allow participants to experience how to make a shade sail, from start to …

“Improv” collection from Aláxi Sunbrella

May 24, 2010

Silver State Inc. introduces the Aláxi fabrics collection “Improv,” offering an elegant, modern look and the superior performance of 100 percent Sunbrella acrylic. The geometric patterns are fluid, bright and whimsical, inspired by jazz improvisation, using bright, bold color combinations, sophisticated stripes and patterns. There are 60 sku’s and ten new patterns, all of which …

PEEK Drawn Fiber for extreme environments

May 21, 2010

Zeus PEEK Drawn Fiber has excellent abrasion and corrosion resistance, tenacity, and tensile strength. Able to withstand challenging environments, it performs well in extreme temperatures up to 500°F/260°C, produces low smoke and gas emissions, and has high elongation properties. Lightweight material also has superior friction and wear properties when used in abrasive environments. Suitable for …

American Textile History Museum celebrates 50th anniversary

May 20, 2010

On Sunday, May 23, 2010, the American Textile History Museum (ATHM), Lowell, Mass., will have a free open house to celebrate its 50th anniversary: from spinning wheels to space gloves, from hand looms to nanotechnology. The museum’s mission: to tell America’s story through the art, history and science of textiles. In addition to a 2 …

Cleaning up Gulf oil with cotton?

May 19, 2010

The same Texas-Tech-created nonwoven cotton technology that keeps soldiers safe from chemical and biological warfare agents may also serve as an effective sponge for sopping up oil that has polluted the Gulf of Mexico. Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, supervisor of the Nonwoven and Advanced Materials Laboratory at Texas Tech’s Institute of Environmental and Human Health (TIEHH), …

Secant Medical expands manufacturing capacity

May 18, 2010

Secant Medical™, an industry leader in design, development, and custom manufacturing services for biomedical textiles, has announced that it has expanded its manufacturing capacity by adding a 40,000–square–foot facility in Quakertown, Pa., to support current and future business growth as a result of market development trends in tissue engineering and transcather technologies. In addition, the …

Printing frescos instead of painting them

May 17, 2010

With Roland wall print transfer material, users can create beautiful murals quickly and easily. Instead of paint, use prints, made on special transfer material, to decorate a wall. When you press the material against a wall that has been covered with primer, the image transfers onto that wall, resulting in a print that has the …

Knoepfler named recipient of AATCC’s Millson Award for Invention

May 14, 2010

Knoepfler named recipient of AATCC’s Millson Award for Invention Knoepfler named recipient of AATCC’s Millson Award for Invention AATCC has named Nestor Beyer Knoepfler as the posthumous recipient of the Henry E. Millson Award for Invention for his work on developing flame–retardant treatment of cotton batting. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to textile technology. Knoepfler’s …

Software sales solutions

May 13, 2010

Brandwise, a leading technology innovator well known in a growing number of industries for its sales—related software solutions, has introduced its latest suite of technology that gives sales reps and managers the tools they need to effectively compete in today’s competitive environment. Retailers today expect their reps and suppliers to know everything about their products, …

AATCC honors Prof. Martin Bide with Chapin Award

May 12, 2010

AATCC will honor University of Rhode Island professor Martin John Bide as the 2009 recipient of The Harold C. Chapin Award in recognition for his outstanding service to the association. Bide will receive the Chapin Scroll at an awards luncheon on May 19, during the association’s 2010 International Conference at the Georgia World Congress Center …

VistaMaxâ„¢ propylene-based elastomers add value to flexible films

May 11, 2010

ExxonMobil Chemical’s Vistamaxx™ propylene-based elastomers create new opportunities for customers to add value to their flexible film applications across the value chain. The combination of benefits offered by Vistamaxx provides a new level of performance potential: enhanced sealability, improved adhesion, inherent elasticity, notable toughness and broad polyolefin compatibility. Applications include cast polypropylene (cPP), stretch hood, …

Proposed new ASTM textile standard to cover elastic/stretch properties

May 10, 2010

A proposed new standard from ASTM Intl. Committee D13 on Textiles will be useful to those involved in the design and evaluation of garments that are meant to fit tightly on the body. The proposed new standard, ASTM WK27572, Test Method for Elastic/Stretch Properties of Textile Materials, is being developed by Subcommittee D13.59 on Fabric …

Brighter white textile coating for printing

May 7, 2010

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. has introduced a brighter white version of its VC Poly Oxford. Improving upon the popular VC coating, this new coating now reaches a CIE L value of 97 on a scale of 0–100, and also has a decreased CIE b value yielding a whiter look. VC Poly Oxford is compatible …

AmSafe acquires assets of Hoffmann ACE

May 6, 2010

AmSafe® Inc., a leading provider of highly engineered restraint systems, today announced that the AmSafe Bridport Ltd. unit has completed the purchase of certain intellectual property and other assets of Hoffmann Air Cargo Equipment (Hoffmann ACE), a privately held company specializing in the manufacture of ULD pallet nets. AmSafe and Hoffmann ACE have been leading …

Descente Avanti bikewear with Eschler Flash material

May 5, 2010

Descente’s new Avanti outfit integrates a high-tech ‘Flash’ fabric engineered by Swiss knitwear specialist Eschler. The double-layered knit (polyester on the inside, polyamide on the outside) offers excellent moisture management and cooling properties. It also utilizes the unique coldblack® technology, which reduces heat absorbency in dark colored textiles, cools up to 5°C and guarantees a …

Xennia Technology wins Queen’s Award for International Trade

May 4, 2010

Rapid growth in international sales, based on Xennia Technology Ltd.’s strategy of using inkjet printing technology to galvanize industrial markets, has resulted in the Hertfordshire-based firm being presented with a 2010 Queen’s Award for International Trade. According to Xennia’s managing director, Dr. Alan Hudd, ”For the last decade we have been making a real difference …

Cover Express Program from Tri Vantage is expanded

May 3, 2010

Tri Vantage®’s Cover Express Program, which offers prefabricated covers for all the Solair® Select and Solair Comfort retractable awnings, now includes all Sunbrella®, Sunbrella Mayfield Collection and Dickson® fabrics. With these additional prefabricated cover options, sun control professionals can deliver a more customized awning quickly and efficiently, even during peak season. The expanded fabric choices …

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FESPA Fabric event

May 1, 2010

FESPA 2010, June 22–26, Messe Munich, heralds the launch of FESPA Fabric, a “show within a show” that will give textile print professionals, garment producers, fashion technicians, retailers and apparel brand owners access to the latest news and developments, and a chance to see innovative techniques, technologies and consumables that will help them add value …

South Carolina nonwovens machinery group expands

The city of Greer, S.C., recently welcomed a new American Truetzschler Inc. plant to the community, along with the spinning and nonwoven machinery company’s $3.5 million investment and 30 new jobs. American Truetzschler, based in Charlotte, N.C., purchased production machinery from John D. Hollingsworth on Wheels and hired 35 former Hollingsworth employees. American Truetzschler is …

Achieve strong, consistent welds with hand press

Problem: It’s difficult to produce consistent welds with a hand-held welder. Solution: JTE has enhanced its Sonic Hand Held with the JTE Sonic Hand Press that applies even pressure for repeatable processes. Paired with the JTE Sonic Hand Held energy welding tool, strong welds can be achieved on most thermal plastic materials. The Hand Held …

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Avoiding the greenwash cycle

What certification really means to you and your customers. By Juli Case Sustainable. Eco-friendly. Green. Carbon footprint. These words, and the concepts behind them, have become commonplace in business today. Not only are they all over the popular media, but they now have a place in business plans and sales strategies on a global basis. …

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Decorative window shade line for interiors and outdoor rooms

The Shade Inspiration Collection, a new line of decorative window shades for interiors and outdoor rooms, range from bright and airy to blackout. Many choices are eco-friendly and flame retardant. SOURCE Tri Vantage LLC

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Flexible backlit substrate

Cast Flex 10 from Arlon is a flexible, reinforced, vinyl substrate, coated with a FX UV-protective coating. It is designed for backlit graphic applications for the sign and awning industries. The FX UV-protective coating is engineered for pressure sensitive vinyl applications. It is warranted for outdoor durability of up to 10 years. Arlon’s recommended decoration …

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Eco Blend Poly Duck

Moss Inc. added Eco Blend Poly Duck to its line of environmentally friendly fabrics. The fabric is made from 45-percent recycled polyester yarn. The yarn is made of clear recycled plastic bottles. Eco Blend Poly Duck replaces Moss’ current Poly Duck at no additional cost. The fabric and yarn are made in the USA. Moss …

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Nano technology process for textiles

Xennia Technology, a subsidiary of Royal TenCate, presents its new nano process technology, based on inkjet technology, whereby ink or coating particles are applied with precision and speed. Inkjet technology is leading to a new nano process technology that can apply added-value functionalities on textile substrates. The process realizes environmental benefits and energy savings. Xennia …

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Vehicle graphics present marketing opportunities

With the help of new products and technology, test-driving the vehicle wrap market can accelerate your business into the black. By Sigrid Tornquist When vehicle wraps exploded onto the market in the 1990s in all their mobile, colorful and visually enticing ways—we stood still. We stood and watched as advertisements rolled by us on street …

Insulated fabric offers thermal and acoustic benefits

AeroLite™ is an insulated tensile fabric composite for sustainable building that uses a thin layer of Aerogel blanket insulation between PTFE or PVC. Translucent and lightweight with thermal and acoustic benefits, it can be used in awnings, canopies, tensile structures, truck covers, tarps, and in architectural and marine applications. SOURCE AeroLite

Lightweight rayon filament fabric

A first-of-its-kind, 100 percent rayon filament fabric is lightweight, shiny, soft and comfortable to wear. For racing, military and protective, and industrial apparel, it is also suitable for interior design applications and can be digitally printed. Available in 63-in. widths and other widths upon request. SOURCE Ibena Inc.

Greenguard-certified fabrics

EarthTex, a non-PVC fabric produced from 100 percent industrial waste bi-product, is Silver certified Cradle to Cradle by MBDC and Greenguard. Twitchell has taken Textilene one step further with phthalate-free formulations. Textilene II is Greenguard certified for products for children and schools. SOURCE Twitchell Corp.

SIC codes for awning companies

Compiled by Juli Case Which SIC codes are used for awning companies? SIC stands for Standard Industrial Classification, a method that was used, beginning back in the 1930s, to gather data on the United States economy. Companies are grouped by a category, determined by what products they produce or handle. By analyzing data from a …

The Textile Institute: a global vision

The Textile Institute Centenary World Conference, to take place November 3–4 in Manchester, U.K., will form part of the Centenary Celebrations of The Textile Institute, providing a platform for discussion and networking. The guiding theme for the conference will be “creating a global vision for textiles, clothing and footwear.” Areas to be highlighted in discussions …

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Increasing children’s fitness with covered stations

In Great Britain, an estimated 14 percent of boys and 17 percent of girls aged two to 15 are obese, statistics that have launched national efforts to get children outdoors and in motion. Canopy manufacturer Inside2Outside, Huntingdon, England, hopes kids will run for cover—to its new Outdoor Fitness Range, a series of fitness stations deployed …

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Report shows rising demand for geosynthetics

Infrastructure development and construction in Russia, China and India will drive global demand for 6.9 billion square yards of geosynthetic fabric by 2015, according to a report by Global Industry Analysts Inc., San Jose, Calif. The research report, “Geosynthetics: A Global Strategic Business Report,” bases its conclusions on the success of geosynthetics in enhancing durability …

Polyester materials suitable for recreation and athletics

DragonTuf PVC-laminated polyester is well suited for gym floor covers, mats, curtains, pool covers and other recreational and athletic applications. Stocked in a selection of colors and weights. CPSIA 18-oz. VCP PVC-coated polyester for recreational and athletic products is compliant with the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008 with respect to lead and some …

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How eco-friendly is your ink?

Eco-friendly inks protect your health and the environment. By Michael Labella When it comes to digital printing and the environment, things can get “messy.” Consumers demand vibrant colors that will withstand washing, light exposure and crocking. Manufacturers respond with the development of inks and color fixation techniques that deliver the desired results. Unfortunately, brilliant colors …

Luxury silk collection features detailed patterns

An exclusive collection of luxury silks, The Priory Project, features exquisitely detailed patterns from original drawings that were inspired by 17th century sources. For wall art, draperies and decorative accessories. SOURCE Upper South Studio

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Hot-air welding tool

The TRIAC BT hot-air indoor welding tool from Leister Process Technologies is the latest addition to the TRIAC line of hand tools specifically designed for indoor tarpaulin and billboard welding. The TRIAC BT comes in a sturdy carrying case that contains accessories for the fabric-welding professional, including a manual pressure roller and a replacement heating …

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Double-sided blockout film

ASLAN’s double-sided, white blockout film ensures that prints can’t shine through—even when lit from behind. As a result, this film is particularly well-suited to applications on glass panels and doors. ASLAN DFP 25 double-layer, white PVC film is completely opaque. The white reverse can be used for the application of digitally printed, transparent films or …

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The effects of hybrid signage

By Janet Preus Digital billboards—those brightly lit, often enormous signs that scroll through multiple messages—are hard to ignore, both on the highway and from an industry standpoint. What does the proliferation mean to the fabric signage business? There isn’t a vinyl billboard that can light up like a glowing LED screen. The owner of the …

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X-Rite launches virtual community site

X-Rite Inc. launched XritePhoto.com. Designed for photographers as a color resource center and online community, the website offers an interactive learning resource, as well as a fun place to learn and exchange ideas as they relate to color. XritePhoto.com is designed to provide easy access to tips, tools and technology about color management and its …

Free monthly webinars from Rowley

Keeping up with new technologies and trends isn’t easy for busy fabric managers running their own design, installation or upholstery operations, but Rowley Co., Gastonia, N.C., is making it easier for customers to learn online. Rowley offers free webinars each month, including product demonstrations on EZ-Rig™ Shade Systems, Roller Shades and REqual hardware; design directions …

New lines of military and fitness apparel

FRX, a new line of flame-resistant synthetic fabrics for performance apparel, backpacks, luggage and military applications, meets the requirements of the new Improved Outer Tactical Vest (IOTV) for the US Army. Marathon H100 Finish with durable water repellency is ideal for active wear and fitness apparel. An easy care fabric, it maintains a soft hand …

Workwear fabrics that are practical and comfortable

Lauffenmuhle ULTIMATE performance fabrics with CORDURA® brand technology for workwear are made with a blend of cotton and nylon. Flame retardant, durable and anti-static, they’re available in four weights. A new line of CORDURA brand denim, composed of cotton and INVISTA T420 Nylon 6, 6 fiber, offers improved durability and comfort. Jeans last 50 to …

Fabric collection certified as MBDX Silver

Permanently stain-resistant, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and bleach-cleanable, the Bella-Dura™ Collection of fabrics are certified as MBDX Silver. Recyclable and beautiful, these durable woven fabrics are available in a variety of designs for indoor and outdoor decorating. SOURCE Wearbest Sil-Tex Mills Ltd.

Seven costly management mistakes

Getting back to the business basics. By William J. Lynott In the best of times, life as a manufacturer means dealing with a full measure of challenging decisions, any one of which can have a negative impact on your operations. In today’s unpredictable business climate, even tiny management errors hold the potential for serious damage …

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Fabric facade conceals construction of Burberry store

By Abbie Yarger The project. The luxury retail center DFS Galleria Waikiki in Honolulu, Hawaii, required a temporary facade to conceal the construction of a new Burberry store. The companies. DFS Galleria contracted Eventscape Inc., Toronto, Canada, for a similar project covering additional renovation sites in the mall. Satisfied with its previous work and knowledge …

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XLprints takes the lead

By Jill C. Lafferty XLprints began in owner Andy Lotia’s garage with a vinyl cutter. Fifteen years later, the Santa Clara, Calif.-based company is committed to being on the leading edge of fabric printing and finishing services, as well as green initiatives. “Andy has always been one of the first to adopt new technologies,” says …