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 …

IFAI receives U.S. funding award to boost exports

September 29, 2010

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 …

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

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 …