Stephen R. Combes new president for Cematex

October 29, 2010

Cematex, The European Committee of Textile Machinery Manufacturers based in Zurich, Switzerland, appointed Stephen R. Combes as its new president at its recent General Assembly meeting held in Germany. Combes takes over the presidency from Albert Edward Roberts, who retires from the position after six years. Combes spent 13 years as managing director of SDL …

Cradle to Cradle® criteria for the built environment

October 28, 2010

Cradle to Cradle® (C2C) is a paradigm-changing innovation platform developed in the 1990s by Michael Braungart and William McDonough et al. Extensive books, cover stories and documentary films have been published and broadcasted about C2C since the 1990s and translated into at least a dozen languages. However, many planners are not yet familiar with how …

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Unifi Textiles (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. expands sustainable product line

October 27, 2010

Unifi Textiles (Suzhou) Co. Ltd. (UTSC) continues to be a global leader in sustainability with the introduction of REPREVE® FDY, a 100 percent recycled fully drawn yarn. The REPREVE family of recycled products available from UTSC now includes recycled filament polyester, recycled staple polyester, recycled filament nylon and recycled performance fibers, available with flame retardant, …

Camira Fabrics re-enters North American marketplace

October 26, 2010

Signaling its long-term commitment to the North American interiors marketplace, textile innovator Camira Fabrics has announced that it has joined the professional trade body ACT (Association of Contract Textiles). Camira is a leading European manufacturer of textiles for commercial interiors, and has recently re-entered the North American marketplace by establishing a stock backed cut yardage …

Leigh Fibers launches carpet and plastics recycling company

October 25, 2010

Leigh Fibers has established a dedicated business unit to divert discarded carpet and plastic from landfills and turn it into fibers and densified product used by plastics molders. Current and near-term equipment installations will give Leigh Carpet & Plastics Recycling LLC the capacity to keep more than 100 million pounds a year of used carpet …

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Glen Raven new Firesistâ„¢ color, stripes

Glen Raven will showcase an expanded line of Firesist™ flame retardant awning fabrics during IFAI Expo in Orlando. With one new solid color and three new stripes, Firesist is evolving to meet the changing needs of awning fabricators nationwide. Terracotta is the new solid color added to the Firesist line, drawing its inspiration from the …

Joy Jordan to present “Sustainability Initiatives at Kimberly-Clark”

October 22, 2010

Joy Jordan, global strategy program leader at Kimberly-Clark Corp., will present “Sustainability Initiatives at Kimberly-Clark” at this year’s NETInc Conference. The presentation is the lead-in to the conference’s “Session 12: Sustainability and Environment,” to be presented on Friday, November 12. The conference will take place in Raleigh, N.C., November 10-12, 2010. Larry C. Wadsworth of …

Obama to tour American Cord & Webbing Co.

President Obama will add a visit with American Cord & Webbing Co. factory workers in Woonsocket to his brief tour of Rhode Island on Monday, according to the White House. The White House announced earlier that the trip promotes two fundraisers to benefit Democratic congressional candidate David N. Cicilline and the party’s House campaign organization. …

STANMECH Technologies Inc. unveils new website

October 21, 2010

STANMECH Technologies Inc., Burlington, Ont., Canada, has announced the launch of their completely redesigned website, featuring industry-specific “mini-sites” which hold the information, product listings, case studies and resources relevant for each industry. Users may also search by type of tool required. STANMECH is a leading provider of applications involving plastics forming and joining methods (hot …

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Fisher Textiles expands Direct Disperse fabric line for dye sublimation printing

October 20, 2010

Fisher Textiles, a leading supplier of fabrics for digital printing, has added style DD 9374 Tri Poly (FR) to its Direct Disperse fabric line for direct dye sublimation printing. Direct Disperse fabrics have a special coating that allows for direct printing onto the fabric without heat transfer paper. They are compatible with printers using dispersed …

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Aurora named exclusive distributor of Stork Prints’ Sublimation Inks

Aurora Specialty Textiles Group Inc. and Stork Prints Group have announced that Aurora will be the exclusive distributor of Stork digital textile ink for direct and transfer sublimation printing in the United States and Canada. The offering will include c, m, y, k, lc, lm, ly, lk, blue, red, orange, grey, and deep black. Size …

NASA wants student innovators for 2011 Great Moonbuggy Race

October 19, 2010

Four decades after the first NASA lunar rover rolled across the surface of the moon, innovative students are preparing to design and build a new generation of wheeled wonders. NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center organizes the races held at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, both in Huntsville. The event challenges high school and college …

Texas Tech’s Nonwovens Laboratory hosts international textile industry leaders

October 18, 2010

During the week of September 20-24, the Nonwovens and Advanced Materials Laboratory at TIEHH, Texas Tech University, U.S.A. hosted a number of industry leaders from India, Pakistan, Australia and the United States to discuss research collaborations and showcase the nonwovens and advanced materials laboratory capabilities. Dr. Seshadri Ramkumar, associate professor and manager of the nonwovens …

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Recyclable blockout banner from Ultraflex Systems Inc.

October 15, 2010

Ultraflex Systems Inc., Randolph, N.J., a supplier of wide-format printable media from 30 to 198 inches wide, has introduced a new 15 oz. smooth, scrimless blockout banner material with green characteristics; it is PVC free and 100 percent recyclable. SuperSmooth PET Blockout is best suited for double-sided signs and banners, compatible with eco-solvent, solvent, UV, …

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iBoatShowsâ„¢ App delivers boat show information on iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad

October 14, 2010

iTapTouch LLC, a mobile applications development company, has announced that their first app—iBoatShows™—has been approved and is now available in the Apple App Store. The application was designed in response to the growing demand for key information on boat shows and other marine-industry events. iBoatShows, available as a free download at the Apple App Store …

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Arlon launches two new cast overlaminates for print protection

October 13, 2010

Series 3220L (Luster) and Series 3220S (Satin) overlaminates will be added to the current Series 3220 cast overlaminate line from Arlon Inc., Santa Ana, Calif. Arlon now has a full offering of overlaminate products: Series 3200 high-gloss optically clear cast overlaminate, recommended for protecting window film and digitally printable reflective vinyl. Series 3220 premium cast …

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SGIA and IFAI supershows combine in strategic partnership

Organizers of SGIA Expo and IFAI Expo Americas have announced plans to co-locate their 2013 events at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The events will take place October 23-25, 2013, drawing potentially more than 25,000 visitors and 900 exhibitors. “The SGIA Expo is all about maximizing opportunities in diverse markets,” says Michael …

Teijin rolls out recycled Green Carpet at Tokyo International Film Festival

October 12, 2010

Teijin Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, has announced that for the third consecutive year it has produced an eco-friendly Green Carpet made of PET (polyethylene terephthalate) bottles, for the environmentally minded Tokyo International Film Festival, which will be held from October 23 to October 31. The Green Carpet is made entirely of Teijin Fibers’ ECOPET® recycled polyester …

Miller Weldmaster to auction T-300 Extremeâ„¢ welder at IFAI Expo Americas

October 11, 2010

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women between the ages of 35 and 55; one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. The cure rate is 90 percent or greater if the disease is detected in its earliest stages. This October 27-29, at IFAI Expo Americas in …

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Miller Weldmaster to auction T-300 Extreme welder at IFAI Expo Americas

Breast cancer is the leading cause of death for women between the ages of 35 and 55; one out of every eight women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. The cure rate is 90 percent or greater if the disease is detected in its earliest stages. This October 27-29, at IFAI Expo Americas in …

Ultraflex launches Descor interior textile website

October 8, 2010

Descor from Ultraflex Systems Inc. is a high-quality textile used primarily for decorative wall and ceiling applications; it can be mounted into a corresponding track/profile system or hung in traditional methods for hanging textiles. Descor can be printed with UV or screen processes, and a solvent printable version (Digital Descor) is also available. The fabric …

Teijin selected for Dow Jones Sustainability World Index

October 7, 2010

Teijin Ltd. announced today that it has been named, following last year, to the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World), a global indicator for Social Responsible Investment (SRI). The new DJSI World list was made effective on September 20, 2010. Of the 318 companies selected this year, 36 are Japanese. (Among the nine companies …

Antimicrobial monograph downloadable from AATCC—free to AATCC members

October 6, 2010

AATCC’s newest monograph, “Antimicrobial Testing & Technology,” is available for easy download. The monograph is a searchable collection of antimicrobial research papers presented at AATCC Conferences. “Antimicrobial textiles have become very important to both the textile and apparel industries and consumers over the past several years,” notes AATCC’s director of business development Perry Grady. “This …

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IRgA co-locates with ISA Sign Expo 2011

The International Sign Association (ISA) has partnered with the International Reprographic Association (IRgA) to locate its shows in one central location. The co-location will provide exposure to vertical markets that have historically not integrated. “ISA always strives to develop opportunities that create a win-win scenario for everyone,” says Lori Anderson, president and CEO of ISA. …

Free webinar: trade preferences for certain Haitian textile and apparel goods, Nov. 16

October 5, 2010

On Tuesday, November 16, 2010, at 2:00 p.m. (EST), the U.S. Department of Commerce, Office of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA), will host a webinar on trade preferences for apparel wholly manufactured or knit–to–shape in Haiti. The webinar will feature background on the Haitian Hemispheric Opportunity through Partnership Encouragement Act of 2006 (HOPE), the Food Conservation …

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Xennia releases UV cure inks for OEM printing systems

October 4, 2010

Xennia has released its XenInx Diamond general purpose UV cure CMYK ink set for use in printing systems based around a wide range of printheads. Xennia launched its XenInx range of high-performance ink products earlier in 2010, and recently announced the opening of its large capacity industrial ink production facility. XenInx Diamond CMYK ink, along …

India approves new Centers of Excellence for textile technology and development

The Expenditure Finance Committee of India has just approved the Technology Mission on Technical Textiles (TMTT), which will fund the creation of four new Centers of Excellence (CoE) with an investment of $22.2 million. The news was revealed to Seshadri Ramkumar of Texas Tech University by a senior government official of the Ministry of Textiles …

Glen Raven plant adds lamination lines

October 1, 2010

Glen Raven Technical Fabrics LLC has added fabric lamination capabilities to its Park Avenue finishing plant located in Glen Raven, N.C., moving lamination equipment from its Statesville facility (and offering Statesville employees the opportunity to transfer as well). The Park Avenue plant’s associates will work on further enhancing the process and developing new product applications. …

Ten basics for a successful business

The time-honored rules of profitable management are a critical ingredient for building sales and profits when the going gets tough. By William J. Lynott The upheaval in today’s economy has given a rebirth to the basic dynamics of successful business management. Easy to ignore in good times, the time-honored rules of profitable business management are …

New twill screen fabric collections

The new T screen collection from Mermet offers a new weave pattern, 16 new colors and track control through Enduris™ Glass Core technology. Twill screen fabrics include a 3 percent openness factor and 98.4-inch width, with a 1 percent openness factor available through special order. Color design offers both warm and cool pallets for hospitality, …

Vicar Intl. and Renolit AG to partner

Vicar Intl., Union, N.J., and Renolit AG, Germany, have entered into a partnership for distribution of Renolit Kalglas press-polished PVC sheets to the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico. Vicar will take on the responsibility for sales to the automotive aftermarket and convertible top industry throughout these territories, shipping all accounts from the warehouse in Union. …

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Oil boom manufacturers left awash in inventory

Companies supplying oil boom for the Gulf worked around the clock, then found themselves awash in inventory. By Janice Kleinschmidt After more than 30 years in the containment systems business, MPC Containment Systems LLC of Chicago, Ill., found itself thrust full steam into making a new product: oil boom. Immediately after the BP oil spill …

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Grand-format fabric line expands

Fisher Textiles has added three new fabrics to its Grand Format line for dye-sublimation and UV printing. GF 8725 Crepe (FR) is 125 inches wide, a 4.9-oz. 100 percent polyester, wrinkle-resistant with a canvas-like texture, recommended for backdrops, POP and tradeshow exhibits. GF8874 Tri Poplin (FR) is 122 inches wide, a 7.5-oz three-layer woven used …

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AmSafe awarded STC approval for seatbelt retrofitting

AmSafe Inc. has been awarded a Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) that permits operators to retrofit general aviation aircraft with AmSafe Seatbelt Airbags. Approved service centers located in any EASA member country may now install the seatbelt airbag system on approved aircraft (21 models are currently approved). AmSafe’s Seatbelt …

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Building a better roof

An old Japanese essay says, “Buildings should be built for the summer.” By Kikuko Tagawa This year we are having an especially hot summer in Japan. An old Japanese essay says, “Buildings should be built for the summer.” Reducing the summer heat in buildings has been a perennial issue, given Japan’s hot weather. Both individuals …

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Palm Springs homes utilize unpermitted canopies

City planners performed a drive-by inspection of Palm Springs, Calif., single-family properties and discovered that approximately 10 percent of homes had unpermitted canopies shading pools, yards or vehicles. Residents felt that city officials “should enforce against worse neighborhood eyesores than canopies,” but city officials disagreed. Professional installation matters, because a flimsy canopy that can’t stand …

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DGNB builds sustainability standards

We’re now perfectly positioned for the international market,” says Dr. Christine Lemaitre, CEO of the German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB). Under the general management of board members Dr. Peter Mösle and Johannes Kreissig, the DGNB has been developing its certification system to meet international requirements, and to allow for transparent adaptation to the requirements of …

Market report: fasteners

Discretionary clothing purchases are down, as people nervously watching the economy delay purchase of new coats, shoes, suits and playwear. This consumer restraint is affecting manufacturers of needles, buttons, zippers, hooks, snaps, rivets and Velcro™ closures, according to “Textile Fasteners and Needles: A U.S. Market Report,” recently completed by Global Industry Analysts Inc., San Jose, …

ASTM releases comprehensive guide to fibers

After completing an update of ASTM D123, Terminology Relating to Textiles, members of ASTM Subcommittee D13.92 on Terminology decided that the information contained in the annexes was sufficiently important to merit a separate standard. The new standard, ASTM D7641, Guide for Textile Fibers, has now been published, and provides a comprehensive guide to a large …

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Swim gear finds new life as fabric structure

The hottest design during the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing was Speedo’s LZR Racer swimming suit, which helped American Michael Phelps and a host of other world-class swimmers break more than 90 world records with its aerodynamic fit and fabric. Its advantages led to the suit being banned by the Fédération Internationale de Natation, the …

Oil booms as standard equipment?

Tanker ships would be required to deploy oil booms as a preventive measure in California waters before transferring fuel, under a bill that has passed the Legislature. Washington state has a similar law. Current California regulations cover only how much boom should be deployed after a spill occurs. The bill passed in August on a …

VDMA forms composite forum

The German Engineering Association VDMA has put in place a new network for machinery manufacturers engaged in the development and production of technologies for the manufacture and quality control of composite materials. Lightweight construction is a central challenge in design engineering, and composites are key materials for fuel-saving transport equipment as well as for sustainable …

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Setting the stage with spandex

The Essence Music Festival brings together African American artists, activists and achievers for the largest concert, education and empowerment event in the nation. Setting the stage at the 2010 event for luminaries such as Bill Cosby, Janet Jackson, LL Cool J, Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys wasn’t easy, but RE:BE Design of New Orleans, …

Intertek opens consumer goods testing lab

Intertek, a leading provider of quality and safety solutions in a wide range of industries around the world, has announced the opening of its first consumer goods testing laboratory for textiles, apparel and soft home furnishings, in Seongsu-dong, Seoul, Korea. The new 55,000-sq. ft. laboratory draws upon the expertise and resources of the company’s network …

AATCC offers program for antibacterial assessment

For manufacturers or purchasers of fabrics or nonwoven materials that claim to be antibacterial, AATCC is offering a new program that covers basic antibacterial assessment. AATCC Proficiency Testing Programs are recommended to ensure that testing labs accurately perform test methods and interpret their results correctly. The Antibacterial Proficiency Program covers AATCC Test Methods (TM) 100, …

Greenhouse film extends growing season in Canada

In the dead of winter, the heart of Canada’s Manitoba province sees temperatures tumble far below zero, with summers short and cool as well. But when Roger and Marie Haynes moved there from the United Kingdom 12 years ago, they sought a profitable career as farmers. After failed crops and cattle with mad-cow disease, they …

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AAD awards shade structure grants

In an effort to encourage communities across the country to Be Sun Smart and prevent skin cancer, the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) has awarded grants for the purchase of shade structures to the Chicago Park District and 37 other organizations around the country. In addition to the shade structures, each location will receive a …

True felt

Compiled by Juli Case I have a client that is interested in having a replacement friction pad made for a chrome drum and is specifying a “true” felt. He says that anything else will scratch the drum. What is a true felt? Your customer is probably referring to a wool felt. Traditionally, to be considered …

Helipad to speed helping hands

The new helipad built above the main entrance of the University Hospital in Aachen, Germany, has developed a nickname: The Hand of God. The proposed landing site, located above the square in front of the hospital complex, was designed by OX2architekten of Aachen to suggest a raised, open palm. The helipad’s function should be even …

Trade breaks for Pakistan after the flood

The EU foreign affairs chief urged EU states to back trade concessions to Pakistan, with growing concerns about the impacts of the devastating floods on the country’s economy and leadership. Supporters cite Pakistan’s strategic importance in the fight against Islamic militancy; some countries with competing textile industries oppose the breaks. The issue was debated again …