Free webinar from OTEXA on textile industry competitiveness Oct. 21

September 30, 2010

On Thursday, October 21, 2010, at 12:00 p.m. (EST), the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA), will host a webinar on the profile of OTEXA and its available resources. The webinar will be geared toward providing university students with background on OTEXA and current textile and apparel programs; the implementation of …

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Tension shade workshop in Orlando Oct. 26, prior to IFAI Expo Americas 2010

September 29, 2010

Tim Collins, a 20-year veteran fabricator from Queensland, Australia, and other shade structure professionals will be demonstrating the design and fabrication of several shade sails—as these shades get installed on the second floor pavilion of the North Concourse of the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., U.S.A., the same building that will house IFAI …

IFAI receives U.S. funding award to boost exports

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has announced the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI) is one of five organizations selected in 2010 to receive more than $1.7 million for projects that increase U.S. exports, create jobs and strengthen the U.S. global competitive edge. The awards are given under the Department of Commerce’s Market Development Cooperator Program …

Pikeur wins prestigious technology award with Barrier by HeiQ

September 28, 2010

PIKEUR, a leading German equestrian fashion brand, has won the “Spoga horse Innovation Award 2010” in Cologne, Germany, for innovative riding pants that achieve successful water and dirt repellency using the Barrier by HeiQ water and stain repellent treatment from HeiQ Materials. PIKEUR Reitmoden Brinkmann GmbH & Co. KG took home the award in the …

Innovative Nonwovens Conference to present State of the Industry session

September 27, 2010

Four industry experts will present a State of the Industry panel discussion at the opening session of the Innovative Nonwovens Conference (NETInc) on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010, from 1 to 3 p.m. Moderated by TAPPI President and CEO Larry N. Montague, the panel will include Pierre Wiertz, general manager of EDANA; Michael Jänecke, brand manager …

Toho Tenax develops gas diffusion layer for fuel cells using carbon fiber fabric

September 24, 2010

Toho Tenax Co. Ltd., the core company of the Teijin Group’s carbon fibers business, has announced that it has developed a gas diffusion layer (GDL) made of a carbon fiber fabric for use as an electrode component for fuel cells. The new GDL will be marketed starting in late September. The new fabric-type GDL exhibits …

Global deliveries of rapier and projectile looms surge

September 23, 2010

Deliveries of rapier and projectile shuttleless looms to the world’s textile mills increased by 31 percent in 2009, a year when total loom purchases declined, according to a report from the business information company Textiles Intelligence. More specifically, shipments of rapier and projectile type looms to mills in Asia surged by 47 percent, while deliveries …

2010 Safety Products Student Design Challenge winners

September 22, 2010

The seventh annual Safety Products Student Design Challenge winners have been announced by the Industrial Fabrics Association International (IFAI). The annual contest is developed and supported by two divisions of IFAI, Safety and Technical Products and the Narrow Fabrics Institute, and encourages post-secondary functional design training and the use of technical textiles in protective and …

Ronald Mark Associates Inc. announces new strategic business unit

September 21, 2010

Ronald Mark Associates Inc. (RMA), a New Jersey-based multifaceted manufacturer of supported and unsupported polymers, has announced the formation of Engineered Polymer Technologies (EPT). EPT was created to expand RMA into several new markets, including (but not limited to) geomembranes, fuel and water storage, air containment and medical products. EPT will capitalize on RMA’s 36 …

In memoriam: Russell B. Hogshire

Russell Beverly “Happy” Hogshire, third-generation president of Hogshire Industries Inc. in Norfolk, Va., died on Sept. 17 at the age of 77. Hogshire joined the company, which has specialized in canvas products since 1898, after serving in the U.S. Army. He worked on the board of the Industrial Fabrics Association International and was named an …

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Fabric education for architects and designers

September 17, 2010

With the current emphasis on sustainable building design, architects, designers, builders and other industry professionals are exploring multiple means to achieve sustainable design, such as natural ventilation and daylighting, energy efficient HVAC systems, green roofs and landscaping and the use of awnings and canopies. The Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), a division of the Industrial …

Performance Fibers to expand in China

September 16, 2010

Performance Fibers, a global supplier of industrial fibers, has announced that it will expand its polyester fiber and fabric capacity in Kaiping, China, to meet continued strong demand from China and the rest of the world. The increased capacity will double the company’s polyester production and expand its geographic reach over the next 12 to …

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Color-Logic and Mimaki to showcase wide format metallic printing

September 15, 2010

Mimaki wide-format printers will produce metallic images using the Color-Logic Process Metallic Color System at three upcoming exhibitions for the printing industry: Labelexpo Americas, Chicago, Booth 6123 Graph Expo, Chicago, Booth 3212 SGIA, Las Vegas , Booth 457 The Color-Logic system will be used to generate print files at the three major wide-format exhibitions to …

AATCC offers textile testing workshop, Dec. 8-9

AATCC is offering an Introduction to Textile Testing Workshop, December 8-9, at its Technical Center in Research Triangle Park, N.C., U.S.A. Workshop instructors will discuss and demonstrate AATCC and ASTM procedures for evaluating textiles, including basic color theory and measurement, as well as fiber identification. Participants will learn to use the AATCC Gray Scales for …

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TenCate introduces MiraSpec software for flexible pavement designs

September 14, 2010

TenCate Geosynthetics North America has introduced Internet-based MiraSpec Design Solutions Software, an easy-to-use software program to assist engineers in flexible pavement design, while demonstrating the benefits of using TenCate Mirafi® RS580i woven reinforcement and stabilization geotextile in roadway structures. The program will allow pavement designers to perform AASHTO (American Association of State Highway and Transportation …

Textile Composites Conference in France, Oct. 26-28

September 13, 2010

TEXCOMP 10, the Textile Composites Conference, will be held in the Lille Grand Palais in Lille, northern France, Oct. 26-28. The goal of TEXCOMP is to promote knowledge in the field of textile composites throughout the world. By bringing together scientists and engineers active in a variety of disciplines, the conference provides a dedicated forum …

University of Missouri reports: How organizational identity affects profitability

September 10, 2010

With the fragmentation and globalization of the U.S. textile and apparel industry, business activities and roles have changed, impacting their organizational identity. The evolving organizational identity of these firms has created many questions as to how it affects the businesses financially. A researcher at MU has explored how U.S. textile and apparel firms describe themselves …

Oil engulfed, with microbe-enriched booms

September 9, 2010

Millions of gallons of oil were spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from the ocean floor well formerly attached to British Petroleum’s (BP’s) Deep Water Horizon drilling rig. The leak appears to have been stopped, but Gulf Coast states are still seeking protection for sensitive shoreline ecosystems, and EnSolve Biosystems, Raleigh, N.C., produces ShoreClean™ products …

Japanese nonwovens exporters pursue Chinese market

September 8, 2010

The average value of nonwoven products exported to China by Japanese manufacturers in 2009 was almost double the average value of materials exported to the U.S., according to a report by Textiles Intelligence. Exports to the U.S. had a total value of ¥8,282 million (US$88.5 million), but those to China were more than double this …

Items needed for 8th Annual IFF Silent Auction

September 7, 2010

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) is requesting donations for the 8th Annual IFF Silent Auction, which will take place at the IFAI Expo Americas Welcome Reception on Oct. 27 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in Orlando, Fla. Previously donated items include custom quilts, vacation packages, jewelry, luggage and more. Funds raised through the auction …

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PAMA and IFAI Japan to host roundtable at IFAI Expo Americas 2010

All members of the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), and the awning industry at large, are cordially invited to attend a roundtable discussion with IFAI Japan at IFAI Expo Americas 2010 in Orlando, Thursday, Oct. 28. This is the second year that PAMA and IFAI Japan have hosted an international dialogue to foster the exchange …

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Economy Tent launches new website

September 3, 2010

Quality tent manufacturer Economy Tent Intl., Miami, Fla., announces the launch of their newly redesigned website at www.economytent.com. The new site features expanded content and streaming media to assist clients with their tent selection, color options, and accessories to best suit their requirements and budgets. The site prominently displays the most recent information for selecting …

SunTex® 90 Design sun control for outdoor living spaces

September 2, 2010

Phifer Inc. has announced the addition of SunTex® 90 Design to its sun control products line. Created with the exterior roller shade market in mind, the new fabrics bring decorator touches to outdoor living spaces. SunTex 90 Design combines a rich, design-oriented look with the same weave and performance characteristics of traditional SunTex 90 fabric. …

5th Annual IFF Golf Tournament to take place in Orlando

The Industrial Fabrics Foundation (IFF) will hold the 5th Annual IFF Golf Tournament on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010 in Orlando, Fla., during IFAI Expo Americas. The tournament will take place at Disney’s famed Magnolia Golf Course, a Golf Digest 4-star course featuring tree-lined fairways, strategic bunkering and rolling greens. Box lunches will be served at …

Membrane microclimate in a squid capsule

September 1, 2010

Visitors to the outdoor courtyard of Materials and Applications, a Los Angeles nonprofit research and exhibition center for public space, encountered fair weather in the cloudlike apparition called the Squid Capsule. The Squid Capsule, created by L.A. design firm Layer, consists of 40 transparent vinyl membranes hanging from steel aircraft cables like tentacles. A cloud …

Textile pressure sensor mat utilizes conductive yarn

[ETH Zürich] Zürich, Switzerland A textile pressure sensor mat developed at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology measures pressure monitoring distribution on the human body via electrodes embroidered with conductive yarn on both sides of a compressible spacer. The simple design, use of standard materials and well-known production methods offer a low-cost means to assist …

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Printing system provides fast, quality inkjet printing

Xennia Technology Ltd. and Reggiani Macchine s.P.a. have developed a new diagonal multipass inkjet textile printing system that enables reliable, quality printing on textile substrates in an industrial production environment at unmatched speeds. Based around Reggiani’s wide, high accuracy, belt-driven transport and using Xennia’s robust inkjet modules, the system’s patented combination of continuous substrate movement …

Keep your printer running

By Shane Huiet It doesn’t require much effort to keep your profit-generating printer running efficiently. With ongoing maintenance, you can avoid idle machines and impact your bottom line. Put the printer in an environment that is clean and that holds a temperature between 65 and 80 degrees F continuously. Printers work best when the environment …

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Improved display hardware line

Moss announced substantial improvements to its display hardware line of products. The enhancements focus on durability and quality, while maintaining the look of the product line. In addition to the improvements, Moss will be offering lower prices on many products, some as much as 40 percent. The company was able to extend a lifetime “Hassle …

Fantasy meets technology in ‘Incredible Machine’

When artists, designers and musicians blend the look of Victorian England during the age of the steam engine with machines rooted in science fiction and fantasy, the result is called steam punk and the visual impact is stunning. When Nashville country duo Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush (aka Sugarland) wanted a set for their “Incredible …

Antimicrobial uniforms offer infection control

[Thai Acrylic Fibre Co. Ltd] Bangkok, Thailand Amicor® antimicrobial medical and healthcare uniforms offer infection control that helps prevent cross-contamination from one patient to another. Research shows that harmful organisms can grow exponentially if the textile used in uniforms is not protected. The organic antimicrobial additive used in Amicor prevents the growth of harmful bacteria …

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Flame-retardant fabric designed for group tents

TenCate Outdoor Fabrics has introduced Campshield™, an inherently flame-retardant fabric for group tents. Extremely strong fabric is resistant to scorching, smoldering and sparks, working like a time buffer to provide both extra protection and more time to find a safe refuge if required. It’s also breathable and offers moisture-regulating properties to help create a more …

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City signage makes an impact

Impact your city—and your company’s bottom line—with artistic digital graphics applications. By Sigrid Tornquist What if you could enhance your city’s vitality while furthering your business? What if making a difference in the life of your community could also make a difference in your business’s bottom line? It seems when thinking of city signage and …

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Coated and laminated vinyls

Grand-Flex 15-ounce coated backlit and Rio 15-ounce laminated backlit from Value Vinyls offer numerous options for indoor and outdoor backlit applications. The coated backlit can be used for long-term indoor or outdoor signage, with high durability against vigorous winds. The laminated backlit is best suited for long-term indoor or short-term outdoor projects. Both backlit options …

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Geogrid reinforces stone columns

“Energy. Experiment. Experience,” a conference held by Bauhaus University Weimar’s Department of Civil Engineering, featured the first public test of stone columns reinforced with Secugrid® geogrid, manufactured by NAUE GmbH & Co. KG, Espelkamp-Fiestel, Germany. As the audience watched and television cameras rolled, professor Karl Josef Witt of Bauhaus University and his team constructed four …

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Creating the future of textiles (part 2)

Developments in auxetic materials that could revolutionize blast mitigation textiles may find wider market applications. By David O’Keefe Part II of a series by speakers at the Advanced Textiles Conference 2010. Part I covers developments in advanced textiles, Part III addresses electrical conductive nanocoatings and Part IV covers the potential of nanomaterials in creative applications. …

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Printing electronic circuitry

By Janet Preus Generally speaking, the purpose of printing on fabric is to display a beautiful graphic, promote a brand or event, impart a message or some combination of these elements. That definition appears to be expanding. Will there come a time when a shop routinely includes technology for printing projects that have nothing to …

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The benefits of buying new equipment

Buying new equipment can help you conquer new markets and succeed in today’s economy. By Maura Keller Streamlined efficiencies. Cost-effective measures. New revenue streams. In this tough economy, fabric graphic industry players are pulling out all stops, eager to find ways to stay ahead of the game. Conquering new market segments can play a huge …

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New line from Neschen

Neschen launched a new line of eco-friendly print media, conVerd Presented by Neschen. The Enviroboard™ MR (moisture resistant) is a multi-ply, water-resistant, green alternative to traditional foam and corrugated plastic boards. For use with flatbed UV printing, it is available in double-side printable sheets for indoor POP upright and hanging sign applications. The conVerd Blox-Lite™ …

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Fabric cube suggests balance and mass

Geometry is not rocket science for Pink Powered by Moss, New York, N.Y., which designs and rents tensioned fabric structures in all shapes and sizes. Its massive cube display, which stands more than 16 feet high, is a real attention grabber, appearing to balance impossibly on one point. As an event centerpiece or entryway, the …

Mark Philip commits to innovation and product diversification

Mark Philip taps into his passion for the specialty fabrics industry to update and diversify product lines. By Sigrid Tornquist “The world will always need tradesmen,” says Mark Philip, director of John Herber Ltd., dba The Canvas Technology Centre, Kaiapoi, New Zealand. Although Philip is now in charge of the company that manufactures a diverse …

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Clipso USA creates environmental impact

By Abbie Yarger “Whether it is the commercial specifier or consumer, everyone is of a mindset to want to feel good in his or her environment,” says Jeff Dordick, director of sales for Clipso USA in Dresher, Pa. “I call it the ‘comfort factor.’” Clipso Group, comprised of six different companies with offices around the …

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Avoid the greenwashing cycle

What environmental certification really means to your business 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 …

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Spectrophotometer

The Caldera EasyColor is a solution for linearization and profiling of photographic and wide-format output devices for flexible reflective and transparent materials with a thickness up to 0.7 millimeters. It features three reading modes: automatic measurements, spot measurements and density measurements. The device is easy to use, versatile and offers reliable calibration. SOURCE Neschen

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Art museum features unusual white undulating roof

Called a number of pet names—Smurf House, Chinese Hat, White Toadstool— because of its unusual white undulating roof, the new Centre Georges Pompidou outpost art museum in Metz, France, is a serious work of design by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban and French architect Jean de Gastines (associated with Philip Gumuchdjia). The Pompidou-Metz is encased by …

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Protective products for commercial use

Wrap music: Protective products are expanding into commercial markets for protection of persons and property. By Janice Kleinschmidt Standing among the ruins of a friend’s home, Dan Hirning thought, “There has to be a way to protect a home from burning in this day and age.” The 2003 Cedar Fire in Southern California destroyed 2,232 …

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Cooley project featured in Times Square

Cooley Group partnered with Ricoh Americas Corp., Takara Media, Lamar Advertising and Xunlight Corp., to install the first 100-percent solar- powered billboard in Times Square. “We appreciate the support from Takeshi Watarai of Takara Media and Ben Martish of Lamar Advertising and appreciate Ricoh Americas commitment to be the first user of our new thin …

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Green printing

By Tim Greene Usually, I write about new and cool uses of digitally printed fabrics. This is about something much more mainstream: banners. Banners are one of the, if not the, primary wide format digital print applications. They can be used indoors or outdoors for one day or for months at a time. Banners have …

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Green exhibit promotes eco-friendly company

By Abbie Yarger The project. Diedrich Coffee needed to find the perfect trade show display for the 2010 National Automatic Merchandising Association (NAMA) Expo, an event serving the vending, coffee service and food service management industries, at McCormick Place in Chicago. The company. Diedrich called Evo Exhibits, a full-service trade show exhibit company in West …

Unifi invests in recycling, renewable energy

As a producer of multi-filament polyester and nylon textured yarns, Unifi Inc., Greensboro, N.C., has positioned itself as a leader in sustainability and green initiatives. The company reinforced its reputation in June when it invested in two new projects focused on recycling and biomass energy. The recycled chip used to make Unifi’s REPREVE® polyester fibers …