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Xennia establishes global distribution networks

August 31, 2010

Xennia Technology Ltd., a leading industrial inkjet solutions provider, has announced its first distribution agreements for its products. Xennia’s distributors will supply Xennia systems and inks to key markets worldwide. Distribution agreements for the Indian subcontinent, Spain, Singapore and South East Asia mark the first step in Xennia’s strategy of using distributors to widen its …

Aptra® lightweight, breathable protective films for medical products

August 30, 2010

Aptra® is a breathable film used as a composite with other materials, manufactured by RKW US Inc. Unique, lightweight film provides an exceptional combination of barrier properties and breathability, and is easily laminated with a wide variety of substrates using several methods. Composite structures utilizing spunbond nonwovens is one of the many configurations possible. Lamination …

Free webinar on apparel markets in Canada and Mexico, Sept. 14

August 27, 2010

On Sept. 14, 2010, at 2:00 pm EDT, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA) and U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service will host a webinar on export market opportunities in selected markets in Canada and Mexico for U.S. apparel and textile firms. The focus will be on small and medium sized …

AATCC co-sponsors nonwovens conference, Nov. 10-12

August 26, 2010

AATCC is co-sponsoring the 2010 NET INC. (Nonwovens Engineers and Technologists Innovative Nonwovens Conference) offered by TAPPI and the Nonwovens Institute from Nov. 10-12 in Raleigh, N.C., U.S.A. The sponsorship is part of a commitment to the nonwovens professionals recently included as a subgroup of the association’s materials interest group. The conference coincides with the …

Spartanics Finecut Laser Die Cutting Systems with bar code efficiency

August 25, 2010

For textile manufacturers needing faster throughput, Spartanics systems offer greater line speeds through the addition of bar codes that automate job changeovers in seconds and on-the-fly. Bar code-driven job changeovers allow users to not only run multiple jobs very efficiently from a single roll, but also to integrate job data into a database for complete …

G Tech Vest blends lightweight material and liquid-repellent nanotech coating

August 24, 2010

Since medieval times, armor has protected warriors from the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune—at a heavy price. A full suit of armor weighed approximately 60 pounds. Today’s soldiers don’t have it much better, carrying an average of 90 pounds of gear. Conventional modern-day body armor is heavy, in part because fabrics are coated with …

AATCC publishes sustainability monographs

August 23, 2010

Sustainability is a frequent topic at conferences of the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC), and the not-for-profit organization is sharing the wealth on its website with “Sustainability 2010—AATCC Digital Monograph Series Volume 1.” The papers in the monograph cover the entire textile supply chain from fiber production to final products. The downloadable …

FabricLink network expands textile glossaries

August 20, 2010

The FabricLink online network, consisting of the trade-to-consumer FabricLink.com and trade-to-trade TheTechnicalCenter.com, has just updated its sites with new glossaries to help users negotiate complex areas of the textile business. Among those glossaries on the site or recently added: California Fashion Association’s Glossary of International Trade Terms, including explanations of CAFTA, NAFTA, REACH and a …

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Fisher Textiles expands Enviro-Tex Plus line of fabrics

Fisher Textiles has added three new styles to its eco-friendly Enviro-Tex Plus line of fabrics. The line, ideal for dye sublimation and UV printing, is made from 100 percent post-consumer waste and Repreve yarn, which meets FTC guidelines for recycled products. ETP 9372 Reclaim Soft Knit (FR), ETP 9373 Reclaim Heavy Knit (FR) and ETP …

Gerber Technology’s ideation2010 software conference, Oct. 21-22

August 19, 2010

Gerber Technology, a business unit of Gerber Scientific Inc., will hold its newly rebranded annual software conference, ideation2010, Oct. 21-22 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in New Orleans, La. ideation2010 will now be a two-day event featuring panel discussions, informative breakout sessions, hands-on workshops, demonstrations, strategic executive sessions and case studies from leading industry professionals. Attendees …

Fabric weathering testing resource online from Atlas

August 18, 2010

Atlas Material Testing Technology, a global leader in weathering testing and equipment, has announced that www.textiles.atlas-mts.com is now live, an easily accessible resource for customers searching for a lightfastness testing solution. The page provides convenient, fast equipment and testing services information geared towards meeting the specific needs of the textile industry. The success of a …

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Pre-coated, paper-backed bamboo fabrics for digital fabric printers

August 17, 2010

Jacquard Ink Jet Fabric Systems has added two new 100 percent bamboo fabrics, white twill and white sheeting, to an extensive line of natural and synthetic textiles for the digital printing industry. With a fine “hand” and graceful drape, they accept dyes extremely well with superb color yield and saturation. Both fabrics are available in …

Landrieu holds roundtable on young entrepreneurs’ role in U.S. economy

August 16, 2010

United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Chair of the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, hosted a roundtable in August entitled “Entrepreneurship for the Next Generation: Harnessing the Power of Young Entrepreneurs in a Changing Economic Landscape.” “With a lower average net worth and arguably less real-world experience, young entrepreneurs can easily be …

Book your Everyday Color Beginnings in the latest styles

August 13, 2010

Begin your home décor style with the new 4 color book collection from J. Ennis Fabrics: Everyday Color Beginnings. Lush, Bloom, Root and Fresh are full of all the latest styles: traditional, transitional, contemporary and solids. An assortment of weights and construction—jacquards, chenilles, textures and ribs—are all in easy-to-find coordinating color books with patterns in …

“Challenges for a Sustainable Textile Industry” seminar in Taiwan, Oct. 14th

August 12, 2010

Taiwan is to host an international seminar under the theme “Challenges for a Sustainable Textile Industry,” to run alongside the Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show (TITAS), which will be held on October 13-15, 2010. The seminar, organized by the Taiwan Textile Federation (TTF) and the International Cotton Advisory Committee (ICAC), will take place on October …

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Pre-coated, paper-backed bamboo fabrics for digital fabric printers

Jacquard Ink Jet Fabric Systems has added two new 100 percent bamboo fabrics, white twill and white sheeting, to an extensive line of natural and synthetic textiles for the digital printing industry. With a fine “hand” and graceful drape, they accept dyes extremely well with superb color yield and saturation. Both fabrics are available in …

Federal Signal introduces ATEX/IEC safety products

August 11, 2010

Federal Signal, providing critical communications products and systems around the world, has introduced three new product lines specifically designed and engineered to meet international safety standards. The new ATEX/IEC-rated products include three new status indicators, three new dual-function beacons and a trio of newly designed call points. The intrinsically safe status indicator line includes a …

Senators Hagan and Graham introduce Textile Enforcement and Security Act of 2010

August 10, 2010

The National Council of Textile Organizations (NCTO) applauded Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for their introduction of S.3741, the Textile Enforcement and Security Act of 2010, in the U.S. Senate yesterday (Aug. 5th). The House version, H.R. 5393, was introduced in May 2010 by Congressmen Kissell (D-NC), Jones (R-NC), Spratt (D-SC), …

On-demand web-based marker making (nesting) optimization service

August 9, 2010

MarkerMaker.com offers manufacturers of various industries such as apparel, upholstery, aerospace, automotive and other industrial fabrics access to Plataine’s (formerly Nester Software) best of class optimization algorithms with no upfront costs. Plataine, providing production optimization solutions for manufacturers of textile, wood, metal and composite fabric cutting industries, is pleased to announce the release of the …

New ultra-lightweight fabric from Everest Textile Co. uses NILIT yarns

August 6, 2010

In part due to global warming, lightweight and thin fabrics have become a very strong apparel trend. To fill this demand, Everest Textile Co. has invested in researching and developing ultra-lightweight fabrics. The new product, Ever Ultra Light Weight 5 denier, has been nicknamed “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” highlighting its extreme light weight-it literally feels …

New NIJ. 06 body armor for law enforcement

August 5, 2010

Outlast Technologies has announced that the newest generation of its Outlast® Adaptive Comfort® solution is now exclusively available in select NIJ .06-certified ballistic systems sold by Point Blank Body Armor and Protective Apparel Corp. of America (PACA), wholly-owned subsidiaries of Point Blank Solutions Inc. The enhanced fabric technology with thermo-regulating properties gives officers true comfort …

OMNOVA Solutions recognizes employee innovations with 2009 Technology Awards

August 4, 2010

OMNOVA Solutions recently announced its 2009 Technology Award recipients. The annual award program recognizes exemplary technology-based contributions by associates in OMNOVA’s research and development, sales and marketing, technical service, operations, product management and LEAN SixSigma organizations. Technological innovations in new product development and process improvements were recognized in virtually all of OMNOVA’s served markets: coated …

Oeko-Tex® to present free textile certification webinar on August 11

The International Oeko-Tex® Association will offer an encore presentation of its online seminar that overviews the Oeko-Tex® Standard 100 certification and recent enhancements to the International Oeko-Tex Association’s global Restricted Substances List (RSL). The free one-hour webinar will be presented on August 11 at 12:00 noon EST, as part of the popular “Oeko-Tex® Connects” series …

Americhem hires new director of global manufacturing

August 3, 2010

Americhem Inc., a global provider of custom color and additive solutions for polymeric products, recently hired Jim Milk as its director of global manufacturing. Milk comes to Americhem with three decades of manufacturing experience, including various senior roles at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company. Most recently, he served as vice president of global manufacturing …

AATCC’s 2010 Materials Competition winners

August 2, 2010

AATCC has announced the winners of their fifth annual student AATCC Materials Competition. The AATCC Materials interest group invited graduate and undergraduate students to submit innovative product development ideas from a material structures design perspective. The winning concepts both focused on human health and safety-a growing market for textile innovations. 1st Place: Anti-Microbial Tactical Boot, …

Polymer coated webbing products in multiple options

August 1, 2010

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 732 BioThane® from BioPlastics is a full line of polymer coated webbing products available as rolled goods or semi-fabricated parts. BioThane products have been used in extreme, rugged, hazardous and outdoor applications. The line includes equine harnesses, canine collars and leads, patient restraints, safety fall control harnesses and a range of …

Coatings offered in a range of options for abrasion resistance and water repellency

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 1161 Products available include high performance fibers with specialty coatings. Coatings are offered in a range of color, abrasion resistance, UV inhibitors, adhesion promoters, and water repellency options. Products include non-wick aramid and polyester, colored high-modulus polyethylene, colored fiberglass, fiberglass with PTFE, PBO and polyester with Wearcoat™. SOURCE Fiber-Line Inc.

Knotless polypropylene is flexible, durable and resilient

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 125, 127 InCord’s most popular netting is knotless polypropylene. Flexible, durable and resilient, this netting is available in mesh sizes from 10- to 120-millimeter. Knots are eliminated using a balanced knitted construction with filaments running continuously throughout to enhance strength and durability. SOURCE InCord

Latest textile printing solutions from Mimaki

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 1600 The Tx400-1800D is the latest in direct-to-textile and transfer dye-sublimation printing from Mimaki. This printer enables the user to adjust ink volume according to cloth type for design effects and broader product portfolios while cutting ink costs. Uses reactive dye, acid dye and le printing inks. The New Mimaki Grand …

Radio technology eliminates need for wired awning motors

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 311 Somfy now offers the Sunea™ RTS CMO motor for cassette, semi-cassette and standard awnings. Sunea uses radio technology, eliminating the need for wiring between motors and controls. Additional features include an advanced setting, torque sensing, back release function, back impulse function setting, soft close function, awning protection and a manual …

Protective fabrics meet phthalate and lead-free guidelines

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 1538, 1540 Vintex introduces certain VinaGYM® products that are now certified safe guard protective fabrics and meet phthalate and lead-free CPSIA guidelines. VinaGYM SG products are now certified by Vintex to be manufactured to be free of lead, cadmium, mercury, arsenic and phthalates. Available in mat, pad and curtain fabrics. SOURCE …

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New line of stylish sun control options

Tri Vantage® has launched the Shade Inspiration Collection™, a line of decorative window shades for interior and “outdoor room” applications that is designed to offer fabricators and consumers a variety of stylish sun control options. The collection’s shade choices range from bright to blackout, available on manually operated or motorized shade systems. Four design groupings …

Alliances help MOP up oil

MOP Environmental Solutions Inc., Bath, N.H., holds the patent on the MOP™ Maximum Oil Pickup oil absorbent and booms, but the small company lacked the capacity to capitalize on the need for its technology in the Gulf of Mexico right now. The company recently formed strategic alliances with two bigger players: Leigh Fibers, Wellford, N.C., …

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Growing success for Awnings Today

The fourth year of the Awnings Today campaign, sponsored by Professional Awnings Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI), proved to be the project’s best to date, an effort that garnered more than 16 billion impressions, from print, web, blogs and broadcast media. This compares to just over one billion the …

Silicone elastomers designed with anti-slip properties

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 224 Bluestar Silicones introduces a new line of Silbione® products designed for the elastic band market for lingerie and medical applications. These two new silicone elastomers have “anti-slip” non-compression properties intended to improve wearer comfort. The new range of polyaddition bi-component products are based on LSR technologies (Liquid Silicone Rubber) and …

Polyester thread and bobbin system prevents seam leakage

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 726 Fil-Tec introduces AQUA-SEAL™, a polyester thread and bobbin system that will assist in preventing seam leakage. Aqua-Seal patented bobbins will repeatedly absorb water to help provide a leakproof seam, eliminating the need to tape the seam. SOURCE Fil-Tec Inc.

Windscreen and fencing in a variety of options

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 1214 Mastershade is an alternative to custom windscreens. The 8-ounce knitted, high-density polyethylene monofilament with UV-resistance has heavy selvage along the top and bottom hems to provide secure installations with less deviation than other windscreens. Available in 70-percent opacity on 120-foot rolls, 6 or 9 feet high, in dark green or …

Software offers tools specific for design and manufacture of tensile structures

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 207 MPanel Software is a 3-D design and 2-D production application with tools specific for the design and manufacturing of tensile structures. Create, refine and tweak a 3-D CAD model that simulates a fabric membrane over or attached to a rigid framework, fixed points or cables. Different amounts of tension can …

Retractable awnings with strong hinges resist wind force

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 1148 Spettman’s retractable awnings utilize coated-aluminum hinged arms with strong springs to resist wind forces and weather. The awning can be rolled into a robust half-cassette to protect from dirt by hand or electric motor. Awnings feature easy-to-operate pitch adjustment between 0 and 45 degrees, stainless steel hardware, dual cable with …

Coated and laminated vinyl up to 40 ounces in stock

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 1412 Vinyl Solutions manufactures and distributes high performance PVC fabrics and offers a line of supported and nonsupported PVC. Vinyl Solutions stocks supported vinyl that is laminated or coated with PVC, in weights from 8 ounces up to 40 ounces and nonsupported vinyl ranging in thicknesses from .004 inches to .5 …

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Plastic adhesive snap components for marine use

YKK Snap Fasteners America Inc. has introduced plastic adhesive snap components for the marine industry. Unlike traditional metal screw studs, the product will not snag clothing or deteriorate from exposure to sunlight, sand and dirt; and its unique dome shape allows it to be walked on without pain. On its underside is a pad of …

TESTEX opens new office in Melbourne

Australia imports and exports textiles, but the country has no controls on chemical substances in textile imports and limited safety requirements on exports. TESTEX AG, Zurich, Switzerland, just established a new office in Melbourne that can test both incoming and outgoing textiles to ensure they meet international standards; if they do not, it will seriously …

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Dispatches from the wired world

A checklist for making your e-mail more effective. By Richard Ensman By most accounts, e-mail has become the most prevalent form of business communication today. But because e-mail is so easy to prepare—a few clicks on the keyboard and a press of the “send” button—many e-mail messages go out without a lot of care and …

The latest PVC coated, vinyl and HDPE products

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 218 DragonTuf™ is BondCote’s line of PVC laminated polyester. Suited for gym floor covers, mats, curtains, pool covers and various other recreational and athletic application. Stocked in a selection of colors and weights of 10-, 13- and 18-ounce flame-retardant, 61 inches wide on 100-yard rolls. Pool cover is 13 ounces and …

Monofilament made with polymers from renewable sources

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 920 Suppliers of synthetic monofilaments, Fil.Va introduces a new monofilament made with polymers from renewable sources. Biodegradable, PVDF, conductive PET monofilament and 100-percent recycled PET. Applications include agrotech; environmental, civil and industrial engineering; geotextiles; clothing and safety; medical and healthcare; industry and packaging; and transports. SOURCE Fil.Va Srl.

Raschel and tricot knits for military applications

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 1507 Jason Mills offers raschel and tricot knits for military applications. Now available as well are spacer mesh and hospital cubicle mesh. Both fabrics available by the roll. SOURCE Jason Mills LLC

Eco-friendly products for specialty fabrics applications

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 155, 157 Organic cotton is grown without the use of pesticides. This certified organic yarn can be used on many different constructions including heavyweight or lightweight webbing. Reactive dyes are used on the organic cotton to preserve the colorfastness. It is also anti-microbial and hypoallergenic. Organic cotton is used in the …

Laminated and coated outdoor fabrics offer long life spans

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 348A Stafford Textiles provides laminated and coated PVC fabric to the tent market. Materials include fabrics used in tents, sidewalls, canopies and portable garages. Fabrics offer high quality and long life spans. Tent fabrics are digital print-receptive and suitable for custom tent manufacturing. SOLAR LITE 600 is a denier solution-dyed polyester …

Lightweight ladder systems for military aircraft

IFAI Expo 2010 Booth: 1544 Little Giant Ladder Systems feature LiteWave technology, used in military aircraft currently in development; Little Giant Ladder Systems are 20-percent lighter than comparable ladders. The RevolutionXE™ made with LiteWave technology includes the MAG4 hinge and Rock Locks for quick adjustment. The RevolutionXE Model 22 can be used in 33 unique …

Antimicrobial fabric offers traditional wool flannel look

Enduratex™ has announced the release of British Sterling, the latest addition to a collection of superior performance products developed specifically for the hospitality, health care and contract markets. Inspired by the look of traditional wool flannels, British Sterling sports a flannel appearance, with a good hand and nice drapeability, and with the protective surface needed …