Eastern Metal Supply expands aluminum fabrication capability in Houston facility

June 30, 2010

Eastern Metal Supply (EMS) has recently completed a 10,000 sq. ft. addition to its facility in Houston, Texas. The space will be used solely for providing new aluminum fabrication and manufacturing capabilities, including sawing, shearing, punching, drilling, welding and machining, offering parts manufacturing services to a greater number of potential customers. EMS offers standard industrial …

Teijin launches “Earth Symphony” mark for eco-friendly products

June 29, 2010

Teijin Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, has announced the launch of its Earth Symphony mark to show users that Teijin Group products meet company-established Design for Environment (DfE) guidelines for environmental friendliness throughout their lifecycles. The mark will be displayed, with related information, with products, in catalogs, brochures, labels, tags and webpages, and provided upon request when …

New SafeLeigh® recycled fibers

June 28, 2010

With the introduction of two additions to its SafeLeigh® line of fire-retardant, recycled fibers, Leigh Fibers has extended those benefits to many more spinning and nonwoven applications. SafeLeigh Natural and SafeLeigh Premium are predominantly meta-aramid and made with 100 percent recycled post-industrial materials, recommended for flame-retardant fabrics and other heat-shielding applications. They’re suitable for coarse …

Biomedical Structures LLC funds ongoing expansion in medical textiles

June 25, 2010

Biomedical Structures LLC (BMS), a leading supplier of custom-designed biomaterials and textiles used in advanced clinical applications, has announced a private equity financing agreement with Ampersand Ventures. The funding will enable BMS to meet the increasingly complex demands of the medical device industry with expanded capabilities in service, technology platforms and breakthrough biomaterials. BMS specializes …

Oilguard: a new nonwoven technology helping to protect beaches from oil spills

June 24, 2010

A new nonwoven fabric for beach protection against oil spills has been developed by European high-tech companies; it can be deployed short-term in large quantities. The current oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is causing major damage to open waters and coastal regions, an acute problem that will persist for months, if not years. …

German agency advises against using nanoscale silver ions in consumer products

June 23, 2010

Silver and silver compounds release silver ions that can inhibit the growth of germs. They’re used, for instance, in cosmetics, textiles and household appliances, as well a dye for food. Recently, manufacturers of consumer products have been increasingly using silver in the form of nanoparticles (particles with a diameter of less than 100 nanometres). The …

New BASF Product Finder now online

June 22, 2010

BASF’s new Product Finder contains more than 800 product lines and an overview of 25 industries and 19 applications, listing all the main BASF products along with matching market criteria. In addition to searching for select products by name, users can also look up products by client industry, basic chemical substance and availability in different …

MarChem CFI website helps to educate fabric users

June 21, 2010

MarChem CFI’s cutting-edge website details specifics about the company’s product offerings, including custom capabilities, and also helps educate fabric users. According to Alan Prelutsky, vice president of sales and marketing for parent company DASH Multi-Corp.: “Through our Textile University section of the website, we have created a way for visitors to learn about industry standards …

Syfilco Ltd. reports booming business following BP oil spill

June 17, 2010

Canadian warp and circular knitter Syfilco Ltd. has reported that its business is booming after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The business manufactures knitted polyester sleeves and polyethylene netting sleeves that are filled with absorbent materials to create booms used to contain the spill. Company vice president Andy de Boer told reporters …

GreenShield® stain-resistant fabric finish

June 15, 2010

GreenShield, produced by BigSky Technologies LLC, uses advanced nanotechnology to protect fabrics for interiors and outdoor high-performance apparel, while reducing impacts on the environment and human health. Multifunctional formulations provide water and oil repellency and stain resistance, with opportunities for antimicrobial and antibacterial resistance, and flame retardancy in the future. Updated website discusses the science …

Virginia lands expansion of PGI facility

June 14, 2010

The Virginia Economic Development Partnership, working with Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, put together a package of incentives to convince Polymer Group Inc. (PGI) to expand its manufacturing facility in Waynesboro, Va. The strategy succeeded, and PGI will expand nonwoven fabric production with a new manufacturing line, high-tech equipment, increased production targets and facility improvements. The …

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Neschen Americas opens training & education center

Neschen Americas announced the opening of the Neschen Americas Training & Education Center, which provides value–added services in a hands–on learning environment. The training center houses state–of–the–art presentation equipment and comes equipped with laminators, laminates, media products and large format printers. The facility also includes a workroom, conference room and expandable classroom area to accommodate …

Shimmer & Shine: Slingable Fabrics

June 11, 2010

Engineered, metallic tones like brass and pewter and soft, romantic shades combine to create a sleek, urban vibe in the Phifertex® Leisure Fabrics Shimmer & Shine Collection for cutting-edge furniture décor. Bold stripes, varied geometric shapes and patterns and lots of texture in heavy alloy colors combine with delicate plum and lavender or opalescent hues …

Online suggestion platform: how to stop the oil spill

June 10, 2010

An Oregon technology company has launched a website to capture suggestions from the world’s best and brightest on innovative solutions for stopping BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP has reportedly received 10,000 phone calls and 60,000 e-mails offering solutions; the website is intended as a vehicle to organize these ideas, through the …

Fibertect® CS approved by EPA

June 9, 2010

Fibertect Cotton-Soaking (CS), a three-layer, flexible, inert, nonwoven, non-particulate system, proven useful in absorbing and adsorbing chemical warfare agents, may now prove useful in oil-spill cleanups. As of May 29, the product is officially approved by the U.S. EPA, and was recently featured on CNBC’s Power Lunch as one plausible solution to the BP oil …

Lenzing FR® BLACK for protective clothing

June 4, 2010

The Lenzing FR fiber, with an incorporated black dyestuff, is the first and only black, flame-resistant textile cellulose fiber, according to the manufacturer. Lenzing FR BLACK yarn is processed to retain tenacity, creating a longer useful textile life. For the wearer of protective clothing made from these fibers, its high light fastness and resistance to …

TIE Technologies submits proposed team response to Gulf oil spill

June 3, 2010

TIE Technologies Inc., an information technology, security and telecommunications company, has announced its submission of the OilDam® Emergency Containment Proposal to the EPA’s Homeland Security Research Center and the U.S. Coast Guard for immediate consideration. TIE is leading a team of industry experts in providing a viable solution to keep the BP Gulf oil spill …

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Warp knit polyester fabrics for digital fabric printers

Jacquard Ink Jet Fabric Systems has added ten new warp-knitted polyester fabrics to its existing product lines of cotton, silk and polyester fabrics for transfer or direct printing with disperse dyes. These exciting new fabrics exhibit unique characteristics not found in traditionally woven materials. Warp knit fabrics do not unravel when cut, eliminating the need …

IFAI members assist in oil spill cleanup

June 2, 2010

By Abbie Yarger More than 60 members of the Industrial Fabrics Association International are preparing products for clean-up efforts in the Gulf of Mexico following the April 20 explosion of the BP-owned Deepwater Horizon oil rig. The oil gusher at the source of the spill, located 5,000 feet below the ocean surface and about 40 …

Redesigned Dickson awning fabric collection

The expanded Dickson Orchestra North American collection features a wide range of attractive solids and stripes with contemporary styling to add new levels of sophistication to any residential or commercial setting. The collection consists of 91 patterns, 25 of which are entirely new to the North American market, including unique solid colors like gold and …

Fabric heaters on track in Japan

The only way to keep water from freezing in tanks servicing the Ryuhyo-Norokko train running through Japan’s cold north islands has been potbellied stoves—until now. The J.R. Hokkaido Railway Company is testing a woven fabric heater that does the job, thanks to applied coatings of carbon nanotube technology that increase electrical and thermal conductivity in …

Having fabric tested to UL specifications

June 1, 2010

Compiled by Juli Case My client wants me to use a fabric that is tested to a UL specification. Does that have to be done at UL? Underwriters Laboratories is an independent organization that specializes in writing safety-related specifications. If your client wants a material that is certified by UL to one of their specifications, …

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Jeff Viehmeyer takes a custom approach to business

Jeff Viehmeyer balances quality, cost and time in a customized approach to customer satisfaction. By Sigrid Tornquist “Excessive perfectionism can strangle success. Every project has a correct balance between quality, cost and time—and you have to find the balance between them,” says Jeff Viehmeyer, owner of Alameda Canvas & Coverings in Alameda, Calif. “And if …

Research explores the outdoor living market

Casual Living magazine began publishing a monthly research feature on outdoor living markets and trends in May 2010 and intends to finish the series in November 2010. The research will include the national HGTV consumer survey on outdoor living trends, import figures for outdoor furniture by country, a specialty retailer survey, outdoor dining buying projections …

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Trends in fabric awnings and canopies worldwide signal future growth

By Michelle Sahlin The worldwide recession has affected both commercial and residential market sectors of the fabric awning and canopy industry. The collapse of financial and capital markets (needed for new commercial and residential construction), employee layoffs, and wage freezes or reductions have resulted in less discretionary income for home improvements. However, there is substantial …

Jeff Viehmeyer offers advice on winning customers

By Sigrid Tornquist You can’t work on improving customer communication and efficiencies if you don’t get the customer’s business in the first place. Jeff Viehmeyer, owner of Alameda Canvas & Coverings, pays particular attention to formatting quotes to secure jobs from government agencies, shipping companies and cruise lines. “They want to see something that’s precise …

Bharat book profiles Chinese textile industries

As investors look toward China, many see growth opportunities waiting to be explored. Bharat Book Bureau, Mumbai, India, provides research information on textile industries in all 31 provincial regions, as well as the top 20 cities for textile finishing in China. Businesses are classed by different enterprise types (private, state-owned, joint-equity, foreign-owned) and the report …

Carnegie Fabrics introduces protective backing

Carnegie Fabrics has introduced X-Protect Barrier Backing for its Xorel line of textiles, engineered to protect and prevent stains and other substances from reaching the foam, increasing cushion protection and enhancing overall performance. Xorel fabrics are inherently antimicrobial; the new protective barrier can be applied to any Xorel fabric approved for upholstery use, and meets …

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Time well spent on custom cigarette boat cover

{ Canvas Experts Inc. } Ocean City, Md., U.S.A. Happy with two previous cigarette boat covers, Canvas Experts’ client returned to them for another full cover to protect his power boat during travel and storage. The company spent more than nine hours to create 16 pattern templates, and spent more than 80 hours sewing to …

Providing accurate chemical information to customers

By law, chemical suppliers must provide customers in the U.S. textile industry Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) to inform them of chemical composition and safety requirements for handling and use. However, textile companies often need to request information not included in the MSDS, which arrives in various formats and stages of completeness. The National Textile …

Making sense of health care reform

What it really means to small businesses and their employees. By Mark E. Battersby The massive—and controversial—“Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” and the “Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010,” the two recently enacted health care reform bills, included more than $400 billion in so-called “revenue raisers” and new taxes on employers and …

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Awning heater offers warmer outdoor living

Tri Vantage® now offers awning fabricators the new Somfy® Infrared Heater with RTS receiver and remote control, to more effectively heat the space under awnings, provide better comfort and allow consumers to extend the use of their outdoor living areas. Convenient, energy efficient and environmentally friendly, the 1500-watt heater has a heating span of 130 …

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Bringing an indoor feel to sailboat cockpit

{ JSI } St. Petersburg, Fla., U.S.A. JSI was asked to build non-traditional cockpit cushions for a Beneteau sailboat to create a more comfortable area on deck, matching and extending living spaces below. The completed cushions have an overstuffed look with more of a home upholstery feel. This has become a standard style for the …

Nonwovens production grows in China

Chinese domestic production of nonwoven fabrics for disposable and durable uses reached 667,600 tons in 2008, and a new report from the Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry (INDA) projects that amount to reach 1.1 million tons by 2013. INDA’s 66-page report, “China Nonwoven Industry Outlook, Trends and Forecast,” focuses on nonwoven markets, sales in …

Winners of Denim Runway competition announced

Two Texas Tech University student “jeaniuses” were named winners of the first Denim Runway competition for designing the best new women’s and men’s jeans. The competition was sponsored by Plains Cotton Cooperative Association (PCCA) and Cotton Council International (CCI), in collaboration with the university’s College of Human Sciences Department of Design’s Apparel Design and Manufacturing …

ContiBarrier system offers optimum protection

The ContiBarrier System® uses a combination of elastomeric composite materials and two embedded ultra-thin polymer layers to offer increased impermeability to almost all gaseous, liquid and solid media. Hazardous substances such as chlorine, chlorinated hydrocarbons and ammonia are unable to penetrate the barrier layer; a high resistance to acids, lyes and aggressive chemicals, combined with …

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Full sailboat enclosure provides clearer view

{ Nautilux Custom Canvas } Red Bank, N.J., U.S.A. This full enclosure for a Main Cat 30 consisted of 14 panels and three screen insert panels. A forward center window encompasses the mast with a form-fitting collar for a weathertight seal. An aft center door panel gives access to the cockpit area. The goal was …

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U.N. funds jute projects in India, Bangladesh

The United Nations established the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) as a financial entity supporting projects in developing countries, and the CFC awarded two million dollars to a five-year project to develop jute geotextiles in India and Bangladesh. The raw materials are plentiful and renewable, and jute geotextiles control soil erosion, biodegrade, enhance soil nutrition …

Oeko-Tex® updates RSL

The International Oeko-Tex® Association has issued an updated 2010 Restricted Substances and Limit Values List (RSL) which will be used to certify textile products to the Oeko-Tex Standard 100. The RSL is updated at least once each year after Oeko-Tex scientists evaluate it against worldwide governmental regulations such as REACh in Europe and CPSIA in …

System offers easier handling of heavy sewing materials

The extended range ETON 5000 Production System offers productivity and ergonomic benefits, with a range of configuration options designed to handle virtually any size or weight sewn products, from apparel to parachutes. The ability to transport and ergonomically position large and heavy products for sewing and other operations is made possible through a more robust …

Architectural fabric wraps buildings in luminous screen

It’s not just another pretty façade; new Imagic Weave architectural fabric couples stainless steel woven wire mesh and LED technology to wrap buildings in a luminous and programmable media screen. The transparent mesh skin is wrapped around airports, sports stadiums, parking ramps and shopping malls to project colorful text, images or live broadcasts on a …

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Cable-membrane roof and ‘sun valleys’ define Shanghai Expo’s Boulevard

By Zou Bin From May 1-October 31, 2010, more than 50 international organizations and representatives from more than 170 countries will gather in Shanghai under the theme “Better City, Better Life” at the 2010 World Expo. The event showcases the latest developments in sustainable urban development, highlighting innovations from China and elsewhere in Asia. Pudong …

Broadband access used to facilitate small business growth

SCORE (“Counselors to America’s Small Business”) is pleased to announce the formation of a public/private partnership to accelerate small business growth through access to broadband. SCORE, Fortune 500 companies and leading technology firms will launch a national initiative to accelerate broadband adoption. The consortium will help increase small business growth through the use of broadband …

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Pennants produced using dye sublimation

Condé Systems Inc. has added felt pennants to its DyeTrans™ family of sublimatable products. While pennants have traditionally been screenprinted, these pennants can be produced using the dye sublimation process, giving manufacturers the ability to produce full color, photographic quality pennants for sports teams, fundraisers, special events, school organizations and business promotions. Available in 5 …

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Innovative pergolas provide shade and shelter

Serene summer afternoons under a pergola (a distinctive overhead arbor open to the sky) just became more carefree. Walpole Woodworkers, Walpole, Mass., a manufacturer of home products, has joined forces with ShadeFX Canopies, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, to introduce Shade Pergolas, a beautiful combination of soaring pergola shape and automated retractable canopy. The open-topped pergola shape …

New textile publications from AATCC

As part of its ongoing mission to encourage textile research, education, and communication, AATCC now offers books from the Woodhead textile series. Each volume addresses a topic of special interest within the textile community. Written and edited by experts in the field, the books provide practical, up-to-date information and a thorough understanding of the subject …

Recyclable outdoor furniture fabrics

GeoBella is a unique line of outdoor cushion fabrics made of 100 percent olefin yarns recycled from post-industrial waste, lending itself to repeat recyclability. The PVC-free, 100 percent recyclable outdoor furniture fabrics offer a soft, touchable texture that combines the coordinating hues and comfort of indoor furniture with the stability, strength and durability needed for …

Scientists hope to develop synthetic spider silk

The golden silk orb-weaving spider (Nephila clavipes) excretes web threads powerful enough to capture small birds, and engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) want to replicate this feat of strength. Manufactured spider silk could revolutionize artificial tendons and ligaments, sutures, parachutes and bulletproof vests—if scientists could discover how a protein and water gel …

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3-D technology advances marine fabrication

Simplify and standardize fabrication methods with cutting-edge software and hardware tools. By Maura Keller In the world of technology, change is a constant. For the marine fabrication industry, technological advancements in the area of three-dimensional (3–D) software and hardware engineering are changing the way many fabricators do business. With 3–D technology, three-dimensional products that the …

Dark textiles with UV protection

Problem: Because dark-colored textiles absorb heat from the sun, they aren’t practical for applications requiring heat management. Solution: coldblack® technology offers two-fold protection for textiles exposed to the sun, reducing the absorption of sunlight while providing reliable protection from harmful UV rays. Dark colors heat up less, even in direct sunlight, and coldblack textiles in …